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Recent News and Events

Fredrikson & Byron strives to provide clients current business developments and legal updates. See the list below for our most recent updates and events.

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Coming This Summer: A Dramatic Change in Auditor Reporting

Later this summer, audit reports for large accelerated filers will include a new section addressing “critical audit matters,” which “will be a dramatic change in auditor reporting and is expected to generate significant media attention, particularly in the first year of adoption.”

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SEC Proposes Amendments to “Accelerated Filer” and “Large Accelerated Filer” Definitions

On May 9, the SEC proposed amendments to Exchange Act Rule 12b-2 that would revise the “accelerated filer” and “large accelerated filer” definitions in order to reduce costs for certain lower-revenue companies.

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SEC Announces New Streamlined Procedure for Confidential Treatment Extensions

The SEC recently announced a streamlined procedure for registrants to apply for an extension of confidential treatment for previously granted requests under the traditional CTR regime.

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SEC Approves Silicon Valley-Based Stock Exchange

On May 10, the SEC approved the Long-Term Stock Exchange’s application to become a national securities exchange, clearing the way for the San Francisco-based company to launch the nation’s 14th stock exchange.

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New Study Examines How Public Companies Measure Executive Performance

A new study by Corporate Board Member and Compensation Advisory Partners surveyed 258 public company board members to “determine how board members measure performance and incorporate it in their company’s incentive compensation plans.”

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5 Ways to Enhance Patent Strategy With Data Analytics

There has been a bloom of data analytics tools for patent practice, and some new features of these tools have profoundly enhanced patent practice. Here are five examples of how applicants and their attorneys can improve day-to-day patent strategy using the latest data analytics tools.

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Employment Attorney Edgar Ocampo Joins Fredrikson & Byron

Fredrikson & Byron Attorney Edgar Ocampo

Attorney Edgar R. Ocampo has joined Fredrikson & Byron as an associate in the Employment & Labor, Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation & OSHA Groups.

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Updated Exemption Amounts Under the Bankruptcy Code

New dollar amounts for exemptions under the Bankruptcy Code took effect on April 1, 2019, and apply to all cases filed on or after that date. Ryan Murphy prepared a table that summarizes these updated Bankruptcy Code amounts and also compares the Bankruptcy Code exemptions with the Minnesota state-law exemptions.

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25% Tariffs on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods

The U.S. Government increased tariffs last Friday on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, hiking the tariff rate from 10 percent up to 25 percent.

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Now at the Supreme Court, Will the Ninth Circuit’s In Re Taggart Decision Affect Sanctions for Willful Violations of the Discharge Injunction?

After the Ninth Circuit in In re Taggart set a new and narrow precedent regarding exactly what a creditor must do in order to be subject to civil contempt sanctions for a violation of the discharge injunction, the ball is now with the U.S. Supreme Court to determine what influence that extraordinary opinion will have on other courts.

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