• 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 ...

  • 08.01.12

    In the Wake of the Supreme Court Decision, Many Stakeholders Still Support the Affordable Care Act

    Manatt’s Joel Ario, a managing director with Manatt Health Solutions, coauthored an article with Lawrence Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, that focuses on stakeholders’ approach to the Affordable Care Act. The ...

  • 08.01.12

    Regulatory: Do You Need a Consultant or a Lobbyist?

    As the interactions between business and government become more complex and fall under a wider and wider net, the need to hire government affairs specialists has increased proportionally. The influence of government is not just on politics, it is on policy and specifically, the policies that impact ...

  • 08.01.12

    Lessons From Project HealthDesign: Strategies for Safeguarding Patient-Generated Health Information ...

    Leveraging the power of new technologies, researchers funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Project HealthDesign, to which Manatt attorneys and advisors serve as regulatory and policy counsel in partnership with the Center for Democracy and Technology, are encouraging patients to track ...

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