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Now in force: Major amendments to the antitrust damages regime in the UK

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The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA”) comes into force today, 1 October 2015.1 It introduces major reforms to the antitrust damages actions regime in the UK.2 In particular, the CRA broadens the type of cases that can be heard by the UK’s Read More

Derivatives in Review

District Court Holds that Assignee is Not Entitled to Safe Harbor Protections

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On May 28, 2015, the United States District Court for the Central District of California affirmed a bankruptcy court order finding that a post-termination assignee of remaining rights under an interest rate swap with a debtor was not a “swap Read More

Distressed Download

Privacy Policies and the Sale of Corporate Assets: It pays to plan ahead to preserve the value of your data assets

Personal data is a valuable corporate asset.  At times, the personal information collected from customers (such as email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.) can be a company’s most valuable asset.  Unfortunately, when a company attempts to sell this asset, Read More

Employment Law and Litigation Blog

International data transfer news… a bit like buses

You know how you wait for ages for a bus to come (well, we do in Europe) and then three come along at once? Well it’s a little like that in the data privacy arena right now, as far as Read More

Financial Industry Review

Second Circuit Upholds Dismissal of RMBS Lawsuit as Time-Barred

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On November 16, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. (acting as Trustee for RMBS Trust GSR 2007-OA1) against Quicken Loans, alleging that Quicken breached its obligation to repurchase Read More

Policyholder Insider

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Orrick’s Insurance practice wishes all our readers a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

NorCal IP Blog

Algorithm Optional? A Guide to Computers as Structure in Means-Plus-Function Claiming

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Summary Judgment Order, Fortinet, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., et al., Case No. 13-cv-05831-EMC (Judge Edward Chen) Means-plus-function claim elements are less common than in the past, due to stricter rules about their scope and requirements for validity. But when they Read More

Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement

Investment Firms and Compliance Professionals Beware: SEC Finds Risks Associated with Outsourcing Compliance Function

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On Monday, November 9, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released results from its evaluation of investment adviser firms’ use of third parties for compliance functions, including outsourced chief Read More

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

A “Big Deal”: Latest U.S.-China Talks Signal Progress for Protection of Trade Secrets

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Expectations didn’t appear high for the latest round of China-U.S. talks about a variety of economic issues including trade secret protection. As previously discussed at TSW, China had not signed onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and earlier this summer, the Read More

Trust Anchor

“Cybersecurity Guide Navigating the Digital Age” – Cyber Risks to Board of Directors

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In the wake of high-profile cyberattacks, boards of directors are increasingly being scrutinized by regulators, shareholders, and the public over their oversight of cybersecurity risk.  In a chapter of “Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Read More