Topic: Public companies

SCOTUS Says SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees at Private Companies, Too

“… the Lawson decision should be a sobering one for employers.” (Jeffrey Dunlaevy of Ogletree Deakins) Private contractors across the country now need to adopt new procedures for responding to employees who blow the whistle. That’s because the US Supreme Court ruled earlier this week in Lawson v. FMR that the whistleblower protections of the… 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: False Advertising, Dodd-Frank, I-9 Investigations, Cyber Insurance

On this day in 1974, President Richard Milhous Nixon became the only US president to resign from office. Compliance with federal nutrition labeling laws doesn’t always shield a company from false advertising claims – just ask Coke… (Loeb & Loeb) What’s on the horizon for the Qualified Residential Mortgage? We should know soon… (Dechert) As… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Prohibited Persons, Conflict Minerals, Food Labels, Frequent Flyers

Looking for the latest business law news? Look no further: As many as 50,000 names of “prohibited persons” are included on the US, UK, EU, and UN sanctions lists… (Michael Volkov) The CFTC’s new guidance on how Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities is the agency’s most complicated undertaking in the past… Read more »

Court Upholds SEC Conflict Minerals Rule – First Reports Due in Less Than A Year

“[The] rule […] will require about 6,000 publicly traded companies to report whether their products contain four so-called conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where warlords use proceeds from the mineral sales to finance murder, rape and torture.” (The National Law Journal) On July 23, 2013, a federal court rejected a challenge… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cyber Risk Disclosure, UK Bribery Act, International Corporate Taxation, Trade Secret Verdicts

The JD Supra Corporate Brief: good, and good for you… 85% of the Fortune 500 have begun to disclose their cybersecurity and data breach risks in public filings… (Mintz Levin) Is the UK Bribery Act being held hostage to budget cuts? (Pillsbury) Will the OECD succeed in eliminating what it believes to be the unfair… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Protecting Whistleblowers, Advertising Offerings, Reviewing Mergers, Sharing Audits

The new math: (coffee + JD Supra Corporate Brief) / Monday = Ahhh. Enjoy: An appeals court just ruled that Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections apply even when there are no shareholders to defraud… (Sherman & Howard) The SEC has revised its rules to allow entrepreneurs and startups to market stock offerings via advertisements and mass communications… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: BYOD Policies, Trade Secrets, Self-Disclosure, Supplier Breakdowns

Today’s efficiency tip: save time with email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief. Click here to sign up. Key workplace issue in the era of Mad Men: employee BYOB policies. Key workplace issue today: employee BYOD policies (Pillsbury) Didn’t we end this relationship a long time ago? So why are you still using our… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Global Real Estate, Compensation Committee Rules, Skilling’s Shorter Stay, Trade Secret Theft

It’s true: the JD Supra Corporate Brief goes equally well with coffee, tea, and that delicious strawberry-banana smoothie you had last Thursday. What does the head of one of the world’s largest real estate companies have to say about uncertainly in the commercial RE industry? (Greentarget) The clock is ticking on new NYSE and Nasdaq… Read more »

Preparing your 2012 Annual Report? Read This First…

From the attorneys at Skadden Arps, a comprehensive overview of corporate governance and disclosure matters that public companies should consider as they prepare their annual and other reports for this year’s proxy season. It’s our latest corporate law need-to-know. Here’s a preview: “Based on the insights gleaned from the 2012 proxy season, we have a… Read more »

Sanctions Update: Public Companies Must Disclose Iran-Related Activities In SEC Reports

One of the key provisions in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 is a new SEC reporting requirement regarding certain Iran-related activities. From law firm Loeb & Loeb: “Beginning February 6, 2013, public companies must disclose in annual or quarterly reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission whether the companies… Read more »

5 Must-Reads for Corporate Leaders in the New Year

Dodd-Frank, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, social media in the workplace, cybersecurity, SEC regulations… all front-and-center corporate issues at the start of a new year. Your job, among many other things, is to know what to do about each of them. That’s why it helps when leading lawyers with expertise in each of these fields… Read more »

Proxy Voting: Institutional Shareholder Services 2012 Guidelines Released

“On November 17, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance solutions to the global financial community, released its final 2012 updates to its proxy voting guidelines, which will be used by ISS in formulating its 2012 voting recommendations for publicly held companies with shareholder meetings on or after February 1, 2012.”… Read more »

SEC to Public Companies: Disclose Your Cyber Risks

“For a number of years, [public companies] have migrated toward increasing dependence on digital technologies to conduct their operations. As this dependence has increased, the risks associated with cybersecurity have also increased, resulting in more frequent and severe cyber incidents… [W]e determined it beneficial to provide guidance that assists registrants in assessing what, if any,… Read more »