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NYSE Proposes Related Party Approval Exemption for Early Stage Companies

The Ticker

January 23, 2015

The NYSE has proposed amending its listing standards to exempt early stage companies from the requirement to obtain shareholder approval before issuing shares to related parties and affiliates.

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Shareholder Activism Over Proxy Access Expected to Continue

The Ticker

January 23, 2015

The campaign by institutional investors to give shareholders the ability to nominate directors of U.S. public companies using the company’s ballot shows no signs of slowing and continues to evolve.

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SEC Will Not Consider No-Action Requests To Omit Shareholder Proposals Under Rule 14a-8(i)(9)

The Ticker

January 23, 2015

Pending a staff review of the scope and application of Exchange Act Rule 14a-8(i)(9), it will “express no views on the application of [that rule] during the current proxy season.”

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Vanguard Calls for Shareholder Liaison Committees at U.S. Public Companies

The Ticker

January 9, 2015

Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb revealed that Vanguard was asking the U.S. companies in which it invests to establish shareholder liaison committees in an effort to improve corporate governance.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Exchange Act Registration Requirements

The Ticker

January 9, 2015

As mandated by the JOBS Act, the SEC recently proposed changes to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act.

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Delaware Court Upholds Forum Use Restrictions in Books and Records Demand

The Ticker

January 9, 2015

A recent decision by the Delaware Supreme Court provides companies another tool to control the forum for costly stockholder derivative litigation.

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ISS Issues FAQs on Two Voting Policies

The Ticker

January 9, 2015

ISS recently issued FAQs addressing two of its 2015 proxy season policy updates, namely its new equity plan scorecard approach and its policy on independent board chair proposals.

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BSA’s Misleading and Unsavory Tactics in Software Audits

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

December 19, 2014

In this article, you will be provided a legal background on software license disputes and tips to consider in interacting with the BSA.

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Responding to Software Audits by the BSA, SIIA and Other Technology Vendors: Legal Tips and Strategy

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

November 21, 2014

Software audits, or inquiries by a software vendor regarding legal use of a software license, can be an intimidating experience.

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TRUSTe, Inc. Not So Trustworthy: Privacy Certification Program Pays $200,000 to Settle FTC Charge It Failed to Conduct Annual Recertifications As Promised

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

November 20, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the for-profit privacy certification business TRUSTe, Inc. agreed to pay $200,000 to settle allegations of false or misleading statements regarding its Privacy Seal Program.

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