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    Non-CLE Webinar 10/19: 'Know Before You Owe Is Still a Work in Progress: CFPB Proposes TRID Changes and Clarifications'

    October 13, 2016 8:49 AM by Jeff Kelton


    10/13/16 8:48 AM CT l Author: Stephanie Rodriguez, Section Program Associate

    California's three-year regulatory process to improve and clarify Proposition 65 "clear and reasonable" warning requirements has culminated with the adoption of a new regulation proposed last November. On August 30, 2016, the Office of Administrative Law approved the adoption of amendments to Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings, of the California Code of Regulations. The new regulation provides, among other things, new and revised Prop 65 "safe harbor" warnings - i.e., methods of transmission and content of warnings deemed to be "clear and reasonable" in compliance with Prop 65. Notably, the emergency rulemaking by the state in April 2016 related to warnings for exposures to bisphenol A (BPA) in canned goods and beverages remains in effect. The new regulation will be effective on August 30, 2018.

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    California Formally Adopts New Proposition 65 Warning Regulation

    October 11, 2016 3:14 PM by Jeff Kelton


    10/11/16 3:15 PM CT l Author: By Gabriel J. Padilla, Bick Law LLP

    California's three-year regulatory process to improve and clarify Proposition 65 "clear and reasonable" warning requirements has culminated with the adoption of a new regulation proposed last November. On August 30, 2016, the Office of Administrative Law approved the adoption of amendments to Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings, of the California Code of Regulations. The new regulation provides, among other things, new and revised Prop 65 "safe harbor" warnings - i.e., methods of transmission and content of warnings deemed to be "clear and reasonable" in compliance with Prop 65. Notably, the emergency rulemaking by the state in April 2016 related to warnings for exposures to bisphenol A (BPA) in canned goods and beverages remains in effect. The new regulation will be effective on August 30, 2018.

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    FLASH REPORT: Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Court of Chancery's Lack of Damages Award as an Exercise of Remedial Discretion in OptimisCorp v. Waite

    October 6, 2016 9:16 AM by Jeff Kelton


    10/6/16 9:15 AM CT l Author: By Brett M. Amron of Bast Amron LLP, Development Chair of the D&O Liability Committee

    The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued its ruling in OptimisCorp v. Waite, C.A. No. 523, 2015 (Del. 2016). The opinion is noteworthy in that it provides practical insight for those who need to know the rights and obligations of directors who are appointed by written agreement as a condition of an investment in a company. 

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    Our Mini-Theme: The 2016 Business Law Section Annual Meeting

    October 5, 2016 2:21 PM by Jeff Kelton

    10/5/16 2:25 PM CT 

    The Business Law Section welcomed more than 1,660 attendees to Boston, Massachusetts, September 8–11, for the 2016 Business Law Section Annual Meeting. The Boston Marriott Copley Place and Westin Copley Place hosted a wide variety of programs on topics ranging from “The Life Cycle of Intercreditor Agreements—From Cradle to Grave” to “Why Insurance Is Only Boring Until It Matters—Insurance Law for the Generalist” to “Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Who They Are, Why They Flee, and How You Can Help” to “Ethical Issues under Beneficial Ownership Rules for Attorneys Representing Closely Held Business Organization.”

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    The Internet of Things: Key Legal Considerations Free CLE 10/6

    October 4, 2016 11:55 AM by Jeff Kelton

    10/4/2016 11:55 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    Don’t forget to register for our upcoming In The Know CLE webinar—it’s free for ABA Business Law Section members!

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    Promote Voting and Support Veterans

    October 3, 2016 12:19 PM by Jeff Kelton

    10/3/2016 12:20 PM CT

    Dear Business Law Section Members,

    While I always want to be sensitive to not overwhelming email in-boxes with messages from our Section, I am passing along the below message from ABA President Linda Klein because of the critically important issues the message is addressing, and because the Business Law Section's mission calls upon each of us to serve the public. Please join me in responding to President Klein's request to promote voting and support veterans.

