2012 in Review – The Most Popular Corporate Law Report Posts of the Year

What’s on your mind? Four themes in particular, if we go by what you’ve read over the past year:

  • Legal issues related to doing business internationally
  • Dodd-Frank regulations and other financial reforms
  • Intellectual property
  • Health care, including in particular HIPAA regulations and health care reform

As popular as those issues were, however, there are many more that captured your attention, covering a diverse range of business and legal issues.

For your reading enjoyment, the most read Corporate Law Report posts in 2012. Have a happy New Year!

1. California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Takes Effect January 1, 2012

“The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 [went] into effect on January 1, 2012. For retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state of California bringing in more than $100 million in annual gross receipts, that’s the date they must begin report on their efforts to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains. For your reference, a Transparency in Supply Chains Act FAQ.” Read on>>

2. Business Regulations in China: What You Need to Know

“If you do business in China, staying current with its regulations and business environment is paramount. For your reference, here’s a reading list of commentary and analysis by lawyers and law firms on JD Supra on recent events.” Read on>>

3. HIPAA Compliance: 6 Audit Questions (and Answers) for Covered Entities

“Late last year, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged regulators to step up enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Accordingly, the OCR has begun to audit organizations that are required to comply with HIPAA Rules. For your reference, here are six questions and answers regarding the 150 audits they are planning for 2012.” Read on>>

4. Repeal Dodd-Frank? But What Is It, Exactly?

“The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, both criticized and praised by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in last night’s inaugural presidential debate, was passed in 2010 purportedly to end the practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis. What is in it, exactly? Here are five key initiatives of Dodd-Frank.” Read on>>

5. 5 Ongoing Legal Issues for Nonprofit Boards

“According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations operating in the United States, from charities to industry associations to religious institutions. But whatever their structure or purpose, such organizations need to understand – and respond to – key legal and regulatory issues that are unique to not-for-profits.” Read on>>

6. Be Careful If Your Online Advertising Relies on Terms You Do Not Own

“If your online strategy involves use of your competitor’s trademark(s) to drive Google traffic, it might be time for a change. Two ongoing lawsuits send a warning call to companies that advertise on the web.” Read on>>

7. Latest on Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking: A JD Supra Legal Reader

“Recently David Letterman pushed the fracking debate deeper into the primetime spotlight as he voiced strong concerns over hydraulic fracturing on his ‘Late Show’ – summing up his feelings in two words: ‘We’re screwed.’ Regardless of your position on this highly contentious topic, one thing is clear: today, there are numerous legal ramifications to fracking.” Read on>>

8. What Wal-Mart’s Mexican Bribery Scandal Means to Corporate Compliance & the FCPA

“In a stunning revelation this weekend, the New York Times reported on millions of dollars in bribes spent by Wal-Mart de Mexico – and covered up by Wal-Mart’s board and senior management – to support the unit’s rapid expansion to market dominance in Mexico. If the allegations are true, the bribery and ensuing cover-up could be very costly for the retailer, including significant fines, policy and procedure changes, and the departure of executives involved (who could face jail time for their actions).” Read on>>

9. HIPAA Violation Leads to $1.5M Fine: 5 Takeaways for Businesses

“In November 2009, 57 unencrypted computer hard discs containing protected health information of more than one million people were stolen from a storage locker leased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST). Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services entered into a $1.5 million settlement with BCBST over privacy and security violations as a consequence of that data breach.” Read on>>

10. Apple v. Samsung: Patent Trial of the Century?

“The latest round of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit over the design of Samsung tablets is underway in San Jose, California. But the dispute between the two tech giants goes beyond what Fortune magazine calls ‘the Patent Trial of the Century.’ The companies have also squared off (or are currently doing so) in Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, South Korea, and the Netherlands.” Read on>>

11. 5 Takeaways from New IRS FATCA Guidance

“On February 8, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service issued its long-awaited proposed regulations for implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The new rules lay out a step-by-step process for US account identification, information reporting, and withholding requirements for non-US financial institutions and other foreign entities.” Read on>>

12. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: A Legal Overview

“Thanks to a recent decision in the Ninth Circuit, the ever-evolving Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is back in the spotlight. The latest changes notwithstanding, what exactly is the CFAA? What does it cover? Who does it protect? What should corporate leaders know about it as they manage the fine balance between employees, technology, and proprietary data in the workplace?” Read on>>

13. International Labor: Legal Guide to Employing Workers Around the World

“According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in 2010 US corporations invested more than $350 billion in foreign direct investment projects across the globe: buying factories, setting up businesses, establishing joint ventures. For companies considering their own international investment, here’s a roundup of updates on labor laws in some common destinations of US FDI.” Read on>>

14. What the Obamacare Ruling Means for Health Care Providers

“For hospitals and other health care providers, the June 28, 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might not have ended all uncertainty about the future of reform in the country. But the decision will allow institutional health providers to begin implementing long-considered plans for a no-longer-distant future. What might that future bring?” Read on>>

15. Patent Reform: 5 Things You Should Know About… First-to-File

“The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, signed into law on September 16, 2011, brings sweeping reform to the United States patent system for the first time in nearly 60 years. The move from a “first to invent” to a “first to file” system is arguably the most significant change of the law. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra, five aspects of the ‘first to file’ system and how it will (or won’t) change the way you protect your intellectual property.” Read on>>

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