Monthly Archives: December 2013

5 IP Issues to Watch in 2014

How to get a better handle on the issues that will shape the intellectual property landscape in the coming year? Read what experts are writing on JD Supra: 1. Patent trolls: The debate over patent trolls – non-practicing entities that file lawsuits in an attempt to collect licensing fees on technologies that they themselves do not… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Compensation Committees & Fees, Volcker Rule & Godzilla, Tax Havens & France, Board Chairman & CEO

A different way to “ring” in the new year: 30 years ago today, the AT&T Bell System was broken up by the US government. Should you separate the CEO and Chairman of the Board roles at your company? (Akin Gump) Good news for compensation committee members of NASDAQ companies… (Goodwin Procter) If the Volcker Rule… Read more »

What’s New in International Privacy Law? This…

We admit it – the overviews of key international privacy law developments in 2013 from attorneys at BakerHostetler read like dispatches from our bucket list of global travel. Costa Rica, South Africa, Singapore, Peru, Kazakhstan… <Sigh> More importantly, however, they read like a multinational’s guide to complying with personal privacy laws around the world. And… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Information Governance, Merger Review, Patent Law, Red Tape

Go on, treat yourself to email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. Because you deserve it. Was 2013 the year of “Information Governance”? Looks like it… (Judy Selby and James Sherer at BakerHostetler) Turns out the past is never dead for the FTC… (Leslie John, Jason Leckerman, and Marcel Pratt at Ballard Spahr) What… Read more »

5 Issues to Watch in Banking & Finance in 2014

No, we don’t have a crystal ball. We have better: the insight of experts writing on JD Supra about regulatory and operational issues facing banks in 2014. Here are five to watch: 1. Virtual Currency Bitcoin and other virtual currencies may represent significant opportunities for investors and merchants, but right now, the risks seem to outweigh… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: CEO Divorces, Reverse Churning, IRS Guidance, Employee Benefits

Naughty? Nice? No matter: we won’t put coal in your stocking. Just the JD Supra Corporate Brief: Should the CEO’s divorce be reported in SEC filings? (Kerry Berchem at Akin Gump) The SEC is crunching a lot of data these days, and one of the things they’re looking for is reverse churning… (Daniel Nathan at… Read more »

It’s No Secret: 2013 Was A Big Year For Trade Secrets…

From attorneys Michael Spillner and Robert Uriarte of Orrick, an in-depth look at key 2013 developments in the trade secrets field: “One of the hottest topics throughout 2013 caught fire when security company Mandiant issued its blockbuster report in February, claiming that state-sponsored hackers in China had been engaged in massive cyberattacks in the United… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Hacking Responses, California Laws, Delaware Corporations, Greenmail Threats

On this day in 1947, the transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories. We’ve come a long way… Most of the time, “hacking back” is only going to create more troubles… (Trevor Nagel and Joseph Schenck at White & Case) Ringing in the New Year in the Golden State? You’ll need to know about these… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Financial Reform, Patent Infringement, CFPB Compliance, ERISA Lawsuits

It’s Friday, you’re drinking coffee, and the JD Supra Corporate Brief is here. Does it get any better? C’mon kids: grab some cocoa and sit by the fire for the traditional holiday non-compete tale… (Michael Greco at Fisher & Phillips) 50-page glossary of financial reform terms? Check… (Morrison & Foerster) Native American tribes may be… Read more »

SCOTUS Says Three Years Is Long Enough to File ERISA Lawsuits

Earlier this month, the US Supreme Court unanimously upheld a three-year statute of limitations for filing lawsuits challenging claim denials under Wal-Mart’s disability plan. Dirk Bernhardt and John Seybert of Sedgwick explain: “Julie Heimeshoff was a participant whose lawsuit for benefits under ERISA was barred by her plan’s three-year limitation of actions period that ran… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Social Media, Search Warrants, Cyber Attacks, Year-end Bonuses

No need to wait for the New Year – you can sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief today! Yours, mine, and ours: ownership of business social media accounts still unresolved… (Anelia Delcheva and Aaron Rubin at Morrison & Foerster) You can never be too prepared to respond to a search… Read more »

EU Simplifies Merger Review Procedures. Then Again, Maybe Not…

“On balance, we expect the new rules to increase the burden imposed on companies when a close review of the transaction is required in order to assess potential competitive effects. This increased burden may outweigh the benefits of the revision package.” (Jens Hackl and Svajune Sakalyte of Morrison & Foerster) Earlier this month, the European… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cybersecurity & Corporate Boards, OSHA & Dirty Laundry, IP & Wearable Computers, Corruption & Agency Cooperation

Always nice, never naughty: the JD Supra Corporate Brief. Cybersecurity has become one of the hottest topics in the corporate boardroom… (Akin Gump) Get ready to read about your company’s dirty workplace illness and injury laundry online… (Joe Liburt, Michelle O’Meara, and Tracy Scheidtmann at Orrick) Is wearable computing the next intellectual property battleground? (Quinn… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Golden Cybersecurity Rules, California Whistleblower Protections, CyptoLocker Ransom Threats, EU Merger Review

Start your week off on the right foot: large coffee, cherry Danish, and the JD Supra Corporate Brief. Five golden rules for avoiding cybersecurity coal in your SEC comment letter stocking in 2014… (Adam Veness at Mintz Levin) Happy New Year, California whistleblowers… (Keith Goodwin and Laura Reathaford at Proskauer) How to protect your brand… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Volcker Rule, Environmental Liabilities, OSHA Whistleblowers, Big Data

Nothing says “Happy Thursday” better than a piping hot cup of law news! Here’s an interesting visual comparison of the distance covered to get to the final version of the Volcker Rule… (Corporate Compliance Report) Should employees be allowed to work from home? (Mary Bennett and Ed Petry at NAVEX Global) Apparently, environmental liabilities of… Read more »