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Help for Audit Committees Overseeing Implementation of New Lease Accounting Standard

The Ticker

June 26, 2018

Many public companies are unprepared for the January 1, 2019, deadline for implementation of the new lease accounting standard.

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Coalition Formed to Coordinate Pushback on ESG Activism

The Ticker

June 26, 2018

The Main Street Investors Coalition was launched in response to the recent shift of institutional investor focus to environmental, social and governance issues.

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Using ‘Nudges’ to Promote Ethical Behavior

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June 26, 2018

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal examines the emerging trend of corporate ethics and compliance officers using “nudges” to promote ethical behavior among employees.

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Navigating the Controversy Surrounding Record Stock Buybacks

The Ticker

June 26, 2018

Record-setting stock buybacks following enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have riled critics.

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Focus on the Handling of Internal Reports of Cybersecurity

The Ticker

June 26, 2018

Recent SEC activity around cybersecurity has led to increased focus on internal reports of breaches and vulnerabilities and the attendant internal control deficiencies.

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DOJ Announces Opposition to “Piling-On” Penalties

The Ticker

June 26, 2018

In a May speech, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the DOJ’s policy to avoid the application of duplicative penalties by multiple regulatory bodies.

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Nexus in a Post-Wayfair World

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

June 22, 2018

A merchant of goods and services that makes sales in multiple states is no longer required to have physical presence in a state in order to be subject to sales and use tax in that state.

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Virtual Shareholder Meetings in 2018: Facts, Figures and Best Practices

The Ticker

May 7, 2018

Virtual shareholder meetings continue to rise in popularity, with 236 companies holding virtual meetings in 2017 and at least 300 expected to do so in 2018.

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In Stunning Rebuke, GE Shareholders Show Auditor Ratification is Not Always a Routine Matter

The Ticker

May 7, 2018

On April 25, shareholders of General Electric Company (GE) approved KPMG LLP as the company’s auditor for another year, but only by a margin of 65 percent “for” to 35 percent “against.” 

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Yahoo! to Pay $35 Million Fine for Failing to Disclose Massive 2014 Cybersecurity Breach

The Ticker

May 7, 2018

The SEC says it will not second-guess good faith judgments about whether, when and how public companies should disclose cybersecurity breaches, but its April 24 announcement of a $35 million settlement shows that sufficiently egregious disclosure failures will be punished. 

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