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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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New Ninth Circuit Opinion Requires Companies Seeking to Enforce Arbitration to Pay 'Sirius' Attention to Contract Formation

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continued its recent trend of declining to enforce arbitration clauses after finding that the contracts containing those clauses were never actually formed in…more

Appeals, Automotive Industry, Contract Formation, Corporate Counsel, Digital Media

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Final Noncompensatory Partnership Options Regulations Could Affect the Tax Treatment of Penny Warrants and Other Arrangements

Investments in partnerships (and other pass-through entities such as limited liability companies treated as a partnership) often involve the acquisition of warrants, options or other rights to acquire securities. This is often…more

Business Taxes, IRS, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership Agreements, Partnerships

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Federal Court in Pennsylvania Strikes at the Heart of the Residential Mortgage System; Can Commercial Syndicated Loans and Mortgage Securitizations Survive Unscathed?

On June 30, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an important decision on Pennsylvania’s recording statutes in the case of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Recorder of Deeds, on…more

Loans, Mortgages, Real Estate Market

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Will New U.S. Court Of Appeals Decision On ‘Recess Appointments’ Stay Dodd-Frank Powers Granted To CFPB And Vacate Certain Actions?

Holding that recess appointments authorized by the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution are limited to “intersession recesses” – “the period between sessions of the Senate when the Senate is by definition not in…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, CFPB, De Facto Officer Doctrine, Dodd-Frank

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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The Global Crackdown on Profit Shifting

CFOs of multinationals need to prepare by assessing how much their companies engage in profit shifting to cut their taxes. Do you have responsibility, whether direct or dotted line, for the tax function in your…more

BEPS, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Multinationals, OECD

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Student and Alumni Litigation

In This Issue: - Unionization of Students ..The New Meaning of “Student Union” ..Overview of Labor Laws and Organized Labor ..Unionization of Graduate Students ..The Northwestern University Case …more

College Athletes, Colleges, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Internships

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Subtenants Should Carefully Consider Legal Issues of Sublease Arrangements

Depending on the situation, sometimes leasing space from another tenant is a good business decision in terms of price, location and size. While a sublease arrangement makes sense from a business perspective, a subtenant should…more

Landlords, Leases, SNDAs, Subletting, Tenants

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Medical Identity Theft: New Recommendations By The California Attorney General To Health Care Organizations For Keeping Medical Records Healthy And Thriving

Unlike financial identity theft, which targets a victim’s financial health, medical identity theft threatens a victim’s very existence. The unauthorized access of a victim’s medical record not only grants the thief access to the…more

Affordable Care Act, Fraud, Identity Theft, Personally Identifiable Information, PHI

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UPDATE*: Understanding Philadelphia Zoning Law

Moving a project through the Philadelphia zoning process can seem like a daunting task – even after Philadelphia entirely revamped its zoning code. This article will familiarize applicants with the zoning process and help them…more

Municipalities, Urban Planning & Development

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Inside or Outside? How to Best Perform Your Company’s Social Media Background Check

No employer wants its employee’s bad behavior at work to become the next viral video. So it is not surprising that more employers have started using social media in the hiring process to screen out candidates who post…more

Background Checks, Discrimination, NLRA, NLRB, Popular

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October 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

- TAX COURT DECISION REMINDS COMPANIES THAT “OFFICERS” ARE STATUTORY EMPLOYEES AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. The United States Tax Court held that a company that was engaged in the buying, reconditioning, and…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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Class Actions: A Tougher Row To Hoe

On March 27, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, further heightened plaintiffs’ burden in seeking class certification. The Court held that, under Rule 23, plaintiffs must “‘tie each theory of antitrust impact’ to…more

Cable Television Providers, Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend

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Student and Alumni Litigation

In This Issue: - Unionization of Students ..The New Meaning of “Student Union” ..Overview of Labor Laws and Organized Labor ..Unionization of Graduate Students ..The Northwestern University Case …more

College Athletes, Colleges, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Internships

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Compliance in 140 Characters or Less: FFIEC Supervisory Guidance on Financial Institutions’ Use of Social Media

Of critical importance for any financial institution using Twitter or other social media for business marketing and promoting purposes, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued final supervisory…more

Banking Sector, Corporate Counsel, FFIEC, Final Guidance, Marketing

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A Possible Game-Changer for 'Silent' Arbitration Clauses

Companies and other business entities use arbitration clauses to protect themselves from class action liability. While they often use class action waivers that state the parties agree not to pursue class claims in arbitration,…more

Arbitration, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Illinois Court Holds Relief Available to a Sub-Subcontractor Under an Unjust Enrichment Theory for Work Requested but Not Paid for By General Contractor

C. Szabo Contracting, Inc. v. Lorig Construction Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 131328; 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 699 (Sept. 29, 2014) - In May of 2006, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (“Highway Authority”) retained Defendant…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Contract Disputes, General Contractors, Public Projects

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1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law…more

1099s, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Popular, Private Equity

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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Just How Much Integration Is Enough: FTC Advisory Opinion Finally Provides Guidance For Competitors Seeking To Collaborate Or Jointly Negotiate

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued its first advisory opinion addressing clinical integration programs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without a doubt the advisory opinion is useful for the…more

Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Clinical Integration, Competition

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Drug Company Patent Settlements Subject To Rule Of Reason Antitrust Scrutiny

This week, the Supreme Court announced that “reverse payment” settlements of patent litigation between branded and generic pharmaceutical companies are, when challenged in a subsequent antitrust case, to be judged under the rule…more

Actavis Inc., ANDA, FTC, FTC v Actavis, Generic Drugs

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Anti-Inversion Legislation May Impact Non-Inverted Private Equity Deals

Corporate inversions have been the target of regulatory or statutory tax proposals for many years. However, the recently attempted combination of Pfizer and AstraZeneca received prompt and more far-reaching attention in the U.S…more

AstraZeneca, Corporate Governance, Corporate Taxes, Foreign Corporations, Inversion

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Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck – Considering Usable vs. Rentable Square Footage

In commercial leases the leased premises is usually defined in terms of rentable square feet. Tenants often focus their negotiations on the rental rate for those square feet…more

Contract Drafting, Negotiations, Rent, Square Footage, Tenants

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Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program Email Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) - December 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim is…more

Final Rules, HUD, LEAN Program, Residential Care Facilities, Section 232

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Breathing New Life Into Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment

On Dec. 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a controversial decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania addressing the injunction entered by the Commonwealth Court enjoining the enforcement of a…more

Environmental Policies, Oil & Gas

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Navigating Commercial Lease Assignment Provisions: Tenants Beware

Landlords use lease assignment provisions to maintain control over the quality, composition, and financial capability of their tenants. However, assignment provisions can have a chilling effect on a corporate tenant’s business…more

Assignments, Change in Control, Commercial Leases, Contract Drafting, Landlords

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1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law…more

1099s, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Popular, Private Equity

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Challenges To Deducting Settlement Payments Under The False Claims Act: Fresenius Sheds Light On The Burden

Whether a business may deduct litigation settlement payments can have a substantial real dollar impact on the business. In the midst of combating potential litigation, companies rarely first focus on the potential tax impact of…more

Deductions, False Claims Act, Fresenius, IRS, Settlement

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Halliburton II: Recognizing Costs to Companies, Justices Provide Securities Litigation Defendants New Opportunity to Defeat Class Certification

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, No. 13-317, __ U.S. __ (2014), slip op. (U.S. June 23, 2014) (Halliburton II), holding that defendants in a class action securities lawsuit…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Pre-formation Investments: Thinking Ahead

Investors in private equity funds (Funds) typically invest in blind pools, under which passive investors commit to invest a designated amount of cash in a Fund over an investment period while relying solely upon the Fund’s…more

