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July 2014 Client Alerts

Practice groups throughout Bryan Cave often prepare alerts on issues of interest to our clients and friends. Listed below are the Client Alerts published in July 2014.  Please click on the title to read the full text of the Alert.

Good News for In-House Counsel:  The D.C. Circuit Court Restores Attorney-Client Privilege for Internal Investigations, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Government Contracts practice groups on July 2, 2014.

Federal Antitrust Laws:  A New Tool to Prohibit Pre-Petition Coordination Among Creditors?, published by the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights group on July 14, 2014.

No More Blurred Lines?  Federal Courts Rule That Conditional Discovery Objects are No Longer Proper Under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, published by the Commercial Litigation practice group on July 30, 2014.

Fraud Outweighs Fairness:  Government Contractor Cannot Recover the Value of Its Services, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice on July 16, 2014.

Seventh Circuit Rejects Judge Shuffling in Multidistrict Litigation Cases, published by the Securities Litigation and Enforcement group on July 3, 2014.

No False Claims Act Liability for Claiming Private Money:  Fifth Circuit Rejects Broad FCA Interpretation, published by the While Collar Defense and Investigations practice group on July 8, 2014.

SEC Brings Enforcement Action Under MCDC Initiative, published by the Broker-Dealer Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory practice on July 16, 2014.

No FCPA Liability or Penalties for Former Noble Executives:  SEC Settles FCPA Claims on Eve of Trial, published by the Global Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team and the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice on July 7, 2014.

The D.C. Circuit Imposes Some Due Process in the CFIUS Review Procedures But the Impact May be Limited and, in Any Case, Short-Lived, published by the National Security practice on July 18, 2014.

BNP Paribas Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges and Collar Clearing Rights Are Suspended in the Largest U.S. Sanctions Case to Date, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations Global Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team and the International Trade practice on July 2, 2014.

Failure To Appear At a Hearing — A Risky Tactic?, published by the International Arbitration Commercial Litigation practice on July 8, 2014.

Arbitration and Competition Law – New Prospects of Recovery for Victims of Antitrust Infringements, published by the Antitrust and Competition and International Arbitration groups on July 16, 2014.

Enforcement of CIS Court Judgments in England, published by the International Arbitration practice on July 4, 2014.

New UK Guidance on coping with Small Bribes and Facilitation Payments, published by the Global Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team on July 3, 2014.

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2014, published by the European Antitrust and Competition groups on July 7, 2014.

 EU Adds Individuals and Entities to Sanctions List and Expands Grounds for Sanctions (IRB No. 525), published by the International Trade CEE and CIS Team on July 28, 2014.

Interns Can Turn Out to Be Expensive for Companies, published by the Labor and Employment Client Service Group (Hamburg, Frankfurt) on July 21, 2014.

UK Labor and Employment Bulletin – July 2014, published by the London  Labor and Employment group on July 21, 2014.

EU Commission Proposes Radical Reform of EU Merger Regulation, published by the Antitrust and Competition practice group on July 14, 2014.

 

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June 2014 Client Alerts

Practice groups throughout Bryan Cave often prepare alerts on issues of interest to our clients and friends. Listed below are the Client Alerts published in June 2014.  Please click on the title to read the full text of the Alert.

Supreme Court Holds Bare Allegation of Improper Purpose Does Not Entitle a Taxpayer to Examine IRS Officials, published by the Tax Advice and Controversy practice group on June 20, 2014.

District Judge Expands the Reach of Dodd Frank Retaliation Protections, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Litigation and Enforcement, Labor and Employment, Broker-Dealer Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory practice groups on June 3, 2014.

Breaking News:  Second Circuit Reverses Rakoff Decision Rejecting SEC Settlement, Holds That Requiring Admissions was Abuse of Discretion, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Investment Management practice groups on June 4, 2014.

SEC Settles First Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Case, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Labor and Employment practice groups on June 19, 2014.

Small Business Administration Issues Proposed Rule That Would Establish a Safe Harbor From Fraud Penalties for a Business That Acted in Good Faith in Incorrectly Representing the Firm as Being Small,  published by the Government Contracts practice group on June 26, 2014.

Ninth Circuit Issues Two Decisions Upholding Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements, But Interplay with California Supreme Court Remains an Open Question,  published by the Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation practice groups on June 27, 2014.

