Thursday, October 23, 2014

DOJ, SEC Charge M&A Lawyer, Trader over Longrunning $32 Million Insider Trading Plot

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey April 6 charged a mergers and acquisitions attorney and a stock trader with conspiracy, securities fraud and other violations over their alleged roles in a long-running insider trading scheme…

Treasury, IRS Likely to Seriously Consider E.U. Letter on Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Concerns, Practitioners Say

April 13, 2011 in Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

The United States is likely to carefully consider the European Union’s letter voicing concerns about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and suggesting “synergies” between the EU Savings Directive and the new U.S. statute…

IRS Unveils Eagerly Awaited Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Guidance; Practitioners Say Many Challenges Remain

April 13, 2011 in Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

The Internal Revenue Service April 8 unveiled its eagerly awaited second notice on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, offering what practitioners said is welcome guidance under the new law that requires foreign banks to disclose their U.S.-owned accounts or face a 30 percent withholding tax in some cases…

BNA INSIGHTS: Current and Potential Methods to Undermine a Competitor’s U.S. Patent Application

One of your most important clients has sent you an e-mail message with a recently published patent application attached. The message reads, “Our competitor filed the attached application. How do we keep them from getting this patent granted?”…

FTC Could Enforce Some Do-Not-Track Violations under Current Law, Official Says

The Federal Trade Commission could use its existing authority under the FTC Act, in some cases, to address violations of an online “do-not-track” mechanism, an FTC official said April 5.

Interior Department Plans to Double Permits for Renewable Generation by End of 2011

The Department of the Interior intends to permit 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation on public lands by the end of the year, more than twice the amount approved in 2010, a senior department official said April 8.

BNA INSIGHTS: Creating, Protecting and Defending Brand Equity

The use and protection of distinctive brands are integral steps in bringing a product or service to market, in differentiating that product from others, and in marketing, promoting and selling that product or service to local, regional and global customers…

District Court Rejects Proposed Settlement of Class Action Against Google Book Search

The terms of a proposed $125 million settlement of class action claims brought by groups of authors and publishers against Google Inc. were not “fair, adequate, and reasonable” with respect to the rights of members of the relevant class not represented by the parties, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled March 22…

BNA INSIGHTS: Conducting Background Checks in the Hiring Process: A Catch-22

Conducting background checks has become a routine part of the hiring process for many employers seeking to provide a productive and safe work environment and to avoid claims of negligent hiring…

FTC-Google Pact: First Major Safe Harbor Action, First Privacy by Design Requirement

The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed administrative consent agreement with Google Inc. over the internet giant’s alleged misuse of user data during the launch of its now-abandoned Buzz social network yielded a number of firsts—including the FTC’s first action against a firm for failing to live up to privacy promises…

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