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Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: An In-House Counsel Perspective

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From the program: Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: An In-House Counsel Perspective

Released on: Nov. 12, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: An In-House Counsel Perspective recorded October, 2014 in New York. The Alice decision held that patent claims directed to certain abstract ideas are invalid under 35 U.S.C. Sec. 101. This represents the fourth time in the past five years that the Supreme Court has tackled the question of whether a patent was directed to patent-eligible subject matter. The decision impacts the future of software ...

Ralls Corporation v. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: Is This Landmark Ruling the Dawn of Due Process for CFIUS? (Audio-only)

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Released on: Oct. 2, 2014

Taken from the briefing Ralls Corporation v. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: Is This Landmark Ruling the Dawn of Due Process for CFIUS? recorded September, 2014.In 2012, President Obama vetoed the acquisition of windfarms in Oregon by Ralls Corporation, an American company owned and controlled by two senior officials of the Sany Group, a Chinese corporation, based on their proximity to a sensitive military installation. Ralls ...

Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era

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From the program: Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era

Released on: Nov. 13, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era recorded October, 2014 in New York. The expense of bringing a case to trial for attorneys, firms, and the parties themselves can be astronomical. How often in your practice do you reject cases because neither your firm nor the client will be able to shoulder the costs of litigation, particularly in cases that will be complicated or protracted? Have you found ...

Basics of Export Controls 2014

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From the program: Basics of Export Controls 2014

Released on: Dec. 15, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Basics of Export Controls 2014 recorded December, 2014 in New York. U.S. and multinational corporations are increasingly affected by the range of U.S. laws and regulations governing international trade. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) each plays an ...

Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Sep. 18, 2014

Taken from the briefing Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2014 recorded August, 2014.In just one hour, this briefing will provide you with a summary of federal candidate and PAC campaign law, as regulated by the Federal Election Campaign Act and administered by the Federal Election Commission’s Regulations and Disclosure Rules.Lecture Topics  [Total Time: 01:05:58] Contribution definitions, limits, and prohibitions Contributions ...

Critical Start-Up Business & Legal Issues 2014 (Free Audio-only)

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From the program: Critical Start-Up Business & Legal Issues 2014

Released on: Oct. 14, 2014

Taken from the program Critical Start-Up Business & Legal Issues 2014 recorded September, 2014 in Palo Alto. Lecture Topics  [Total Time: 01:33:50] Forming and organizing a start-up, including timing, documents, board composition and capital structure The place for business plans and financial projections Attracting talent through founders’ equity IP protection and commercialization, including benefits, liabilities ...

Defining "Waters of the United States": What is at Stake? (Audio-Only)

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Released on: Oct. 17, 2014

Taken from the briefing Defining "Waters of the United States": What is at Stake? recorded October, 2014.On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) published a rule-making proposal to revise the definition of “waters of the United States,” a key statutory term used to prescribe the extent of federal jurisdiction to regulate a variety of activities under the Clean Water Act (CWA). 79 Fed. Reg. ...

Ebola and the Workplace -- An Update on Key Issues 2014

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From the program: Ebola and the Workplace -- An Update on Key Issues 2014

Released on: Nov. 24, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Ebola and the Workplace -- An Update on Key Issues recorded November, 2014 in New York. Since the first Ebola patient came to the United States in late September 2014, all employers have been enormously challenged to deal with the many issues that this international emergency has engendered. While the issues have their most immediate and direct effect on health care employees, in fact all employers who require travel ...

Ethical Issues in Limited Scope Representation

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From the program: Ethical Issues in Limited Scope Representation

Released on: Nov. 4, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Ethical Issues in Limited Scope Representation recorded October, 2014 in New York. Limited scope representation, also known as unbundling, is a way to connect lawyers needing work to clients needing affordable or pro bono legal assistance. It allows the lawyer and the client to agree in advance that the lawyer will undertake certain tasks, such as drafting pleadings or appearing at a contested hearing, and the client ...

