Proskauer Rose LLP

SEC Issues Guidance on Personal Securities Transactions Reporting

On June 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a guidance update on Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). Rule 204A-1 requires, among other things, certain advisory personnel…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Beware the Quagmire of Personal Jurisdiction

A plaintiff in the District of New Hampshire recently found itself stuck in an unenviable and inescapable jurisdictional hole. Plaintiff Presby Patent Trust sued Infiltrator Systems, a Connecticut-based manufacturer and…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Bank Bond Covers Third-Party Losses Arising out of Bank Employee’s Fraud, Eighth Circuit Holds

Fidelity bonds are purchased primarily to protect against loss to the policyholder’s own assets, from things like employee theft or embezzlement. In Avon State Bank v. BancInsure, Inc., however, the Eighth Circuit interpreted…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

Last week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 75, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law to prohibit Delaware stock corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they do…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

SEC’s Data-Driven Analysis Identifies Allegedly Improper Trade Allocations by Investment Advisor

Relying on a data-driven statistical analysis conducted by the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the SEC recently commenced administrative proceedings against an investment advisor, Welhouse & Associates, Inc., and…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

EEOC Updates Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Last week, the EEOC announced an update to its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (“Enforcement Guidance”) to reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Young v. UPS. As we blogged…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Highly Anticipated Proposed Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemptions Released

On June 30th, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) unveiled its long anticipated proposed rule that will, if enacted, raise the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Denies Review of Fourth Circuit Loss Causation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to grant certiorari to review the Fourth Circuit’s decision in RJR Pension Investment, et al. v. Tatum, 761 F.3d 363 (4th Cir. 2014). As we previously reported, a divided panel of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Supreme Court Rejects Google’s Appeal in Java API Dispute

On June 29th, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Google’s appeal of the Federal Circuit’s 2014 ruling that that the declaring code and the structure, sequence, and organization of 37 Java API packages are entitled to…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Massachusetts Court Sheds Light On Deposition Privilege Waiver Issues

Chief Judge Patti Saris of the District of Massachusetts has issued a significant opinion on privilege waivers in the Trustees of Boston University v. Everlight Electronics case. The opinion concerned a deposition in the case…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Proposed Revisions to “White Collar” Regulations Released; Salary Basis Increased to $921 Per Week; No Changes to Duties Tests

In March 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum to the U.S. Secretary of Labor directing the Secretary to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations for executive, administrative, and professional employees. …more
| Labor & Employment Law

Three Point Shot - June 2015

Jockeying for Dollars: Kentucky Downs Faces Two Lawsuits over Betting Machines - And they're off ... to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. One of the country's premier racetracks,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Montgomery County, Maryland Passes Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill

On June 24, 2015, the Montgomery County, Maryland Council unanimously approved the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill (the “Bill”). The Bill, which goes into effect on October 1, 2016, provides paid sick leave to all employees…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Appellate Watch: Eleventh Circuit Asked to Interpret Contractual Liability Exclusion In D&O Policy

Because insurers generally draft their own policies, it is a common rule of construction that ambiguous terms will be construed against the insurers. However, in Bond Safeguard Ins. Co. et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

U.S. Supreme Court Says “Regular Review” of ERISA Investments Required

ERISA plan fiduciaries charged with responsibility for selecting, monitoring or removing plan investment options should pay close attention to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Tibble v. Edison Intl., 135 S. Ct. 1823…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts
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