Compliance

  • November 24, 2022

    SRA Urges Immigration Firms To Raise Standards After Review

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is aiming to raise standards at law firms that carry out immigration work, issuing new guidance on proper supervision of client files and how to plead properly arguable cases.

  • November 23, 2022

    FDA Asks Companies For Cigarette Packaging Plans

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it is encouraging companies to submit plans showing how they will comply with a contested rule requiring graphic health risk warnings about smoking on cigarette packages and advertisements ahead of an upcoming deadline.

  • November 23, 2022

    Ex-Indivior Exec Says 5-Year Federal Program Ban Isn't Fair

    The former top medical officer for Indivior is suing the federal government over a five-year ban preventing him from participating in federal health care programs after he pled guilty to criminal charges related to his failure to prevent the drug company from giving misleading safety statistics to Massachusetts officials.

  • November 23, 2022

    CFPB And NY Settle Suit Alleging RD Legal 9/11 Fund Scam

    RD Legal Funding struck a deal Wednesday with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and New York's attorney general, ending allegations that the litigation funder ripped off 9/11 first responders with deceptive, high-interest legal settlement "advances," fining RD Legal just $1 but barring it from collecting further interest.

  • November 23, 2022

    Holmes Should Serve 11-Year Sentence In Texas, Judge Says

    A California federal judge has recommended that convicted former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes serve her 11-year, three-month sentence for defrauding investors in a minimum-security prison camp for female inmates in Texas, according to court documents.

  • November 23, 2022

    Germany's Competition Watchdog Still Probing Meta After Fix

    Germany's competition enforcer said Wednesday that Meta Platforms has made changes that allow use of its virtual reality products without a Facebook account after the watchdog raised concerns, but said it continues to investigate the company's use of data.

  • November 23, 2022

    Elon Musk Walking On FTC Tightrope Amid Twitter Upheaval

    After the departures of its top privacy and security officers, Elon Musk's Twitter faces tight deadlines to follow the terms of a recently reworked Federal Trade Commission privacy deal, but accusing the company of failing to comply would likely mean an extended legal battle with the mercurial billionaire.

  • November 23, 2022

    4 Takeaways From DOL's Socially Conscious Investing Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor's new regulations — intended to allay retirement plans' fears about considering environmental, social and governance factors such as climate change in their investment decisions — will remove some wariness about factoring in ESG. Here, Law360 looks at four takeaways from the DOL's now-final rule.

  • November 23, 2022

    Feds Falsely Brand Tornado Cash A Security Risk, Suit Says

    Six cryptocurrency users who are suing the U.S. Department of the Treasury over its sanctioning of an open-source privacy software say officials recently removed Tornado Cash from the list of entities that threaten national security, then improperly relisted it as one that supports North Korea's repressive regime.

  • November 23, 2022

    Pharma Co. Asks For Stay To Appeal 'Orange Book' Delisting

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals has asked a Delaware federal court to pause an order requiring it to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull a patent that purportedly covers the distribution of a narcolepsy drug from the agency's so-called Orange Book while it appeals.

  • November 23, 2022

    Aggressive FCC Redlining Policies May Backfire, AT&T Warns

    AT&T has cautioned the Federal Communications Commission that overly aggressive rules prohibiting discrimination in broadband deployment could backfire because internet service providers might become wary of making any performance upgrades in order to avoid liability.

  • November 23, 2022

    4 Firms, 2 Years, 1 Suit And, Finally, A Done UnitedHealth Deal

    Attorneys at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP knew from the beginning that UnitedHealth's $13.8 billion purchase of Change Healthcare was likely to draw antitrust pushback and potentially a direct U.S. Department of Justice challenge.

  • November 22, 2022

    Meta Hit With UK Suit Over 'Surveillance Advertising' System

    Meta Platforms Inc. is facing a new lawsuit in the U.K. challenging its practice of gathering personal information to tailor ads to Facebook users, with the human rights campaigner who's pressing the action arguing that this "surveillance business model" violates Europeans' data privacy rights. 

  • November 22, 2022

    Goldman Sachs Hit With $4M SEC Fine Over ESG Policies

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP has agreed to pay a $4 million penalty to resolve a U.S. Securities and Commission action over the company's past policies and procedures on environmental, social and governance investments, the SEC said Tuesday.

  • November 22, 2022

    UK Group Joins Chorus Opposing Amazon's Roomba Deal

    British advocacy group Foxglove urged the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority on Tuesday to look into blocking Amazon's proposed $1.7 billion purchase of Roomba maker iRobot, a deal that has already drawn scrutiny, including from Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. and the Federal Trade Commission.

  • November 22, 2022

    Trump Org.'s CPA Says He Didn't Know About CFO's Fraud

    The Trump Organization called its longtime accountant as its first and only fact witness on Monday and Tuesday, seemingly defending itself against tax fraud charges by indicating its ex-CFO's admitted tax fraud was kept secret from everyone, including its longtime CPA at Mazars LLP.

  • November 22, 2022

    Senate To Hold Hearing On Ticketmaster Antitrust Concerns

    The Senate plans to hold a hearing examining Ticketmaster and the lack of competition in the ticketing industry, according to an announcement made Tuesday.

  • November 22, 2022

    FCC Cuts Off Voice Provider Over Robocall Blocking

    The Federal Communications Communication on Tuesday, for the first time, cut off a voice service provider for failing to take adequate measures to block unwanted calls.

  • November 22, 2022

    UK Launches Probe Into Apple, Google Browsers

    The United Kingdom's competition authority on Tuesday announced an investigation into an alleged duopoly between Google and Apple that the agency says controls the mobile browser market and restricts consumer access to other operating systems, app stores and web browsers.