Funding, Investors, Private Equity, Startups

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When a Minority Stockholder May Be Deemed a Controller

In just the past three months, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued four opinions (In re KKR Financial Holdings LLC Shareholder Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 9210-CB; In re Crimson Exploration Stockholder Litigation, C.A…more

Board of Directors, Controlling Stockholders, Derivative Suit, Energy Sector, Minority Shareholders

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ACA: Employers, Non-Discrimination Rules And The ‘Cadillac Tax’

For most employers, the substantive provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the PPACA) have been implemented. Almost all plans cover an employee’s child until that child reaches the age of 26, fully cover…more

Affordable Care Act, Cadillac Tax, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Human Resources Professionals

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Class Arbitration Contractual Waivers Are Valid And Enforceable Even When Plaintiff’s Recovery Is Outweighed By Individual Arbitration Costs

On June 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-3 opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4700 (June 20, 2013), dealt yet another blow to antitrust plaintiffs’ ability to seek…more

American Express, American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action

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Going Mobile: The Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Program

Employees are increasingly using their personal electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, for work purposes. The trend, dubbed “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD,” has redefined what it means to “be at…more

Bring Your Own Device, Employer Liability Issues, Over-Time, Policies and Procedures, Popular

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Investment Management Update – Fees and Expenses

Pepper Hamilton’s Julia D. Corelli and PEF Services’ Anne Anquillare and Mark Heil, joined Pepper’s Gregory J. Nowak for his monthly webinar which he hosts for West LegalEdcenter. This month the webinar discussed a recent…more

Fees, Fund Expenses, Investment Management, Management Fees, SEC

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New Ninth Circuit Opinion Requires Companies Seeking to Enforce Arbitration to Pay 'Sirius' Attention to Contract Formation

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continued its recent trend of declining to enforce arbitration clauses after finding that the contracts containing those clauses were never actually formed in…more

Appeals, Automotive Industry, Contract Formation, Corporate Counsel, Digital Media

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First Circuit Holds Private Equity Fund May Be Liable For Portfolio Company’s Pension Liability

On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that two private equity funds managed by Sun Capital could be liable for their portfolio company’s withdrawal liability from a multiemployer pension plan (Sun…more

Employee Benefits, Investment Portfolios, Liability, Multiemployer Plan, Pensions

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Supreme Court’s Denial of Certiorari Strengthens Intellectual Property Licensees’ Protections in Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides mechanisms for dealing with cases of cross-border insolvency. On Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jaffé v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., denied review of a decision of the U.S…more

Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Cross-Border, Insolvency, Patents

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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Class Arbitration Contractual Waivers Are Valid And Enforceable Even When Plaintiff’s Recovery Is Outweighed By Individual Arbitration Costs

On June 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-3 opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4700 (June 20, 2013), dealt yet another blow to antitrust plaintiffs’ ability to seek…more

American Express, American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action

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New Jersey Joins the 'Ban the Box' Movement

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act (Act) which prohibits private and public employers that employ 15 or more employees from inquiring about an applicant’s…more

Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Job Applicants

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Counsel to the Company: A Framework for Corporate Governance

As a threshold matter, counsel must identify, and remain clear as to, the identity of its client, which may be the company or a subsidiary, the Board or Board committee, or one or more executives. The identity of the client will…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Board of Directors, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Corporate Counsel

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Going Mobile: The Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Program

Employees are increasingly using their personal electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, for work purposes. The trend, dubbed “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD,” has redefined what it means to “be at…more

Bring Your Own Device, Employer Liability Issues, Over-Time, Policies and Procedures, Popular

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Halliburton II: Recognizing Costs to Companies, Justices Provide Securities Litigation Defendants New Opportunity to Defeat Class Certification

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, No. 13-317, __ U.S. __ (2014), slip op. (U.S. June 23, 2014) (Halliburton II), holding that defendants in a class action securities lawsuit…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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JOBS Act Rules – Limited Grandfathering For Current Investors; Certain Other Form D Developments

Issuers taking advantage of the general solicitation allowance provided by Rule 506(c) must take “reasonable steps” to verify the accredited investor status of investors in the offering…more

Accredited Investors, Advertising, General Solicitation, Grandfathering Rules, Investors

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True Lender Issues Cloud the Future of Marketplace Lending

The relationship between certain peer-to-peer or marketplace lending platforms and the banks who actually make the loans to consumers leads to the often-debated question of “Who is the true lender?” Recent court decisions have…more

Banks, Class Action, Lenders, Loan Servicer, Nonbank Firms

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Seventh Circuit Limits Antitrust Actions for Harm Caused to Foreign Affiliates of U.S. Companies

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, was enacted to provide greater clarity on the Sherman Antitrust Act’s reach. However, the FTAIA continues to muddy the waters. In a recent decision from the…more

Appeals, Cartels, Foreign Subsidiaries, FTAIA, Manufacturers

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Private Equity And The SEC: A Brave New World Of Scrutiny And Compliance

In early April 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the formation of a new unit within its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) that will be dedicated to the examination of private…more

Compliance, Enforcement Actions, Hedge Funds, Investigations, OCIE

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Does the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Make Sense?

Two of the earliest challenges to patents under the new post grant proceedings established by the America Invents Act (AIA) are now on appeal to the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit and both appeals are taking direct…more

America Invents Act, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Claim Construction, Covered Business Method Patents, Patents

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Negotiation Tactics To Consider As Dispute Over Control Of EHR Brews In Milwaukee

A contractual dispute between an electronic health records (EHR) vendor and a federally qualified community health center based in Milwaukee over access to, possession of, control over electronic patient medical records…more

EHR, Vendors

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SEC Approves New Rules to Address Run Risks in Money Market Funds

In This Presentation: - Introduction - Post 2008 Regulatory History - Classifying Money Market Funds - Floating Nav - Liquidity Fees And Redemption Gates - Liquidity Fees -…more

Asset Diversification, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Floating NAV, Liquidity Fees

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Superior Court Decision Protecting Attorney-Expert Communications From Discovery

On April 29, an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court resolved an issue of paramount importance to Pennsylvania litigants: whether communications between an attorney and a testifying expert are protected from discovery by…more

Discovery, Expert Witness, Work Product Privilege, Work-Product Doctrine

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New Survey: Half Of Private Equity Executives Focus On Operational Improvements Before Signing Letter Of Intent

The Deal and Pepper Hamilton LLP released a special report, Strengthening Companies: Operational Improvement Trends, outlining the findings from a new survey of private equity executives. The survey demonstrated the importance…more

Business Development, Corporate Governance, Letters of Intent, Private Equity

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Five Document Management Strategies That Reduce Burdens Of E-Discovery In Construction Claims

Litigants in all industries, including construction, have to deal with electronic documents. Collecting, processing, reviewing and producing these documents involves substantial expenditures of time, manpower and money, often…more

Construction Disputes, Data Retention, Document Retention Policies, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law…more

1099s, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Popular, Private Equity

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CFTC Adopts Final Harmonization Rules For Registered Investment Companies Dually Registered As Commodity Pool Operators

Eighteen months after amending CFTC Regulation 4.5 to narrow the registered investment company (RIC) exclusion from the definition of commodity pool operator (CPO) and issuing a companion release proposing to amend certain…more

CFTC, CPO, NFA, Registration, RICs

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Every Picture Tells a Story... Convincing Regulators and Courts of Your Client’s Position

When facing the potential of spending large sums of money on remediation, administrative enforcement, or litigation due to a chemical release to the environment, you must be able to take the collected information and data and…more

ASTM, Contaminated Properties, Data Collection, Enforcement Actions, Environmental Impact Report