Excel Essentials for Legal Professionals 2014

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From the program: Excel Essentials for Legal Professionals 2014

Released on: Dec. 24, 2014

Please note that CLE credit is not available for this program. Taken from the briefing Excel Essentials for Legal Professionals recorded December, 2014 in New York. Excel, the longstanding powerhouse of spreadsheet software, is one of the most commonly used business applications on the planet. But learning the countless features available to you can be a daunting task. From simply printing a real estate closing statement to creating and ...

Exporting EEO: Aligning a Multinational's Approaches to Discrimination, Harassment and Diversity Compliance Overseas 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Sep. 25, 2014

Taken from the briefing Exporting EEO: Aligning a Multinational's Approaches to Discrimination, Harassment and Diversity Compliance Overseas 2014 recorded September, 2014.A multinational might proclaim “zero tolerance” for discrimination and harassment across its U.S. operations. But does it ignore sex harassment in its Dubai office? Does it tolerate mandatory retirement in its Berlin facility? And does it excuse blatant race and gender discrimination ...

Fiduciary Duty Obligations in Construction Contracts: How They Are Created and How to Avoid Them

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From the program: Fiduciary Duty Obligations in Construction Contracts: How They Are Created and How to Avoid Them

Released on: Dec. 4, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Fiduciary Duty Obligations in Construction Contracts: How They are Created and How to Avoid Them recorded November, 2014 in New York. Construction professionals, especially design professionals, are commonly hired as consultants to owners on significant projects. Those same owners place a significant amount of trust and confidence in their consultants to complete complicated projects. What happens when the relationship ...

Financial Due Diligence and the Specter of Fraud in the Private M&A Context 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Oct. 7, 2014

Taken from the briefing Financial Due Diligence and the Specter of Fraud in the Private M&A Context 2014 recorded September, 2014.In the context of private M&A transactions, where do the boundaries exist between proper negotiation and fraudulent conduct? A buyer may believe that the seller has a duty to disclose negative facts about the company, while the seller may believe that the buyer has the responsibility to ask the right questions and ...

Getting the Engagement Letter Right

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From the program: Getting the Engagement Letter Right

Released on: Oct. 28, 2014

Taken from the briefing Getting the Engagement Letter Right recorded October, 2014 in New York. When risk managers audit a law practice for legal malpractice risk, they often look first to see if every file contains an executed engagement letter, retainer letter, or fee contract. These documents are some of the most reliable indicators of whether a law practice has systems in place to effectively reduce the risks of malpractice claims in a modern-day ...

Hot Potatoes! Update on Handling Underfunded ERISA Pensions

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From the program: Hot Potatoes! Update on Handling Underfunded ERISA Pensions

Released on: Dec. 31, 2014

Taken from the briefing Hot Potatoes! Update on Handling Underfunded ERISA Pensions recorded December, 2014 in New York. For many employers, ERISA pension underfunding can be hard to live with:  Congress recently gave plan sponsors a cash flow break by relaxing the rules on required funding contributions -- but those interest-bearing liabilities are still there, grinding away.  Meanwhile, the federal pension guarantor, PBGC, often ...

Is a REIT Right for Your Company? A Discussion of Their Current Use and Future Outlook 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 25, 2014

Taken from the briefing Is a REIT Right for Your Company? A Discussion of Their Current Use and Future Outlook recorded April, 2014.Interest in REIT formations, conversions and spin-offs has been accelerating as companies continue to explore options to maximize asset value. Listen to Michael Beinus, Meryl K. Chae and Jonathan L. Friedman, partners from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Los Angeles office for a discussion of REITs - ...

Litigating Under Patent Local Rules: Avoiding the Pitfalls 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Oct. 15, 2014

Taken from the briefing Litigating Under Patent Local Rules: Avoiding the Pitfalls recorded September, 2014.Fourteen years ago, the Northern District of California started an experiment: a special set of local rules to govern pretrial proceedings in patent cases. If imitation is a sign of success, then the experiment was a great success: Thirty one districts around the country have now adopted variants of the Northern District’s Patent Local Rules, ...

