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Federal Tax Reform May Affect Estate Planning

On November 2, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax reform bill known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Finance Committee followed on November 9 with its own outline for tax reform legislation. Both…more

Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax, Gift-Tax Exemption, Income Taxes

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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Bug Bounty Programs: What Every Organization Needs to Know

More and more companies are paying up – and paying more – to so-called “ethical” hackers who report data security bugs or vulnerabilities for a bounty. A report released last week by Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced cybersecurity…more

Bug Bounty Program, Cybersecurity, Data Security, Hackers, Popular

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Newman’s “Meaningfully Close Personal Relationship” Requirement No Longer Good Law

A divided Second Circuit panel (Katzmann, Pooler (dissenting), Chin) on Wednesday upheld the insider trading conviction of former SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. Confronting its precedent in United States v…more

Confidential Information, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Prosecution, Hedge Funds, Insider Trading

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Judge Brown Grants Summary Judgment Where Plaintiffs Could Not Find Any Infringing Products

On May 30, 2018, United States Magistrate Judge Gary Brown (E.D.N.Y.) granted defendants Envirocare Technologies International, Ltd.'s, Envirocare Technologies, LLC's, and Steel City Vacuum Company's motion for summary judgment…more

Motion for Summary Judgment, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Summary Judgment

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Delaware Chancery Court Holds that a Reverse Triangular Merger Is Not an Assignment by Operation of Law

On February 22, 2013, the Delaware Chancery Court in Meso Scale v. Roche restored a degree of certainty to M&A planning by holding that the acquisition of a company through a reverse triangular merger (RTM) did not constitute an…more

Assignments, Reverse Triangular Mergers, Terms and Conditions

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The Building Block(chain)s of Philanthropy: Exempt Organizations and Blockchain’s Potential

In recent months, news of Blockchain technology has filled headlines. The ability of Blockchain—which provides a decentralized means of recording and verifying transactions—to shape the financial sector has been widely…more

Blockchain, Charitable Donations, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, Exempt Organizations

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Facebook Warrant Case: Stark Debate and a Divided Court

We previously posted about a case before the New York Court of Appeals that concerned whether Facebook has the legal standing to challenge search warrants seeking its users’ data. In April, the court sided with the Manhattan…more

Article III, Criminal Investigations, Evidence, Facebook, Fraud

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Commercial Division Allows Stockholder Challenge to Merger to Proceed Due to Allegations that the Special Committee Had a Conflict of Interest

On May 9, 2018, Judge Barry R. Ostrager of the Commercial Division denied a motion to dismiss a shareholder complaint in the Matter of Handy & Harman Ltd. Stockholder Litig., No. 654747/2017, 2018 BL 172083 (Sup. Ct. May 9,…more

Acquisitions, Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Conflicts of Interest, Fiduciary Duty

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The Second Circuit Counts to Three: How One Defendant Became a Career Criminal Over the Course of an Hour

In United States v. Bordeaux, 17-486-cr (Cabranes, Raggi, Vilardo), the Second Circuit held that the defendant’s three prior Connecticut state convictions for first-degree robbery—all of which took place during a single…more

Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, Criminal Convictions, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, Guilty Pleas

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For $80 Million, Yahoo! Settles Shareholder Class Action Claiming Stock Price Losses from Data Breaches

It’s become almost routine. A public company suffers a data breach at the hands of hackers, its stock price slides and the securities fraud class action lawsuits pile on…more

Class Action, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Hackers, Popular

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Privilege Waiver: Is Your File-Sharing Site a Public Park Bench?

While courts and the Federal Rules of Evidence take an increasingly pragmatic approach to the question of when inadvertent disclosure of privileged information results in waiver, a recent federal magistrate’s ruling serves as a…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Data Protection, Disclosure, Electronically Stored Information

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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A Question of Privilege: Court Wrestles With Attorney-Client and Work Product Issues in Data Breach Case

In a significant ruling addressing the scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in a data breach case, a Federal judge in Oregon ordered Premera Blue Cross, the Washington-based healthcare services…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Discovery

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Circuit Reverses Conviction & Dismisses Indictment in Case Where Defendant Waited Seven Years for Trial

In United States v. Tigano, No. 15-3073 (Winter, Walker, Pooler), the Second Circuit issued a short order reversing the conviction of Joseph Tigano, III and dismissing the indictment with prejudice.  The Court noted that a full…more

Criminal Convictions, Dismissal With Prejudice, Indictments, Marijuana Cultivation

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Full Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Review of Jurisdictional Decision with Important Implications for BPCIA Litigation

On June 20, 2016, the full Federal Circuit denied Mylan’s petitions for rehearing en banc in Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., 817 F.3d 755 (Fed. Cir. 2016), leaving intact the panel’s decision affirming two…more

ANDA, BPCIA, Commercial Marketing, Corporate Counsel, Forum Selection

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Second Circuit Affirms Constitutionality of Arms Export Control Act

In United States v. Mark Henry, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Cabranes, and Wesley, Js.) affirmed that the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”), 22 U.S.C. § 2751 et seq., does not constitute an unconstitutional delegation of…more

Arms Export Control Act, Export Controls, Exports

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Latest Department of Labor Guidance on Economically Targeted Investments and Shareholder Engagement: Requires Plan Fiduciaries to Step Carefully

In late April, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released FAB 2018-01 addressing and clarifying previous guidance concerning economically targeted investments (“ETIs”), shareholder engagement and proxy voting. The general tenor…more

DOL, Economically Targeted Investments, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Third Circuit Affirms Uber Win in Attempted Monopolization Suit

On March 27, 2018, the Third Circuit affirmed dismissal of an antitrust suit against Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) by the Philadelphia Taxi Association and its members, individual taxicab companies (together, “Plaintiffs”)…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Competition, Monopolization, Motion to Dismiss

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Four Years of IPRs: Lessons from Proceedings for the Cabilly II Patent

It has been four years since the first inter partes review proceedings were filed in the United States. The first IPR petition, filed on September 16, 2012 (the first day IPRs became available), made it all the way to the…more

Biologics, Genentech, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Joinder, Motion to Terminate

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Heads Up, Employers: New York Reacts to the “Time’s Up” Movement by Expanding Protections against Sexual Harassment at Work

On April 12, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2018-2019 New York State budget, which imposes substantial new obligations on employers with respect to combating sexual harassment in the workplace…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Employee Training, Employer Liability Issues, Mandatory Arbitration

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Senator Hatch’s New Legislation Would Eliminate IPR Challenges by Generics and Biosimilar Makers

Generics and biosimilar makers have increasingly used inter partes reviews (“IPRs”), proceedings made possible by the America Invents Act, to challenge patents protecting innovator small-molecule drugs and biologic medicines…more

Biosimilars, BPCIA, Generic Drugs, Hatch-Waxman, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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A Question of Privilege: Court Wrestles With Attorney-Client and Work Product Issues in Data Breach Case

In a significant ruling addressing the scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in a data breach case, a Federal judge in Oregon ordered Premera Blue Cross, the Washington-based healthcare services…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Discovery

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User’s Guide to Recent Revisions in the Commercial Division Rules

Since its formation in 1995, the Commercial Division has seen an increase in the number and complexity of cases being filed. In response to this change, New York’s then Chief Judge created a Task Force on Commercial Litigation…more

Business Litigation, Commercial Court, Expert Testimony, Forum Selection, Trials

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California’s New Digital Privacy Law: Impact on Business Operations

California’s landmark digital privacy law – enacted less than two weeks ago – is the most sweeping consumer data protection law in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, or CCPA, will apply to more than…more

Biometric Information, Consumer Privacy Rights, Cybersecurity, Data Collection, Data Privacy

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Soul’d Out Festival Challenges Coachella’s Demand for Noncompete Clause Despite Sold Out Shows

On April 9, 2018, the producer of  the Soul’d Out music festival in Portland, Oregon, sued the owners and producers of the Coachella music festival in California for what it alleges are anticompetitive contract terms that…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Provisions, Music Industry, Non-Compete Agreements, Restraint of Trade

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Sunbeam Products, Inc. V. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has issued a decision with significant implications for licensees of trademarks whose licensors become debtors in bankruptcy. In Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago…more

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Proposed Tax Reform Bill Impacts Philanthropy and Tax-Exempt Organizations

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Bill”). At over four hundred pages, the Bill promises substantial changes to the Internal…more

Adjusted Gross Income, Charitable Deductions, Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Churches

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Trademark Licenses . . . Again (Update No. 2)

Our June 28 post discussed the petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of the First Circuit’s January 12 decision in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. We noted that the respondent’s…more

Amicus Briefs, Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtors

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Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit, Holds Patent Owners May Recover Lost Foreign Profits

On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its decision in WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation, 585 U.S. ___, Slip. Op. No. 16-1011 (June 22, 2018), reversing the Federal Circuit and holding that…more

35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(2), 35 U.S.C. § 284, Appeals, Domestic Injury, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory of Liability But Establishes “Demanding” Materiality Standard Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al., holding that the so-called “implied certification” theory is viable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”),…more

Conditions of Payment, Failure To Disclose, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors

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Commercial Division Finds Jurisdiction over Foreign Defendant on an Alter Ego Theory in Estate’s Action to Recover Painting Plundered in Nazi-Occupied France

In a decision issued last month in Gowen v. Helly Nahmad Gallery, Inc., No. 650646/2014, 2018 NY Slip Op 28142, 2018 BL 164601, Commercial Division Justice Eileen Bransten found personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants in…more

Art Collections, Commercial Court, Fine Art, Motion to Dismiss, Nazi Looted Art

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Court of Appeals Rules: What the “Value of His Interest in the Partnership” Means under New York Partnership Law

The New York Court of Appeals, in Congel v. Malfitano, recently ruled that the “Poughkeepsie Galleria Company” (the “Partnership”) was not an at-will partnership and that therefore Defendant Marc Malfitano’s (the “Defendant”)…more

Appeals, Breach of Contract, Damages, Partnership Agreements, Partnerships

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Claims Dismissed Against Successor Transfer Agent Where There Was No Showing Of A Duty Owed To The Investors

In Magna Equities II, LLC et al., v. Writ Media Group Inc., et al., No. 653808/2016, 2017 BL 115243 (N.Y. Sup. Ct March 30, 2017), Justice Peter Sherwood dismissed for lack of jurisdiction and failure to state a claim all claims…more

Common Stock, Conversion Requirements, Failure To State A Claim, Financial Services Industry, Investors

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Federal Circuit: BPCIA Preempts State Law In Biosimilar Litigation

The Federal Circuit on Thursday issued an opinion in Amgen v. Sandoz holding that that the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) preempts state-law claims that are based on a biosimilar applicant’s failure to…more

Amgen, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Patent Dance, Patent Infringement

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Federal Circuit: BPCIA Preempts State Law In Biosimilar Litigation

The Federal Circuit on Thursday issued an opinion in Amgen v. Sandoz holding that that the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) preempts state-law claims that are based on a biosimilar applicant’s failure to…more

Amgen, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Patent Dance, Patent Infringement

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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Duke and UNC: No-Poach Case Update

Last month, we reported on a partial settlement in an antitrust case alleging that entities within the Duke and the University of North Carolina systems agreed not to hire each other’s medical personnel unless the lateral hire…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Class Action, Class Certification, Employer Liability Issues

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NYSE Proposes Rule Changes Requiring Foreign Private Issuers to Submit Semi-Annual Financial Information to SEC

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recently proposed amendments to the NYSE Listed Company Manual (Manual) to adopt a requirement that NYSE-listed foreign private issuers (FPIs) submit semi-annual unaudited financial information…more

Financial Statements, Foreign Private Issuers, NYSE, Proposed Amendments, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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First Department Affirms that an LLC’s Operating Agreement Trumps Delaware Law

A unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, First Department recently affirmed a ruling by the Commercial Division dismissing causes of action against the ACE Group International LLC (“AGI”) brought by the estate of the…more

Appeals, Business Litigation, Commercial Court, Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, Estate Claims

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All-or-Nothing Damages Strategy Leaves Promega with Nothing

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Promega Corp. v. Life Technologies Corp. is a cautionary tale that failure to present evidence of damages closely tied to each alternative basis of liability may result in a hollow…more

35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1), Biologics, Calculation of Damages, Intellectual Property Protection, Life Technologies Corp v Promega Corp

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Supreme Court Considers an Expansion of Class-Action Tolling

