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DOJ Publishes Guidance Concerning Voluntary Disclosure of Willful Export Controls and Sanctions Violations

The National Security Division (NSD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued guidance documenting its policy regarding the voluntary self-disclosure (VSD) of potentially criminal violations of the export controls…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

U.S. Further Eases Embargo on Cuba

To further implement President Obama's December 2014 policy to support independent economic activity and improve communications and living conditions in Cuba, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

BIS Modifies Rules Governing the Export of Information Security Items Under the Export Administration Regulations; Updates to Cuba Regulations Coming Next Week

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EARs) to incorporate the December 2015 changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement's List of…more
| International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Unwind: ‘I Don’t Want It’

In the inaugural column of ‘‘Power and Taxes,’’ we discussed the tensions surrounding the requirement that an investor be an owner when a project is placed in service in order to qualify for the investment tax credit under…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Taxation

WSGR Persuades Second Circuit to Overturn $150 Million Judgment Against Chinese Vitamin C Manufacturers

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in a closely watched dispute over the question of whether foreign companies may be held liable under U.S. antitrust law for price fixing…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, International Law & Trade

Companies Should Review Employee Agreements and Policies Following SEC's Aggressive Stance on Impediments to Whistleblowing

In two recently announced settlements, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a strict interpretation of the whistleblower protections afforded under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Final IRS Regulations Clarify That Certain Solar Assets May Qualify as Real Property for REIT Purposes

On August 30, 2016, the IRS issued final regulations that clarify and expand the definition of "real property" for purposes of qualifying as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The final regulations substantially follow the…more
| Business Organizations, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law, Taxation

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues

Dietary supplements are big business. A recent estimate pegs the U.S. market for dietary supplements at over $35 billion annually. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates the number of dietary supplements to be…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law

WSGR Obtains Another First-of-Its-Kind Victory on California's Automatic Renewal Law

California's Automatic Renewal Law (ARL), Business and Professions Code Section 17600 et seq., has been a new and potent weapon for the plaintiffs' bar in recent years. The ARL requires a business to clearly and conspicuously…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2016

Dual-Class Stock: A Founder Favorite Faces Growing Investor Disapproval - Earlier this year, the investment firm T. Rowe Price adopted new voting policies that penalize companies with dual-class stock structures. They join…more
| Business Organizations, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Second Continuation of General License for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE

For the second time, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is extending the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and in-country…more
| International Law & Trade

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Medical Device"

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the important topic of deciding when to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification application (510(k)) for a change to an existing medical…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Seventh Circuit Decrees That Package Size Alone Is Not Enough for a Robinson-Patman Claim

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Woodman's Farm Market, Inc. v. The Clorox Co., No. 15-3001 (7th Cir. August 12, 2016), in which it held that a plaintiff cannot state a…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation

New Massachusetts Pay Equity Act Calls for Employers to Examine Compensation and Hiring Practices

In a step that should immediately spur employers to review their compensation and hiring practices, Massachusetts recently enacted legislation that changes considerably the state's rules prohibiting gender-based pay disparities…more
| Labor & Employment Law

DOL Significantly Increases Certain ERISA Civil Penalties Effective August 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has significantly increased a number of civil monetary penalty amounts (CMPs) that may be assessed by the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration for violations of Title I of the…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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