Corporate

  • February 28, 2024

    FTC Not Backing Down In Kids' Privacy Arena, Chair Says

    The Federal Trade Commission is focused on using all its tools to crack down on social media platforms that are "manipulating" users' data and harming children, including by continuing to take aggressive enforcement action and exploring the possibility of crafting new regulations to curb online "commercial surveillance" practices, the agency's chair said Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder's Fraud Trial Risks 'Morass,' Judge Warns

    The California federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal fraud trial of Autonomy founder Mike Lynch over the software company's $11.7 billion sale to Hewlett-Packard warned prosecutors and defense attorneys Wednesday about growing estimates for the trial's length, saying they're "going to lose [jurors] in the morass" of a monthslong trial.

  • February 28, 2024

    SEC Taps Agency Vet To Lead Adviser, Fund Rulemaking Unit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday that an agency veteran currently serving as deputy director of the examinations division will be the new head of its investment management division, which oversees the regulation of investment advisers, mutual funds and certain private fund operators.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fla. Judge OKs $43.5M Deutsche Bank Deal In Ch. 15 Case

    A Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a $43.5 million settlement between Deutsche Bank AG and liquidators for a group of Caribbean-based companies to resolve claims against the bank for its alleged role in a real estate Ponzi scheme targeting rich South Americans.

  • February 28, 2024

    Musk, Ex-Twitter Staff Fail To Reach Deal In Severance Dispute

    Settlement talks between X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, and a group of former employees have fallen apart, the parties told a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday, asking the judge to lift a stay in their dispute over severance compensation.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Search Judge Lets Rival's Keyboard Suit Proceed

    The same D.C. federal judge presiding over the government's search monopolization suit against Google sent up a tantalizing smoke signal for that case Tuesday in refusing to toss an Android keyboard app developer's separate antitrust lawsuit against the technology giant, rejecting key defense arguments meant to cast doubt on Google's alleged dominance.

  • February 28, 2024

    'Lawyer Cat' Judge, Texas Attys Seek Seats On New Courts

    The state court judge behind 2021's viral "lawyer cat" video along with several prominent Houston attorneys have submitted bids for appointment to the Lone Star State's newest courts, according to records obtained by Law360. Here's a look at some of the attorneys who have thrown their names in the running for the new appointments.

  • February 28, 2024

    Marcum CPA Sues To Stop SEC's 'Unprecedented' In-House Case

    A certified public accountant and Marcum LLP engagement partner has sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York federal court, seeking to block its administrative case against him by arguing his constitutional rights are being violated by an "entirely unprecedented" enforcement action.

  • February 28, 2024

    High-Profile Mining Case Shines Spotlight On Cybersecurity

    An alleged hacking incident in a high-profile investor-state arbitration over mining projects in Australia was made public earlier this month, begging the question: With the prevalence of high-stakes disputes being resolved through international arbitration, why is it so rare to hear about such occurrences?

  • February 28, 2024

    Gemini To Pay $37M Fine, Vows To Make Customers Whole

    Crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. has committed to making users of its now-shuttered Earn product whole through the bankruptcy of its former partner Genesis Global under a new settlement with a New York regulator that included a $37 million fine for additional alleged compliance failures.

  • February 28, 2024

    SEC Republicans Warn Against Changing 'Accredited' Definition

    Limiting who counts as an accredited investor could "devastate" local angel investor networks, a Republican member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has warned, as the agency weighs enacting additional rules on private markets.

  • February 28, 2024

    Binance Founder Against More Travel Limits, Floats UAE Trip

    Binance founder Changpeng Zhao has told a Washington federal judge he opposes prosecutors' motion for further travel restrictions and suggested, without explicitly asking, that he be allowed to see his family in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Attys Get $750K Fee Award In $6M Med Tech Co. Deal

    Class attorneys for minority shareholders of Autonomous Medical Devices Inc. who secured a $6 million settlement to resolve claims about a purportedly underpriced stock sale to an interest of Oracle founder Larry J. Ellison won court approval of the settlement Wednesday, along with a requested $750,000 fee award.

  • February 28, 2024

    Intercept, Others Hit OpenAI, Microsoft With Copyright Suits

    The Intercept and two other news publications filed nearly identical complaints against OpenAI and Microsoft Wednesday, accusing them of removing author and copyright information from material used to train ChatGPT.

  • February 28, 2024

    Walmart Stifled Mask Rule Complaints, NLRB GC Claims

    National Labor Relations Board prosecutors bolstered a complaint Wednesday accusing Walmart of violating federal labor law by suppressing complaints about its COVID-19 safety rules, claiming the company sent a worker at a South Carolina store home for photographing a maskless manager, the agency announced.  

  • February 28, 2024

    Cravath Steers Viatris' $350M Collab With Swiss Co.

