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New Guidance on Bad Boy Guarantees

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released a memorandum (#AM2016-001) addressing the proper tax treatment of nonrecourse carve-outs (or bad boy guarantees) in the partnership context. According to the memorandum, such...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Insureds’ Miller-Shugart Agreement Breached Policy’s Cooperation Clause

In its recent decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Donaldson, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7499 (8th Cir. Apr. 26, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to...more

Sloppy Claims Handling Exposes Insurer to Bad Faith Claims

A Geico insured, with a $10,000/$20,000 liability policy, was involved in a three-car collision resulting in the death and serious injury of two occupants in one of the vehicles. The insured reported the accident to Geico the...more

DOJ’s New FCPA “Pilot Program” Targets Corporate Officers and Other Individuals

For years, FCPA observers have predicted that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) will increase its prosecutions of corporate officers and employees for FCPA violations. These predictions have so far proven disputable, as the...more

New Fiduciary Rule & Its Impact on Retirement Advice for Plan Sponsors

After much controversy and criticism, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final conflict of interest rule on April 6th (the “Final Rule”) which expands the definition of a fiduciary for an “employee benefit plan,” as...more

Termination of a Commercial Lease May be an “Avoidable Transfer” in Bankruptcy, holds Seventh Circuit

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

DLA Piper's 2016 Compliance & Risk Report: What CCOs need to know

With federal agencies turning up the heat and investigative and enforcement activities on the rise, 81 percent of compliance officers are increasingly apprehensive about their personal liability in situations of corporate...more

Homeowners' Associations Could Face Liability for Bear Attacks

It is sometimes said that law is what separates humans from wild animals. While humans have been developing laws since the Code of Hammurabi, they have also been developing land, so much so that both commercial and...more

Employment Law Developments for Manufacturers:  Predictably Unpredictable!

Manufacturers should take note of two recent developments in the human resources world. One expected. The other not. Frequent readers of this blog may recall that in January I predicted the United States Department of...more

Second Circuit Holds HR Professionals Can Be Liable as ‘Employers’ Under FMLA

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has recently held that a human resources manager could be held liable as an employer under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In issuing its decision in Graziadio v. Culinary...more

New York Appeals Court Imposes Individual Employee Liability for Interfering with FMLA Leave and Retaliation

On March 17, 2016, the federal Court of Appeals in New York held for the first time as Second Circuit law that a human resources director and other managers can be liable for personally violating another employee’s rights...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Promote Company Self-Reporting

In a speech delivered last Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the Justice Department’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division announced the launch of a new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “pilot program” that...more

Employment Law - April 2016

Supreme Court Gives Stamp of Approval to Representative Statistical Evidence - Why it matters - In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the use of representative statistical evidence for...more

Is Data Really a “Toxic” Asset?

In his “Data Is a Toxic Asset” blog post, Bruce Schneier argues that data is a toxic asset and that the lesson all the recent data breaches are teaching us is that storing this asset is “dangerous,” because it makes companies...more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

Using Insurance to Counter the Wage-and-Hour Threat

Yesterday, businesses and their executives face an increased threat given the personal liability for officers, directors, managing agents and others as discussed in our recent alert, “California’s Fair Day’s Pay Act May...more

Second Circuit Finds Human Resource Manager Personally Liable for FMLA Violations

The Family and Medical Leave Act imposes liability for interference by the “employer” with leave rights. Typically, the disgruntled employee asserts FMLA claims against the company employing him or her, but the Act also...more

Sales Representatives Face Increased Risk of Being Named in Medical Device Product Liability Litigation

Why is there a rise in sales representatives being sued in medical device product liability cases? Robyn Maguire: Five to ten years ago, the primary reason sales representatives were sued in product liability cases was...more

Broker-Dealer Liability: Are the Rules Pertaining to Providing Investment Advice to Retail Customers About to Change?

In the securities industry, broker-dealers play an important and vital role. If the current broker-dealer regulatory environment is not daunting enough already, it is about to get more complicated and costly, from a revenue...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

SEC Enforcement Trends for 2016 - Welcome to the latest edition of Fenwick and West’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter. In this newsletter, we look at SEC enforcement trends for 2016, starting with a...more

Banking & Finance Advisory: Justice Department: Individual Accountability for Financial Institution Misdeeds

Last September, the Justice Department amended the United States Attorney’s Manual (USAM), the manual that provides guidance for the Department of Justice Attorneys. The amendments are designed to ensure that individual...more

Employment Law Reporter - March 2016

On April 1st, new regulations adopted under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) take effect that require California employers of at least 5 individuals to develop written discrimination, harassment, and retaliation...more

The Individual Liability You Never Knew You Had: Second Circuit Rules HR Directors May Be Liable for FMLA Violations

HR Directors, Beware: Your role in terminating employees may expose you to individual liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, et al., Graziadio, a Payroll...more

FinCEN Enforcement Trends: 2015 Year in Review

A review of FinCEN’s enforcement efforts in 2015 and 2014 reveal a marked trend away from its longstanding focus on depository institutions and toward otherwise unregulated financial institutions, as well as an increased...more

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, and recent FAST Act amendments...more

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