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New York Trial Court Dismisses FCA Tax Case against Vanguard; Determines Relator Violated Confidentiality Provisions of State...

On November 13, 2015, the New York State Supreme Court dismissed a qui tam action brought under New York State Finance Law §§ 187-194 (“False Claims Act”) against The Vanguard Group Inc., The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds,...more

Sixth Circuit Differentiates Trade Secrets and Confidential Information Under Texas Law

Last week, in a diversity jurisdiction case, the Sixth Circuit analyzed Texas law to identify the relationship among three separate categories of business information: (1) trade secrets, (2) contractually protected...more

At Risk: Law Firms Bringing Bad Faith Trade Secrets Claims

Companies get anxious when key employees leave to start new ventures. A company may try to shield itself from the risk of losing confidential information by seeking an injunction preventing its former employees and their new...more

Vanguard Attorney's Whistleblower Suit Dismissed for a Violation of the New York State Ethics Rule Prohibiting Disclosure of...

On November 13, 2015, the Supreme Court of New York dismissed a former Vanguard Group tax attorney's New York False Claims Act whistleblower complaint against his former employer. The court held that the attorney violated New...more

What Can Go Wrong – It's Just A Non-Disclosure Agreement

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”), also known as a Confidentiality Agreement, is an agreement that precludes the use of confidential information provided by one party (a “Disclosing Party”) to another party (a “Receiving...more

Trade Secrets Unwrapped: Packaging Materials Case Demonstrates The Importance Of Keeping Confidential Information Sealed Shut

There are many ways to gain trade secret protection, but also many ways to lose it. As the recent motion to dismiss ruling in Fleetwood Packaging v. Hein from the Northern District of Illinois illustrates, how a company...more

SEC to whistleblowers: speak now, or get a smaller piece – 3 takeaways

The SEC has announced its twenty-second whistleblower award: at least $325,000 to a former employee of an “investment firm” who provided the SEC with information that allowed it to bring a successful enforcement...more

Best Practices: Keeping Corporate Communications Professional And Out Of The Courtroom

Corporate communications occur primarily electronically. It is important for companies to ensure these communications stay where they belong — within the company, not broadcast in a courtroom where a judge or jury can inject...more

Employment Law Update - November 2015

Coming Changes to Overtime Exemptions Rules Will Have Serious Impact on Employers - The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") requires that employees be paid minimum wage and overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and...more

Don’t Let Protective Orders Trip Up Your IPR Strategy

The PTAB recently addressed what is a common – but unnecessary – problem created by a protective order issued in a parallel Federal District Court litigation. In B/E Aerospace Industries, LLC v. MAG Aerospace Industries,...more

Federal Preemption and Peer Review - A New Frontier

It’s not often that we get to blog about a new area of federal preemption, but we do so today. This isn’t a big area, otherwise we would have known about it before, but it is pertinent to drug and medical device product...more

EBA consults on BRRD guidelines

EBA is consulting on draft guidelines on how confidential information collected under the BRRD should be disclosed in summary or collective form without identifying individual institutions or entities. The guidelines say this...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

The fiducie-sûreté: the most effective French security interest?

The fiducie has been the subject of increased interest by lenders over the past few years in France. Even though there is no significant case law supporting this, some academics have gone so far as to refer to this mechanism...more

SEC Director of the Division of Enforcement Discusses Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, 2015, the Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney spoke at the “SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar” and outlined the SEC’s enforcement priorities with respect to...more

State-Chartered Bank Settles with New York DFS for Alleged Violations of Banking Law

On October 28, the New York DFS resolved an enforcement action with a New York State-charted bank for alleged violations of state banking law. The DFS alleged that the bank hired a former New York Federal Reserve Bank...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

San Francisco Launches First “Internet of Things” Wireless Network in United States

With the onslaught of smart watches, smart thermostats, and even smart refrigerators that allow you to Tweet hungry messages to your followers, it’s only natural that a “smart city” would follow. This week, San...more

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the...more

Are English arbitration awards ‘final, conclusive and binding’? – revisiting the right to challenge arbitration awards in English...

Recent debate on the right to appeal - Under limited circumstances, a party to an English arbitration award who is dissatisfied with the result can challenge that award in the courts. There are concerns that the current...more

How to Guard Information During Negotiation

If you’ve prepared well for a settlement negotiation, then you’ve already determined what information you won’t disclose to the other side. The trick is guarding that information in a way that doesn’t tip-off the other side...more

CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes to Medicare Reimbursement for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

First Data Collection Period for Clinical Laboratories Is July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 - In the October 1, 2015 Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule...more

Poor Employer Onboarding and Departure Procedures Can Lead to Horrifying Results Including the Loss of Trade Secrets

This upcoming Halloween reminds us that employers face their own terrors in trying to protect trade secrets and other valuable company information in the workplace, particularly if they have poor onboarding and departure...more

Employees and “Authorized Access”: A Threat from Within?

Workplace privacy has become an increasingly challenging issue for employees and employers alike. With technological advancements, employers have enhanced visibility into employee behavior including their use of company...more

What To Do About Junk Science That’s Published?

We’ve been corresponding recently with long-time friend-of-the blog, Dr. Frank Woodside over the unfortunate fact that junk science these days doesn’t only mean stuff (in the Jeb! sense) that isn’t published in what passes...more

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