On March 26, 2018, the Supreme Court heard argument in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh (No. 17-432), a case in which the justices will determine whether a plaintiff whose otherwise untimely claim has been tolled by the rules…more

American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, Class Action, Class Certification, FRCP 23, FRCP 23(b)(3)

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Latest Department of Labor Guidance on Economically Targeted Investments and Shareholder Engagement: Requires Plan Fiduciaries to Step Carefully

In late April, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released FAB 2018-01 addressing and clarifying previous guidance concerning economically targeted investments (“ETIs”), shareholder engagement and proxy voting. The general tenor…more

DOL, Economically Targeted Investments, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of…more

Bonds, Convictions, Materiality, Misrepresentation, Reversal

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On Judicial Review Rebound, Court Finds NCAA Compensation Rules Challenge May Proceed

In late March, a district court in the Northern District of California partially granted and partially denied dueling summary judgment motions in an MDL class action—In re NCAA Athletic Grant-In-Aid Cap Antitrust…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, College Athletes, NCAA, Sherman Act

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Speak Now? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Appellate Standing

A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals highlights an existing circuit split regarding appellate standing. Courts in the Fourth and Seventh Circuits have disagreed whether objection and attendance at a…more

Appeals, Bankruptcy Court, Civil Forfeiture, Jurisdiction, Limited Liability Company (LLC)

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Supreme Court Endorses Implied Certification Theory of Liability But Establishes “Demanding” Materiality Standard Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al., holding that the so-called “implied certification” theory is viable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”),…more

Conditions of Payment, Failure To Disclose, False Claims Act (FCA), False Implied Certification Theory, Federal Contractors

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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A Question of Privilege: Court Wrestles With Attorney-Client and Work Product Issues in Data Breach Case

In a significant ruling addressing the scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in a data breach case, a Federal judge in Oregon ordered Premera Blue Cross, the Washington-based healthcare services…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Discovery

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Alabama Federal Court Will Analyze Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Claims Under Per Se Standard; Defers Decision on “Single Entity” Defense

A court’s decision regarding the proper standard of review in a Sherman Act Section 1 case—whether to analyze the defendant’s conduct as a per se antitrust violation or under the “rule of reason”—is highly significant. The rule…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Best Efforts Clauses, Blue Cross

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Implications of the Supreme Court’s Windsor Decision on Estate Planning for Same-sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court, in its decision in United States v. Windsor, overturned Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). The Court ruled that the Federal government could not deny tax and other…more

DOMA, Estate Planning, Gift-Tax Exemption, Income Taxes, Lifetime Limits

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Cert Petition Asks How Far Does the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine Extend?

On February 28, 2018, the Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. (PRTC) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari after its antitrust claims against San Juan Cable LLC (OneLink) were dismissed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Cable Television Providers, Competition, Monopolization

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Supreme Court Considers an Expansion of Class-Action Tolling

On March 26, 2018, the Supreme Court heard argument in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh (No. 17-432), a case in which the justices will determine whether a plaintiff whose otherwise untimely claim has been tolled by the rules…more

American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, Class Action, Class Certification, FRCP 23, FRCP 23(b)(3)

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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FDA Withdraws Draft Guidance on Evaluating Analytical Similarity Following Industry Criticism

Analytical studies to demonstrate that a biosimilar is highly similar to its reference product are central to the biosimilar development and approval process. For this reason, there have been calls from industry for more…more

Biologics, Biosimilars, FDA, Pharmaceutical Industry

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Second Circuit Breaks Ground: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Federally Protected

On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit ruled for the first time that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The question at issue in Zarda v. Altitude Express,…more

Civil Rights Act, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Litigation, Gender Discrimination

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Hospital Hit with $4.3 Million Fine for “Snail’s Pace” HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare organizations take note: not following your own data security rules can be costly, very costly. And the more time it takes to comply, the faster the fines stack up…more

Corporate Counsel, Data Protection, Data Security, Electronic Medical Records, Encryption

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Circuit Holds That Pending State Counts Qualify as “Anticipated” Sentence for Purposes of Sentencing Guidelines on Concurrent Sentencing

Is a term of imprisonment “anticipated” if charges are pending but the defendant has not yet pled or been found guilty? In a per curiam decision, United States v. Olmeda, No. 15-3449 (Katzmann, Leval, and District Judge Carter…more

Criminal Prosecution, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Remand, Sentencing

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Can Tax Sales Be Set Aside In Bankruptcy? The Federal Courts Are Increasingly Split

In BFP v. Resolution Tr. Corp., 511 U.S. 531 (1994), the Supreme Court held that a mortgage foreclosure sale conducted in accordance with state law was shielded from avoidance under the Bankruptcy Code’s fraudulent conveyance…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Court, Chapter 7, Creditors, Debtors

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Alabama Federal Court Will Analyze Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Claims Under Per Se Standard; Defers Decision on “Single Entity” Defense

A court’s decision regarding the proper standard of review in a Sherman Act Section 1 case—whether to analyze the defendant’s conduct as a per se antitrust violation or under the “rule of reason”—is highly significant. The rule…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Best Efforts Clauses, Blue Cross

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Seventh Circuit (Again) Finds Consumers Have Standing To Sue Over Data Breaches

On April 14, 2016, the Seventh Circuit held in Lewart v. P.F. Chang’s that customers who may have had personal information compromised in a P.F. Chang’s data breach have standing, at the motion-to-dismiss stage, to sue the…more

Clapper v. Amnesty International, Class Action, Credit Monitoring, Data Breach, Injury-in-Fact

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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New York AG Throws Support Behind Proposed SHIELD Act

It didn’t take long for New York’s interim Attorney General to send a strong message to the business community about the importance of data security…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Data Security, Hackers

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Objections Fall Short as Appeals Court Affirms Target Settlement

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court’s approval of a $17 million settlement between Target Corp. and consumers whose credit card data was compromised in the 2013 data breach. In…more

Credit Cards, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Debit Cards

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A New Tool for Anti-Bribery Compliance Program: ISO 37001

Recently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted a new set of standards, designated as ISO 37001, to assist organizations in their ongoing fight against bribery. As a result of recent increases in the…more

Anti-Bribery, Anti-Corruption, Compliance, Corrective Actions, Due Diligence

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Commercial Division Dismisses Derivative Lawsuit After Board Rejects Shareholder Demand

