Most Popular Corporate Law Posts – Apr 2012

What’s on your mind? Human trafficking, online advertising, corporate bribery, and legal issues for nonprofits, 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 Supply Chains Act of 2010 goes into effect on January 1, 2012. For retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state of California bringing in more than $100 million in annual gross receipts, that’s the date they must begin report on their efforts to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains.” Read the full update>>

2. Be Careful If Your Online Advertising Relies on Terms You Do Not Own

“If your online strategy involves use of your competitor’s trademark(s) to drive Google traffic, it might be time for a change. Two ongoing lawsuits send a warning call to companies that advertise on the web.

The first has to do with Google Adwords; the second: with the use of ‘meta tags’ on business websites. Both cases raise the thorny issue of copyright infringement that comes from using a competitor’s trademarked terms to raise awareness for your own business.” Read the full update>>

3. 5 Ongoing Legal Issues for Nonprofit Boards

“According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations operating in the United States, from charities to industry associations to religious institutions. But whatever their structure or purpose, such organizations need to understand – and respond to – key legal and regulatory issues that are unique to not-for-profits.” Read the full update>>

4. The $22.5 Million Co-Pay: 5 Lessons from the Biomet Bribery Case

“Open (your wallet) wide and say ‘Aaah’ – late last month, medical device manufacturer Biomet, Inc. paid more than $20 million to settle charges that it bribed doctors around the world to boost sales of its products over an eight-year period.

It’s the latest in a long line of recent settlements over violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and it provides several valuable lessons for companies doing business across the globe…” Read the full update>>

5. What Wal-Mart’s Mexican Bribery Scandal Means to Corporate Compliance & the FCPA
“In a stunning revelation this weekend, the New York Times reported on millions of dollars in bribes spent by Wal-Mart de Mexico – and covered up by Wal-Mart’s board and senior management – to support the unit’s rapid expansion to market dominance in Mexico.” Read the full update>>

6. IP Law Roundup: Google Adwords Redux, Louis Vuitton & UPENN & Hyundai, USPTO Pilot Program, Malpractice Claims…

“We’ve been itching to put together a new roundup of Intellectual Property Law advisories — a number of interesting updates have passed through JD Supra over the last few days and we’ve wanted to capture them for you.

But before we get on with it, let’s all say out loud together (speak up in the back, please!): ‘Don’t be messing with the Louis Vuitton mark.’” Read the full update>>

7. 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 a consequence of that data breach.” Read the full update>>

8. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: A Legal Overview
“Thanks to a recent decision in the Ninth Circuit, the ever-evolving Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is back in the spotlight. The latest changes notwithstanding, what exactly is the CFAA? What does it cover? Who does it protect? What should corporate leaders know about it as they manage the fine balance between employees, technology, and proprietary data in the workplace?” Read the full update>>

9. 5 Characteristics of an Effective Corporate Compliance Program
“Any corporation whose business extends beyond United States borders must have a comprehensive and effective compliance program to address the rules of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – and, for that matter, any additional corruption regulations in countries where they conduct business.” Read the full update>>

10. Kappos v. Hyatt: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Inventors

“In a unanimous decision earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in Kappos v. Hyatt that a patent applicant has the right to present new evidence when appealing the rejection of their application.

The ruling clarifies the procedures for introducing and evaluating new evidence in support of a denied patent application.” Read the full update>>

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