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U.S. Ramps Up Criticism of China’s Enforcement of Its Antitrust Laws Against Foreign Companies

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I.  Introduction For some time, many in the antitrust community have expressed concerns about how China is enforcing its antitrust laws against foreign companies. The past several months have seen a steady stream of criticism from the United States that Read More

Central District of California: Patent Blog

Courtroom Decorum and Trial Preparation

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Gregg Klang v. D. Russel Flueger, et al., Case No. SA CV 13-01971-JVS (DFMx) (Judge James Selna) In this recent detailed set of Orders, Judge Selna gave several key hints as to the “do’s and don’ts” of jury trials in Read More

Derivatives in Review

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Rules for Uncleared Swap Margin

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The “prudential regulators” (i.e., the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency) re-proposed their April 2011 proposed rule imposing initial and Read More

Employment Law and Litigation Blog

Office of Whistleblower Annual Report (Version 2014); More of the Same or Progress on Dodd-Frank Objectives?

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The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 18, 2014. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Read More

Financial Industry Review

ResCap’s Claims Against Mortgage Originators in Minnesota Will Proceed

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On November 12, Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota declined to dismiss claims by the Residential Capital LLC (ResCap) bankruptcy trust against six mortgage originators.  ResCap alleges that the six originators—Academy Read More

NorCal IP Blog

October Recap

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October 2014 began with an echo of September, with another patent invalidated under the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. decision on software patent eligibility under section 101. As for cases that run their entire course, Judge Wilken issued findings in a Read More

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Office of Whistleblower Annual Report (Version 2014); More of the Same or Progress on Dodd-Frank Objectives?

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Check out this week’s Employment Law and Litigation Blog post on the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program.

Orrick Total Access

When do you need a 409A valuation?

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We understand that the last thing any start-up wants to worry about is the taxes and legal side of running a business. It’s easy to let tax considerations slide when you have so many other things to worry about, like Read More

Trade Secrets Watch

Running Interference: S.D.N.Y. Lays Out Standards for Tortious Interference in Dispute Between Watchmaker and Former Employees

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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently cleared the way for a Michigan watchmaker to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation, among other things, against two former employees who left to work with a competitor, Read More