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Patent Litigation Before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and in MDL Proceedings in 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Although the number of patent cases consolidated by the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) for pretrial purposes declined in 2014, pretrial consolidation remains an important consideration in multi-defendant and multi-jurisdictional cases.  In addition, with the Supreme Court’s recent decision limiting the reach of general jurisdiction in Daimler AG v. Bauman, there may be an uptick in MDL patent cases, particularly Hatch-Waxman ...

International Sanctions Law -- Russia, Cuba and Iran -- Recent Developments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With rapid-fire developments occurring on the international scene, sanctions laws have been quickly developing.  Beginning with the Russian incursion into Ukraine a year ago, a new variety of sanctions laws – sectoral sanctions – have been developed in the United States against Russia.  In January 2015, the White House eased certain sanctions with respect to Cuba.  The current negotiations with Iran could radically change ...

Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements: Due Diligence, Documentation and Key Issues

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Because many of the issues one encounters when structuring, diligencing, and negotiating purchase and sale transactions are common to other areas of real estate law, understanding purchase and sale transactions is fundamental to the practice of real estate law and is essential to the success of any junior real estate associate.    Please join Steven G. Horowitz and Steven L. Wilner, partners at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton ...

European Unified Patents Court: When Will the UPC Arrive and What Will You Need to Know?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The European Unified Patents Court (UPC) is coming in early 2016, and all U.S. companies that hold patents and do business in Europe need to be prepared.  Olswang's pan-EU IP team has identified procedural features that could attract “patent trolls”/NPEs to this new system.  This is particularly so given the UPC opens its doors at a time when such entities are seeking a new forum to monetize their patents as U.S. ...

Capital-Raising Using Regulation A+

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously adopted final rules, which will be effective this summer, that amend Regulation A.  Regulation A+ will provide an important capital-raising alternative for private companies in the United States and Canada.  A Regulation A+ offering may be used in connection with a primary offering of newly issued shares by a company or to resell securities held by existing stockholders.  ...

Treatment of Commercial End-Users of Swaps

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This briefing will review the status and responsibilities of commercial end users of swaps under Title VII of Dodd-Frank and the regulations thereunder.  In analyzing the impact of Title VII on commercial end users, we will review the ways in which the regulators have distinguished between commercial end-users and other types of swap market participants, including with respect to clearing, swap execution, margin, reporting and recordkeeping requirements.   Please ...

Life Sciences Acquisitions and Divestitures: Special Considerations

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Whether you are acquiring a company or its assets or divesting a portion of your business, if you are involved in mergers and acquisitions relating to  pharmaceutical products, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics or similar assets, it is important to understand the products, their regulatory environment, the intellectual property landscape, the supply chain and other market factors.  These deals often involve a high degree of complexity ...

Tips from the Trenches to Make You an Effective Negotiator

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

A lawyer's ability to negotiate is in many ways the most important skill a lawyer can have.  In this one hour session, lawyer, author and frequent speaker on negotiating skills Mark Grossman of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP will give you the benefit of what he learned in his 30 plus years as a negotiator.  Among the many things that Mark will discuss:  Handling bullies  How to handle negotiating ...

B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries: Supreme Court Gives New Life to Preclusion in Trademark Proceedings and Other Agency Litigation

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352, which addressed when a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board may also bind a federal district court, through the doctrine of issue preclusion (collateral estoppel).  In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court held that, when the Board holds that there is a “likelihood of confusion” ...

Your Resume, Research and Bidding: Your First Keys to Success at Loyola Chicago's PLIP 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please note:  This briefing is 90 minutes, FREE, and NO CLE.

Breaking Bad Technology Habits: Email, Social Media and Document Management

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The practice of law has gone digital, for better or worse.  Technology can make the practice of law easier for attorneys but it also creates a new set of risks.  Fortunately, many such risks are foreseeable and avoidable.  Even though the paperless law practice is a fairly recent development for attorneys, many attorneys have already formed 'bad habits' when it comes to email, document management, and social media.  This session ...

Basics of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Within the last decade, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement has become a juggernaut of U.S. enforcement agencies.  The U.S. authorities that enforce the statute, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), brought five enforcements actions, combined, in 2004.  Over the following decade the SEC and DOJ brought hundreds of enforcement actions and collected billions from corporations ...

Sponsor's Obligations in an LBO in the Post-Crises Era: Equity Commitment Letters and Limited Guarantees

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In the context of private equity M&A transactions, how do private equity sponsors balance the competing concerns of insulating the investment fund from potential liability from the transaction and providing the seller with assurances that a deep pocket is standing behind the buyer’s obligations under the purchase agreement?  This One-Hour Briefing will explore how parties seeks to bridge this gap in the wake of the crises and sponsors ...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Changing Legal Landscape

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Hobbyists, businesses, law enforcement, and the military are embracing the widespread use of unmanned aircraft systems, yet national civil aviation authorities and State/local governments are struggling to keep pace with clear rules of the skies.  Business and research applications for “drones” are poised to take off, literally, but what will be the consequences for your business, privacy, safety, and security?   Some estimate ...

Credit Rating Regulation from AAA to Z

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Some have said that more than any other single factor, overly optimistic credit ratings triggered the financial crisis of 2008 and the “Great Recession.”  Yet with limited exceptions, credit rating agencies flew largely under the regulatory radar screen before that.   During this program, Robert Harris, currently a consultant to the Credit Rating Agency Constituent Group of the Financial Information Services Association ...

Trusts and Estates: Back to the Basics of Death and Taxes

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Thomas P. Gannon, a partner of Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, will review the fundamentals of substantive and tax aspects of the trusts and estates practice, including the following:  Dispositions at Death – Wills, property passing under a Will, the process of probating a Will, the role of an Executor, intestacy laws and property passing outside of a Will by contract, beneficiary designation, title and/or operation of law ...

Evidence for Everyone (Including Judges)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please join The Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts for an informal but hopefully informative look at how the rules of evidence work today in our federal district courts.  His presentation will include:  some good trial stories; a series of simple diagrams you can use to frame key evidentiary issues during trial (they actually work); and practice pointers.

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 ...

Proxy Access Proposals in the 2015 Proxy Season

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Shareholder proposals seeking proxy access – a mechanism by which shareholders meeting certain shareholding requirements can nominate directors and have their nominees included in the company’s proxy materials – have been increasingly popular this proxy season.  While in 2013 and 2014, just over a dozen proxy access shareholder proposals went to a vote at Russell 3000 companies, in the 2015 proxy season, 75 proxy access proposals ...

Protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure Information: FERC CEII Rules and Related Federal and State Regulations and Protocols

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Protecting critical infrastructure information is axiomatically important – an axiom that U.S. energy companies recognize regardless of government regulations.  Nevertheless, they are subject to such regulations, and understanding how those regulations work is necessary for those companies to be compliant with the rules.  In addition, at times, other companies and members of the public need to access information on the regulated companies’ ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Jae  Kim

Jae Kim ~ Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Rambus Inc.

Lori A. Richards

Lori A. Richards ~ Chief Compliance Officer, Asset Management Unit, JP Morgan & Co

Edwin E. Smith

Edwin E. Smith ~ Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP