Monthly Archives: February 2014

White House Continues Fight Against Patent Abuse

Earlier this month, the White House announced three new executive actions intended to “combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” From attorneys Jennifer Lane Spaith and David Tseng of Dorsey & Whitney: “The first action aims to ‘crowdsource’ prior art by allowing ‘companies, experts, and the general public’ to help… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Tax Reform, Proxy Season, Drug Labels, Internal Investigations

Happy birthday, AT&T! On this day in 1885, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State. Representative Camp says his reform plan will make the tax code simpler and fairer, spur economic growth, and create jobs. What do you say? (Evan Migdail and Bruce Thompson at DLA Piper) Bundling? Unbundling? Why… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cybersecurity Framework, FCPA Enforcement, Marijuana Money, Food Safety

Enough is enough: on this day in 1951, the Twenty-second Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms. Five things every in-house counsel should understand about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework… (King & Spalding) Are you listening to what the SEC is saying about the FCPA? (Aaron Tidman at Mintz Levin) Feds… Read more »

Feds To Banks: We Probably Won’t Bother You For Taking Marijuana Money…

“Although the guidance pursued an admirable goal, it fell remarkably short.” (Steven Eichorn) Earlier this month, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Department of Justice issued guidance intended to clarify the rules for banks that wish to provide financial services to legal marijuana businesses. The background, from attorneys Jay Baris and Oliver Ireland… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: SEC Priorities, Cybersecurity Lawsuits, H-1B Petitions, Knowledgeable Employees

On February 26, 1995, the UK’s oldest investment bank, Barings Bank, collapses when broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange. When the SEC Speaks, you should listen: highlights from the 2014 SEC Speaks Conference… (Perkins Coie) Will the Cybersecurity Framework open the door to a new wave of… Read more »

When The SEC Speaks, You Should Listen: Highlights From The 2014 SEC Speaks Conference

It’s that time of the year again, when the Securities and Exchange Commission announces its priorities at its annual “SEC Speaks Conference.” Here’s a look at key takeaways, from attorneys at Perkins Coie: A move from rule-making to rule enforcement: “During their annual turn on the bully pulpit, several of the Commissioners themselves remarked that… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Marijuana Industry Banks, Moldy Washing Machines, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Foreign Sanctions Evaders

Go ahead, sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. It is Tuesday, after all… The bottom line? Banks should think twice before doing business with a marijuana-related business… (Jay Baris and Oliver Ireland at Morrison & Foerster) Injury or no injury, consumers are free to join class action lawsuits against Whirlpool… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Dodd-Frank, Myanmar Exports, M&A Brokers, LinkedIn Announcements

On this day in 1803, the United States Supreme Court established the doctrine of judicial review when it ruled in Mabury v. Madison that Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 was unconstitutional. What do bank boards of directors need to know about Dodd-Frank? These five things… (Paul Reynolds at Dinsmore & Shohl) US… Read more »

SEC Tells M&A Brokers: No Registration Required

Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission gave M&A brokers a green light to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, and other business sales and combinations without first having registered as “broker-dealers.” Attorneys from Skadden Arps explain: “Prior to the No-Action Letter, although a person who had not registered as a broker-dealer could engage in activities in… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Green Money, International Privacy, Cybersecurity Framework, Taxable Loans

Even on a short week, Friday is cause for celebration: a double-shot of espresso, a blueberry scone, and the JD Supra Corporate Brief. $200 million will buy you a lot of green…  (Lance Brasher, Julia Czarniak, and Paul Kraske at Skadden Arps) Of the many issues that global litigants will grapple with in the coming… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: I-9 Investigations, FCPA Charges, UK Whistleblowers, Public Statements

Why did the chicken cross the road? To pick up a double-shot latte and a scone to go with her JD Supra Corporate Brief, of course: I-9 investigations are at an all-time high… (Scott Bettridge at Akerman) Do the FCPA charges against a former Bechtel executive signal a new era of anti-corruption enforcement? (David Courchaine… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Tax Data, Marijuana Guidelines, Anti-Money Laundering, Information Governance

Great moments in IP history: on this day in 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. The OECD just announced a new global data sharing standard that will allow governments to crack down on tax evaders… (James Anderson, Jonathon Egerton-Peters, Chris Hutley-Hurst, and Tim Sanders at Skadden Arps) What to make of the Obama Administration’s new… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Non-competition Agreements, Workplace Retaliation, E-Verify Misuse, Stolen Kisses

It’s true: you can’t always get what you want. Unless of course what you want is the JD Supra Corporate Brief delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. Sign up here. Enforcement of non-competition agreements is like dating – here’s how… (Renee Inomata at Burns & Levinson) According to Forbes, 2014 is the year of… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity Framework, Safe Harbor, LIBOR Administrator

On this day in 1801, an electoral college tie was resolved when the House of Representatives named Thomas Jefferson President of the United States, and Aaron Burr Vice-President. Anybody else think that would have been an interesting outcome for the Bush v. Gore election? Robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation are transforming the workplace. So what… Read more »

A First Look at Obama’s Newly Released Cybersecurity Framework for Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

It took a year to put it together, but earlier this week, the White House released the final version of the Cybersecurity Framework, a set of standards for the companies that make up country’s “critical infrastructure.” It was a monumental effort, explain attorneys Jim Halpert, Ryan Sulkin, and Sydney White of DLA Piper: “Over the… Read more »