Securities Defendants Will Have New Tool To Use in Opposing Class Certification But Fraud-On-The-Market Theory Survives under Supreme Court Decision,  published by the Class and Derivative Actions and Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice groups on June 23, 2014.

California Supreme Court Affirms Use of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, published by the Labor and Employment practice group on June 24, 2014.

Shifting Trends:  Privacy & Security Class Action Litigation, published by the Data Privacy and Security Team on June 11, 2014.

SEC to Give Credit For Self-Reporting Certain Municipal Offering Violations, published by the Broker-Dealer Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory practice on June 18, 2014.

Whither Demand Response in Wholesale Electric Power Markets?, published by the Energy and Natural Resources practice group on June 2, 2014.

FINRA Cracks Down on Use of Consolidated Reporting,  published by the Broker-Dealer Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory Practice on June 23, 2014.

Supreme Court Rejects Federal Circuit’s “Insolubly Ambiguous” Standard for Indefiniteness, published by the Intellectual Property practice group on June 3, 2014.

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Private Lanham Act Suits Against Product Labels Otherwise Compliant With Federal Law, published by the Antitrust and Competition practice, Food and Beverage Team and Intellectual Property practice on June 12, 2014.

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Alice Corp’s Software Patent Claims, published by the Intellectual Property practice group on June 20, 2014.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Divided Infringement of Method Claims in Limelight v. Akamai, published by the Intellectual Property practice group on June 3, 2014.

IRS Announces Changes to Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, published by the Tax Advice and Controversy practice group on June 20, 2014.

EPA Extends Comment Period For Proposed Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Regulations, published by the Environmental practice group on June 30, 2014.

EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Regulations:  Structure and Impacts, published by the Environmental group on June 6, 2014.

Missouri Supreme Court Holds That Statutes of Limitations Are Not Tolled by Putative Class Action Lawsuits Filed Outside of Missouri, published by the Class and Derivatives Actions practice group on June 25, 2014.

Reminder:  Increase in California Minimum Wage Effective July 1, 2014, published by the Labor and Employment practice group on June 24, 2014.

EU Proposes Greater Transparency of Beneficial Ownership,  published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group and Global Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team on June 26, 2014.

Significant Competition/Antitrust Fines in Europe Sound the Alarm for Private Equity Over Liability for Their Portfolio Companies,  published by the Antitrust and Competition and Private Equity groups in London and Frankfurt on June 19, 2014.

Australia Imposes Targeted Ukraine-Related Sanctions on 50 Individuals and 11 Entities, published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group on June 19, 2014.

The French Blocking Statute:  Effective Protection Against Cross-Border Discovery?, published by the Commercial Litigation and Class and Derivative Actions practice groups on June 19, 2014.

Canada Charges 3 Foreign Nationals with Bribery of Foreign Officials, published by the Global Anti-Corruptions/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team on June 6, 2014.

EU Makes It Easier for Creditors to Recover Cross-Border Debts in the EU in Civil and Commercial Matters, but Has the UK Missed a Trick?, published by the London Commercial Litigation practice group on June 5, 2014.

EU and Competition Law Update — June 2014, published by the European Antitrust and Competition practice groups on June 9, 2014.

Thailand:  Is a Coup d’etat Force Majeure?published by the Hong Kong Commercial Litigation group on June 6, 2014.

Clarification of the Approach to Non-Arbitrable Claims — Silica Investors v Tomolugen Holdings (Singapore High Court), published by the International Arbitration practice group on June 4, 2014.

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September 2011 Client Alerts

Social Media and the National Labor Relations Act:  A Trap for Unwary Employers

The use of social media has become one of the most rapidly-changing areas in employment law today.  What most employers do not realize is that the National Labor Relations Board has become very active in policing both the substance of social media policies and the actions of employers in addressing social media concerns.  Please click here to read an overview of NLRB activity in the area of employee use of social media published by the Labor & Employment and Internet & New Media Client Service Groups on September 23, 2011.

Check It Out and Check It Off:  2012 Group Health Plan Checklist

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended (“PPACA”), required significant design changes for group health plans in 2010 or 2011, some additional requirements must be implemented for 2012.  Please click here to read the Alert published by the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group on September 7, 2011. 

IRS Establishes a Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

The IRS recently announced a new settlement program for employers with misclassified workers.  Under the new program, employers can get a significant reduction in their federal employment tax liability associated with past nonemployment treatment by agreeing to properly classify their workers for future tax period.  The announcement came on the heels of recent announcements that the IRS, Department of Labor and various state agencies are collaborating on examining worker misclassification issues.  To learn more about the new program, please click here to read the Alert published by the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group on September 30, 2011.