The decision to bring a lawsuit on behalf of a corporation is entrusted to the corporation’s board of directors. A shareholder may not maintain a derivative lawsuit on behalf of a corporation without first making a demand on the…more

Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Commercial Court, Corruption

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The “Cannibal Cop” and Protection of Computerized Data

In an unusual criminal case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in on an important question at the intersection of employment law and data security. The decision will likely have implications wherever questions…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Data Security, Trade Secrets, Unauthorized Access, Web Scraping

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Hepatitis C Patent Falls for Non-Enablement, Wiping Out $2.5 Billion Infringement Verdict

In a hard-fought patent battle involving “groundbreaking” work by both parties, Chief Judge Stark of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled that plaintiff Idenix’s patent for treating Hepatitis C virus (HCV)…more

Enablement Inquiries, Intellectual Property Protection, Judgment As A Matter Of Law, Merck, Patent Infringement

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Judge Román Holds Storage Units Don’t Hold Water for Patent Venue Purposes

On May 24, 2018, Judge Nelson S. Román granted Defendant United States Endoscopy Group, Inc.’s (“Defendant”) Motion to Dismiss for Improper Venue pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3)…more

FRCP 12(b)(3), Improper Venue, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Impact of Nautilus on Biotech and Pharmaceutical Patents

In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2120 (2014), the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” standard for determining whether a patent claim meets the definiteness requirement…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Patent Litigation, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Microsoft Joins Government’s Request to Render Fight over Access to Data Stored Abroad Moot

Yesterday, we reported that the Department of Justice has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to remand its dispute with Microsoft Corp. concerning access to customer emails stored abroad to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second…more

Cloud Storage, Criminal Investigations, Electronically Stored Information, Extraterritoriality Rules, Ireland

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Cert Petition Asks How Far Does the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine Extend?

On February 28, 2018, the Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. (PRTC) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari after its antitrust claims against San Juan Cable LLC (OneLink) were dismissed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Violations, Cable Television Providers, Competition, Monopolization

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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Bankruptcy Court Rules Section 327 Inapplicable to Certain Management Consultant Retentions

Section 327(a) of the Bankruptcy Code imposes restrictions on the employment of professionals to assist a trustee, requiring that such professionals “not hold or represent an interest adverse to the estate” and be “disinterested…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Court, Debtors, Employee Retention, Reorganizations

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Recent Halliburton Decision on Securities Litigation

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. In Halliburton, the Court declined to overrule Basic v. Levinson, but rather imposed limitations on the…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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First Decision on Label Carve-Outs for Biosimilars Expected in Enbrel Litigation

As biosimilar litigation between Amgen, the maker of Enbrel® (etanercept), and Sandoz, the maker of biosimilar ErelziTM (etanercept-szzs) heads toward trial before Judge Claire Cecchi in the District of New Jersey, Sandoz is…more

aBLA, Amgen, Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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California’s New Digital Privacy Law: Impact on Business Operations

California’s landmark digital privacy law – enacted less than two weeks ago – is the most sweeping consumer data protection law in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, or CCPA, will apply to more than…more

Biometric Information, Consumer Privacy Rights, Cybersecurity, Data Collection, Data Privacy

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Sneaking Isn’t Laundering: Second Circuit Reverses Money Laundering Conviction for Insufficient Evidence of Intent to Disguise

In United States v. Rodriguez, a panel of the Second Circuit (Judges Katzmann, Walker, and Bolden (D. Conn., sitting by designation)) reversed the conviction of a defendant for money laundering…more

Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Convictions, Criminal Prosecution, Drug Distribution, Lack of Evidence

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Federal Circuit Issues Two Decisions Impacting Standing to Challenge Validity of Pharma Patents

Two recent Federal Circuit decisions address when a party has standing to challenge the validity of a patent. Though the cases arose in different contexts, they both center on the question of what it means for a party to be…more

Article III, Patent Infringement, Patents, Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Court Orders Jacobson Remand to Determine Reasonableness of $10 Million Fine

In United States v. Zukerman, No. 17-948 (2d Cir. Feb. 6, 2018) (ALK, RAK, RSP) (summary order), the appellant, Morris Zukerman, challenged the substantive and procedural reasonableness of his sentence, which was imposed…more

Calculation of Damages, Criminal Prosecution, Fines, Guilty Pleas, Obstruction of Justice

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Judge Matsumoto Declines to Hear Invalidity Arguments on Patent Previously Cancelled in IPR

On March 27, 2018, District Judge Matsumoto (E.D.N.Y.) issued an 83-page decision on the parties' summary judgment briefing, which covered ten issues across three patents relating to multilayer ceramic capacitors…more

Equitable Estoppel, Intellectual Property Protection, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Laches, Patent Infringement

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Wearable Technology Fits into Professional Sports

Professional athletes, teams, and leagues have embraced wearable technology. But as this new technology becomes ubiquitous, a new category of valuable—and personally sensitive—data has emerged, raising novel data security…more

Athletes, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Hackers, Popular

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Data Breach Costs Surge: The Numbers Behind Ponemon’s 2018 Study

Data breach costs are on the rise. In the U.S., the average cost of a data breach spiked nearly 8% from last year to hit a record high of almost $8 million per breach…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Data Security

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New York Will Require Certain 501(c)(3) Organizations to Publicly Disclose Donors

Bill No. A. 10742/S. 8160, introduced during the final hours of the spring legislative session and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, requires 501(c)(3) organizations to publicly disclose the identities of certain donors…more

501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), Disclosure Requirements, Donations, Governor Cuomo

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Latest Department of Labor Guidance on Economically Targeted Investments and Shareholder Engagement: Requires Plan Fiduciaries to Step Carefully

In late April, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released FAB 2018-01 addressing and clarifying previous guidance concerning economically targeted investments (“ETIs”), shareholder engagement and proxy voting. The general tenor…more

DOL, Economically Targeted Investments, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Heads Up, Employers: New York Reacts to the “Time’s Up” Movement by Expanding Protections against Sexual Harassment at Work

On April 12, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2018-2019 New York State budget, which imposes substantial new obligations on employers with respect to combating sexual harassment in the workplace…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Employee Training, Employer Liability Issues, Mandatory Arbitration

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Commercial Division Rejects Collateral Promise Argument as a Basis for a Fraudulent Inducement Claim

