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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”

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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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Goodyear’s FCPA Violations

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March 6, 2015

Recently, Goodyear agreed to pay $16 million to resolve SEC charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the books and records and internal control provisions of the federal securities laws.

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Cybersecurity in the SEC’s Crosshairs

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March 6, 2015

At the annual “SEC Speaks” conference, SEC regional director David Glockner noted that bringing enforcement actions for poor cybersecurity risk disclosure was “high on [the SEC’s] radar screen.”

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ISS Weighs in on Proxy Access Debate

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March 6, 2015

Recently, ISS weighed in on the proxy access debate with its voting policy for proposals that allow shareholders to nominate directors on the company’s ballot. 

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“Chicago Mix:” Generic or Trademark?

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March 3, 2015

The heat is rising in a battle that pits small popcorn manufacturer Candyland, Inc. against industry giants Cornfields and Snyder’s-Lance. 

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SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Hedging Policies

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February 20, 2015

Last week, the SEC proposed rules to enhance corporate disclosure of company policies for hedging transactions engaged in by directors, officers and other employees.

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Chevedden Director Tenure Proposal Fails at Costco

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February 20, 2015

A shareholder proposal sponsored by activist John Chevedden aimed at limiting long-tenured directors at Costco failed by a substantial margin at Costco’s annual meeting this year.

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