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FTC Blocks Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

A federal court in Washington, D.C. issued an order blocking Staples' acquisition of Office Depot on the grounds that it would substantially lessen competition in the sale of consumable office supplies to national business…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions

SEC Continues to Turn the Screw on Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures With Updates to Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations

Continuing the SEC’s recent focus on companies’ use of non-GAAP financial measures, the staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance issued updated guidance on May 17, 2016 that addresses compliance issues under Regulation G…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Privacy Best Practices for Commercial and Private Drone Use Adopted in NTIA Process

Consensus was reached in a proceeding of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce on a set of privacy best practices for the commercial and recreational use of…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

New Online Opportunities for .store and .stream Domain Names

Several new unrestricted generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), such as .store and .stream, are now available, with several others set to launch soon. You are afforded a short window of time, referred to as the Sunrise Period,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Defend Trade Secrets Act Contains New Immunity Notification Requirements for Employers

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016, creates a new private civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation. Prior to the DTSA, trade secret…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

New DOL Overtime Rules: Compliance and Litigation Prevention Tips

Does your business have exempt employees who earn less than $47,476 a year? If so, they will likely not be exempt for long. Beginning December 1, 2016, most workers who earn less than $47,476 a year (just over double the current…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Rules Exception to Bankruptcy Discharge for Fraud Claims Extends to Fraudulent Transfer Liability

In a decision rendered on May 16, 2016, in the case of Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exception to bankruptcy discharge for debts incurred through actual fraud applies to…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Spokeo Confirms That Alleging a Statutory Violation Is Not Necessarily Enough to Create Standing

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that the mere allegation of a statutory violation is not necessarily enough to create Article III standing. Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U.S. __, No. 13-1339 (May 16, 2016). Instead, the…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking

New Production Tax Credit “Beginning of Construction” Advice From the IRS

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-31, providing further guidance regarding the “beginning of construction” requirement for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code and the investment tax…more
| Energy & Utilities, Taxation

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates Powerful Protection Options

The United States House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, S. 1890 (DTSA) on April 27, 2016, in identical form to that previously passed by the Senate on April 4, 2016. Now that the DTSA has cleared…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

New HIPAA Phase 2 Audits: Targets Notified by Email Only

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the long-awaited launch of Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program (Phase 2 Audits). The Phase 2 Audits will review the policies and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Quarterly Investment Update - 1st Quarter 2016

Global markets endured a rocky ride in the first quarter as commodity prices continued downward. After plunging over 11% by mid- quarter, equities slowly and steadily drifted back above water by quarter-end, rising 1. 3%, as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Supreme Court Poised to Resolve Circuit Split on False Claims Act Liability Under Theory of Implied Certification

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to resolve a circuit split over the False Claims Act (FCA) that could have broad implications for those that do business with the federal government. On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court heard…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Government Contracting

Specialty Wage-and-Hour Policies Offer New Protection for Companies Facing Lawsuits

Traditional employment practices liability (EPL) and directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance may not apply today to cover wage-and-hour liabilities, an issue we detailed in the first and second installments of this series. …more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

Insurance Policy Definitions Essential to Wage-and-Hour Claim Coverage

As discussed in the first installment of our three-part series on insurance protection against wage-and-hour claims, policyholders have looked to two types of traditional insurance for protection against employment liabilities: …more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law
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