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JD Supra Corporate Brief: Recess Appointments, Chinese Auditors, Meaningful Use, Utility Patents

Don’t forget: the JD Supra Corporate Brief is the most important meal of the day (and we won’t say a word if you come back for seconds)! Does this new court of appeals ruling put another nail in the recess-appointed NLRB’s coffin? (KMTG) China just agreed to allow US investigators greater access to work papers… Read more »

[Video] Corporate Law Report: News to Use… Now

Welcome to our latest Corporate Law Report, which includes: a word of caution for any company employing user-generated endorsements as part of their online advertising; a terrific white paper on social media risks and liabilities for global corporations; enforcement predicitions for 2013; a perspective on the potential rebirth of U.S. manufacturing; and latest details on… Read more »

[Video] JD Supra’s Corporate Law Report – News You Can Use Now…

Here’s a look at some of the news items we’ve been following in corporate law on JD Supra. If you joined us last week, you know the routine: Watch the video overview above and, for any topics that interest you, go deeper with the legal analysis and commentary below>> On Company Holiday Parties: ‘Tis the… Read more »

DNA Eligible for Patent Protection, Court Rules in Myriad (Again)

“Isolated DNA molecules are patent-eligible, reaffirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Ass’n for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. et al., lifting a cloud of uncertainty over DNA composition patents. ‘The isolated DNA molecules before us are not found in nature. They are obtained in laboratory and are… Read more »

[Video] "Losing His Way" – The Massive Ponzi Fraud Scheme of Attorney Marc Dreier

Interesting video interview in today from Bloomberg Law: [Link: Ponzi Schemer Marc Dreier Confesses ‘Sins’ in New Film] “Marc Simon, a filmmaker and partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, discusses his documentary ‘Unraveled’ which explores the downfall of Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, who was convicted of orchestrating a massive fraud scheme.… Read more »

Most Popular Corporate Law Posts – Mar 2012

What’s on your mind? Human trafficking, the mortgage foreclosure settlement, investor visas to the US, and HIPAA compliance and violations, among other things. For your reference, here’s a look at the most-read Corporate Law Report posts over the past month: 1.California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Takes Effect January 1, 2012  “The California Transparency in… Read more »

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… Read more »

Energy Law Updates: Offshore Wind Farms, Solar Projects, Government Contracts, Hydropower, & More

For your reference, here’s a roundup of commentary on recent legal developments in the renewable and alternative energy industry:  Wind Power Offshore Wind Energy Development in Mid-Atlantic Moving Forward (Venable LLP) “Coinciding with the publication of the environmental assessment, [the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)] announced that it is soliciting statements of interest from… Read more »

Lawyer: Asking for Facebook Password in Hiring Process Might Violate the Federal Stored Communications Act [Video]

JD Supra Biznews: The web is abuzz with news (and fairly unanimous outrage) that some employers are asking job candidates for their Facebook passwords, as way to do proper due diligence on the folks they’re hiring. Make what you will of the practice, personally, there are certainly legal implications to it. … Watch the video:… Read more »

Mayo v. Prometheus: SCOTUS Issues Landmark IP Law Opinion

On the JDSupra Buzz blog: Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v Prometheus Laboratories, a significant intellectual property case that, according to law firm Patton Boggs LLP: “…has widespread impact on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology… Read on: Mayo v. Prometheus: SCOTUS Issues Landmark IP Law Opinion… Read more »

Capital Raising: Legislative and Regulatory Efforts to Reduce Barriers

From law firm Morgan Lewis, a comprehensive overview of ongoing initiatives in Congress and key federal agencies to loosen restrictions on raising capital. There’s something for everyone in this update, from startups to privately held businesses to public companies: “H.R. 3606 would create a new category of issuer, an ‘emerging growth company,’ defined as a… Read more »

Nonprofit Law: A Roundup of Recent Legal Commentary

For your reference, a roundup of legal advisories regarding the new IRS Form 990, unpaid internships, employment matters, fundraising, lobbying, and other issues and concerns particular to nonprofit organizations:  Recent Developments for Exempt Organizations, Including 2011 Year in Review (Ropes & Gray LLP) “Looking ahead, the IRS Exempt Organizations division recently released its annual work… Read more »

Mineral Rights: 5 Tips for Property Owners Negotiating Shale Gas Leases

From Is That Legal?: “The scope of development activities that have resulted from the race to extract natural gas from newly discovered unconventional shale gas formations promises to affect the marketability of real estate in Pennsylvania for years to come. While the focus of this article is on land within the… Read on: Mineral Rights:… Read more »

Employee Benefits Plans: DOL Issues Final Rule on ERISA Fee Disclosures

In early February, the Department of Labor issued its final rule regarding fee disclosures by service providers to Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans. For your reference, here is a roundup of legal advisories on the final rule and related regulatory developments:  DOL Finalizes ERISA Disclosure Requirements for Retirement Plan Service Providers (Sutherland Asbill… Read more »