Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

"Maryland Amends Pay-to-Play Disclosure Law"

On April 26, 2016, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill amending the state’s pay-to-play disclosure law. The law currently requires that a filer include on its reports contributions made by or attributed to the filer or…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Government Contracting

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine changes to EU privacy and data protection laws, new state laws addressing data breach notifications, Congress' review of cyber insurance, and recent court…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2016

This is the 11th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Personal Injury, Products Liability

"FIRPTA Reform Impacts Investment Opportunities in US Real Estate"

In recent months, much has been written to describe the reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) contained in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act), which have been…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

"Despite Challenges, Risk Retention Rules Set to Impact All Asset-Backed Securities by End of 2016"

Credit risk retention rules are intended to promote an alignment of interests between sponsors and investors of securitizations by requiring sponsors to maintain “skin in the game” — that is, retain a certain percentage of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

"Insights Conversations: Debunking CFIUS Myths"

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a critical component of cross-border deals involving U.S. targets. The head of Skadden's CFIUS practice, Ivan Schlager, and Palo Alto corporate partner Ken King…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

"SEC to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in 2016"

On March 16, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White cautioned an audience of industry professionals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the SEC continues to focus on companies’ use of financial measures…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

"Labor Department Redefines ‘Fiduciary’ for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Purposes"

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a widely anticipated final regulation that redefines who is a “fiduciary” of certain employee benefit and other plans for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation

"New Connecticut Laws Limit Transfer Taxes for Some Decedents, Increase Probate Fees for Most Estates"

Connecticut has implemented changes to its transfer tax and probate laws that affect nearly every decedent leaving even a modest estate via will or nonprobate transfer (such as a revocable trust). A new $20 million cap for…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

"The Resurgence of SPACs in a Quiet IPO Market"

More than 20 years old, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) — publicly listed companies established with the goal of acquiring unspecified targets — have recently experienced a surge in popularity. Ten SPACs for…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

"After Period of High Invalidation Rates, New US Patent Challenge Procedures May Slow Down to Moderate Pace"

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) began hearing post-issuance patent challenge proceedings under the America Invents Act in September 2012, the PTAB became one of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act (42…more
| Administrative Law, Business Torts, Criminal Law, Government Contracting, Health

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

"DOJ Adds Resources for FCPA Cases, Offers Incentives for Voluntary Disclosures"

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Fraud Section made two related announcements in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Plan and Guidance. First, the Fraud Section announced a substantial…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule "

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an order instituting proceedings (the Order) intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Proposed…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting, Securities Law
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