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FINRA Proposes Desk Commentary Safe Harbor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The safe harbor would offer relief from certain requirements of FINRA’s research rules, but significant compliance obligations and questions remain. On April 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc....more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

Oh Yes They Did! - Ninth Circuit Holds that Use of Moderators May Impact DMCA Safe Harbor Shield

by Bryan Cave on

In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. 2017) the Ninth Circuit held that the use of moderators by social media website LiveJournal created a question of fact as to whether the Digital...more

Entering the FDCPA Safe Harbor Just Got More Difficult in the Second Circuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Carlin v. Davidson Fink LLP, No. 15-3105-cv (2d Cir. Mar. 29, 2017), has important ramifications for the debt collection industry....more

FINRA Proposes Limited Relief for Desk Commentary

by Morgan Lewis on

Is the proposed safe harbor for desk commentary a lifeline for sales and trading communications, or a death knell? ...more

Tick Tock - Website Owners Face Deadline to Preserve Liability Safe Harbor

All owners of websites accessible in the United States need to be aware of new rules that directly control a website owner’s potential liability for copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select...more

Children’s Privacy Compliance Program to Pay $100K for Alleged Violations

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the New York State Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”) announced that San Francisco-based privacy technology company True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc. (“TRUSTe”) has agreed to pay $100,000 in connection with...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to Rules Affecting Offerings

On April 12, 2017, FINRA issued three Regulatory Notices requesting comments on proposed changes to various rules relating to financing transactions. Regulatory Notice 17-14 requests comment on all of FINRA’s existing...more

Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Case Demonstrates Differential Value Theory of Remuneration

by Ruder Ware on

A relatively recent case involving buy-in terms in an ambulatory surgery center demonstrates how different valuations for referral sources and non-referral sources can be evidence of remuneration under the Medicare...more

Litigation Alert: “Oh No They Didn’t!” – Ninth Circuit Throws DMCA Safe Harbors for Moderated Content into Disarray

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit handed down its latest decision on the scope of the optional safe harbor for web hosting services under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The April 7 decision in...more

Free Or Discounted Local Transportation: To Offer It Or Not?

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (the “OIG”) published a final rule (the “Final Rule”) (that took effect January 6, 2017) that, among other things, added a new...more

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield: Key Similarities, Key Distinctions with the EU-U.S. Approach

by White & Case LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Administration ("ITA") will begin accepting self-certifications for the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield ("Swiss Privacy Shield"). The Swiss Privacy Shield replaces the U.S.-Swiss...more

Puerto Rico Legislation May Require Changes to Retirement Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Puerto Rico enacted new legislation in February that will require changes to tax-qualified retirement plans covering Puerto Rico employees, including both Puerto Rico-only and dual-qualified (US and Puerto Rico) retirement...more

New OIG Rules Change Patient Incentive Program Landscape: Where Are the Limits Now?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

With health care becoming more consumer-driven, health care providers and health plans are wrestling with how to incentivize patients to participate in health promotion programs and treatment plans. As payments are...more

California’s New Prop. 65 Warning Regulations Put Primary Burden for Providing Warning on Manufacturers

by Bryan Cave on

Companies that do business in California should be familiar with Proposition 65, which prohibits knowingly and intentionally exposing consumers to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm without...more

New Safe Harbor Permits Some Free Transportation to Patients

by Ruder Ware on

A new safe harbor was recently issued by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) that permits eligible health care providers to offer free or discounted transportation to established patients....more

Tennessee Legislature Amends (Again) Its Data Breach Laws

by Butler Snow LLP on

As I blogged about here, last year the Tennessee legislature amended its data breach laws to become the first state in the U.S. to remove the encryption safe harbor from its definition of a data breach, which required notice...more

M&A Deal Points

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 28 March 2017, the Federal Government released its long awaited draft legislation that is designed to encourage restructuring of distressed businesses. The proposed legislation is open for consultation with the...more

Australian Insolvency Reforms – Is the Harbour Safe Yet?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 28 March 2017, the Federal Government released its long awaited draft legislation for reforms to insolvency laws in Australia. The changes focus on providing a safe harbour for directors of distressed companies and a stay...more

Safe harbour: proposed changes to the insolvent trading regime in Australia

by DLA Piper on

The Australian government has released draft legislation which proposes significant legislative change to insolvency laws in Australia. One of the changes proposed, is that directors will not be liable for insolvent trading...more

Beware the Empty Space - Defending Food Packaging Design Against Slack Fill Claims

by Bryan Cave on

There is a recent proliferation of slack fill litigation involving food products – both class and non-class suits. If you are a food manufacturer, distributor or seller, you need to be prepared to deal with these claims....more

Court Mandates Full Payment of 40B Application Fee for Complete Application

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Municipality Successfully Invokes Safe Harbor Due to Late Payment - Ruling that a developer who files a comprehensive permit application without paying the full filing fee “does so at its peril,” the Court in Zoning...more

IRS Will Now Permit DC Plan Hardship Withdrawal Self-Certification Summaries

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two recently published memoranda by the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) indicate that it is permissible for 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors and their third party administrators (TPAs) to rely on participants’ written...more

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