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Long Time Coming: United States Wins First Extradition On Antitrust Charge

On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its first-ever successfully litigated extradition of a foreign citizen to the United States in a federal criminal antitrust case. This was an inevitable next step…more

Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, Extradition

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Forum Selection Bylaws Help Combat Multijurisdictional Shareholder Litigation: State Courts are Increasingly Upholding Forum Selection Provisions in Corporate Bylaws

When almost 98 percent of takeover transactions valued at more than $100 million result in shareholder litigation, and often such transactions are the subject of multiple lawsuits filed in multiple jurisdictions, it is no…more

Bylaws, Delaware General Corporation Law, Forum Selection Clause, Jurisdiction, Multidistrict Litigation

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Counsel to the Company: A Framework for Corporate Governance

As a threshold matter, counsel must identify, and remain clear as to, the identity of its client, which may be the company or a subsidiary, the Board or Board committee, or one or more executives. The identity of the client will…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Board of Directors, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Corporate Counsel

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In Frank Aragona Trust, Tax Court Holds that Trustees’ Activities as Employees Count for Purposes of Material Participation Under Code Section 469

The issue of whether a trust has passive or non-passive income from its investment in a pass-through entity has taken on increased importance in light of the tax imposed on net investment income under Code Section 1411 of the…more

Employee Definition, IRS, Limited Liability Companies, Net Investment Income, Pass-Through Entities

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U.S. District in California Discusses Distinctions between Joint Ventures and Subcontractor Relationships for Miller Act Purposes

Frontier Contr. Inc. v. Allen Eng’g Contr., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136474 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 2014) - Frontier Contracting Inc. (Frontier) entered into a teaming agreement with Allen Engineering Contractor, Inc. (Allen)…more

Construction Industry, Construction Project, Contractors, Joint Venture, Miller Act

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Tax Developments Affecting Health Care Organizations (Presentation)

In this Issue: •Income recognition issues associated with bundled payment arrangements •Income recognition related to electronic health records •Developments involving the nonaccrual experience method of accounting…more

Bundled Payments, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, PHI

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Long Time Coming: United States Wins First Extradition On Antitrust Charge

On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its first-ever successfully litigated extradition of a foreign citizen to the United States in a federal criminal antitrust case. This was an inevitable next step…more

Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, Extradition

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Regulations Finalize Treatment of Basis of Indebtedness of S Corporations to Their Shareholders

Regulations issued July 23, 2014 finalize certain treatment of the basis of indebtedness of S corporations to their shareholders. The regulations adopt the June 2012 proposed regulations without substantive change, except for…more

Debt Restructuring, Debt Securities, Insider Loans, S-Corporation, Tax Basis

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Five Cost/Price Evaluation Lessons From Recent Bid Protest Decisions

Introduction - In this era of sequestration and decreased defense spending, paying close attention to cost and price issues is of paramount importance to contractors submitting proposals to the federal government. Nine…more

COFC, Contractors, Defense Contracts, GAO, Sequestration

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New Ninth Circuit Opinion Requires Companies Seeking to Enforce Arbitration to Pay 'Sirius' Attention to Contract Formation

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continued its recent trend of declining to enforce arbitration clauses after finding that the contracts containing those clauses were never actually formed in…more

Appeals, Automotive Industry, Contract Formation, Corporate Counsel, Digital Media

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Title IX: Responding To Sexual Harassment And Violence Incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach - A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies…more

Corporate Counsel, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Title IX, Workplace Violence

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Don’t Short Before The Deal, SEC Reminds Hedge Funds And Buyside Firms

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 23 investment firms for violations of Rule 105 of SEC Regulation M. Rule 105 generally prohibits short selling securities…more

Enforcement Actions, Hedge Funds, Public Offerings, Regulation M, SEC

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Third Circuit: Securities Fraud Liability May Be Imputed To Employer Whose Employee Ran Ponzi Scheme On The Side

On February 22, 2013, in the precedential opinion in Belmont v. MB Inv. Partners, Inc., a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Judges Anthony J. Scirica, D. Michael Fisher and Kent A. Jordan)…more

Negligent Supervision, Ponzi Scheme, Securities Fraud, Vicarious Liability

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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Supreme Court Holds That Courts Must Defer To Arbitrators In First Case Addressing International Investment Treaty Arbitration

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided BG Group, PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first case in which the Court addressed an international investment treaty arbitration (a case between a private investor and…more

BG Group v Republic of Argentina, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Foreign Arbitration Clauses, International Arbitration, SCOTUS

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Smart Contracting For Green Design And Construction

Originally published in Green Building News, February 20, 2013. Successful green building requires more planning and, preferably, a greater degree of integration in overall project delivery, than building without green…more

AIA Construction Forms, Construction Contracts, Design-Bid-Build, ENERGY STAR Program, Green Buildings

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Post-Confirmation: Ignoring Court Orders Is Not A Good Idea

In re Castle Home Builders, Inc., 520 B.R. 98 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014) – The debtors obtained confirmation of plans of reorganization that restructured prepetition mortgage loans.  When the servicer for some of the loans…more

Bank of America, Commercial Bankruptcy, Contractors, General Contractors, Mortgage Lenders

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Bill Baer Announces First Major Policy Shift And Provides 2013 Antitrust Division Update

Bill Baer assumed his post as leader of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in January of this year and is starting to make his mark…more

Antitrust Investigations, Antitrust Litigation, DOJ, Enforcement, Political Appointments

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FTC Finalizes Amendments To HSR Rules Regarding Transfer Of Exclusive Patent Rights In The Pharmaceutical Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized certain amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) premerger notification regulations clarifying the scope of reportable transactions involving transfers of patent rights in the…more

FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Licenses, Manufacturers, Patents

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FTC Report Tallies Hatch-Waxman Settlements for FY2013

On December 22, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) released an overview of pharmaceutical patent settlements filed with the Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012–September 30, 2013). The FTC has…more

Annual Reports, Enforcement Statistics, FTC, Hatch-Waxman, Patents

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Power Plants: What’s In Store For New And Existing Plants?

Among the various Clean Air Act programs, it has been suggested that the New Source Performance Standards program provides the best vehicle for a manageable and effective reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. On June 25…more

Carbon Emissions, Energy, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act Contraception Mandate

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be required to provide health insurance coverage that includes certain types of contraception…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Government’s Appeal Of Sixth Circuit’s Ruling In U.S. v. Quality Stores That SUB Payments Are Not ‘Wages’ Subject To FICA Taxation

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the federal government’s appeal of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. (In re Quality Stores, Inc.), 693 F.3d 605 (6th Cir. 2012),…more

FICA Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, SUB Payments, Wages

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Debt Markets: Taper Your Enthusiasm – An Update

The debt markets have outperformed themselves during 2013, harkening back to the boom years of 2005 through 2007. That is, if you measure performance by the amount of liquidity in the market. In the context of an overall…more

Debt, EBITDA, Federal Reserve, Hedge Funds, Interest Rates

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U.S. Supreme Court Scrutinizes Three Proposed Standards for Determining Section 11 Liability for Statements of Opinion or Belief

On Monday, November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435. As noted in our previous client alert regarding this case, on…more

Certiorari, Corporate Issuers, Evidence, False Statements, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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Progress Report On DOD’s Adoption Of Renewable Energy Sources Shows Positive Signs

The Pew Charitable Trusts issued a report this month on the progress of the Department of Defense (DoD) in meeting its renewable energy goals – goals set over a period of years through various means, including legislation. The…more

DOD, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy

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Club Deals: Analysis Of Legal Risks And Potential Consequences

This article analyzes the legal risks and potential consequences of private equity firms collaborating with one another to create consortiums or so-called "clubs" to jointly bid for acquisition of a publicly listed target…more