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Requiring Follow-On Contractors to Hire Their Predecessor’s Employees

The Department of Labor issued a final rule just before Labor Day that, in effect, will given certain employees now performing under Federal government service contracts employment for life or at least for as long as the government continues to contract for those services.  Although the rule does not take effect until the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council issues its complementary regulations, matters are sufficiently final that contractors should begin planning for how they are going to comply.  To learn more about this new regulation, click here to read the Alert published by the Government Contracts Team on September 8, 2011.

U.S. House Panel Hears Divergent Opinions on SRO Oversight of Investment Advisers

Fund managers and other investment advisers should be aware that Congress is now considering legislation that would significantly alter regulation of the nation’s registered investment advisers.  A key House subcommittee has heard widely divergent views on the proposed legislation entitled the “Investment Adviser Oversight Act of 2011.”  To learn more about the draft legislation, click here to read the Alert published by the White Collar Defense and Investigations Securities Litigation and Enforcement Client Service Groups on September 20, 2011.

New Patent Reform Bill Poised to Significantly Change U.S. Patent Law

On September 8, 2011, Congress approved the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011.  The Act materially alters a long history of patent law in the United States.   Among the provisions addressed by the Act are who is entitled to a patent (“first to file” versus “first to invent”) and who may file a “false marking” lawsuit.  To read more about how the Act alters patent law, please click here to read the Bulletin published by the Intellectual Property Client Service Group on September 12, 2011. 

FinCEN Issues Final Rule on Prepaid Access; Extends Compliance Date for Many Aspects of the Final Rule

New anti-money laundering regulations that directly impact retail business that issue or sell gift cards or other prepaid cards were issued by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN),  The regulations require the collection and verification of customer information when certain prepaid cards are sold or reloaded.  To read an overview of the Final Rule, please click here for the Alert published by the Financial Institutions Client Service Group on September 6, 2011. The Final Rule was set to go into effect on September 27, but FinCEN announced that it has extended the compliance date for most aspects of the regulations.  For information on how the compliance dates changed, please click here to read the Alert published on September 12, 2011.

New Dual/Third Country National Rule Continues to Present Challenges

A new rule took effect in August which amended the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to include a new license exemption for the transfer of defense articles to dual/third country national employees of approved non-U.S. licensees under ITAR agreements.  To read about the new rule, please click here for International Regulatory Bulletin published September 28, 2011.

DDTC Updates its “Guidelines for Preparing Electronic Agreements” to Implement New Dual/Third Country National Rule

In August, DDTC updated its “Guidelines for Preparing Electronic Agreements” (the “Guidelines”) to reflect implementation of the new rule and provide guidance to exporters preparing ITAR agreements.  To learn more, please click here to read the International Regulatory Bulletin published September 28, 2011.

 Electronic Payment of Registration Fees

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that requires a change in the method of payment for registration fees.  Effective September 26, 2011, all registration fees must be paid electronically via Automated Clearing House.  To read about the amendment, please click here for the International Regulatory Bulletin published September 15, 2011.

French Working Time for Executives:  Lump-Sum Remuneration Agreements Based on a Fixed Number of Working Days Per Year (so-called Forfaits-Jours)

The legal duration of work for employees in France is 35 hours per week, meaning that any hours required to be worked above this limit would normally be considered overtime.  Executives are, however, most often not subject to this limit.  For an outline of how the French Labor Code distinguishes between three types of executives, please click here to read the September 2011 Briefing published by the Paris Labor & Employment Client Service Group.

 The Agency Workers Regulations 2010

UK’s new Agency Workers Regulations come into force on 1 October 2011.  The regulations are intended to give agency workers the same basic employment rights and conditions as permanent staff employed directly by the relevant company.  To learn about the new regulations, please click here for the September 2011 Briefing published by the London Labour and Employment Client Service Group.

China Announces Legal Changes That May Broaden Power to Investigate Bribery

In August the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China released the draft Criminal Procedure Law Amendment to the public for comment.  If passed, the amendment is expected to provide additional protection to the civil rights of accused parties.  However, critics say that the amendment would also provide authorities legal cover to utilize secret locations to detain subjects suspected of engaging in acts involving national security, terrorism, or other serious crimes which may include serious bribery.  To read about the amendment, please click here for the International Regulatory Bulletin published September 27, 2011.

