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SEC Approves New Auditing Standard Requiring Disclosure of Critical Accounting Matters

November 20, 2017

The SEC recently approved a new auditing standard aimed at enhancing the relevance and usefulness of the auditor’s report to investors.

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Silicon Valley Extends Culture of Innovation to Governance

November 20, 2017

Companies and investors fed up with our public markets’ excessive focus on short-term earnings and profits at the expense of long-term strategy may be interested in the Long Term Stock Exchange. 

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GE to Simplify Financial Reporting, Streamline Structure

November 20, 2017

GE plans to adopt a “back-to-basics” approach to its financial reporting, said incoming CFO Jamie Miller in the company’s recent third quarter earnings call.

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Chicago Tribune Reports: McDonald’s, Kmart and Grubhub Settle Mobile App and Website Accessibility Discrimination Lawsuits

November 10, 2017

For companies that take substantial steps to improve accessibility the defense of “mootness” is having some success.

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Mexico Update – Increase on Export Duties and Amendment to PROSEC Program

November 7, 2017

Citing current imbalances on the steel industry, the Mexican government increased the import duties on 97 customs tariff classification codes of iron and steel products by 15 percent.

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Crafting Language in an Acquisition Agreement: Part One

October 31, 2017

What goes on when crafting an acquisition agreement to purchase a company?

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Hurry, Now is the Time to Re-Register your DMCA Agent

October 25, 2017

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), service providers can obtain safe harbor protection from copyright infringement liability by, among other things, designating an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Executives Preparing for Earnings Calls Face a Brave New World

October 23, 2017

As if busy CEOs and CFOs did not have enough to worry about, researchers have begun leveraging powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms to link executives’ word choice and behavior during earnings calls to subsequent stock performance.

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SEC Comment Letters Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Measures, New Accounting Standards and Cybersecurity

October 23, 2017

Two reports published last month by Ernst & Young analyze trends in SEC comment letters for the year ended June 30, 2017.

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Director Overboarding Remains an Issue

October 23, 2017

Are your directors “overboarded”? What would proxy advisors say?

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