Acquisitions, DOJ, Investigations, Private Equity, Risk Assessment

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Securities And Exchange Commission Creates New Private Fund Unit Dedicated To Examination Of Private Equity And Hedge Funds

On April 7, 2014, it was announced that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has created a new private fund unit dedicated to the examination of private equity and hedge funds…more

Enforcement, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Funds, SEC

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Superior Court Decision Protecting Attorney-Expert Communications From Discovery

On April 29, an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court resolved an issue of paramount importance to Pennsylvania litigants: whether communications between an attorney and a testifying expert are protected from discovery by…more

Discovery, Expert Witness, Work Product Privilege, Work-Product Doctrine

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New York Commercial Division Enacts New Rule to Promote More Efficient Privilege Logging

When responding to document requests or a subpoena duces tecum, litigants in New York traditionally have been faced with the onerous privilege log requirements set forth in Section 3122 of the New York Civil Practice Law and…more

Discovery, Privilege Logs, Subpoenas

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Delaware Proposes New Bank Franchise Alternative Tax Apportionment Rule

The Delaware State Bank Commissioner proposes to amend Regulation 1114 (Alternative Franchise Tax), which would change the current bank alternative franchise tax apportionment methodology. Interested parties may offer comments…more

Apportionment, Banks, Franchise Taxes, Proposed Amendments, Subsidiaries

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Update on Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s Decision in the Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc. Bankruptcy Case

Section 363 of the Bankruptcy code has been a topic of discussion in legal circles lately. We are joined by Henry Jaffe, a partner in Pepper’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, to discuss Section 363 and…more

363 Sales, Commercial Bankruptcy, Fisker

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FINRA’s 2014 Regulatory And Examination Priorities Address Existing And Emerging Investor Protection And Market Integrity Issues

On January 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its annual regulatory and examination priorities letter. The letter identifies and sets forth how FINRA intends to address significant risks and issues…more

Algorithmic Trading, Broker-Dealer, Cybersecurity, Financial Reporting, FINRA

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Testing the Privacy Waters: Does Recent FCC Privacy Enforcement Signal the Reclassification of Broadband Internet Service Providers as Common Carriers?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a busy year in 2014. During the past 12 months, the FCC proposed new regulations on net neutrality and pursued the largest privacy action in its history against TerraCom, Inc. and…more

Broadband, Enforcement Actions, FCC, FTC, ISPs

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The Global Crackdown on Profit Shifting

CFOs of multinationals need to prepare by assessing how much their companies engage in profit shifting to cut their taxes. Do you have responsibility, whether direct or dotted line, for the tax function in your…more

BEPS, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Multinationals, OECD

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Intellectual Property Issues for Health Care Providers - November 2014

In This Presentation: - Introduction - Intellectual Property (IP) Basics - IP Strategy - IP Encountered by Health Care Providers - Securing Ownership of IP Assets - Managing/Registering…more

Business Assets, Copyright, Health Care Providers, Patents, Trade Secrets

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Great Investment For Doctors: Joint Venture Pharmacies

With reimbursement levels declining, health care organizations, including pharmacies and physicians, continue to look for ways to diversify their businesses. A very attractive vehicle for increasing revenues has been ancillary…more

Healthcare, Joint Venture, Pharmacies, Physicians, Reimbursements

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2014 Brings Changes In Pennsylvania Realty Transfer Tax

Act 52 of 2013 amended many provisions of Pennsylvania state taxes, including some relatively minor changes to the realty transfer tax that took effect on January 1, 2014. The most significant change to the realty transfer tax…more

Property Tax, Real Estate Market, Real Estate Transfers, Transfer Taxes

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act Contraception Mandate

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be required to provide health insurance coverage that includes certain types of contraception…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

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Ebola: Legal Considerations for Health Care Employers

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low,” it is promulgating new protocols to more precisely address safety issues in the health care…more

ADA, CDC, Ebola, Employer Liability Issues, Health Care Providers

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Privacy and Data Security 2015: President Obama’s Mandate for a Strong Tight-Knit Legislative Framework

In his January 20 State of the Union address, President Obama said, “We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.” This statement was used as a theme for the economic initiatives set…more

Banking Sector, Barack Obama, Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, Cybersecurity, Energy Sector

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NYSE And NASDAQ Compensation Committee And Compensation Advisers Listing Standards

Section 952 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Act) provides standards and disclosure requirements related to the independence of compensation committees and their retained advisors. To…more

Compensation Committee, Dodd-Frank, Listing Standards, Nasdaq, NYSE

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Practical Considerations For A Rule 506(c) General Solicitation

So you want to jump into the fray and take advantage of the new opportunities created by the JOBS Act’s elimination of the ban on general advertising of private placements?…more

Advertising, Dodd-Frank, General Solicitation, JOBS Act, Private Placements

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Misbranded Drugs: A Danger To Physicians And Patients

Mail-order businesses, including pharmacies, bombard doctors by fax, phone, and Internet offering an assortment of name-brand medications and treatments at bargain prices. These new options tempt physicians with the promise of…more

Counterfeit Drugs, Criminal Prosecution, FDA, FDCA, Healthcare

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U.S. District Court in Minnesota Rejects Owner’s Implied Warranty Claims Against Installation Contractor – Also Holds Recovery of Lost Profits Barred By Limitation of Damages Clause

Spectro Alloys Corp. v. Fire Brick Eng’rs Co., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140817 (D. Minn. Oct. 3, 2014). Spectro Alloys Corporation (“Spectro”) operates a smelter, and it hired Fire Brick Engineers (“FBE”) to install…more

Breach of Contract, Breach of Warranty, Business Litigation, Consequential Damages

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Telemedicine: Many Opportunities, Many Legal Issues, Many Risks

Telemedicine touches on multiple practice areas for health care lawyers, such as payment and reimbursement, fraud and abuse, credentialing and privileging, peer review, privacy, consent, licensing, and regulatory compliance…more

ATA, CMS, Healthcare, Technology, Telemedicine

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Privacy and Data Security 2015: President Obama’s Mandate for a Strong Tight-Knit Legislative Framework

In his January 20 State of the Union address, President Obama said, “We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.” This statement was used as a theme for the economic initiatives set…more

Banking Sector, Barack Obama, Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, Cybersecurity, Energy Sector

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Underwriters, Universities and Government Debt Issuers Face a Critical Deadline

Join Pepper Hamilton in a special webinar examining the latest developments in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative), including what…more

Deadlines, Debt, Debtors, Disclosure Requirements, MCDC

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Lending Club IPO Packs More than the Usual Legal Drama

The upcoming initial public offering of LendingClub Corporation will be a true “coming of age” event in the peer-to-peer lending industry. Though Lending Club and its chief rival, Prosper Marketplace, have been in business for…more

IPO, Lending, Peer-to-Peer, Popular

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Village At Camp Bowie: The Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Artificial Impairment

A key tenet of reorganization under Chapter 11 is that if the debtor’s plan impairs creditors, at least some of those creditors must agree to the plan. More specifically, “if a class of claims is impaired under the plan, at…more

Artificial Impairment, Chapter 11, Creditors, Debtors, Reorganizations

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Hut, Hut, Hike! Investors Buying Stock In NFL Player Through First Fantex IPO

On April 28, 2014, shares of Fantex, Inc. (Fantex), which are linked to the performance and earnings of Vernon Davis, star tight end of the San Francisco 49ers, were sold to the public. Other professional football players for…more

Fantex, Football, IPO, Vernon Davis

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Court of Federal Claims Determines That Government Contractor May Recover for Losses Attributable to Omissions and Inaccuracies in Data Provided By Government in Negotiated Procurement