    Healthcare company Viatris and Swiss pharmaceutical research company Idorsia are teaming up to develop two late-stage drugs, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    Conn. Mortgage Co. Says Partner Defected With Cash, Data

    A prospective business partner agreed to commit $100,000 to join a mortgage company and promised to bring along 15 employees, but once inside, they raided business assets for information and quickly left to start a competing venture, according to a lawsuit in Connecticut state court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Clears Fujian Jinhua On Feds' Trade Secrets Claims

    A California federal judge has found that the federal government failed to show semiconductor-maker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. Ltd. is guilty of various claims in a suit accusing it of economic espionage in a trade secrets case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Amgen Seeks Dismissal Of Investor Action Over $11B Tax Bill

    Amgen had no obligation to disclose specific amounts of proposed adjustments to its taxes, the company told a New York federal court as it again demanded dismissal of a proposed class action alleging the company hid a $10.7 billion tax bill from investors.

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Says DOL Can Use Las Vegas Data For Nev. Wages

    The Ninth Circuit has said the U.S. Department of Labor was legally able to use data for a higher-paid Nevada region when it sorted out prevailing wages in the state, turning down a bid by three construction industry-related organizations to consider geographic limitations for wages.

  • February 28, 2024

    SPAC Investor Says Energy Co. Merger Was Overhyped

    An investor of blank-check company Star Peak Energy Transition Corp. has sued several of its current and former directors and controllers, alleging the defendants protected their buy-ins while leaving public investors to suffer losses after the company merged with an energy storage company.

  • February 28, 2024

    Earth, Wind & Fire Wants TM Win Against Cover Band

    The entity that owns the intellectual property of the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to grant it a win on trademark infringement claims against a concert producer and a promoter, arguing their "Legacy Reunion of Earth, Wind & Fire Alumni" concerts created significant marketplace confusion.

  • February 28, 2024

    Meta Trims BIPA Voiceprint Privacy Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge pared some claims from a proposed class action claiming Meta Platforms Inc. violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by unlawfully using voice recordings created by users of its Facebook and Messenger platforms, but allowed the plaintiff to amend claims that the social media giant profited from and improperly stored her data.

  • February 28, 2024

    Scrubs Co. Must Arbitrate With Its Ex-Atty Over False Ad Loss

    A healthcare apparel company that lost its Lanham Act false advertising suit against a competitor in California federal court must pursue claims against its former lawyer in arbitration, while the company agreed to pursue claims against the lawyer's firm, Michelman & Robinson LLP, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Attys' 'Fake Privilege' Comments Cited In Search Suit

    The U.S. Justice Department and states accusing Google of monopolizing the online-search market have asked a D.C. federal judge to consider internal chats disclosed in Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit that revealed Google's lawyers discussing "fake privilege" — a practice of unnecessarily involving a lawyer to make an exchange confidential.

Expert Analysis

  • How Broker-Dealers Can Prepare For New Remote Work Rules

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    Securities regulators recently expanded broker-dealers' ability to permit flexible remote working arrangements through the introduction of residential supervisory locations, a welcome change that better allows broker-dealers to attract and retain talent, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • 5 Tips For Policyholders Arbitrating R&W Insurance Claims

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    With more representations and warranties insurance disputes being arbitrated, policyholder counsel should note issues that are unique to RWI claims, including those of privilege, priority and preserving subrogation, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes Boone. 

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Considerations For Disclosing AI Use In SEC Filings

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    Recent remarks from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler should be heard as a clarion call for public companies to disclose artificial intelligence use, with four takeaways on what companies should disclose, says Richard Hong at Morrison Cohen.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Averting Patent And Other IP Risks In Generative AI Use

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    While leveraging generative AI presents potential problems such as loss of ownership of patents and other intellectual properties, a series of practice tips, including ensuring that the technology is used as a supplementary tool and is not contributing to invention conception, can help mitigate those concerns, say Mackenzie Martin and Bryce Bailey at Baker McKenzie.

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • A Cautionary Tale On Hospital-Physician Alignment Structures

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    A $345 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Community Health Network highlights how quickly hospital and physician alignment relationships can violate legal restrictions on such dealings, and the onerous financial penalties that can ensue, say Robert Threlkeld and Elliott Coward at Morris Manning.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Cos. Must Know How NY, Federal LLC Disclosure Laws Differ

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    Though New York state's new LLC Transparency Act and the federal Corporate Transparency Act impose similar beneficial owner reporting obligations on limited liability companies, New York LLCs should study the important differences between the laws to ensure they are prepared to comply with both, say Abram Ellis, Olenka Burghardt and Jane Jho at Simpson Thacher.

  • Opinion

    Biden Admin's March-In Plan Would Hurt Medical Innovation

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    The Biden administration's proposal to reinterpret the Bayh-Dole Act and allow the government to claw back patents when it determines that a commercialized product's price is too high would discourage private investment in important research and development, says Ken Thorpe at the Rollins School of Public Health.

  • 9 Considerations For Divestitures, Carveouts And Spinouts

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    Amid new economic optimism, data protection, transitional services and seven other considerations can help legal practitioners untangle complex divestitures, carveouts and spinouts to unlock value for corporate sellers, say Kimberly Petillo-Décossard and Kristen Rohr at White & Case.

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