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FATCA Update: Confidentiality of Information Transmitted to IRS; Announcement of “More Favorable” IGA Terms; and More IGAs

The month of July has seen several significant developments regarding implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which has been fully effective since July 1, 2014. First, the IRS Office of Chief...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: International Edition July 2015

Retail Tracking Update: Privacy Guidance Following Nomi Technologies - There is currently a widespread effort to quantify everything, from steps, to sleep, to batted ball exit velocity. Fifteen years ago, TV host Jeremy...more

Trade Secret Protection: What are Reasonable Steps?

Regional and national laws are increasingly focusing on the specific steps that companies should take to protect trade secrets. In the 1996 World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...more

Does Sharing Work Product with the Government Always Waive that Protection?

For decades, companies trying to cooperate with the government have hoped for a change in the general rule that disclosing privileged communications and/or work product to the government waives those protections. In nearly...more

Addressing Public Information Act Concerns in Dealings with the Government

When dealing with a governmental entity it is important to account for the possibility that information shared with that entity may be subject to disclosure under state and/or federal open records acts (e.g., the federal...more

Health Canada Releases Guidance for Industry on Its Reporting Obligations

Recently, Health Canada released guidance to help companies understand their reporting obligations under section 14 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires that sellers, distributors, importers, and...more

Ten Questions To Ask Your Client When Defending Against Efforts To Enforce A Restrictive Covenant Or Confidentiality Agreement

There are few circumstances in the practice of law that require more quick thinking and improvisation than defending a client at a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) hearing mere hours after meeting them for the first time....more

Ten Questions To Ask Your Client Before Seeking To Enforce A Restrictive Covenant Or Confidentiality Agreement

The phone rings on a Wednesday afternoon. In a panic, your longtime client explains that a hotshot employee has unexpectedly fled to a competitor a few months before the launch of a top secret new product. The client is...more

Too Much Knowledge Almost Became A Bad Thing: Court Overrules Objection to Choice of Expert Witness

Order Overruling Objection to Nistica’s Choice of Expert Witness, Finisar Corporation v. Nistica, Inc., 13-cv-03345-BLF-JSC (Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley) - Fans of spy thrillers know that it can be dangerous to...more

Trade Secrets, Security, and Cloud Computing: Best Practices Now

As businesses increasingly store and access confidential information in the cloud, questions arise as to how to safeguard a company’s private data once it becomes part of an external computing network. Standards for...more

Department of Education requests emergency review of Guaranty Agencies’ security over student financial aid information

On July 16, 2015, the Department of Education issued a request through notice to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency clearance so that Federal Student Aid (FSA) can initiate a formal security assessment...more

California Ethics Committee Issues Opinion on Ethical Implications of eDiscovery

After over a year of consideration and an extended comment period, the State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct recently issued an Opinion regarding the ethical obligations of...more

FTC's New Consumer Data Security Guidance Offers Businesses Practical Tips

The Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidance on data security for companies that collect, store and use consumer information, gleaned from the more than 50 enforcement actions brought by the agency over the past...more

If You Have Confidential Information, Keep It Confidential!

I’ve been involved in many cases where it is alleged that someone violated his or her non-compete agreement or misappropriated the company’s confidential information or trade secrets. Often, the key issue has been not what...more

Cooperation, the SEC and FOIA

A critical part of cooperating with an SEC or DOJ investigation for FCPA or other possible violations is the production of documents. In order for the company to assess what happened it must conduct an internal investigation...more

Don’t touch that remote (tippee)? Salman reflects Ninth Circuit’s view on Newman

In United States v. Salman, the Ninth Circuit recently held that a remote tippee could be liable for insider trading in the absence of any “personal benefit” to the insider/tipper where the insider had a close personal...more

How Can You Safely Discuss Your IP with Others?

As discussed in our previous posts, startups are about capitalizing on ideas, contacts and experience. In the early stages of a startup or pre-startup, founders often socialize their business plan and details about their idea...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - July 2015 #2

FCC Working Group Issues Report On Cybersecurity Best Practices – The June 2015 issue of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal features an article by King & Spalding partner Steven Snyder on a Federal...more

[Webinar] Trade Secret Protection: The Reasonable Steps Requirement - July 28, 11:00am EDT

The loss of trade secrets – ranging from proprietary formulas to confidential information to production methodologies – can have devastating impacts for a company. When there is misappropriation, in a growing number of...more

Don't Fumble Your HIPAA Obligations: Ensure Your HIPAA Playbook Implements Appropriate Protections for Patients

The injuries suffered by a professional football player brought the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA") onto center stage of the media during the days...more

Jawbone Cries Foul – Fitbit’s Success Due To Stolen Trade Secrets

Fitbit better watch its step because Jawbone has a serious bone to pick with its competitor. On May 27, 2015, Jawbone, a maker of wearable fitness and activity tracker devices, filed suit in California state court...more

California Supreme Court Holds Prosecutors Must File Pitchess Motions to Examine Police Personnel Records

Law Enforcement Agencies Should Seek Guidance When Prosecutors Ask to Review Officer-Witness Files - Prosecutors do not have unfettered access to confidential personnel records of police officers who are potential...more

Alabama Revises Non-Compete Statute In Effort to Provide Additional Clarity

On June 11, 2015, Alabama’s Governor signed into law legislation that revises the state’s non-compete statute, which is found in Section 8-1-1 of the Code of Alabama. The effective date for these changes is January 1, 2016. ...more

North Carolina Business Court Revisits When Customer-Related Information is a Trade Secret

The North Carolina Business Court recently revisited the question of when a business’s customer-related information can be considered trade secrets. In Southern Fastening Systems, Inc. v. Grabber Construction Products, Inc.,...more

Hacking Your Rivals – Corporate Espionage in Major League Baseball

As we approach the dog days of summer, baseball season is again in full bloom. We previously discussed old-fashioned sign stealing in the context of teams trying to gain a competitive advantage during an actual game. But it...more

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