• 11.26.12

    Financial Advisor Topics in Hostile Takeover Defenses: A Discussion of Fee Arrangements, Potential ...

    The M&A market has continued to experience heightened hostile M&A activity. Despite an inherently high failure rate, hostile offers remain an option for acquisitive strategic companies as well as hedge funds and activist investors. Hostile M&A has been fueled by several factors, ...

  • 11.20.12

    Election Results Signal More State-Level Chemical Regulation

    For several years there have been increasing calls and a growing consensus among both activists and industry to reform the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This is the federal statute that allows the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the safety of new chemicals before ...

  • 11.09.12

    How Proposed Basel III Rules Could Impact MSRs

    The value of mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) may be changing and the market for acquiring MSRs may be heating up. This market phenomenon is the result of the proposed Basel III capital rules applicable to banks.For non-banks, the Basel III rules may seem irrelevant, but that could be a mistake. ...

  • 10.17.12

    DOJ Escalates Use of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act To Seize Customer Bank Accounts

    Banks are becoming more vulnerable to seizures of customer assets by the U.S. government, as asset forfeiture actions, an enforcement tool once reserved for drug dealers and money launderers, are increasingly being brought against legitimate companies in foreign corrupt practices cases.To enforce ...

  • 10.15.12

    Work Product Protection for Experts: Notable Decisions Under the 2010 Amendments to Rule 26

    The 2010 amendments to Rule 26-by excluding an expert's communications with counsel and drafts of the expert's reports from discovery-have created a zone of comfort, allowing greater candor and more effective communication between attorneys and their retained experts. Lurking at the ...

  • 10.14.12

    California's Revised Pharmaceutical Waste Handling Law - AB 1442

    On September 28, 2012, Governor Brown announced the signing of AB 1442, which has potentially important implications for entities handling pharmaceutical items, including pharmacies, retailers, groceries, hospitals, medical clinics, and other such facilities which handle pharmaceutical and ...

  • 09.20.12

    Preparing for Green Chemistry

    After multiple proposals and nearly four years of public consultation, California recently reproposed its groundbreaking "green chemistry" regulations. Referred to as the "Safer Consumer Products" regulations, this program will ultimately require manufacturers to eliminate ...

  • 08.20.12

    First Amendment Bars Many Lanham Act Claims Concerning Artistic Uses of Trademarks

    When Andy Warhol created his iconic "Campbell's Soup Cans" and "Brillo Boxes" works in the 1960s, it was rare for brand owners to assert Lanham Act claims over non-commercial uses of trademarks in artistic works. The climate has changed dramatically since then, as brand ...

  • 08.15.12

    Regulatory: Public Policy as a Solution, Not Just a Problem

    In our recent series of articles we have discussed the impact that government policy is having on client's operations, opportunities and, ultimately, their bottom line. We have explored how everything from environmental policy to changing community redevelopment strategies affects the costs of ...

  • 08.08.12

    Healthcare Reform Is a Good Deal for States

    The fight over health reform has plummeted from the stratospheric heights of constitutional jousting to nitty gritty decisions by states over whether they can afford reform. Critics warn states that reform will bankrupt them. The reality: states cannot afford to miss out on the cash and the almost ...