In a recent decision, Justice Anil Singh of the Commercial Division dismissed a counterclaim asserted by Visa against Wal-Mart for fraudulent inducement. According to Justice Singh, Visa’s allegations failed to satisfy the…more

Breach of Contract, Chip and PIN, Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement

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California’s New Digital Privacy Law: Impact on Business Operations

California’s landmark digital privacy law – enacted less than two weeks ago – is the most sweeping consumer data protection law in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, or CCPA, will apply to more than…more

Biometric Information, Consumer Privacy Rights, Cybersecurity, Data Collection, Data Privacy

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Heads Up, Employers: New York Reacts to the “Time’s Up” Movement by Expanding Protections against Sexual Harassment at Work

On April 12, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2018-2019 New York State budget, which imposes substantial new obligations on employers with respect to combating sexual harassment in the workplace…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Employee Training, Employer Liability Issues, Mandatory Arbitration

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Judge Pollak Finds 45 Days Is Not Untimely for Supplemental Infringement Contentions

On June 7, 2018, United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak (E.D.N.Y.) denied a motion by defendants—Quest USA Corp. (“Quest”) and Isaac Srour—to strike supplemental infringement contentions submitted by plaintiff…more

Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Patterson Belknap Hosts Conversation about Litigation Practice in New York Courts with Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia and New York Practice author Professor Patrick M. Connors

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP welcomed Associate Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, and Professor Patrick M. Connors, author of the New York Practice treatise, for a…more

Continuing Legal Education

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Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Damages Limited to Plaintiff’s Losses Under New York Law

When a defendant avoids the cost of developing its own technology by stealing proprietary information, can that defendant be required to re-pay the cost it saved as compensatory damages? Not under New York trade secret or…more

Compensatory Damages, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, Unjust Enrichment

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When Can an Outside Attorney Serve as a Special Litigation Committee in an LLC Derivative Suit? When the Parties’ Contract Says So, Says First Department

In a decision handed down on August 15, 2017 by the New York Appellate Division First Department, the court endorsed the practice of the appointment of a Special Litigation Committee (SLC) by a limited liability company (LLC)…more

Corporate Governance, Derivative Suit, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Operating Agreements

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SEC Refreshes Cyber Guidance: Key Takeaways

It’s been seven years since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) issued its initial guidance to public companies on cybersecurity disclosure. And last week – in the midst of Form 10-K filing season – the…more

Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Disclosure Requirements, Information Technology

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A Long Road Ahead: Data Privacy and the Self-Driving Car

America has had a longstanding love affair with the automobile, as a manifestation of innovation and independence. The next chapter is likely the advent of the (fully or partially) autonomous vehicle…more

Automotive Industry, Connected Cars, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Driverless Cars

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Sentencing Court Must Provide Sufficient Reasons for Sentence Imposed to Determine if Factual Error Influenced Sentence

In United States v. Derek Armstrong, 18-368, the Second Circuit (Sack and Raggi, with Kaplan by designation) issued a summary order vacating a three-month prison sentence imposed on the defendant by the U.S. District Court for…more

Criminal Prosecution, Sentencing, Tax Fraud, Tax Returns

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Court Allows Wife of Criminal Defendant to Amend Challenge to Forfeiture of Allegedly Commingled Assets on Due Process Grounds

In United States v. Daugerdas, the Court (Walker, Lynch, Chin) offered a lifeline to the wife of a defendant convicted of tax fraud, who sought to assert a third-party interest in funds that the Second Circuit had previously…more

Criminal Proceeds, Due Process, Forfeiture, Tax Fraud

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Second Circuit Lays Out New Rules for Restitution

On February 6, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided an appeal, United States v. Cuti, which interpreted the restitution provisions of the Victims and Witnesses Protection Act (VWPA). The…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Crime Victims, Restitution, SEC

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). …more

Crowdfunding, Funding Portal, Investors, JOBS Act, Offerings

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Senator Hatch’s New Legislation Would Eliminate IPR Challenges by Generics and Biosimilar Makers

Generics and biosimilar makers have increasingly used inter partes reviews (“IPRs”), proceedings made possible by the America Invents Act, to challenge patents protecting innovator small-molecule drugs and biologic medicines…more

Biosimilars, BPCIA, Generic Drugs, Hatch-Waxman, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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Commercial Division Enjoins Xerox-Fujifilm Deal Resulting In Resignation of Xerox’s CEO

On April 27, 2018, Justice Barry Ostrager of the Commercial Division enjoined a no-cash transaction that would have granted Fujifilm (“Fuji”) a 50.1% controlling interest in Xerox…more

Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, Derivative Suit, Fiduciary Duty

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Supreme Court in Salman Says: “This One Is Easy,” Reaffirming Dirks and Rejecting Newman

The United States Supreme Court (Alito, J.) issued a unanimous decision today affirming the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Salman v. United States, an insider trading case concerning tippee liability. The Court held that the…more

Corporate Executives, Criminal Convictions, Dirks v SEC, Insider Trading, Personal Benefit

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Court Regrets Allowing Successive 2255 Petition in Massey v. United States

On July 11, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued a short per curiam opinion (Wesley, Chin, Furman D.J. by designation) in Massey v. United States, affirming the sentence imposed on an individual who was convicted of possession of a…more

Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, Criminal Prosecution, Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Lessons from LinkedIn: Privacy and Data Security Representations in the M&A Context

Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of LinkedIn earlier this month—a deal where concerns for privacy and data security loomed large—provides a glimpse into the growing trend of including separate privacy and data security…more

Contract Terms, Corporate Counsel, Due Diligence, FTC Act, LinkedIn

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Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit, Holds Patent Owners May Recover Lost Foreign Profits

On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its decision in WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation, 585 U.S. ___, Slip. Op. No. 16-1011 (June 22, 2018), reversing the Federal Circuit and holding that…more

35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(2), 35 U.S.C. § 284, Appeals, Domestic Injury, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Second Circuit Holds Life Term of Supervised Release for Non-Violent Drug Offender is Unreasonable

On May 2, 2018, the Second Circuit held in United States v. Jamaal Brooks (Parker, Lynch, Chin) (per curium) that the district court erred in imposing a sentence of lifetime supervised release on a defendant who had violated…more

