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Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

The Ethics Advisor: Cuidado with Decisions that Hit Too Close to Home (Literally)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Mi casa es su casa is a good rule of thumb in a close, tight-knit community, and welcoming friends and neighbors into the fold for celebrations and gatherings is ingrained in many peoples’ DNA. Nevertheless, when it comes to...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Tosses Out Defamation Case Against Deval Patrick Based on Failure to Plead “Actual Malice”

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dismissed a defamation case against former Governor Deval Patrick, related to statements Patrick had made about his decision to replace the chair of the State Sex Offender...more

Supreme Judicial Court Punts On Executive Defamation Privilege

Last week, everyone in Washington, D.C. was talking about the invocation of “executive privilege,” the ability of a President to withhold information from, for example, an investigation into Russian influence on the U.S....more

Public officials – Supreme Court decision provides guidelines for D&O insurers

by DLA Piper on

On May 15 2017 the Joint Divisions of the Supreme Court issued a decision (119831/17) that further clarified the Court of Auditors' jurisdiction compared with that of the civil courts regarding the liability of directors and...more

Phoenix City Council Amends Lobbying Ordinance to Allow Enforcement

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Phoenix City Council recently voted to amend the City’s lobbying ordinance in an attempt to reinforce registration regulations and enhance enforcement penalties. This amendment signals important changes for those paid to...more

From Greyball to Snowball: Uber’s Latest Travails, and How Multiple Investigations of Misconduct May Imperil the Attorney-Client...

It emerged on May 5 that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into Uber’s use of software called “Greyball” that concealed the ride-sharing company’s operations from regulators in cities and countries that did...more

California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent decision points to the original intent of the California Public Records Act in the evolving debate over government transparency. Key Points: ..California Supreme Court rules that emails and text messages sent...more

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court has finally decided a question that has, for years, vexed courts, public officials, the media and citizen watchdogs: Are electronic communications — emails, voicemails and texts — on private...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

by Nossaman LLP on

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...more

California Supreme Court Rules Public Officials' and Employees' Personal Accounts Do Not Escape Reach of Public Records Act

by Downey Brand LLP on

On March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled in City of San Jose v. Superior Court that where a public employee uses a personal email account or texts to communicate about the conduct of public business, those...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar - March 2nd, Los Angeles, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for our 2017 Southern California Eminent Domain Seminar, "Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery." This complimentary afternoon seminar will provide insight on...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Jackson Walker Media Clients in Important Free Speech Case

by Jackson Walker on

Houston partner John K. Edwards argued before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2016 on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend...more

Avoiding Bribery Violations During This Year’s Gift-Giving Season in Korea

by Kobre & Kim on

Happy New Year of the rooster! This week marks the beginning of Seollal, or the Lunar New Year, which is one of the most significant holidays in Korea and the greater Asia region. During this celebratory season, multinational...more

A HUUUUGE Hire:  Learning From the Actions of Our Future President

Before we begin, a disclaimer: this IS NOT a political blog, or an endorsement or a criticism of our President-elect. This is merely an informational blog. Accordingly, please delete the emails you have started typing,...more

Oman's ratification on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials

by Dentons on

With the adoption of Sultani Decree 41/2016, the Sultanate of Oman ratified the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the Convention)....more

CFTC Issues Interpretation on Federal Transition and Inaugural Contributions

On December 23, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff interpretation saying that, in its view, contributions by swap dealers and their...more

The Ethics Advisor: Good Governance Floats on a Sea of Integrity

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

“In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics,” the late Earl Warren, who served as a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice and as California attorney general and governor, stated in a 1962 speech. In a closely related sense,...more

Hey! Did You Hear? The United States Imposed Sanctions Against Russia.

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

For those of us who live and breathe U.S. economic sanctions, we are used to most people largely ignoring what goes on in our world. The United States’ recent imposition of new sanctions against Russia, however, was not one...more

The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Denies Teacher Qualified Immunity Under The “State-Created Danger” Theory Where The Teacher...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

L.R. v. School Dist. of Philadelphia et. al. No. 14-4640 (3rd. Cir. Sept. 6, 2016). The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denying...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - December 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update looks at Brexit’s impact on corporate crime and investigations, the U.S. DOJ’s increased use of forfeiture actions with international implications, current...more

Update on the Anti-Corruption Landscape in Mexico

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After an aggressive grassroots campaign, in mid-2016, the Mexican government signaled substantial progress in its fight against corruption when it adopted a new anti-corruption program. The new legislation promised increased...more

Reversal of Probation Dept. Convictions Means Ortiz Term Ends with a Whimper

by PretiFlaherty on

Carmen Ortiz’s term as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts runs for only a few more weeks. If she’s wishing it were over today, I’d understand. ...more

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court - Public agencies in California should prepare for the likelihood that communications on officials’ and employees’ private devices related to the agency’s “conduct of...more

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