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M&A Update: IRS Mulls Change to Spinoff Rules

In a statement that would mark a stark change in approach, an IRS official recently indicated that the IRS may begin requiring that companies seeking to effect tax-free spinoffs conduct active businesses that represent a...more

Popular E-Discovery Reads on JD Supra: Predictive Coding, Social Media, Internet of Things...

A reading recap of the most well-read Electronic Discovery updates on JD Supra this month. E-discovery at the intersection of social media, BYOD, the Internet of Things, and more...more

Blue Pill/Red Pill: How Officers and Board Members Can Swallow the Red Pill and See the Real World of Cybersecurity

Trying to understand how a hacker thinks can twist your brain around – while you normally think about how to make something work or why something is not working, hackers think how to get something to work in ways that it is...more

Should Your Company Allow Pets for Take Your Dog to Work Day?

This year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day ("TYDTWDay"), sponsored by Pet Sitters International, is Friday, June 26, 2015. In the days leading up to the event, many companies will have questions about the legal and practical...more

A $6 Million Reminder to Observe Corporate Formalities: Environmental Prosecutors Pierce Another Corporate Veil with Ohio Decision

With ever-growing concern about environmental liability exposures, many shareholders rely on corporate structures – both simple and complex – to help insulate themselves from direct responsibility for the acts and omissions...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part II – The Golden Gate Bridge and Employment Separation – Hotlines and Whistleblowers During Layoffs

I use the Golden Gate Bridge as an entrée to my continued discussion on the series on steps that you can use in your compliance program if you find yourself, your company or your industry in an economic downturn. Whether you...more

Gifts, Meals and Prosecution: BHP Billiton’s Settlement

The SEC is on a mission – companies that engage in egregious payment schemes for gifts, hospitality and travel are going to get prosecuted for civil FCPA violations. Recent SEC enforcement actions against companies continue,...more

FTC Approves Final Order with AmeriFreight: Websites Must Disclose Endorsements

Earlier this year, AmeriFreight, a Georgia-based auto shipment broker, settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the company posted customer reviews on its website while failing to disclose that it had...more

Patent Litigation Report Raises Questions

A recent publication by PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that patent suit filings in 2014 had reduced by 13% from the prior year, and concluded that this "dramatic shift" was "[d]riven by Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which raised...more

Recapping Major Non-Compete News from Around the Nation

..New Mexico has passed a new law that limits physician non-compete agreements. Although the law places some limitations on restrictive covenants for doctors, it is not an outright ban of such restrictions (of the...more

USCIS Releases Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for H-4 Employment Authorization Applications

On May 20, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released guidance and frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the filing of H-4 employment authorization applications for spouses of certain...more

Will Your Cyber Insurance Respond When You Need It Most?

On May 7, Columbia Casualty Company, an insurance company, filed one of the first lawsuits by an insurer seeking to deny coverage for a privacy class action under a cyber insurance policy. Why is this significant? As the...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part I – Mapping of Your Internal Compliance Controls

This week I will present a series on steps that you can take in your compliance program if you find yourself, your company or your industry in an economic downturn. All of the recommendations I will make are ideas that have...more

NLRB Says Letting Co-Worker Know About Job Posting is Protected Activity Under Federal Labor Law

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board continued its expansion of legal protections for employees in non-unionized workplaces. In a 2-1 decision, the Board concluded that Section 7 of the NLRA prohibits employers from...more

Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation...more

CFPB Issues New Manual for Company Responses to Detailed Consumer Complaints

On May 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("the Bureau") issued an updated Company Portal Manual (“the Manual”) containing new guidance and instructions for companies to respond to consumer complaints filed with the...more

On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Vacates Tibble v. Edison International: Much Ado About Nothing? Or Something More?

On May 18, 2015, the United State Supreme Court, by a 9-0 vote, vacated and remanded the Ninth Circuit’s holding in Tibble, et al. v. Edison International, et al., 729 F.3d 1110 (9th Cir. 2013). Tibble is an “excessive fee”...more

Rapid Arbitration Act Brings A New Dispute Resolution Option To Delaware Businesses

Businesses have long turned to arbitration as a potentially more efficient and cheaper option for resolving disputes. Yet, commercial arbitrations don't always turn out that way. As arbitration has "matured," it has evolved...more

[Webinar] Peeling Back the Curtain: Working with Your Legal Department to Optimize Your Relationship With Your Outside Law Firms -...

The pressure between managing external legal costs and efficient execution of your company’s legal tasks while maintaining a successful relationship with your outside law firms can be a challenge. In this webinar, we examine...more

Supreme Court Holds That Orders Denying Plan Confirmation Are Not Final for Appellate Purposes

On May 4, 2015, a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills, 135 S. Ct. 1686 (2015), resolved a long-standing circuit court split by holding that a bankruptcy court’s order denying confirmation of a...more

Emergence of Transgender Status Issues in Workplace Raises Compliance Questions for Employers

Transgender issues have been grabbing headlines in recent months—perhaps most notably with Bruce Jenner’s televised announcement about his gender transition. Beyond the bright lights of pop culture, a wave of litigation and...more

Back To The Future – Should Stock Incentive Plans Impose Grant Limits on Non-Employee Director Awards?

On April 30, 2015, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware rendered an important case decision in a procedural matter dealing with the equity compensation of non-employee members of a company’s board of directors (see...more

The Trend Continues: Los Angeles City Council Tentatively Approves Citywide $15 Minimum Wage and Proposes Sick Leave Ordinance

On May 19, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council approved a proposal for a gradual establishment of a citywide minimum wage of $15.00 per hour by July 1, 2020. Once adopted, Los Angeles will join other large U.S. cities,...more

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited Filing Guidance for H-4 EAD Applications

On May 20, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published long-awaited information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses apply for employment authorization documents (commonly known as “EAD cards”) under...more

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