Criminal Prosecution, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Guilty Pleas, Sentencing, Substance Abuse

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Supreme Court Holds IPRs Are Constitutional

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review proceedings. Justice Thomas, writing for the seven-member majority in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy…more

America Invents Act, Article III, Constitutional Challenges, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Oil States Energy Services v Greene's Energy Group

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Data Breach Costs Surge: The Numbers Behind Ponemon’s 2018 Study

Data breach costs are on the rise. In the U.S., the average cost of a data breach spiked nearly 8% from last year to hit a record high of almost $8 million per breach…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Data Security

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Broadway Producers Denied Motion to Set Aside Damages Verdict against Former Publicist

In Rebecca Broadway LP v. Thibodeau, Justice Andrea Masley of the Commercial Division denied plaintiff Rebecca Broadway Limited Partnership’s (“RBLP”) motion to set aside a damages verdict after it prevailed at trial against…more

Breach of Contract, Damages, Motion to Set Aside the Verdict, Tortious Interference

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

See all updates »

Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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PTAB and Bar Prepare for Aftermath of Supreme Court’s SAS Decision

In last week’s Oil States decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), as expected by most observers. However, it was the Court’s decision…more

America Invents Act, Constitutional Challenges, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Oil States Energy Services v Greene's Energy Group, Patent Litigation

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California’s New Digital Privacy Law: Impact on Business Operations

California’s landmark digital privacy law – enacted less than two weeks ago – is the most sweeping consumer data protection law in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, or CCPA, will apply to more than…more

Biometric Information, Consumer Privacy Rights, Cybersecurity, Data Collection, Data Privacy

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Judge Hellerstein Holds SDNY Local Patent Rules Cannot Change the Pleading Standard Under Iqbal/Twombly

On May 18, 2018, United States District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein granted in part and denied in part Defendant Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”)’s motion to dismiss Holotouch, Inc. (“Holotouch”)’s complaint. Microsoft moved…more

Direct Infringement, Motion to Dismiss, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Who Knows What "Most Convenient" Is? Judge Failla Rules Claims Are Indefinite

On May 11, 2018, United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla ruled that claims 1 and 2 of U.S. Patent No. 6,340,189 (“the ’189 patent”), drawn to a device that is placed in a “position most convenient” to a user, were…more

Indefiniteness, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Second Circuit Continues To Give A Close Look To Supervised Release Conditions

In a recent nonprecedential summary order, the Second Circuit (Winter, Lynch, Chin) vacated and remanded a sentence due to a condition of supervised release that prohibited the defendant from having unsupervised contact with any…more

Child Pornography, Criminal Convictions, Criminal Prosecution, Remand, Supervised Release

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Effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trust and Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, includes significant changes to the U.S. federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax laws, effective as of January 1, 2018. In addition,…more

529 Plans, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer, Gift Tax

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Indirect Purchasers Cannot Sue Qualcomm Under Federal Law, But State Law Claims Survive

A federal judge in California has refused to allow indirect purchasers of semiconductor chips—i.e., cell phone consumers—to bring claims against Qualcomm under federal antitrust law…more

Anti-Competitive, Apple, Cartwright Act, Cell Phones, Damages

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Latest Department of Labor Guidance on Economically Targeted Investments and Shareholder Engagement: Requires Plan Fiduciaries to Step Carefully

In late April, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released FAB 2018-01 addressing and clarifying previous guidance concerning economically targeted investments (“ETIs”), shareholder engagement and proxy voting. The general tenor…more

DOL, Economically Targeted Investments, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Second Circuit Rejects Coin Dealer’s Coram Nobis Petition

Robert du Purton was convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in 2001 for participating in an “elaborate scheme of fraudulent representations” in his rare coin business. According to trial evidence,…more

Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Convictions, Habeas Corpus, Mail Fraud

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The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Recent Halliburton Decision on Securities Litigation

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. In Halliburton, the Court declined to overrule Basic v. Levinson, but rather imposed limitations on the…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Court Regrets Allowing Successive 2255 Petition in Massey v. United States

On July 11, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued a short per curiam opinion (Wesley, Chin, Furman D.J. by designation) in Massey v. United States, affirming the sentence imposed on an individual who was convicted of possession of a…more

Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, Criminal Prosecution, Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock) with…more

Equity Compensation, Filing Requirements, IRC Section 83(b), IRS, Restricted Stocks

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Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of…more

Bonds, Convictions, Materiality, Misrepresentation, Reversal

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Antitrust Division to International Community: “Imperative that Competition Agencies Work Together”

For several years, the Antitrust Division’s investigations have been increasingly global in scope. Acting Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch made clear that trend will continue in remarks at a conference on International…more

Antitrust Division, Antitrust Violations, Cartels, Enforcement Actions, FTC

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Sweeping Tax Reform Impacts Tax-Exempt Organizations

After a short period of deliberations by the House of Representatives (the “House”) and the Senate, President Trump signed the final version of H.R. 1 into Public Law No. 115-97 on December 22, 2017 (the “New Law”). The New Law…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Compensation & Benefits, Corporate Taxes, Excise Tax

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Court Rejects Evidentiary and CFAA Vagueness Challenges to Conviction for Botnet Hacking Scheme

In United States v. Gasperini, the Court (Cabranes, Lynch, Carney) resolved various challenges by Fabio Gasperini, an Italian citizen, to his conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”)…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Criminal Prosecution, Cybersecurity, Denial of Service Attacks, Evidence

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AAG Delrahim on the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law: Strong Patent Rights Spur – Not Suppress – Competition

On March 16, 2018, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim gave a speech at the University of Pennsylvania Law School titled “The ‘New Madison’ Approach to Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law.”…more

Antitrust Provisions, Competition, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Ownership, Patents

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Action is Necessary: Designate Your Copyright Agent To Ensure Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection Continues

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), an online service provider (“OSP”) – such as the owner of a website that allows users to post user content – may be eligible for a safe harbor from copyright infringement…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Office, Designated Agent, DMCA

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FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA") announced that by the end of the year, the agency would issue a draft guidance document addressing the contours of lawful and unlawful off-label promotion. The…more

Draft Guidance, Enforcement, FDA, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), FTC

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FDA Authorizes First Direct-to-Consumer Test for BRCA Gene Mutations

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) authorized, with special controls, the first direct-to-consumer test to detect the presence of genetic mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (“BRCA genes”)…more