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June 2011 Client Alerts

The Implications for FCPA Enforcement of the SEC’s New Whistleblower Rules

The SEC’s recent adoption of rules to implement the whistleblower program mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act has particular significance for enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  For a discussion of the overall SEC enforcement context for the new whistleblower rules, a summary of the rules,  and a discussion of the key issues for FCPA enforcement, including recommendations that companies should take now, please click here to read the Alert published by the Global Anti-Corruption Team of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement  and International Trade Groups on June 22, 2011.

Supreme Court De-Certifies Largest Employment Discrimination Class Action In History

In Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision to certify a nationwide class pursuing employment discrimination claims against the nation’s largest employer.  A 5-4 majority of the Court concluded that the class of 1.5 million current and former female employees could not satisfy the commonality requirement.  For a discussion of the decision, please click here to read the Alert published by the Class and Derivative Actions section of the Labor & Employment Client Service Group on June 21, 2011.

Supreme Court Draws Bright Line Barring Securities Fraud Claims Against Advisers to Companies Who Do Not “Make” Statements At Issue

In June the U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant decision restricting the ability of plaintiffs to bring securities fraud actions against adviser defendants who play a role in preparing statements actually made by companies they are advising.  In Janus Group, et al. v. First Derivative Traders, the court held that an investment adviser to a mutual fund could not be sued in a private securities fraud action for false statements made in mutual fund prospectuses.  To read more, please click here for the Alert published by the Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice group on June 16, 2011.

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March 2011 Client Alerts

Department of Labor Extends Non-Enforcement Period for Certain Internal Claims and Appeals Requirements Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plans Under the Affordable Care Act

On March 18, 2011, the Department of Labor issued Technical Release 2011-01 extending, with some modifications, the enforcement grace period established under DOL Technical Release 2010-02 until plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.  To learn more the extension of the enforcement grace period, please click here to read the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Client Service Group’s Alert published March 21, 2011.

Reporting for Participants with Deferred Vested Benefits – IRS Replaces Schedule SSA

Plan administrators are required to report certain information regarding participants who separate from service with the right to a deferred vested retirement  benefit.  In Announcement 2011-21, the IRS designated Form 8955-SSA to be used to satisfy this reporting requirement, replacing Schedule SSA.  To learn more about the filing requirements for the new form, please click here to read the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group’s Alert published March 28, 2011.

Supreme Court Says Two Exemptions are Unavailable to Companies Trying to Protect Their Information from Disclosure under FOIA

Companies frequently find that information they submit to the Federal government is sought by others — perhaps competitors — under the Freedom of Information Act.  The submitting company may be able to block the disclosure if the information falls within one of the exemptions in FOIA.  On March 1 the Supreme Court made two of those exemptions unavailable to companies.  To read more about the Court’s decision in FCC v. AT&T Inc. please  click here to read the Government Contracts Team Alert published March 3, 2011

FTC Takes a Bite Out of Cookie-Based Behavioral Advertising

On March 14, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with a behavioral advertising company that places cookies in consumers’ internet browsers to track online activities.  This settlement marks one of the agency’s first enforcement actions against a behavioral advertising company and signals that the FTC has begun to act on its repeated warnings about scrutinizing behavioral advertising more closely.  To learn more about the settlement, please click here to read the Consumer Protection Group’s Alert published March 17, 2011.

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January 2010 Client Alerts

January 2010 Client Alerts

February 5, 2010

Authored by: Jeannie Osborne

IRS Announces New Section 409A Document Correction Program

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Code Section 409A”) is spectacular in scope and notoriously difficult for even the most well-intentioned employers to satisfy.  Any employer which maintains non-qualified deferred compensation plans for its employees has struggled with Code Section 409A, and may have concerns that some of its plans might not satisfy the attention to minutiae that Code Section 409A demands.  On January 4, the IRS published its long-awaited program for correcting documentation failures under Code Section 409A.

For more information, please read the client alert published by Bryan Cave LLP’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice on January 22, 2010.

Major Campaign Finance Development – Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court yesterday handed down a landmark ruling in the Citizens United v. FEC case which could significantly transform the campaign finance system at the federal level.  In Citizens United, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling struck down the decades-old prohibition on corporate expenditures in connection with federal elections as unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

For more information, please read the client alert published by Bryan Cave LLP’s Election Law and Government Ethics Practice on January 22, 2010. 

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