Mindful Lawyering: An Introduction to Mindfulness and How it Can Boost Your Life and Legal Practice 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Sep. 30, 2014

There will be NO CLE Credit for this briefing.Taken from the briefing Mindful Lawyering: An Introduction to Mindfulness and How it Can Boost Your Life and Legal Practice recorded September, 2014.One of the greatest challenges in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world is staying present in life’s most sacred moments. The overwhelming pace of communication, keeping up with inboxes and texts, the sea of information at our fingertips, and efficiency ...

Modifying and Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in Alternative Entities -- How Far Can You Go?

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From the program: Modifying and Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in Alternative Entities -- How Far Can You Go?

Released on: Dec. 29, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Modifying and Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in Alternative Entities -- How Far Can You Go? recorded December, 2014 in New York. Alternatives to the traditional corporate form, such as limited liability companies and limited partnerships, may appeal to investors for a variety of reasons. One reason is the flexibility of these entities. In this briefing we discuss one aspect of this flexibility: the ability to contractually ...

Navigating the U.S. Criminal Law Maze in the Corporate Deal

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Released on: Oct. 29, 2014

Taken from the briefing Navigating the U.S. Criminal Law Maze in the Corporate Deal recorded October, 2014. There has been a surge in global M&A and financing activity, with no end in sight. At the same time, U.S. and foreign prosecutors continue aggressively to investigate corporations for an array of potential crimes rooted in national security concerns, ranging from domestic and foreign bribery to sanctions, export controls and money ...

New World of Collaborative Consumption 2014

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From the program: New World of Collaborative Consumption 2014

Released on: Dec. 16, 2014

Taken from the briefing New World of Collaborative Consumption recorded December, 2014 in New York. The Internet has made possible the shared use of goods and services in ways not previously feasible—or even imagined.  Already widespread is such use of automobiles, boats, residences and personal time, with additional ones being identified almost daily.   The new ways in which goods and services are used raise novel questions ...

Post Cyber Attack Litigation -- Trends and Predictions

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From the program: Post Cyber Attack Litigation -- Trends and Predictions

Released on: Dec. 5, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Post Cyber Attack Litigation -- Trends and Predictions recorded November, 2014 in New York. With the constant onslaught of cyber-attacks facing the private sector, a key question every lawyer should be asking themselves is what does the post-attack litigation landscape look like? Can companies rest relatively easily knowing that most cases will be readily dismissed, or are there are lurking threats that could open up a ...

Regulation AB II Overview 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Oct. 3, 2014

Taken from the briefing Regulation AB II Overview recorded September, 2014.On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted long-anticipated final amendments to Regulation AB that were first proposed in 2010. The new rules make sweeping changes to the offering process and disclosure and periodic reporting requirements for asset-backed securities. In this program, Jerry R. Marlatt and Kenneth E. Kohler of Morrison & Foerster LLP ...

SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules: What We Learned from 2013 and What Happens Next

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From the program: SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules: What We Learned from 2013 and What Happens Next

Released on: Nov. 7, 2014

Taken from the Web Program SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules: What We Learned from 2013 and What Happens Next recorded October, 2014 in New York. Over 1,300 companies filed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form SDs and, in most cases, Conflict Mineral Reports (CMR) for 2013. The SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule left unanswered many of the filing details and challenges that issuers dealt with up until the end. In addition, late-breaking developments ...

Simplifying the World of Complex Financings 2014

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From the program: Simplifying the World of Complex Financings 2014

Released on: Nov. 26, 2014

Taken from the Web Program Simplifying the World of Complex Financings recorded November, 2014 in New York. Expert faculty will focus on equity-linked instruments that may be offered in securities financing and other strategic transactions, including warrants and convertible securities. They will discuss the principal negotiating issues in connection with such instruments and the associated accounting and financial reporting consequences. Lecture ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Clifford E. Kirsch

Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Tanya E. M. Wong

Tanya E. M. Wong ~ Director of Government Benefits, Legal Services NYC - Legal Support Unit

Kenneth N. Nigon

Kenneth N. Nigon ~ RatnerPrestia