23andMe, Biotechnology, BRCA, Cancer, Direct to Consumer Sales

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Judge Pollak Finds 45 Days Is Not Untimely for Supplemental Infringement Contentions

On June 7, 2018, United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak (E.D.N.Y.) denied a motion by defendants—Quest USA Corp. (“Quest”) and Isaac Srour—to strike supplemental infringement contentions submitted by plaintiff…more

Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Heads Up, Employers: New York Reacts to the “Time’s Up” Movement by Expanding Protections against Sexual Harassment at Work

On April 12, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2018-2019 New York State budget, which imposes substantial new obligations on employers with respect to combating sexual harassment in the workplace…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Employee Training, Employer Liability Issues, Mandatory Arbitration

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NYC Sick Leave Gets a New Companion: Safe Leave

On May 5, 2018, an amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act will take effect, expanding the law to allow paid leave to be used by employees when they or their family members are victims of family offense matters…more

Local Ordinance, Paid Leave, Paid Time Off (PTO), Safe Leave, Sick Leave

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Patterson Belknap Hosts Conversation about Litigation Practice in New York Courts with Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia and New York Practice author Professor Patrick M. Connors

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP welcomed Associate Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, and Professor Patrick M. Connors, author of the New York Practice treatise, for a…more

Continuing Legal Education

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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The Building Block(chain)s of Philanthropy: Exempt Organizations and Blockchain’s Potential

In recent months, news of Blockchain technology has filled headlines. The ability of Blockchain—which provides a decentralized means of recording and verifying transactions—to shape the financial sector has been widely…more

Blockchain, Charitable Donations, Cryptocurrency, Digital Currency, Exempt Organizations

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Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark International,…more

Copyright Infringement, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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A Question of Privilege: Court Wrestles With Attorney-Client and Work Product Issues in Data Breach Case

In a significant ruling addressing the scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in a data breach case, a Federal judge in Oregon ordered Premera Blue Cross, the Washington-based healthcare services…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Discovery

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Information from third parties (such as, from your employer or LinkedIn): We may also receive information about you from third party sources. For example, your employer may provide your information to us, such as in connection with an article submitted by your employer for publication. If you choose to use LinkedIn to subscribe to our Website and Services, we also collect information related to your LinkedIn account and profile.

Your interactions with our Website and Services: As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically. This information includes IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. We use this information to analyze trends, to administer the Website and our Services, to improve the content and performance of our Website and Services, and to track users' movements around the site. We may also link this automatically-collected data to personal information, for example, to inform authors about who has read their articles. Some of this data is collected through information sent by your web browser. We also use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about cookies and other tracking technologies that JD Supra may use on our Website and Services please see our "Cookies Guide" page.

How do we use this information?

We use the information and data we collect principally in order to provide our Website and Services. More specifically, we may use your personal information to:

  • Operate our Website and Services and publish content;
  • Distribute content to you in accordance with your preferences as well as to provide other notifications to you (for example, updates about our policies and terms);
  • Measure readership and usage of the Website and Services;
  • Communicate with you regarding your questions and requests;
  • Authenticate users and to provide for the safety and security of our Website and Services;
  • Conduct research and similar activities to improve our Website and Services; and
  • Comply with our legal and regulatory responsibilities and to enforce our rights.

How is your information shared?

  • Content and other public information (such as an author profile) is shared on our Website and Services, including via email digests and social media feeds, and is accessible to the general public.
  • If you choose to use our Website and Services to communicate directly with a company or individual, such communication may be shared accordingly.
  • Readership information is provided to publishing law firms and authors of content to give them insight into their readership and to help them to improve their content.
  • Our Website may offer you the opportunity to share information through our Website, such as through Facebook's "Like" or Twitter's "Tweet" button. We offer this functionality to help generate interest in our Website and content and to permit you to recommend content to your contacts. You should be aware that sharing through such functionality may result in information being collected by the applicable social media network and possibly being made publicly available (for example, through a search engine). Any such information collection would be subject to such third party social media network's privacy policy.
  • Your information may also be shared to parties who support our business, such as professional advisors as well as web-hosting providers, analytics providers and other information technology providers.
  • Any court, governmental authority, law enforcement agency or other third party where we believe disclosure is necessary to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation, or otherwise to protect our rights, the rights of any third party or individuals' personal safety, or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or safety issues.
  • To our affiliated entities and in connection with the sale, assignment or other transfer of our company or our business.

How We Protect Your Information

JD Supra takes reasonable and appropriate precautions to insure that user information is protected from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. You should keep in mind that no Internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free. Where you use log-in credentials (usernames, passwords) on our Website, please remember that it is your responsibility to safeguard them. If you believe that your log-in credentials have been compromised, please contact us at privacy@jdsupra.com.

Children's Information

Our Website and Services are not directed at children under the age of 16 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 16 through our Website and/or Services. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 16 has provided personal information to us, please contact us, and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.

Links to Other Websites

Our Website and Services may contain links to other websites. The operators of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using our Website or Services and click a link to another site, you will leave our Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We are not responsible for the data collection and use practices of such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of our Website and Services and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Information for EU and Swiss Residents

JD Supra's principal place of business is in the United States. By subscribing to our website, you expressly consent to your information being processed in the United States.

  • Our Legal Basis for Processing: Generally, we rely on our legitimate interests in order to process your personal information. For example, we rely on this legal ground if we use your personal information to manage your Registration Data and administer our relationship with you; to deliver our Website and Services; understand and improve our Website and Services; report reader analytics to our authors; to personalize your experience on our Website and Services; and where necessary to protect or defend our or another's rights or property, or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, safety or privacy issues. Please see Article 6(1)(f) of the E.U. General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") In addition, there may be other situations where other grounds for processing may exist, such as where processing is a result of legal requirements (GDPR Article 6(1)(c)) or for reasons of public interest (GDPR Article 6(1)(e)). Please see the "Your Rights" section of this Privacy Policy immediately below for more information about how you may request that we limit or refrain from processing your personal information.
  • Your Rights
    • Right of Access/Portability: You can ask to review details about the information we hold about you and how that information has been used and disclosed. Note that we may request to verify your identification before fulfilling your request. You can also request that your personal information is provided to you in a commonly used electronic format so that you can share it with other organizations.
    • Right to Correct Information: You may ask that we make corrections to any information we hold, if you believe such correction to be necessary.
    • Right to Restrict Our Processing or Erasure of Information: You also have the right in certain circumstances to ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or to erase your personal information. Where you have consented to our use of your personal information, you can withdraw your consent at any time.

