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OSC Whistleblower Program Launched

On July 16, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. This is the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. Subject to eligibility...more

Defend Trade Secrets Notification Requirement

Most companies are aware that President Obama recently signed into law new federal trade secret protection, entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA provides protection for trade secrets similar to that found in...more

BaFin establishes new whistleblower reporting

On 2 July 2016, the German Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht - BaFin) introduced a new reporting platform for whistleblowers of financial sector institutions under BaFin's...more

2016 DTSA: Providing Manufacturers with New Avenues to Protect Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which provides a federal civil cause of action to manufacturers for the misappropriation and theft of trade secrets under the...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers?

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Concerns with the difficulty of protecting trade secrets have grown as...more

Six Best Practices to Go Beyond Dutch Whistleblower Compliance

In March 2016 the Dutch Senate passed the “House for Whistleblowers” Act (Huis voor Klokkenluiders) to protect the interests of whistleblowers. This Act came into effect on 1st July. Whilst the rules currently only apply...more

How the New Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Impacts Government Contractors

The overwhelming bipartisan passage by both the House and Senate of the new Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) which was signed into law (18 U.S.C. §§ 1831-1839) by the president on May 11, 2016, marks not only an...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Significant Recent Changes to Intellectual Property Law May Provide New Avenues for Protecting...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), marking one of largest changes to intellectual property law since the America Invents Act of 2011. This legislation will allow companies...more

The SEC’s Customer Protection Rule Initiative and Whistleblower Protection Efforts – What Broker-Dealers Need to Know

On June 23, 2016, the SEC instituted a settled enforcement action against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (collectively, “Merrill”), in which Merrill agreed to pay $415...more

Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK – Is the Law Sufficient?

With instances of whistleblowing hitting the press on an ever-increasing basis, does UK law do enough to protect employees who blow the whistle on their employer’s wrongdoing? According to a new report published by the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Just prior to the July 4th holiday a legend of the federal securities bar passed away. Irving Pollock, or Irv as he was known, was the father of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. A New Mexico jury handed the Commission a...more

Another Challenge for Information Governance: The Defense of Trade Secrets Act

Good information governance requires not only protecting the security of sensitive and proprietary information; it often requires pursuing legal action against those who threaten the secrecy and value of a company’s trade...more

New Federal Trade Secret Statute Requires Important Updates To Contracts And Policies

With the recent passage of the Defense of Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), businesses are welcoming the many benefits the statute brings, including federal jurisdiction, robust equitable relief, and the ability to recover...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 12 - June, 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis In our last edition, we discussed a recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner, who agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle charges that included...more

New Weapon For Manufacturers: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), which provides a federal civil cause of action to manufacturers for the misappropriation of trade secrets under the Economic...more

The Defense of Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - A new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. Effective immediately, the DTSA establishes a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The new statutory framework largely...more

Early Returns (Part 2 of 2): The DTSA Lifts Off

(Editorial Note: This is the second in our two-part series exploring recent litigation under the newly-enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act.) We’ve been tracking the development of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) for...more

Five Questions You Should Ask About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

What Is the DTSA and How Is It Different From the Uniform Trade Secrets Act? Until recently, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) allowed for federal trade secret actions by the U.S. Department of Justice. The...more

After the Report: 4 Critical Best Practices for Protecting & Respecting Internal Whistleblowers

One essential element of a strong whistleblower reporting system is often overlooked: communications with reporters—whether reporting anonymously or not—after they have logged their issue or concern. Reporters who feel that...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2016

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employer's asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant. Please...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which has been widely hailed as the “most significant expansion” of federal intellectual property law since the passage of the...more

Burr Alert: What The New Federal Trade Secrets Law Means For Employees

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA") enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employers' asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant....more

Trade Secrets Now Federally Protected Intellectual Property

Some of the most valuable intellectual property that companies own — their trade secrets — now enjoy federal protection, alongside patents, trademarks and copyrights. Designed to strengthen and supplement the protection of...more

New Trade Secrets Law: What it Means for Your Business

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the landmark Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), which amends the Economic Espionage Act. The DTSA, which was passed almost unanimously by Congress, creates a new federal...more

Intellectual Property Law - June 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: An Overview - Why it matters: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law on May 11, 2016 and gives trade secret owners a federal cause of action for injunctive...more

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