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CFPB Wants to Publish Detailed Consumer Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed to publicly disclose details of consumer complaints filed through its web-based public consumer complaint database by including a consumer narrative of events that...more

Disclosing Merger Negotiations: The Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Corporate merger negotiations are typically conducted under a veil of secrecy, with public disclosure withheld until the end when a definitive agreement has been signed. The fear is that premature disclosure of preliminary...more

Trade Secrets Claims Can Be Tough To Succeed On In The Business Court

If you want to pursue a trade secrets claim in the Business Court, you've got to disclose the details of your trade secret. The Opinion last week in Unimin Corp. v. Gallo, 2014 NCBC 43 illustrates that point in detail. ...more

Profits Do Not Always Equal Disgorgement

Judge Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York recently rejected the SEC’s attempt to seek disgorgement of almost $500,000,000 from Samuel Wyly and Donald R. Miller Jr., the Independent Executor of the Will and Estate...more

7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014), the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar on the use of publicly disclosed information, refusing to apply it in a case involving...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower's Suit Finding Facts Were Already Publicly Disclosed

In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for...more

CFPB extends comment period on proposal to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives

The CFPB is extending the comment period on its proposed policy statement that would expand the complaint data that it publicly discloses in its Consumer Complaint Database to include “unstructured” complaint narratives. In a...more

Teaching Hospitals and Physicians Must Take Action Now to Correct Erroneous Reports about them Submitted Under the Sunshine Act

On September 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make public the reports submitted by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers under the Sunshine Act. These reports will disclose...more

CFPB proposes to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives

The CFPB is proposing to expand the complaint data that it publicly discloses in its Consumer Complaint Database to include consumer complaint narratives. ...more

House Appropriations Amendments Would Halt CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule; Fund Testing Relief

The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next...more

Disclosing a CEO’s Illness: Privacy vs. Transparency

From time to time, a prominent CEO’s illness makes its way into the news and highlights once again one of disclosure’s trickiest issues. Most recently, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, disclosed that he has...more

Friday Afternoon Smackdown – The SEC v. The House Of Representatives

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an action against the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives and congressional staffer Brian Sutter seeking enforcement of...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 5 - June 25, 2014

In This Issue: - The 1996 Morgan Stanley Letter: Re-imagined at the Age of 18 - Structured CDs – Goodbye Regulation DD, Hello Regulation DD - FCA Issues Fine in Relation to Structured Product...more

“Skeletons Leave the Closet” June 23, 2014

On June 23, 2014, BrokerCheck Information makes publicly available information regarding investment-related civil action(s) brought by a state or foreign financial regulatory authority dismissed pursuant to a settlement...more

Quarterly Updating of Risk Factors

Most companies do a good job of reviewing and updating their Form 10-K risk factors once a year. It’s relatively easy to re-read last year’s risk factors, determine what has changed in the interim and make appropriate...more

Senate EPW Committee Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled a six-year surface transportation bill last night that would maintain current funding under MAP-21 legislation expiring in September,...more

New SEC Guidance Regarding Social Media; Proposed Clarifications to Delaware Law for Mergers Following a Tender Offer; Change in...

Social media is becoming a desirable tool for companies to communicate with their shareholders and potential investors. Over the last few years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued guidance on how SEC...more

The FOIA and Superintendent Evaluations: Toensing and The Various Components of The Evaluation

When evaluating superintendents of schools, school boards usually seek to synthesize the views of individual board members into a collective voice for the board. In Toensing v. Chairman, All Boards Chairs Committee, Regional...more

Supreme Court Of Canada: Limits On Government Disclosure Include Policy Options

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) issued a unanimous decision in John Doe v. Ontario (Finance),2014 SCC 36 that outlines the parameters on the ability of the public to access information under Ontario’s Freedom...more

N.C. Public Records Case Opens up Access to Agency Database

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently decided a landmark case for public records law in the state. In that case, the panel of three appellate judges determined that the Automated Criminal/Infraction System (“ACIS”)...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 1: The Recent Increase in Focus on Privacy Issues

Each day this week, we are going to explore some of the issues in the rapidly growing area of cyberliability. We will examine the recent increase in focus on privacy issues, why directors should be concerned, the top...more

Obama Administration Releases Names of Colleges and Universities Facing Sexual Assault Investigations

On May 1, the U.S. Department of Education released the names of 55 colleges and universities being investigated for their handling of sexual assault complaints. This public release of a comprehensive list of colleges under...more

Increasing Focus on Expansion of Audit Committee’s Report

Recommendations that audit committees provide more robust discussions in their reports that are included by public companies in their proxy statements are getting more attention. The Audit Committee Collaboration’s report,...more

Startups seeking crowdfunding: Avoiding patent pitfalls

Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more

Baker Hughes' Policy to Disclose Chemical Components in Well Stimulation Fluids Designed to "Increase the Public Trust"

One of the largest oil-field services companies in the world, Baker Hughes, has revised its long-standing policies on disclosing the contents of hydraulic fracturing fluids on FracFocus.org - a non-profit database designed to...more

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