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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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GE Adopts Proxy Access Bylaw

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February 20, 2015

General Electric announced that it amended its bylaws to allow a shareholder or a group of up to 20 shareholders that has owned three percent or more of the company’s stock for at least three years to nominate and include in the company’s proxy materials directors constituting up to 20 percent of the board. 

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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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Cybersecurity as a Board Priority

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February 6, 2015

In the wake of headline-making cyber breaches and class action lawsuits for data losses, companies face growing scrutiny and evolving legal and regulatory standards.

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Company’s 10-K Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Leads to Employee Retaliation Claim

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February 6, 2015

A recent Seventh Circuit decision suggests public companies should take care when disclosing employment-related litigation.

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SEC Okays Five-Day Period for Certain Tender Offers

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February 6, 2015

Typically, a public offer to purchase a substantial amount of a company’s debt or equity securities must remain open for 20 business days, in order to allow holders sufficient time to make an informed decision to participate.

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