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Potential to Violate Whistleblower Protections in Confidentiality Agreements

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April 10, 2015

The SEC recently announced its first enforcement action against a company for requiring employees to sign confidentiality agreements “with the potential to stifle the whistleblowing process.”

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SEC Adopts Regulation A Amendments

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April 10, 2015

As mandated by the JOBS Act, the SEC adopted rules to amend Regulation A to facilitate smaller companies’ access to capital.

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M&A Integration Significant Key to Success

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March 27, 2015

Read the survey results from a new Deloitte report based on a survey of over 800 executives.

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Senate Bill Would Allow Companies To Issue More Options Without Disclosure Under Rule 701

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March 27, 2015

Senators recently introduced a bill to increase the amount of stock options and other equity compensation that a non-public company may issue. 

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SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Expanding Accredited Investor Status

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March 27, 2015

A recommendation was made that the “accredited investor” definition  be expanded to include individuals who meet a “sophistication test, regardless of income or net worth.”

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Chair White Suggests SEC May Act to Limit Fee Shifting Bylaws

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March 27, 2015

SEC Chair White addressed the debate over bylaw provisions that shift company litigation expenses to shareholders.

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SEC Chair White Criticizes “Gamesmanship” by Activists and Companies

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March 27, 2015

In a speech at Tulane’s Corporate Law Institute, SEC Chair Mary Jo White weighed in on the debate over shareholder activism.

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Supreme Court Decides When Statements of Opinion Can Trigger Section 11 Liability

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March 27, 2015

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court set the standards for when a company’s statements of opinion.

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Supreme Court Ups the Ante for TTAB Cases – TTAB Cases No Longer “Litigation-Lite”

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

March 26, 2015

In a decision released March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court held that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) determination of likelihood of confusion in an opposition proceeding can bind federal courts in trademark infringement litigation.

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PwC Reviews SEC Comments on Stock Compensation Disclosure

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March 6, 2015

Public companies preparing stock compensation disclosure may wish to understand the areas of SEC focus and concern. 

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