Monthly Archives: November 2013

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Compliance Programs, Patent Glossaries, Paternity Leave, Insider Trading

Happy Birthday, Condi Rice! What’s the one thing missing from your corporate compliance program? (JD Supra Contributors) The problem of patent glossaries: ambiguity and the nature of meaning… (Robert Sachs at Fenwick & West) Stay tuned for more on CNN reporter Josh Levis’ paternity leave lawsuit against his employer – it’s one to watch… (Kathryn… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Shareholder Activism, Google Filters, Disappearing Goodwill, Fair Lending

Slow morning? Let the JD Supra Corporate Brief jumpstart your day: Public corporations aren’t the only ones who have to worry about shareholder activism – so do the country’s banks… (Skadden Arps) The law may be on his side, but erasing compromising photos of Max Mosley on the Internet will take more than a filter… Read more »

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(…that’s the sound of your company’s goodwill disappearing, like a punctured tire, after a social media disaster that took mere seconds to unfold.) You’d think companies would know better, right? That they’d develop procedures for approving tweets sent out by third-party vendors under their name, right? That they wouldn’t be so foolish as to allow… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Social Media Dangers, Online Injury Records, Italian Google Tax, Anti-Raiding Agreements

Start your day the JD Supra way: large coffee, cherry Danish, and the morning’s law news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here. What did Home Depot do when a “dumb, stupid, and offensive” tweet was sent out from its account? (James Ryan at Cullen and Dykman) Three unsettled TCPA issues that could potentially… Read more »

What Do DNA in the Amanda Knox Murder Case, High Frequency Trading at Goldman Sachs, & A Seismic Treasure Map Have in Common?

…throw in a Halloween cookie recipe, computer codes, and beer — and it should be really obvious what they all have in common! Right? Right! For your reference, here’s a roundup of updates on a broad range of fascinating trade secret-related matters, by attorneys writing on JD Supra: The Role of Alleged Trade Secret Forensic… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Child Labor, Whistleblower Protections, Swiss Banks, FATCA Compliance

Turns out that when he wasn’t developing the general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein also invented … a refrigerator. Here’s the patent to prove it, granted November 11, 1930. Complying with child and forced labor laws around the world is more than good business sense – it’s also the right thing to do… (Cheryl Behymer… Read more »

Feds Say Health Plans Purchased on Insurance Marketplace Not “Federal Health Care Programs”

… but leave questions unanswered: On October 30, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that qualified health plans (QHPs) purchased through the Insurance Marketplace are not considered to be “federal health care programs.” That may allow hospitals and other providers to help patients pay for coverage through the exchanges… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Dual-Track Process, Conflict Minerals Disclosure, Forced-Placed Insurance, Insider Trading Risk

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of your morning commute? Just pull up the JD Supra Corporate Brief on your tablet, pop in your earbuds, and let the law news take you away… There are two reasons companies should pursue a dual-track mergers and acquisition and initial public offering process… (Cathy Birkeland at… Read more »

Privacy and Business Needs Are Focus of Latest NIST Cybersecurity Framework

“[G]iven the tremendous increase in hacking, cybercrime, and potential liability for cyber incidents, every private organization has ample incentive to analyze its existing cybersecurity practices and risks, and identify steps for potential reduction of that risk, whether through the Framework or otherwise.” (Daniel Reing and Bob Scott of Davis Wright Tremaine) Late last month, the… Read more »

Maximize the Value of Your Business With the Dual Track M&A / IPO Process

There are two reasons companies should pursue a dual-track mergers and acquisition and initial public offering process, explains attorney Cathy Birkeland of Latham & Watkins in the above video: A dual-track process can maximize the value of the company, and It provides more options, giving the company the flexibility to choose the path that best… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Email Policies, Whistleblower Bounties, Counterfeit Goods, Office Supplies

Just over 100 years ago today, the first air freight shipment was completely by the Wright brothers on behalf of department store owner Max Moorehouse. We can’t help but wonder – did it absolutely, positively have to be there overnight? Will email policies be the next battleground for the NLRB? (Tim Long, Lisa Lupion, and… Read more »

The Global Economic Outlook According to Bennett Jones: Cloudy with a Chance of Moderate Growth

From Richard Dion, David Dodge, and John Weekes of law firm Bennett Jones, a look at where the global economy is headed, how US monetary policy will affect our ability to get there, and the current state of international trade and trade negotiations. Some observations: In the short term the road will be bumpy, with… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Iran Notices, Health FSAs, Corporate Boards, FATCA Implementation

Voters across the country agree: the JD Supra Corporate Brief is a great way to start the day! Are the days when Chief Compliance Officers are held accountable a thing of the past? (Bettina Eckerle of Eckerle Law) Over the past eight months, companies have filed more than 400 Iran notices with the SEC… (Shearman… Read more »

IRS Lets Employees Carryover Money in Flexible Spending Accounts – Here’s What Employers Need to Know

The IRS just made health flexible spending accounts more, well, flexible. From attorneys Allison De Tal, Isabel Safie, and John Wahlin of Best Best & Krieger: “The Internal Revenue Service recently released Notice 2013-71, which provides an alternative to the Grace Period Rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSA). Under this alternative, cafeteria plans may… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Goldman Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Telecommuting, Brazil Anti-Corruption, Worker Misclassification Lawsuits

On this day in 1895, George B. Selden was granted the first US patent for an automobile. Today’s global economy forecast: bumpy road ahead – but things should start to smooth out in 2014… (Richard Dion, David Dodge, and John Weekes at Bennett Jones) Score one for the underdog? (Kenneth Vanko at Clingen Callow &… Read more »