Philadelphia Auth. for Indus. Dev. v. United States, 114 Fed. Cl. 519 (2014) - In this action, the United States Court of Federal Claims denied the Government’s motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, holding that…more

Court of Federal Claims, Federal Contractors, Federal Procurement Systems, Misrepresentation, Omissions

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The Louisiana Supreme Court's Decision In Caldwell v. Janssen And The Broader Implications

On January 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Louisiana set aside a judgment of $257 million in civil penalties that a lower court had entered in favor of the state against Janssen under the Louisiana Medicaid false claims act,…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, False Claims Act, Fraud, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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Private Equity Co-Investments

Interest in co-investment opportunities has increased over the years due to investor demands for lower-cost investments and the need of fund sponsors to differentiate themselves from other private equity firms. As institutional…more

Co-Investment Rights, Fundraisers, Investors, Private Equity, Private Funds

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Progress Report On DOD’s Adoption Of Renewable Energy Sources Shows Positive Signs

The Pew Charitable Trusts issued a report this month on the progress of the Department of Defense (DoD) in meeting its renewable energy goals – goals set over a period of years through various means, including legislation. The…more

DOD, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy

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Claims: Government Investigations, Enforcement and Triggering Insurance Coverage Under D and O Insurance

Recently, Pepper attorneys Frank A. Mayer, III and Charles E. Leasure, III gave a presentation on when an examination of a regulated institution triggers a claim and benefits under an insurance policy. They discussed the latest…more

Board of Directors, D&O Insurance, Investigations, Professional Liability

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Treasury Announces New Markets Tax Credit Awards

The U.S. Treasury Department has announced its award of $3.5 billion of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations to 87 Community Development Entities (CDEs) across the country. The allocations will generate $1.365 billion of…more

Community Development Entities, Equity Investors, NMTC, Tax Credits, U.S. Treasury

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Term Adjustment Provisions

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued in Novartis v. Lee its anticipated opinion regarding the proper interpretation of 35 U.S.C. § 154, the statute that determines how patent term adjustment (PTA) is calculated. The…more

Patent Litigation, Patent Reform, Patent Term Adjustment, Patent Terms, Patents

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Proposed Section 752 Regulations Would Prohibit Bottom Guarantees And Impose Net Worth Requirements In UPREIT Transactions

The IRS has recently proposed regulations under Section 752 of the Code which, if finalized in current form, would radically change the use of guarantees in partnership transactions. Under these regulations, bottom guarantees…more

Business Taxes, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, IRS, Partnerships

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No Smoking = No Vaping?

The days of lighting up at the office are making a comeback in some workplaces, thanks to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013, one in five adult smokers reported…more

CDC, CVS, E-Cigarettes, Employer Group Health Plans, Employment Policies

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Is the Party Over? New Jersey Permit Extension Act to Expire Unless Legislature Acts

Members of New Jersey’s development community are wondering: “Is the permit extension party over?” For the last six years, approved development projects have received the protection of the New Jersey Permit Extension Act (PEA),…more

Building Permits, Real Estate Development, Tolling Provisions

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Fear of Heights? OCC Adopts Heightened Standards for Risk Governance of Large Institutions

Wasting no time in leaving summer behind, on September 2, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) adopted Final Guidelines, to be published soon in the Federal Register, establishing risk governance standards…more

Banks, FDIC, Financial Regulatory Reform, OCC, Risk Assessment

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Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law Of 1963 – The Owner’s Perspective After The Amendments Of 2006 - 2014

When a property owner undertakes a construction project, chances are that he looks forward to enjoying his new (or improved) property. Drawings in hand, he anticipates the day when his project will be complete and ready for…more

Construction Industry, Liens, Mechanics Lien

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Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for…more

Breach of Contract, Class Action, Data Breach, Health Care Providers, HIPAA

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Superior Court Of Pennsylvania Sets Forth Standard For Evaluating Whether An Insured Must Honor Consent To Settlement Clauses

In The Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. Am. Nuclear Insurers, No. 525 WDA 2012, 2013 Pa. Super. LEXIS 1630 (Pa. Super. Ct. July 10, 2013), the Superior Court of Pennsylvania addressed the circumstances under which an insured, who does…more

Consent, Insureds, Insurers, Settlement

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Non-U.S. Whistleblower's Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Rejected

On Aug. 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that helps clarify the territorial reach of the anti-retaliation provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 15 USC…more

Dodd-Frank, Popular, Retaliation, Whistleblower Protection Policies, Whistleblowers

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The Pepper 5: On 2014 Venture Capital Funding Outlook

This is a podcast series where we ask Pepper attorneys five key questions on topics that are top of mind for our clients. Today we are focusing on venture funding and our guest is Pepper partner Steven R. London from our Boston…more

Venture Capital

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A Cautionary Tale on Gun-Jumping: The Antitrust Division Expands its Use of Disgorgement in Enforcement of Civil Antitrust

The success of a merger or acquisition often largely depends on pre-closing planning and the rapid integration of the merged entities or acquired assets. In any transaction, the need for planning and speed create certain…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Corporate Counsel, Disgorgement, Enforcement

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Are You Ready For Your Next Audit?

By now, federal contractors should have taken a hard look at their current Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) policies, procedures and documentation to ensure compliance with the new requirements. Under the Office of Federal Contract…more

Affirmative Action, Audits, Federal Contractors, Hiring & Firing, OFCCP

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Supreme Court Clarifies Jurisdiction Over Claims Arising Under Procurement Code

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently confirmed the absolute right of Commonwealth agencies to withdraw solicitations for contracts, as well as the exclusive jurisdiction of the Board of Claims to hear disputes with the…more

Bids, Contract Solicitation, Jurisdiction, Sovereign Immunity

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By the Book: What’s Lurking in Your Employee Handbook – And How Recently Has it Been Reviewed?

Ideally, a company’s employee handbook lays the groundwork for the employer-employee relationship, spells out what is expected of employees, and serves many purposes that are critical to sustaining a company’s business and…more

Compliance, EEOC, Employee Handbooks, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues

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Club Deals: Analysis Of Legal Risks And Potential Consequences

This article analyzes the legal risks and potential consequences of private equity firms collaborating with one another to create consortiums or so-called "clubs" to jointly bid for acquisition of a publicly listed target…more

Acquisitions, DOJ, Investigations, Private Equity, Risk Assessment

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Private Equity And The SEC: A Brave New World Of Scrutiny And Compliance

In early April 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the formation of a new unit within its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) that will be dedicated to the examination of private…more

Compliance, Enforcement Actions, Hedge Funds, Investigations, OCIE

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Finding Bank Fraud Without Defrauding Bank – Supreme Court Grapples with Reach of Federal Criminal Bank Fraud Statute

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court in Loughrin v. United States unanimously rejected the petitioner’s argument to narrow the federal criminal law against bank fraud by reading into that statute’s second clause a…more

Bank Fraud, Banks, FIRREA, Fraud, SCOTUS

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Observation 2.0: The Anti-Evasion Provision of the Volcker Rule

Overview This Client Alert continues Pepper’s observations on the Volcker Rule. Critical attention should be paid to the Volcker Rule’s anti-evasion provision, a powerful tool granted by Congress to the regulatory agencies to…more

Bank Examinations, Bank Holding Company, Banks, Compliance, Dodd-Frank

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New Jersey Enacts Law Providing Increased Protection To Pregnant Employees

Earlier this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that expressly bans pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for workers on the basis of…more

Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FLSA Overtime Claims in Hospital Meal Break Cases

On August 26, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime claims brought against a myriad of health care systems and their…more

Employee Rights, FLSA, Healthcare, Healthcare Professionals, Hospitals

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Tax Developments Affecting Health Care Organizations (Presentation)

