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Know the Publisher’s Audit Rights: Frequency

When it comes to software license compliance, being compliant with the publisher’s licensing rules can be daunting enough. But compliance won’t stop a software audit. Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Brian Kirkpatrick,...more

ISDA Says End User Transactions Dominate Interest Rate Derivative Markets

ISDA believes there is a misperception that only a small fraction of derivatives activity relates to hedging that benefits the “real economy.” ISDA has published an analysis that challenges this assumption. ...more

House Approves CFTC Reauthorization, Changes to Dodd-Frank

After a nearly two year process, on June 24, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 266-144 to pass H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, which would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Public Companies: Board Should Review End-User Swap Approvals Annually

The Dodd-Frank Act permits certain end-users to elect to use an exception to the swap clearing requirements under certain conditions, which is referred to as the end-user exception. For public companies, the ability to elect...more

Autodesk Audits: Managing Independent Contractors

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Keli Johnson Swan, covers three possible scenarios involving independent contractors that have different licensing implications in Autodesk audits....more

Induction Ceremony

On April 30, 2014, the Supreme Court will be hearing oral argument in the case of Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies. The question presented and to be decided is incredibly significant for future patent...more

Heartbleed SSL/TLS Vulnerability

"SSL" and "TLS" refer to the transport protocols that are used widely across the web to secure communications between end users and servers. Websites, web applications, online services, portals, and even some virtual private...more

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Software End-Users

Are you a Canadian software vendor with customers in the USA? Let’s say your US end-user customer is sued for patent infringement in the US based on use of your software, but the lawsuit avoids naming your company. In other...more

Update: An End-User’s Guide to the CFTC’s Final Cross-Border Guidance

There were a number of new developments with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) requirements for swaps in the latter part of 2013. This...more

LinkedIn Claims Breach of Contract by Bot Users

LinkedIn, the social networking site popular among professionals, recently filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against unknown users who deployed automated software programs known as...more

New Year Brings Changes To End User Reporting Requirements For Trade Options And Swaps

The first half of 2014 will bring changes to the end user reporting requirements for trade options and swaps—namely, (1) the commencement of the annual Form TO reporting requirement for unreported trade options and (2) a...more

"CFTC Deadlines Loom for Commercial End Users"

End users of swaps should be aware of three impending deadlines for complying with new Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations....more

An End-User's Guide to the CFTC's Final Cross-Border Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final interpretive guidance with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (Dodd-Frank...more

CFTC Adopts Final SEF, “Available to Trade” and Block Trade Rules – Implications for End - Users

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently adopted three final rules pursuant to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act that impact the manner in which end-users’ cleared...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Derivatives Legislation

The House recently passed four discrete bills that address particular issues with the derivatives provisions of Dodd-Frank, including legislation to ensure there is a clear end-user exemption and legislation to address the...more

What Every End-User Needs to Know About the ISDA March 2013 DF Protocol

On March 22, 2013, ISDA published the March 2013 DF Protocol, and on May 20, 2013, ISDA Amend1 became available to accept Questionnaires under the new Protocol. The March 2013 Protocol (which is completely separate from the...more

CFTC Provides No-Action Relief For Treasury Subsidiaries And Affiliates

Broc Romanek of TheCorporateCounsel.net recently described a member’s concerns that some companies were having on relying on the Dodd-Frank Act’s exemption for end-users for swaps entered into by treasury subsidiaries and...more

ISDA March 2013 Dodd-Frank Protocol (a.k.a. Dodd-Frank Protocol 2.0)

On March 22, 2013, ISDA published the March 2013 Dodd-Frank Protocol (the “Protocol” or “Protocol 2.0”), which is designed to facilitate compliance with certain CFTC rules relating to clearing, portfolio reconciliation and...more

Are End-User Agreements for Tangible Products on the Horizon?

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Christopher Barnett, asks whether Google's Glass restrictive Terms of Service could be imitated by other consumer product manufacturers....more

Legal Alert: Nearly at the Buzzer, CFTC Affords End-Users Relief from Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements

On the brink of the compliance date for arguably one of the most burdensome requirements that end-users face under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the Commodity Futures Trading...more

New Swap Business Conduct and Record-Keeping Regulations Kick in for Municipal Bond Issuers and Borrowers

Beginning May 1, 2013, many new business conduct regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) will begin to...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Bundled Components for E-rate

Executive Summary: The Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) is seeking comment on proposed clarifications to the treatment of ineligible devices when bundled with E-rate eligible components....more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff recently released three no-action letters providing relief relating to swap data reporting requirements with respect to trade options, inter-affiliate swaps and real-time reporting...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - April 12, 2013

In this issue: - SEC and CFTC Adopt Joint Rules to Help Protect Investors from Identity Theft - CME Block Trade Advisories Clarify Nonpublic Information Restrictions - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action...more

"CFTC Delays April 10 Compliance Date for Many Swap Data Reporting Requirements"

On April 9, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight, responding to requests from multiple interested parties, issued a no-action letter (the No-Action Letter) extending the April...more

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