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Study Finds Companies May Do Too Much For Data Breach Victims

A recent study at the University of Arkansas suggests that organizations should avoid doing too much for individuals affected by a data breach. That is, when organizations provide compensation to breach victims that exceeds...more

Companies Perceived By FTC As Emerging Threats

As discussed in the previous section, the FTC collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month DPI creates a “Surge” report that...more

World Bank’s Integrity Vice President (INT) Releases Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016

On October 7, 2016, the Integrity Vice President (INT) of the World Bank Group (the “Bank”) released its annual report for fiscal year 2016 (the “Report”). In the Report, INT provides insight into the Bank’s efforts to combat...more

Cyber Fatigue: New NIST Study Reveals Consumers Feel Overwhelmed by Security Messages, Compliance

Data breaches. Stolen passwords. Confidential data compromised. We’ve all heard the cybersecurity horror stories. In fact, we may have heard them too often. According to a new study by National Institute of...more

New Report Shows Continued Increases in Enhanced Audit Committee Disclosures Among S&P 500

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics recently released their 2016 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. The report is based on a review of proxy statements filed through the end of June 2016 by companies in the...more

Newly Implemented Changes Adding Pay Data Information to Annual EEO-1 Reports Will Increase Reporting Burden and Potential...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) recently approved the EEOC’s revised proposal to collect summary employee pay data information through the Employer...more

Bipartisan Policy Centers Releases Report on Financial Regulation

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a US-based non-profit organization, issued a paper entitled “Did Policymakers Get Post-Crisis Financial Regulation Right?” The paper analyzes the effects of financial regulation post-financial...more

Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation

Increasingly aggressive and adversarial examinations by state regulators can expose insurers to troubling evidentiary issues in subsequent individual and class action litigation. Plaintiffs’ counsel may seek to admit into...more

Post-Aliso Canyon gas storage report

A task force has released its report on the safety of underground natural gas storage, following the Aliso Canyon leak in California. The Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety was formed by Congress and the...more

Steps Taken to Implement the Remedies Emerging from the UK's Retail Banking Market Investigation 

The UK's Competition & Markets Authority published proposals for the implementation of certain remedies to counter the adverse effects on competition which were identified in the CMA's final report on the retail banking...more

Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Updated Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $6.6 Trillion and...

The U.S. Commerce Department recently released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update” (the “Report”). The Report, which was co-authored by the Economics & Statistics...more

DOJ and EEOC Release Diversity in Law Enforcement Report

Seyfarth Synopsis: A coalition report issued by DOJ and EEOC that tackles workplace diversity barriers in the ranks of law enforcement sheds light on the agencies’ views of best practices for enhancing diversity in...more

A customer-focused rail industry? The Office for Rail and Road produces its Retail Market Review

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has recently published the conclusions of its Retail Market Review. The Review focused on who sells tickets, what tickets are sold, where and how tickets are sold and the ticket format....more

Companies Perceived By The FTC as Top Violators

As discussed in the previous section, the FTC collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month the FTC’s Division of Planning and...more

US Federal Banking Agencies Issue Joint Report on Banking Activities and Investments

On September 8, 2016, the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the OCC jointly issued, pursuant to a requirement under Section 620 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Governor’s Panel Supports Maine Human Rights Commission

In response to concerns about the Human Rights Commission, Governor LePage, by Executive Order, established the Maine Human Rights Commission Review Panel on October 14, 2015. The Panel issued its Findings on September 27,...more

GAO Report Finds Weaknesses in OFCCP Compliance Evaluations

On September 22, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The report, entitled “Equal...more

Financial Stability Board Reports on Progress on its Workplan to Reduce Misconduct Risk

The Financial Stability Board published a second progress report on its workplan to reduce misconduct risk. The workplan was first agreed in May 2015 and the FSB published its first progress report in November 2015. The...more

International Consultation on Good Practices for Fees and Expenses Collective for Investment Schemes 

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a final report outlining good practices on fees and expenses for collective investment schemes. The report is aimed only at CISs whose shares or units are...more

Buying and selling online: the EU's new findings on e-commerce

On 15 September 2016, after more than a year of information-gathering and analysis, the European Commission published a voluminous report (291 pages) of preliminary findings from its large-scale e-commerce inquiry (the...more

NASAA Releases 2015 Enforcement Report

State securities regulators serve an important local enforcement function. In fact, state securities regulation precedes federal regulation by more than two decades. The North American Securities Administrators Association...more

US releases new offshore wind strategy

U.S. executive branch agencies have released an updated report presenting a national strategy to facilitate the domestic development of offshore wind energy. According to the administration, the strategy could enable 86...more

ISO-NE offshore wind economic study

Regional electric grid operator ISO New England Inc. has released a report examining the economic impacts of adding significant offshore wind energy into the mainland grid. Overall, the results project reductions in...more

OSHA Reports Many State Programs Did Not Meet 2015 Performance Goals

Most state workplace safety programs did not meet performance goals, an annual report by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration studying 21 state programs in fiscal year 2015 has found. This is largely...more

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