In this Issue: •Income recognition issues associated with bundled payment arrangements •Income recognition related to electronic health records •Developments involving the nonaccrual experience method of accounting…more

Bundled Payments, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, PHI

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Just How Much Integration Is Enough: FTC Advisory Opinion Finally Provides Guidance For Competitors Seeking To Collaborate Or Jointly Negotiate

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued its first advisory opinion addressing clinical integration programs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without a doubt the advisory opinion is useful for the…more

Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Clinical Integration, Competition

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Consumer Protection Laws And Prescription Meds: A Poor Fit

Purchasers of prescription medications often file class actions in large, multidistrict litigation alleging that they were defrauded by manufacturers. In these actions, patients, many of whom disclaim any physical injury, become…more

Drug Manufacturers, Fraud, Multidistrict Litigation, Prescription Drugs

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‘When Do I Get My Space?’ A Brief Tenant Improvements Guide for Tenants

You’ve had enough of building tours, negotiating lease terms, conference calls and your inbox filling up with PDFs of nearly final improvement specifications and space plans. You’ve finally signed a shiny new lease for space…more

Commercial Leases, Leases, Property Access, Property Improvements, Residential Leases

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Observation 2.0: The Anti-Evasion Provision of the Volcker Rule

Overview This Client Alert continues Pepper’s observations on the Volcker Rule. Critical attention should be paid to the Volcker Rule’s anti-evasion provision, a powerful tool granted by Congress to the regulatory agencies to…more

Bank Examinations, Bank Holding Company, Banks, Compliance, Dodd-Frank

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Observation 1.3 On The Volcker Rule: What Fund Managers Need To Know About The Volcker Rule Impact On Client Bank Investors

On April 1, 2014, the final regulations implementing the “Volcker Rule” became effective. The regulations were jointly adopted on December 10, 2013 by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Office of the…more

CFTC, Federal Reserve, Fund Managers, Investment Funds, Proprietary Trading

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PTAB Grants a Patent Owner’s Request to Amend

In an Inter Partes review (IPR) proceeding before the PTAB, a patent owner is not automatically afforded the right to amend the challenged claims. Rather, the patent owner has a burden of establishing that it is entitled to…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for…more

Breach of Contract, Class Action, Data Breach, Health Care Providers, HIPAA

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Wage and Hour Issues in 2015

The start of a new year is always a good time to survey the landscape and see what is on the horizon. 2015 promises to provide: legislative battles over increases to the minimum wage, increased wage and hour litigation and…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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En Banc Pennsylvania Superior Court Rejects Extending CASPA Liability Beyond Contracting Parties

Scungio Borst & Assocs. v. 410 Shurs Lane Developers, LLC et al., 2014 Pa. Super. LEXIS 4527 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014). On reconsideration of an earlier panel decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Court en banc rejected a…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Contract Disputes, Contractors, Subcontractors

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CFPB Issues Final Mortgage Servicing Rules

On January 17, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two final servicing rules that amend and add new provisions to the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Rules), as…more

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, CFPB, Delinquent Borrowers, Dodd-Frank, Loss Mitigation

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Ebola: Legal Considerations for Health Care Employers

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low,” it is promulgating new protocols to more precisely address safety issues in the health care…more

ADA, CDC, Ebola, Employer Liability Issues, Health Care Providers

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Beyond Privacy Policies: Practical Privacy For Web Sites And Mobile Apps

In this environment of growing attention to the risks of data security breaches, and in the midst of an explosion of mobile applications that make data storage an increasingly far-flung proposition, many organizations assume…more

Data Breach, Data Protection, FTC, Mobile Privacy, Privacy Policy

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Recent Changes to California Medical Information Privacy Laws Create More Flexibility and Give Rise to Increased Enforcement

Under California Health & Safety Code (HSC) sections 1280.15(a) and (b), California licensed clinics, hospitals, home health agencies and hospices are required to prevent “unlawful or unauthorized access to, and use or…more

Health & Safety Standard, Healthcare Facilities, HIPAA, Home Health Agencies, Hospice

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Investment Management Update – Fees and Expenses

Pepper Hamilton’s Julia D. Corelli and PEF Services’ Anne Anquillare and Mark Heil, joined Pepper’s Gregory J. Nowak for his monthly webinar which he hosts for West LegalEdcenter. This month the webinar discussed a recent…more

Fees, Fund Expenses, Investment Management, Management Fees, SEC

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California Data Breaches Require Identity Protection Services

California has long set the standard for protection of its residents’ personal information. California’s constitution explicitly recognizes a right to individual privacy and California’s legislature has been on the forefront of…more

Breach Notification Rule, Credit Monitoring, Data Breach, Jerry Brown, New Legislation

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New Brazilian Legislation Addresses Bribery By Corporate Entities

Bill Provides Important Incentives for Corporate Compliance Programs - The millions of Brazilians protesting in recent weeks in cities and towns across Brazil have brought important and far-reaching corruption reform to…more

Anti-Corruption, Bribery, Compliance, Corruption, Employer Liability Issues

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Promotion Of Arbitration In The 21st Century

While pundits complain about the United States Supreme Court’s diminishing docket, one area of law seems to have increased in popularity with the justices: arbitration law, and in particular the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)…more

Arbitration, Federal Arbitration Act, SCOTUS

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New Jersey Sets Low Bar for Workers Filing Independent Contractor Misclassification Suits

More than a year ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in an independent contractor misclassification class action, asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to articulate the test that judges should apply in state law…more

Corporate Counsel, Delivery Drivers, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors

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Breathing New Life Into Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment

On Dec. 19, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a controversial decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania addressing the injunction entered by the Commonwealth Court enjoining the enforcement of a…more

Environmental Policies, Oil & Gas

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PTAB Grants a Patent Owner’s Request to Amend

In an Inter Partes review (IPR) proceeding before the PTAB, a patent owner is not automatically afforded the right to amend the challenged claims. Rather, the patent owner has a burden of establishing that it is entitled to…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of the Proposed Rule and Draft Assessment Tool

Ever since HUD’s Proposed Rule regarding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (the Rule) was published on July 19, 2013, the housing industry and fair housing advocates have each drawn clear lines in the sand as to where they…more

Affordable Housing, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing, Fair Housing Act

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New Jersey’s New Complex Business Litigation Program Offers Potential Advantages

After a year of considering the needs of parties to business-related litigation, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has announced that the Judiciary will implement a “Complex Business Litigation Program” effective January 1, 2015,…more

Business Court Division, Business Disputes, Business Litigation, Construction Disputes, Construction Industry

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DOJ, Antitrust Division Speaks Out On Non-Reportable Transactions

On April 25, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Civil Enforcement Leslie Overton gave a speech focused entirely on the Antitrust Division’s enforcement activities related to transactions that do not trigger a filing under the…more

Antitrust Investigations, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

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U.S. Supreme Court Scrutinizes Three Proposed Standards for Determining Section 11 Liability for Statements of Opinion or Belief

On Monday, November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435. As noted in our previous client alert regarding this case, on…more

Certiorari, Corporate Issuers, Evidence, False Statements, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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Supreme Court’s Denial of Certiorari Strengthens Intellectual Property Licensees’ Protections in Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides mechanisms for dealing with cases of cross-border insolvency. On Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jaffé v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., denied review of a decision of the U.S…more

Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Cross-Border, Insolvency, Patents

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New Jersey Sets Low Bar for Workers Filing Independent Contractor Misclassification Suits

More than a year ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in an independent contractor misclassification class action, asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to articulate the test that judges should apply in state law…more

Corporate Counsel, Delivery Drivers, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors

