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Delaware Court’s Position Leads to Decline in M&A Litigation

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February 3, 2016

Nearly 95 percent of M&A deals triggered shareholder litigation. However, a Delaware court crackdown on disclosure-only settlements in takeover litigation has driven the current litigation rate to less than 22 percent.

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The Conference Board Analyzes Dissident Director Compensation

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February 3, 2016

The Conference Board weighed in on the debate over special compensation arrangements between activist hedge funds and the directors they place on public company boards. 

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ISS Offers More Proxy Season Guidance on Executive Compensation

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February 3, 2016

Institutional proxy advisor ISS added three new compensation policy FAQs to address problematic pay practices that can lead to a recommendation to vote against pay and equity compensation plans.

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Tips for Successfully Chairing a Public Company Compensation Committee

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February 3, 2016

Public company compensation committees operate in an increasingly challenging environment. We have compiled recommendations to assist compensation committee chairs in navigating these demands.

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What’s In a Title? Maybe a Trademark

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

February 2, 2016

A recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board serves as a good reminder that the title of a single work cannot be a trademark. Independent Media Corporation (PVT) Ltd. v. BOL Enterprise (PVT) Ltd., decided January 14, 2016.

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Risky Business: Behaviors That Can Put Trademark Applications and/or Registrations At Risk

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January 22, 2016

Read more for a trademark trial and appeal board update.

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Steve Helland’s Highlights from the Midwest Data Privacy & Security Conference

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January 18, 2016

As in past years, the Minnesota Bar Association’s “Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security“ was fantastic.

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FASB’s Proposed Changes to “Materiality” to Receive Further Study

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January 15, 2016

The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued two exposure drafts to clarify the definition of materiality in accounting standards. 

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New Cybersecurity Disclosure Act Introduced in Congress

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January 15, 2016

This bill would require U.S. public companies to disclose the existence and extent of cybersecurity expertise or experience on their boards.

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ISS Issues New FAQs for 2016 Proxy Season

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January 15, 2016

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently issued updated guidance on its policies for the 2016 proxy season. 

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