You can make a request to exercise any of these rights by emailing us at privacy@jdsupra.com or by writing to us at:

Privacy Officer
JD Supra, LLC
10 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 300
Sausalito, California 94965

You can also manage your profile and subscriptions through our Privacy Center under the "My Account" dashboard.

We will make all practical efforts to respect your wishes. There may be times, however, where we are not able to fulfill your request, for example, if applicable law prohibits our compliance. Please note that JD Supra does not use "automatic decision making" or "profiling" as those terms are defined in the GDPR.

  • Timeframe for retaining your personal information: We will retain your personal information in a form that identifies you only for as long as it serves the purpose(s) for which it was initially collected as stated in this Privacy Policy, or subsequently authorized. We may continue processing your personal information for longer periods, but only for the time and to the extent such processing reasonably serves the purposes of archiving in the public interest, journalism, literature and art, scientific or historical research and statistical analysis, and subject to the protection of this Privacy Policy. For example, if you are an author, your personal information may continue to be published in connection with your article indefinitely. When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
  • Onward Transfer to Third Parties: As noted in the "How We Share Your Data" Section above, JD Supra may share your information with third parties. When JD Supra discloses your personal information to third parties, we have ensured that such third parties have either certified under the EU-U.S. or Swiss Privacy Shield Framework and will process all personal data received from EU member states/Switzerland in reliance on the applicable Privacy Shield Framework or that they have been subjected to strict contractual provisions in their contract with us to guarantee an adequate level of data protection for your data.

California Privacy Rights

Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, our customers who are California residents have the right to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

You can make a request for this information by emailing us at privacy@jdsupra.com or by writing to us at:

Privacy Officer
JD Supra, LLC
10 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 300
Sausalito, California 94965

Some browsers have incorporated a Do Not Track (DNT) feature. These features, when turned on, send a signal that you prefer that the website you are visiting not collect and use data regarding your online searching and browsing activities. As there is not yet a common understanding on how to interpret the DNT signal, we currently do not respond to DNT signals on our site.

Access/Correct/Update/Delete Personal Information

For non-EU/Swiss residents, if you would like to know what personal information we have about you, you can send an e-mail to privacy@jdsupra.com. We will be in contact with you (by mail or otherwise) to verify your identity and provide you the information you request. We will respond within 30 days to your request for access to your personal information. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. If you would like to correct or update your personal information, you can manage your profile and subscriptions through our Privacy Center under the "My Account" dashboard. If you would like to delete your account or remove your information from our Website and Services, send an e-mail to privacy@jdsupra.com.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our Privacy Policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use our Website and Services following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, your dealings with our Website or Services, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: privacy@jdsupra.com.

JD Supra Cookie Guide

As with many websites, JD Supra's website (located at www.jdsupra.com) (our "Website") and our services (such as our email article digests)(our "Services") use a standard technology called a "cookie" and other similar technologies (such as, pixels and web beacons), which are small data files that are transferred to your computer when you use our Website and Services. These technologies automatically identify your browser whenever you interact with our Website and Services.

How We Use Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to:

  1. Improve the user experience on our Website and Services;
  2. Store the authorization token that users receive when they login to the private areas of our Website. This token is specific to a user's login session and requires a valid username and password to obtain. It is required to access the user's profile information, subscriptions, and analytics;
  3. Track anonymous site usage; and
  4. Permit connectivity with social media networks to permit content sharing.

There are different types of cookies and other technologies used our Website, notably:

  • "Session cookies" - These cookies only last as long as your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari).
  • "Persistent cookies" - These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.
  • "Web Beacons/Pixels" - Some of our web pages and emails may also contain small electronic images known as web beacons, clear GIFs or single-pixel GIFs. These images are placed on a web page or email and typically work in conjunction with cookies to collect data. We use these images to identify our users and user behavior, such as counting the number of users who have visited a web page or acted upon one of our email digests.

JD Supra Cookies. We place our own cookies on your computer to track certain information about you while you are using our Website and Services. For example, we place a session cookie on your computer each time you visit our Website. We use these cookies to allow you to log-in to your subscriber account. In addition, through these cookies we are able to collect information about how you use the Website, including what browser you may be using, your IP address, and the URL address you came from upon visiting our Website and the URL you next visit (even if those URLs are not on our Website). We also utilize email web beacons to monitor whether our emails are being delivered and read. We also use these tools to help deliver reader analytics to our authors to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

Analytics/Performance Cookies. JD Supra also uses the following analytic tools to help us analyze the performance of our Website and Services as well as how visitors use our Website and Services:

  • HubSpot - For more information about HubSpot cookies, please visit legal.hubspot.com/privacy-policy.
  • New Relic - For more information on New Relic cookies, please visit www.newrelic.com/privacy.
  • Google Analytics - For more information on Google Analytics cookies, visit www.google.com/policies. To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This will allow you to download and install a Google Analytics cookie-free web browser.

Facebook, Twitter and other Social Network Cookies. Our content pages allow you to share content appearing on our Website and Services to your social media accounts through the "Like," "Tweet," or similar buttons displayed on such pages. To accomplish this Service, we embed code that such third party social networks provide and that we do not control. These buttons know that you are logged in to your social network account and therefore such social networks could also know that you are viewing the JD Supra Website.

Controlling and Deleting Cookies

If you would like to change how a browser uses cookies, including blocking or deleting cookies from the JD Supra Website and Services you can do so by changing the settings in your web browser. To control cookies, most browsers allow you to either accept or reject all cookies, only accept certain types of cookies, or prompt you every time a site wishes to save a cookie. It's also easy to delete cookies that are already saved on your device by a browser.

The processes for controlling and deleting cookies vary depending on which browser you use. To find out how to do so with a particular browser, you can use your browser's "Help" function or alternatively, you can visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which explains, step-by-step, how to control and delete cookies in most browsers.

Updates to This Policy

We may update this cookie policy and our Privacy Policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about how we use cookies and other tracking technologies, please contact us at: privacy@jdsupra.com.

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