• 01.23.13

    Newly-Released HIPAA Omnibus Rule Modifies Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Requirements

    On January 17, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited omnibus rule (the "Omnibus Rule"), which modifies a wide range of privacy, security and breach notification requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and ...

  • 01.11.13

    How To Handle Confidential Investigations of Bank Activities

    Scenario: In the course of a safety and soundness examination, bank examiners identify certain unusual transactions and bring the issue to the attention of management. Management, in turn, recognizing the potential severity of the issue presented, decides that the matter should be referred to the ...

  • 01.10.13

    Rights of Publicity: Contradictions In The Courts

    A recent New Jersey federal district court decision, Hart v. Electronic Arts Inc., described the body of law attempting to balance First Amendment rights with the right of publicity as "disordered and incoherent,"[1] a description with which those practicing in this subject area would ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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