  • November 22, 2022

    Meridian Bioscience's $1.53B Sale Clears Antitrust Hurdles

    Meridian Bioscience Inc. told investors Tuesday that its proposed $1.53 billion sale to SD Biosensor Inc. and SJL Partners LLC has received several key antitrust approvals and is still on track to close in March, but that it's yet to resolve an ongoing U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

  • November 22, 2022

    US Sugar Defends $315M Imperial Buy To 3rd Circ.

    U.S. Sugar Corp. is defending its trial court victory against an antitrust challenge to its $315 million acquisition of Imperial Sugar Co., telling the Third Circuit on Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice can't use "gerrymandered" sugar markets to "distort the competitive impact" of the deal.

  • November 22, 2022

    FTC Tweaks Linde Merger Deal Again, But With Reservations

    The Federal Trade Commission reluctantly agreed to further tweaks to a 2018 settlement permitting German gas giant Linde AG's $70 billion merger with Praxair Inc., but not without a statement expressing severe reservations about future merger clearance deals with similar "numerous, complicated, and long-standing entanglements."

  • November 22, 2022

    FDA Targets 5 CBD Cos. Hawking Food And Beverages

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to five companies it says sell food and beverages containing CBD, saying the agency has not approved the sale of such products.

  • November 22, 2022

    2nd Circ. Says IRS Freeze Didn't Violate Bankruptcy Code

    The Second Circuit ruled that the IRS didn't violate an automatic stay requirement in a bankruptcy case of a Connecticut man who died in January when it froze his tax refund, saying he did not "meaningfully challenge" the lower court's granting of summary judgment in favor of the government.

  • November 22, 2022

    UK Raises Antitrust Concerns Over Oilfield Tech Deal

    United Kingdom antitrust authorities put Baker Hughes Nederland Holdings BV on notice Tuesday that its proposed purchase of offshore and onshore oil and gas well services rival Altus Intervention AS appears likely to harm competition in the North Sea.

Expert Analysis

  • New FERC Affiliate Considerations For Public Utility Investors

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    Two recent orders from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission significantly broaden the scope of the terms "affiliate" and "change in control," which means that investors in public utilities should reexamine their status and compliance obligations, say attorneys at Latham.

  • Underwriters Must Beware Small-Cap IPO Fraud

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    Notices from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and multiple stock exchanges increase pressure on underwriters of small-cap initial public offerings to protect public markets from fraud, with ample precedent to show that FINRA will not hesitate to take enforcement actions if necessary, says Spencer Feldman at Olshan Frome.

  • Employer Lessons From Google's $118M Equal Pay Deal

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    The recent $118 million settlement in the Ellis v. Google class action over a systemic scheme directed at underpaying women can be used as the foundation for employers to implement better business practices and avoid lawsuits of this magnitude, say attorneys at Gordon & Rees.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • Employee Immigration Considerations For M&A Due Diligence

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    For a company going through a merger or acquisition, an immediate review of immigration issues, including compliance and impediments to employee retention, can remove several stumbling blocks known to trip up otherwise viable deals, say Elizabeth Gibbes and Miguel Manna at Parker Poe.

  • Silver Lining For Cos. In Proposed Calif. Privacy Law Changes

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    Some of the California Privacy Protection Agency’s recent modifications to the proposed regulations implementing the California Privacy Rights Act may be positive for businesses’ compliance strategies, as they make it easier to respond to data subject requests and strengthen security and fraud prevention, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Privacy Ruling Highlights Risks Of Third-Party Web Tracking

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Javier v. Assurance — that third-party session replay software usage without user consent may violate a California privacy law — highlights why companies should remain proactive and review all technologies that collect information from their websites, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Tale Of 2 Mergers: The DOJ Antitrust Division's Mixed Results

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    Attorneys at V&E look at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division's recent successful challenge to Penguin Random House’s purchase of Simon & Schuster, and its unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sugar’s acquisition of Imperial Sugar — exploring the market realities, the strength of witness testimony and the affected stakeholders in each case.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • What To Pay Attention To In FTX Fraud Probe

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    Steven Lee and Sean Shecter at Lewis Brisbois outline the issues the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will have to explore as they investigate FTX's handling of customer funds to determine whether the crypto exchange’s CEO acted with the requisite criminal intent to violate federal wire fraud statutes.

  • Beware FTC's Expanded Focus On Private Equity, Individuals

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent policy statement broadening its interpretation of unfair methods of competition signals an expanded focus that could have far-reaching implications for future private equity acquisitions, as well as the potential to discourage executives from taking top positions at companies, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Nurse Staffing Case Highlights DOJ's Antitrust Focus In Labor

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    A health care staffing company's recent guilty plea in U.S. v. Hee to a criminal violation of the antitrust laws when it entered into a no-poach and wage-fixing arrangement with a competitor shows the U.S. Department of Justice's renewed focus on labor-side antitrust violations, say Shari Ross Lahlou and Thomas Miller at Dechert.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • ESA Listing Change Shows Conservation Partnership Benefits

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to narrow the range of the gopher tortoise’s Endangered Species Act status demonstrates that public-private voluntary conservation partnerships can help leverage landowners' knowledge of their working lands to the benefit of species, the ecosystem and the landowners, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • How To Prep For Calif. Social Media Content Moderation Law

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    California's new social media content moderation law reflects an overarching desire to reduce or address the spread of harmful information — and to comply, companies should review their moderation practices and establish tracking mechanisms for data collection, say Marc Mayer and Stacey Chuvaieva at Mitchell Silberberg.

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