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Recent Developments in PA and NJ Regarding Scope of Privilege for Health Care Facilities Engaged in Peer Reviews and Self-Critical Analysis

Three recent cases offer guidance to health care entities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey regarding the discovery of documents created in connection with peer reviews, quality of care reviews and adverse event investigations…more

Healthcare, Healthcare Professionals, HMOs, Hospitals, Patient Safety

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IRS Issues a Field Service Advice on AMT NOL Ordering Rules

Section 172(b)(1)(A) provides that Net Operating Losses (NOLs) may generally be carried back two years and carried forward 20 years. The alternative minimum tax NOL cannot exceed 90 percent of alternative minimum taxable income…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, Field Advisories, IRS, Net Operating Losses

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Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff from…more

Contract Disputes, Gist of the Action, Homeowner's Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Negligence

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Defeating Economic Loss Claims In Pharma Class Actions

Where product liability actions or government investigators have targeted a prescription drug, class actions follow alleging that patients are entitled to a refund of what they paid for the medicine. The theory of these…more

Class Action, Economic Loss Doctrine, Pharmaceutical

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Proposed Section 752 Regulations Would Prohibit Bottom Guarantees And Impose Net Worth Requirements In UPREIT Transactions

The IRS has recently proposed regulations under Section 752 of the Code which, if finalized in current form, would radically change the use of guarantees in partnership transactions. Under these regulations, bottom guarantees…more

Business Taxes, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, IRS, Partnerships

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Cross-Border Update on Investing and Doing Business in the United States

In this Issue: - Indian FDI into the United States - Indian Imports into the United States - Formation of US Subsidiaries - Ownership - Liability of Equity Holders - Management…more

Cross-Border, Exports, Foreign Investment, Imports, India

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Small Business Administration Issues Call for Early Stage Managers

Call Notice and Application Process - On January 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a “Call for Early Stage Fund Managers” in the Federal Register, inviting all interested early stage fund managers to…more

Debentures, Financing, Fund Managers, Licensing Rules, SBA

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Unpaid And Underpaid Internships May Cost Employers

Over the past year, unpaid internships have garnered increasing attention. Ross Perlin, the author of “Intern Nation,” estimated in 2011 that more than a million people participate in internships each year in the United States,…more

Employer Liability Issues, Internships, Misclassification, Unpaid Interns

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New Jersey Sets Low Bar for Workers Filing Independent Contractor Misclassification Suits

More than a year ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in an independent contractor misclassification class action, asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to articulate the test that judges should apply in state law…more

Corporate Counsel, Delivery Drivers, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors

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Third Circuit Reaffirms the Difficulty of Binding a Non-Signatory to Arbitration

Federal law’s much-talked-about presumption in favor of enforcing arbitration clauses has its limits. On August 11, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit identified one of those limitations: the…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Enforcement, Non-Signatories

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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D.C. Circuit Rules A Provision Of The SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Violates The First Amendment

On April 14, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Nat'l Ass'n of Mfrs. v. SEC, 2014 BL 102614, D.C. Cir., No. 13-5252, 4/14/14) upheld all aspects of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s conflict mineral rule,…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, First Amendment, Natural Resources, SEC

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Third Circuit Reconciles Split Over The Standard For Deciding Motions To Compel Arbitration And Clarifies When Discovery Is Allowed On The Arbitrability Issue

In Guidotti v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, LLC, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reconciled a split on which standards apply to motions to compel arbitration, concluding that the Rule 12(b)(6)…more

Arbitration, Discovery, Motion to Dismiss, Split of Authority

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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction but Leaves Some Questions Unanswered in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely followed case of Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, Chapter 7 Trustee of Estate of Bellingham Insurance Agency, Inc., 573 U.S. ___ (2014) (Bellingham) this…more

Article III, Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy, EBIA v Arkison, Executive Benefits Insurance Agency

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Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program Email Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) - December 2014

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim is…more

Final Rules, HUD, LEAN Program, Residential Care Facilities, Section 232

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Five Cost/Price Evaluation Lessons From Recent Bid Protest Decisions

Introduction - In this era of sequestration and decreased defense spending, paying close attention to cost and price issues is of paramount importance to contractors submitting proposals to the federal government. Nine…more

COFC, Contractors, Defense Contracts, GAO, Sequestration

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Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff from…more

Contract Disputes, Gist of the Action, Homeowner's Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Negligence

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More Biotech and Diagnostic Patents At Risk After Federal Circuit Decision

On December 17, 2014, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found that certain claims relating to Myriad’s BRCA1 genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as being ineligible for patent…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, DNA, Mayo v. Prometheus

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Intellectual Property Issues for Health Care Providers - November 2014

In This Presentation: - Introduction - Intellectual Property (IP) Basics - IP Strategy - IP Encountered by Health Care Providers - Securing Ownership of IP Assets - Managing/Registering…more

Business Assets, Copyright, Health Care Providers, Patents, Trade Secrets

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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Seventh Circuit Limits Antitrust Actions for Harm Caused to Foreign Affiliates of U.S. Companies

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, was enacted to provide greater clarity on the Sherman Antitrust Act’s reach. However, the FTAIA continues to muddy the waters. In a recent decision from the…more

Appeals, Cartels, Foreign Subsidiaries, FTAIA, Manufacturers

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Extended SEC MCDC Initiative Deadline Does Little to Lessen Urgency

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently modified its Enforcement Division’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative in order to encourage as much participation in the program as…more

Deadlines, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, MCDC, SEC

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Online Direct (P2P) Lending Law And Regulations — Before You Do Anything Else!

Few people following the crowdfunding space have been able to ignore the recent meteoric rise of online direct lending, often called “peer-to-peer” (P2P) lending. What started out as a simple one-to-multiple consumer lending…more

Broker-Dealer, Crowdfunding, FINRA, Investment Adviser, Investment Opportunities

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NJ Law Grants Tenants Implied Right To Attorney’s Fees Under Residential Leases

New Jersey’s residential landlord/tenant statute has long been considered “tenant-friendly.” This trend continues with the recent enactment of Assembly Bill 3851signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on January 17, 2014. Under…more

Attorney's Fees, Landlords, Leases, Residential Leases, Tenants

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Title IX: Responding To Sexual Harassment And Violence Incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach - A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies…more

Corporate Counsel, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Title IX, Workplace Violence

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Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission…more

Disclosure Requirements, Governmental Liability, Investors, Misleading Statements, Municipal Bonds

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Prosecution Of Frauds And Crimes In The C-Suite: What Can We Learn From These Cases And Trends?

The press, members of Congress, and judges have become increasingly vocal in condemning what they perceive to be inadequate criminal prosecution of executives responsible for corporate crimes. In response, U.S. Department of…more

C-Suite Executives, Compliance, Criminal Prosecution, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, DOJ

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NLRB Issues Final Rule on ‘Quickie Elections’

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published its much-anticipated final rule (Rule) on “quickie elections.” The Rule, which amends union representation and election procedures, is scheduled to take…more

Ambush Election Rules, Final Rules, NLRB, Union Elections, Unions

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Connecticut Supreme Court Construes “Active Interference” Exception to “No-Damage-for-Delay” Clause

C&H Electric, Inc. v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843, 2014 Conn. LEXIS 263 (Aug. 5, 2014) - This dispute arose out of a project to renovate and build an addition at a high school in the Town of Bethel, Connecticut. The…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Workers, Contractors, No Damage For Delay

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Description of the Small Business Investment Company Early State SBIC Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)…more

Debentures, Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act, Leveraged Lending, SBA, SBIA

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Contractor May Recover in Quantum Meruit Where Home Improvement Contract Does Not Satisfy Statutory Requirements for Enforcement

Homeowners Raymond and Donna Mantia contracted Shafer Electric & Construction (“Shafer”) to build a two-car garage addition onto their house. Shafer’s proposal was extremely detailed as to the work to be completed. Despite the…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Contract Disputes, Contractors, General Contractors

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Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for…more

Breach of Contract, Class Action, Data Breach, Health Care Providers, HIPAA

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Access to Justice Panel Urged for Pa.

