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Uncertainty Increases Around EU-U.S. Data Flows

Two recent developments have significantly increased the already uncertain legal landscape surrounding transatlantic data flows. Earlier today, the EU Parliament voted out a resolution calling on the European Commission (EU…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Updates Guidance on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released several new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures under Regulation G and Item 10(e) of…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Revise Agreements Now to Preserve Maximum Remedies

On May 11, 2016, we reported in a WSGR Alert that under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), employers seeking exemplary damages or attorneys' fees in a trade secrets misappropriation action must provide employees with…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has significantly altered Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, requiring all employers to carefully review their classifications of employees as exempt or nonexempt from the FLSA's…more
| Labor & Employment Law

California Public Utilities Commission President Proposes Bold Changes to Self-Generation Incentive Program to Benefit Energy Storage Projects

On May 16, 2016, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) President Michael Picker issued a proposed decision, "Re Revising the Self-Generation Incentive Program Pursuant to Senate Bill 861, Assembly Bill…more
| Energy & Utilities

FTC Enters into Consent Agreement Regarding Company's Use of Exclusive Contracts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that Invibio, which sells high-performance polymer for medical implants, has settled charges that the company monopolized sales to medical device makers through unlawful…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

President Obama Signs Federal Trade Secrets Act into Law

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, amending the Economic Espionage Act to create a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The new federal…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

After Extension, IRS Clarifies "Begun Construction" Guidance for PTCs

Following last year's extension of the investment tax credit for qualifying projects for which construction begins prior to January 1, 2020, and of the production tax credit (PTC) with respect to certain facilities the…more
| Business Organizations, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

FASB Updates Accounting Standards for Stock-Based Awards

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued updated accounting standards designed to simplify accounting for stock-based awards. Among other changes, the updated standards permit employers to withhold stock for…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Taxation

HSR Suit Between DOJ and ValueAct Offers Potential to Clarify "Investment-Only" Exemption

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had filed a civil antitrust complaint against investment fund ValueAct Capital, alleging that ValueAct improperly relied upon the "investment-only"…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

DOJ Announces FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a one-year enforcement pilot program intended to encourage companies to voluntarily self-report misconduct under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Building on the…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

IPO Guide

We have organized this booklet into three major chapters. In Chapter One, we discuss the period leading up to a decision to proceed with an initial public offering, with a focus on the prerequisites to, as well as the costs…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

New EU Data Protection Regulation Is Now Enacted

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament formally adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this vote, the new EU data protection legal framework will become legally effective in two years and 20 days from…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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