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King v. Burwell: Analysis and Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On June 25 at 10:15, Washington breathed a sigh of relief as the Court’s decision in King v. Burwell was announced, rejecting the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Please mark your calendar and plan to join Caroline M. Brown of Covington & Burling LLP and David J. Farber of King & Spalding LLP for this important presentation as they address: What exactly did the Court hold? What is the impact on the Affordable ...

Where Fantasy Meets Reality: An Overview of the Legal Issues in the Fantasy Sports Industry

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This program will look at the legal issues in the fantasy sports industry, including issues facing the burgeoning marketplace for daily fantasy sports.    Please join Marc Edelman, Legal Consultant and Law Professor at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York as he covers the following:  The application of federal and state gaming laws to fantasy sports contests; The legal differences ...

Debunking Criticisms of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) has become an increasingly common means of resolving cross-border disputes between corporate or individual investors and host governments.   Over the three decades that the United States has had ISDS, it has been the subject of 17 such cases.  This private dispute mechanism has recently come under virulent attack from US politicians on both ends of the political spectrum at a time when the United ...

Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: Supreme Court Addresses the Future of Redistricting Reform in America

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On June 29, the Supreme Court rejected a claim by the Arizona Legislature that the United States Constitution prohibits voters from using the initiative power to transfer authority over congressional redistricting from the Legislature to an independent citizen commission—a ruling that came as a surprise to many. Please mark your calendar and plan to join Christopher E. Skinnell of Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP for this ...

Maritime Liens and Bankruptcy

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The world of maritime liens and maritime bankruptcies is like no other, with rules of perfection, priority, and enforcement of rights that are significantly different from the “shoreside” world.  A failure to appreciate the differences can lead to confusion and expensive misunderstandings.  Maritime liens are traditional rights in vessels and cargoes that can arise silently, without filings or notice, and can stay with a vessel ...

Modern Slavery: How Corporate Policies and Corporate Action Can Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Outside Our Borders

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Human trafficking is not just a third-world problem. It exists in the United States, where thousands of citizens and non-citizens are forced to labor for little to no wage without freedom of movement. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that stems from the demand for cheap products, free labor and sex. Fortunately, valuable tools are available to combat human trafficking. Federal and state laws, including the California Transparency in Supply ...

OFCCP Compensation Discrimination: Navigating Directive 307and Item 19 of OFCCP's Itemized Listing

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Perhaps more than any other issue, equal pay bias remains at the top of OFCCP’s regulatory and enforcement agenda.  On February 28, 2013, OFCCP released its new compensation directive (“Directive 307”), which significantly expands OFCCP’s approach to analyzing a contractor’s compensation practices and pay disparities.  Directive 307 goes beyond analyzing equal work and equal pay, and explains that OFCCP will ...

Designing Effective Consumer Surveys in Trademark Infringement and False Advertising Disputes

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In trademark cases and false advertising disputes, consumer perception surveys often play a critical evidentiary role.  Frequently, though, the federal courts and other tribunals that adjudicate and decide these disputes find that the proffered consumer perception studies are entitled to “little weight” or are excluded from evidence completely.  This presentation is aimed at assisting trial counsel in maximizing the effectiveness ...

Worker Misclassification: An Uber-Problem for All Industries

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Uber and various other “on demand services” businesses are only the latest in a long string of companies under attack for allegedly misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  What was once an issue most employers rarely faced outside of local unemployment eligibility proceedings has now morphed into the latest class action craze.  And—as with so many other wage and hour issues—there are many millions of ...

Carbon Markets and Financing Issues in Renewable Energy

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This one-hour briefing will be divided into two parts.  The first part will provide an overview of the latest activity in existing and emerging carbon markets, including how the market approach may scale as a result of recent federal regulatory actions on greenhouse gases.  The second part will provide an overview of financing  structures (both debt and equity) that are common in today’s renewable energy industry, including a ...

Crossroad of the U.S. Embargo and the Cuban Legal Framework -- Overview and Developments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With the December 17, 2014 announcement by the White House and the subsequent changes to the regulations codifying the U.S. embargo with the Cuban government, interest in Cuba as a market has intensified.  Businesses seeking to enter the Cuban market, however, must gauge the risk and rewards of such a strategy.  In doing so, they must not only evaluate what is currently permitted under the U.S. regulations but what is allowed and advisable ...

Where to Challenge Patents? International Post Grant Practice -- Strategic Considerations Before the USPTO, EPO, SIPO and JPO

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Although the more than 1800 requests for inter partes review filed before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office have been extensively followed by many US practioners, other patent offices are even more active than the United States.  For example, the European Patent Office issued over 2100 post grant review decisions in 2014 and the State Intellectual Property Office in China more than 12,000 decisions in 2011.   With Japan’s ...

NY Nonprofit Revitalization Act: Recent Developments and Compliance Strategies

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act, which imposes significant new governance obligations on nonprofit organizations, has been in effect for a year.   Please join Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel at Lawyers Alliance for New York, and Karin Kunstler Goldman, Deputy Bureau Chief, Charities Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General as they discuss how the Act, along with several related guidance documents issued by ...

Accounting for Complex Debt vs. Equity Financial Instruments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In the world of emerging and developing businesses financing instruments are constantly changing form and blurring the line between debt and equity accounting.  The relevant accounting literature is extremely complex, and over the last several years debt versus equity accounting has been a major cause of financial restatements.  This One Hour Briefing will help you develop the skills to identify when instruments become entangled in this ...

Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

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.  Please join Kenneth A. Gross of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chip Nielsen of Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP and Jan Witold Baran of Wiley Rein LLP for a discussion ...

U.S. Companies Trading on the London Stock Exchange and the Impact of EU Regulations Requiring Mandatory Electronic Settlement

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Under Article 3(2) of the European Union Regulation on Central Securities Depositories (“CSDR”) published on 28 August 2014, where transactions in transferable securities take place on a trading venue, the relevant securities should be recorded in book entry form in a Central Securities Depository (“CSD”) on or before the intended settlement date (unless already so recorded). The requirement applies irrespective of whether ...

Basics of Federal Natural Gas Law

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Natural gas is frequently in today’s headlines, either as the bane of environmentalists who oppose hydraulic fracturing (fracking) or the savior of environmentalists who see it as a fuel to replace coal for generating electricity.  Less than ten years ago, however, the United States was supposedly running out of natural gas, and the issue of the day was the siting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to import supplies from the Middle ...

Three "P's" of Professional Legal Writing

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Writing well takes commitment, practice, hard work, and a solid writing process. For many lawyers, writing well does not come easy. Lawyers also write for sophisticated and discerning readers: judges and clients.   This session covers the three “P”s of professional legal writing: Professional, Practice and Process. Lawyers must realize and embrace they are Professional writers. Second and as a professional writers, lawyers must ...

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