Monthly Archives: June 2013

Calculating FMLA Leave? Easy! There’s an App for That…

Looking for an easy way to track and calculate FMLA leave eligibility for your employees? There’s an app for that, thanks to the attorneys at labor and employment firm Fisher & Phillips. Recently launched in beta, the Fisher & Phillips FMLA Leave App helps managers and HR professionals to quickly and easily calculate leave requests… Read more »

Doing Business in China: Trade Secrets, Foreign Investment, Drug Safety Regulation, Consumer Data and Other Matters…

Laws to protect trade secrets in China have been around for nearly two decades, write attorneys in Orrick’s Trade Secrets Group. Nevertheless, the best way to protect your valuable corporate information is to never let it fall into the wrong hands: “Due to the difficulty proving and obtaining effective remedies for trade secret misappropriation, it… Read more »

Attorney: Myriad Decision Shows SCOTUS Striking Necessary Patent Law Balance

“You know you’re living in the end of days when both the ACLU and the Wall Street Journal praise the same Supreme Court decision…” – Gideon Schor Here’s an interesting perspective on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in AMP v. Myriad from Gideon Schor, litigation partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati [bold ours]: “…The Court… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Fair Working Conditions, WARN Act Notices, Deferred Employee Compensation, Human Gene Patents

It’s Friday, and here at the JD Supra Corporate Brief, that means an extra Danish on the way into the office. Care to join us? How can multinationals ensure fair working conditions for workers on the other side of the globe? (NAVEX Global) The exemption from WARN Act notices for companies in Chapter 11 just… Read more »

Employers Have Six Months to Comply with Wellness Program Final Rules – Are You Ready?

“The potential payoffs [from a wellness program] include savings in health care costs, decreased absenteeism and increased productivity.” (Holland & Knight) Late last month, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services issued final regulations to help employers avoid health-based discrimination when designing and implementing wellness programs. Five key takeaways for employers: 1.… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Severance Agreements, PCORI Fees, Retail Projects, Below-Cost Pricing

On this day in 1967: President Lyndon Johnson nominates Thurgood Marshall to become the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Delaware Supreme Court has faith in the Limited Partnership Agreement… (Katten) Truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. One example: this story of an employee who secretly changed a word in her… Read more »

US Strengthens Restrictions on Iran – with One Notable Exception

It’s a busy time for US government officials charged with imposing sanctions against Iran. What’s new? 1. Sanctions on financial institutions that trade in Iran’s currency: “On June 3, the Obama Administration announced a new Executive Order authorizing sanctions that directly target trade in Iran’s currency, the rial. The order authorizes the Treasury Secretary to… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Unauthorized IP, Unpaid Interns, Insider Tweeting, Venture Capital

The greatest invention since sliced bread? Email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. And you can sign up right now. Do you know whose IP is in your suppliers’ stream? (White & Case) What’s hot in cybersecurity? This… (Corporate Law Report) You might be surprised to know who’s been sued by former unpaid interns… Read more »

Why You Need Cyber Risk Insurance – and Other Hot Topics in Cybersecurity

What’s hot in cybersercurity and data protection? Business insurance against cyber risks, increased scrutiny of corporate policies and practices to prevent – and respond to – cyber threats, updated privacy controls and standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and more. For your reference, a roundup of recent cybersecurity updates, from lawyers and… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Unsigned Agreements, Data Protection, Consumer Products, George Costanza

Go on – shake it up a little. Read the JD Supra Corporate Brief from the bottom up: Everything you always wanted to know about data protection laws of the world: a 365-page handbook (DLA Piper) Should the average business give a .crap about the new generic Top Level Domains? (Field Law) “A signature is… Read more »

3 Key Elements of the U.S. Government’s Fight to Protect Corporate Trade Secrets

The theft of trade secrets is a significant problem for American corporations. And a costly one, writes Sophie Yu at law firm Orrick: “In 2009, U.S. firms lost at least $1.1 billion from the misappropriation of trade secrets to China alone. Russia is also an aggressive collector of sensitive U.S. economic information and technologies, especially… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cyber Risk Insurance, UK Bribery Act, 3D Printing Battles, Undercover FBI Operation

No, you’re not dreaming: the new JD Supra Corporate Brief really is here. On the market for cyber risk insurance? This update will help (Sherman & Howard) The UK government is considering changes to the UK bribery act that would decriminalize facilitation payments for small and medium businesses (Pillsbury) A new set of US Iran… Read more »

Protecting Your Trademarks Outside the US is Getting Easier – Here’s Why

[Link: Trademark Series: Building a Global Brand – Ladas & Parry LLP] Taking a brand international means exporting the reputation you’ve built up in the US to promote your product in new countries. And that’s where things can go wrong, explains attorney Dennis Prahl from Ladas & Parry in the above video: “The last thing… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Abusive Practices, Illegal Subsidies, Credit Ratings, Patent Trolls, I-9 Data

Long week? Kick back with the JD Supra Corporate Brief. You’ll feel better… The CFPB just took action against a debt collector for “abusive practices.” And the entire debt-collection industry should sit up and take notice (Foley & Lardner) You can relax now: NASDAQ is withdrawing its proposal to require listed companies maintain an internal… Read more »

White House Patent Troll Plan Isn’t a Quick Fix and Won’t Help Everyone

“According to the White House’s statement, innovators continue to face challenges from Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), companies that, in the President’s words ‘don’t actually produce anything themselves,’ and instead develop a business model ‘to essentially leverage and hijack somebody else’s idea and see if they can extort some money out of them.’”   (Howard Ullman)… Read more »