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There’s Nothing Weak About the SEC’s “Weakened” Climate Disclosure Mandate

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its long-awaited climate disclosure mandate for publicly traded companies (Final Rule).

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The FDA and the Future of AI Oversight

In January 2024, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report highlighting current obstacles to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) timely and effective regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in medical devices and other emerging health care technologies (GAO...

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FTC and HHS Send Letter Warning of Risks From Online Tracking Technologies

On July 20, 2023, the OCR at the HHS and the FTC sent a joint letter to approximately 130 hospital systems and telehealth providers to alert them to the “serious privacy and security risks” stemming from the use of online tracking technologies integrated into their websites and mobile apps.

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2023–24 California State Budget Finalized—At Least for Now

After around-the-clock weekend negotiations between Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Gavin Newsom, working against a looming June 30 constitutional deadline, leaders announced a budget agreement late Monday night.

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Cash is King: How A Capital Strategy Can Enable Today’s Startups to Survive

2023 has proved to be challenging for many cash-conscious startups, especially those that anticipated raising venture capital in the first half of the year.

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Kraken Crypto Staking Program for U.S. Investors Shut Down in Aggressive Expansion of the Howey Test

Payward Ventures, Inc., d/b/a Kraken, the cryptocurrency exchange, has entered into a $30 million settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations the company failed to register its cryptocurrency staking program, in violation of U.S. securities laws.

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Manatt Advances 19 Legal and Consulting Professionals Across Practices Nationwide

Manatt, Phelps @ Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced today the advancement of 19 professionals, effective January 1, 2023@nine attorneys to equity partnership, one consultant to senior managing director, four attorneys to partnership, four consultants to managing directors and one attorney to counsel. These elevations illustrate the power of...

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Health Care Providers’ Role in Energy Conservation and Sustainability: A Guide to Driving Change

Health care leaders are operating in an environment of seismic change.

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Post-Dobbs Considerations for Provider Organizations: Navigating State Restrictions on Abortion

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, more than a dozen states have enacted new laws—or begun to enforce old ones—that prohibit all or most abortions

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Manatt Advises HARTBEAT on Formation and $100M Financing

A Manatt team led by Entertainment Partner Sophia Yen advised HARTBEAT on the formation of the company and represented HARTBEAT in its $100 million capital raise led by private equity firm Abry Partners.HARTBEAT is a global, multi-platform media company resulting from the merger of Kevin Hart@s comedy brand Laugh Out Loud and film and television studio HartBeat Productions. The core Manatt deal...

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