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Clarity And Confusion: FTAIA Developments In 2014

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This article originally appeared in Law360 on Jan. 16, 2015. A pdf version is available here.  The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act[1] has confounded practitioners and courts alike for years. This past year brought long-anticipated decisions from the Second (Lotes),[2] 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

The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview

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In the fourth quarter of 2014, bitcoin’s volatile price generally fluctuated between $300 and $400, about one-third of its all-time peak of around $1,200 from one year before. Despite this price drop during 2014, startup companies and financial products focused on Read More

Distressed Download

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations

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Part One of Three In December, the American Bankruptcy Institute issued its Final Report and Recommendations of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. The Report is almost 400 pages long and contains more than 200 recommendations. Twenty-two Read More

Employment Law and Litigation Blog

Employees Snooze, Employers Lose: California Supreme Court Delivers Wake Up Call to Employers of On-Call Security Workers

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In Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., issued on January 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court ruled that security guards are entitled to compensation for all on-call hours spent at their assigned worksites, even when they are engaged in certain Read More

Financial Industry Review

Fee Rate Advisory #3 for Fiscal Year 2015

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On January 15, the SEC announced that starting on Feb. 14, 2015, the fee rates applicable to most securities transactions will be set at $18.40 per million dollars.  Each SRO will continue to pay the Commission a rate of $22.10 Read More

NorCal IP Blog

If It Looks, Swims and Quacks Like An ABSTRACT IDEA…

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Bascom Research, LLC v. LinkedIn, Inc. and Facebook, Inc., Case Nos. 12-cv-6293, 6294 (Judge Susan Illston) “While the Supreme Court has not precisely defined ‘abstract idea,’ lower courts since Alice have invalidated patents encompassing a broad range of abstract ideas Read More

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

New House Bill Aims to Reduce Some Dodd-Frank Regulatory Burdens

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On January 24, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that loosens certain Dodd-Frank requirements and reduces the scope of the SEC’s regulatory authority over certain private equity firms, small businesses, and emerging companies. The bill is part Read More

Orrick Total Access

Straight Talk: Was VC Funding Up in 2014, Or Wasn’t It?

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All week we’ve been seeing lots of dazzling headlines about the state of VC going into 2015. According to CB Insights, venture capital firms invested more than $47.3 billion in more than 3,600 deals with U.S. startups in 2014, up Read More

Trade Secrets Watch

SHREDDING TRADE SECRETS: Heli-Ski Operators Fret over FOIA Disclosures Releasing a Blizzard of Confidential Information

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Heli-skiing: it’s the holy grail for thrill-seeking skiers and snowboarders.   Ride to the roof of the world aboard a helicopter.  Descend thousands of vertical feet through fresh, untracked powder.  No lift lines, no ski patrol. This is what heli-skiers pay Read More