The creation of a first-ever Access to Justice Commission to serve as a vehicle for studying and implementing measures to expand access to justice in the commonwealth is among the key recommendations released by the Pennsylvania…more

Access to Justice Commission, Legislative Agendas

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FTC Report Tallies Hatch-Waxman Settlements for FY2013

On December 22, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) released an overview of pharmaceutical patent settlements filed with the Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012–September 30, 2013). The FTC has…more

Annual Reports, Enforcement Statistics, FTC, Hatch-Waxman, Patents

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Feds Pose Privacy Risk by Grabbing Overseas ISP E-mails

Microsoft Corp. is appealing the recent decision of U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska which requires the company to disclose the contents of e-mails stored at a data center in Dublin, Ireland, in compliance with a warrant…more

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No Easy A: SEC Proposes Rules For Regulation A+

In the last of its major rulemaking proposals under the JOBS Act, on December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to publish proposed rules to modify and develop Regulation A, the so-called (and…more

Crowdfunding, Investors, JOBS Act, Preemption, Public Offerings

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Disaster and Pandemic Planning for Employers – A Primer

The only thing certain about disasters and pandemics is that they are uncertain. You never know who, what, where, why and when they will strike. But whatever the cause, a disaster or pandemic can have a serious impact on a…more

ADA, Disaster Preparedness, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, FMLA

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Patently Lincoln

Some may know that Abraham Lincoln is the only president to apply for and be granted a U.S. Patent (No. 6,469 – “A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals”), but few are aware that he was also an active patent litigator and a…more

Abraham Lincoln, Infringement, Patent Applications, Patents, USPTO

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Managing Potential Sticker Shock – Agencies Release Guidance to Prepare Banks for HELOC End-of-Draw Periods

On June 30, 2014, the federal financial institution regulatory agencies (the Agencies) published Interagency Guidance on Home Equity Lines of Credit Nearing Their End-of Draw Period (the Guidance), which, as the title suggests,…more

Banking Sector, HELOC, Mortgages, Risk Management, Underwriting

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2013 Spring Land Use Seminar - Presentation

In This Presentation: - Purchasing/Financing Partially Approved Land Development Projects ..Information Gathering/Due Diligence ..Determining the Status of the Approval Process ..Expiration of Approvals,…more

Land Use Courts

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Ignoring XP End Of Life May Make Your Company An Attractive Target

On April 8, Microsoft officially ended all support and ceased providing updates for their Windows XP operating system. This “end of life” (EOL) announcement is not uncommon with software platforms, where continued support of…more

Compliance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Microsoft

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The Louisiana Supreme Court's Decision In Caldwell v. Janssen And The Broader Implications

On January 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Louisiana set aside a judgment of $257 million in civil penalties that a lower court had entered in favor of the state against Janssen under the Louisiana Medicaid false claims act,…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, False Claims Act, Fraud, Healthcare, Healthcare Fraud

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Observation 2.0: The Anti-Evasion Provision of the Volcker Rule

Overview This Client Alert continues Pepper’s observations on the Volcker Rule. Critical attention should be paid to the Volcker Rule’s anti-evasion provision, a powerful tool granted by Congress to the regulatory agencies to…more

Bank Examinations, Bank Holding Company, Banks, Compliance, Dodd-Frank

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Consumer Protection Laws And Prescription Meds: A Poor Fit

Purchasers of prescription medications often file class actions in large, multidistrict litigation alleging that they were defrauded by manufacturers. In these actions, patients, many of whom disclaim any physical injury, become…more

Drug Manufacturers, Fraud, Multidistrict Litigation, Prescription Drugs

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Delaware Non-Stock Corporations May Adopt Bylaws That Shift Fees To Unsuccessful Plaintiffs In Intra-Corporate Litigation

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court held that, under Delaware law, fee-shifting provisions in non-stock corporations’ bylaws can be valid and enforceable (“facially valid”) and may be enforced if not adopted or utilized…more

American Rule, Board of Directors, Bylaws, Fee-Shifting Statutes

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Intellectual Property Issues for Health Care Providers - November 2014

In This Presentation: - Introduction - Intellectual Property (IP) Basics - IP Strategy - IP Encountered by Health Care Providers - Securing Ownership of IP Assets - Managing/Registering…more

Business Assets, Copyright, Health Care Providers, Patents, Trade Secrets

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The Complexity Associated with Setting Non-cancer Indoor Air Remediation Goals for Trichloroethylene Based on Short-term Exposure at Groundwater Contamination Sites

Over the last few years, there has been increasing consideration of vapor intrusion in groundwater investigations, groundwater remedy selection, periodic reviews of the continued safety of already implemented groundwater…more

ASTM, Chemicals, Contaminated Properties, Contamination, EPA

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Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff from…more

Contract Disputes, Gist of the Action, Homeowner's Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Negligence

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NLRB Protects Workers’ Right to Use Employer Email Systems for Union Activities

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board), in its December 11 Purple Communications, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL–CIO decision, reversed certain Board precedent on employees’ use of employers’ email…more

Email, FLSA, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications

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Banks Beware! Parol Evidence May Not Correct Drafting Errors When Enforcing Security Agreements

Secured transactions typically include two key documents, which are often executed simultaneously: a promissory note memorializing loan and repayment terms executed by the borrower in favor of the lender and a security agreement…more

Banks, Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Contract Drafting, Lenders

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Every Picture Tells a Story... Convincing Regulators and Courts of Your Client’s Position

When facing the potential of spending large sums of money on remediation, administrative enforcement, or litigation due to a chemical release to the environment, you must be able to take the collected information and data and…more

ASTM, Contaminated Properties, Data Collection, Enforcement Actions, Environmental Impact Report

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Top Ten Reasons To File Your Patent Applications Before March 16, 2013

The recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) introduces major changes to the U.S. patent laws, with some significant provisions taking effect on March 16, 2013. These provisions provide several compelling reasons to file…more

America Invents Act, Filing Deadlines, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Patent Applications

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CFPB Issues Final Mortgage Servicing Rules

On January 17, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two final servicing rules that amend and add new provisions to the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Rules), as…more

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, CFPB, Delinquent Borrowers, Dodd-Frank, Loss Mitigation

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Be Careful What You Ask For: Michigan Limits Employer Access To Personal Social Media

Michigan’s Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) prohibits employers from gaining access to applicant and employee personal Internet accounts. When the IPPA became effective on December 28, 2012, Michigan joined Maryland, whose…more

Data Collection, Electronic Devices, Internet Privacy Protection Acts, Passwords, Social Media

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FinCEN Proposes Fifth BSA Pillar

On July 30, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence (CDD) requirements as a fifth pillar under the Bank…more

Bank Secrecy Act, Banks, Due Diligence, Financial Regulatory Reform, FinCEN

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Plaintiffs In Amgen Securities Class Action

Continuing its recent trend of handing down plaintiff-friendly decisions in private securities class actions brought under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b), and SEC Rule 10b-5 (Rule 10b-5…more

Amgen Inc. v Connecticut Retirement Plans, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market

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Wyndham Decision Provides Guidance to Corporate Directors and Officers in Responding to a Data Breach

U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the District of New Jersey recently provided much needed guidance to directors and officers on their duties and responsibilities with regard to cybersecurity. In Palkon v. Holmes, et…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Officers, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Derivative Suit

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