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Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case

A recent federal district court decision dismissing a putative class action complaint against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company may portend trouble for plaintiffs pursuing a number of similar so-called "shadow insurance"...more

D.C. Circuit Reinforces Attorney-Client Privilege Applicable to Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia issued a decision of importance to all companies that seek to maintain privilege with respect to internal investigations. The D.C....more

In re Riverbed: The Beginning of the End for Disclosure-Only Settlements in M&A Cases?

The past decade has seen an incredible rise in M&A litigation. According to Cornerstone, in 2014, a whopping 93% of announced mergers valued over $100 million were subject to litigation, up from 44% in 2007. As Delaware...more

Disclosure-Only Settlements Face Continued Scrutiny In Delaware

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, in In re Riverbed Technology, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Chancery approved a disclosure-only settlement related to the go-private deal for Riverbed Technology, Inc. Although...more

Second Circuit Decision May Have Significant Implications for Whistleblowers and Their Employers

On September 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision with significant implications for purported whistleblowers and their employers—Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, WPP Group USA, Inc., No. 14-4626...more

9th Circuit Holds No Private Right of Action for Data Retention Violation Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

The decision further aligns the circuit courts in holding that the private right of action is limited to the Act’s prohibition on unauthorized disclosures only. A recent attempt to expand the breadth of the private right...more

CFPB use of behavioral economics validated by Executive Order

Since opening its doors for business, behavioral economics has played a central role in the CFPB’s regulatory agenda. Behavioral economists posit that consumers are not rational decision makers and instead have certain...more

Can You Keep a Secret?

Most real estate deals begin with a letter of intent defining the principal terms of the deal, the only enforceable paragraph of which is an agreement to keep the transaction strictly confidential. Prior to the start of due...more

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule on Pay Transparency

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a final rule implementing President Obama's executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing or...more

The Case for a Better Gifts & Entertainment Compliance Program - Part Two: An Effective G&E Program

Previously we covered setting the foundation for a better G&E compliance program. In the second piece of The Case for a Better Gifts & Entertainment Compliance Program, we’ll look at the key components to having an effective...more

PAC Opinion Finds Municipal Bank Account Numbers Subject to FOIA

Earlier this year, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued an under-the-radar advisory opinion that could have an impact on responses to Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to the non-binding...more

Statute Permits Domestic Discovery for Foreign Opposition Proceedings - Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. v. FibroGen, Inc.

With ample citation to Supreme Court precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the use of 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to conduct domestic discovery in aid of foreign opposition proceedings at the European and...more

Inline Plastics Corp. v. EasyPak, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Claim Terms Not Limited to Specific Embodiment

In Inline Plastics Corp. v. EasyPak, LLC, the Federal Circuit offered some bits of wisdom for patent application specification drafting, while applying well-known case law to conclude that claims are not limited to a specific...more

Ask But Don’t Tell: Kentucky Allows Defendant to Seek Ex Parte Interviews of Plaintiff’s Treating Physicians

We walked into the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber’s room last night to find her packing for her return to college while the ignored TV blared in the background. Onscreen was a popular cable reality franchise involving...more

Real Estate News - August 2015

Coming Soon… New Closing (no, Consummation…) Rules! Now Starting October 3, 2015 Instead of August 1, 2015 - What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act...more

Court Examines Disclosure Duties in Consent Solicitaion Removing Directors

In Kerbawy v. McDonnell, the Delaware Court of Chancery affirmed the validity of a solicitation of written consents that removed certain directors and appointed new directors. A key theme of the opinion is that stockholders...more

FCA bans director for SIPP failings

FCA has banned Robert Shaw, former director of TailorMade Independent Ltd (TMI), from senior positions in the financial services sector and fined him £165,900. FCA found that Mr Shaw benefited financially from being the...more

Internal Investigation Documents Are Protected from Disclosure in False Claims Act Case, D.C. Circuit Holds

Reversing a lower court decision, the D.C. Circuit recently concluded – for a second time – that certain internal audit documents are protected from disclosure by the attorney-client communication and work production...more

Arsenic In Calif. Wine, But Is There A Problem?

A class action was filed in California Superior Court on March 19, 2015, Doris Charles et al. v. The Wine Group Inc. et al., case no. BC576061, that has raised a number of questions about the extent to which arsenic should be...more

Give & Take: The Case for a Better G&E Compliance Program

Part One: Setting The Foundation - Why Does G&E Matter? Tony Robbins once said, “Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” In the compliance arena, the reverse also applies, as many gifts can...more

Maybank on the Government Accounting Standards Board issued Statement No. 77, Tax Abatement Disclosures - Tax and Economic...

Today, August 15, 2015, the Government Accounting Standards Board issued Statement No. 77, Tax Abatement Disclosures. It will generate quite a bit of work for local government. In fact, it may force counties to organize...more

Shareholders sue mobile security firm for failing to disclose hacking incident before IPO

MobileIron, Inc. was sued late last week by shareholders in a proposed class action for allegedly failing to disclose a hacking incident just weeks before its initial public offering (IPO). The suit, filed on behalf of...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Issues Interpretations on General Solicitation Prohibition"

The staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) and an interpretive letter regarding the general solicitation prohibition in securities...more

E.D.N.Y Denies Motion For Summary Judgment In FCA Retaliation Case Based On Finding Of Pretext

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently found that two former employees of Eihab Human Services (Company) raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether they were discharged in retaliation...more

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