    Sincerely,

    William D. Johnston
    Chair, ABA Business Law Section

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    Impossible is Just Another Problem to Solve!

    September 28, 2016 2:41 PM by Jeff Kelton

    9/28/16 2:40 PM CT | Author: ABA Membership and Marketing

    That's Virginia lawyer Phillip Stone's mantra. He brought Sweet Briar College back from the brink of closure and is reviving another southern institution using his experience building a successful law practice. Hear how he breathes life into dying institutions during 10 Questions Live.

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    Free CLE 9/29: Roadmap of an M&A Transaction: Part 2

    September 22, 2016 10:17 AM by Jeff Kelton

    9/22/16 10:15 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    As a Section member, you can join us for free this Thursday, September 29, for our “Business Law Basics” program “Roadmap of an M&A Transaction: Part 2.”

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    Seventh Annual National Institute on Consumer Financial Services Basics

    September 16, 2016 9:47 AM by Jeff Kelton

    9/16/2016 9:48 AM CT

    The evolution of consumer financial services (CFS) laws and regulations can leave even the experienced consumer finance lawyer feeling overwhelmed. This annual in-person educational institute is designed to expose practitioners to key areas of CFS law, whether you are new to the world of consumer finance or simply need a refresher. 

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    Interested in commercial law? Free CLE 9/15

    September 14, 2016 10:39 AM by Jeff Kelton

    9/14/2016 10:38 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    Don’t forget to register for our upcoming In The Know CLE webinar—it’s free for ABA Business Law Section members! You’ll hear from two of the premier speakers in the United States on these developments.

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    When I was a law student and how the ABA Business Law Section helped me...

    August 31, 2016 10:03 AM by Jeff Kelton

    8/31/2016 10:03 AM CT

    We’d like to introduce you to our incoming 2016-2017 Chair, Bill Johnston. We’ve asked him to participate in this issue’s Leader Spotlight to share his experiences when he was once a law student and how the ABA has helped him. Enjoy!

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    The Business Case for Board Diversity

    August 24, 2016 10:01 AM by Jeff Kelton

    8/24/16 10:02 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    The importance of board diversity – boards that are diverse in skills, background and experience as well as gender, race and tenure – and the related topics of board composition and board refreshment, have been a focus of governance advocates, investors and corporate boards for many years. While some skeptics view board diversity as a soft issue rooted in a social justice agenda, recent research by leading institutions is evidence that diversity in the boardroom, as well as on the senior management team, is correlated with better company performance and that diverse boards may be less susceptible to “group think” and other cognitive biases that can develop on boards with too much homogeneity.

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    Free CLE 8/25 on Environmental Law: Smart Business Strategies

    August 23, 2016 10:13 AM by Jeff Kelton

    8/23/16 10:15 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    As a Section member, you can join us for free this Thursday, August 25, for our “Business Law Basics” program “Environmental Law: Smart Business Strategies.”

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    Managing Expectations: Contract Termination Rights in Bankruptcy

    August 15, 2016 1:59 PM by Jeff Kelton

    8/15/16 2:00 PM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    Freedom of contract is the principle that individuals and entities may form contracts which incorporate their agreed terms without government interference. This principle is consistent with the parties' expectation that their agreed terms will be enforced by the courts. The Bankruptcy Code includes certain provisions that void the parties' agreed terms related to the right to terminate the contract under certain conditions.

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    The CFPB’s Proposed Payday and Small Dollar Rule from an Economist’s Perspective

    August 8, 2016 10:59 AM by Jeff Kelton

    8/8/16 11:00 AM CT | Author: Stephanie Rodriguez, Section Program Associate

    Join us for this free, non-CLE webinar hosted by our Consumer Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, August 10.

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    Committee Focus: Legal Opinions

    August 2, 2016 3:54 PM by Jeff Kelton

    8/2/16 3:55 PM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    What is the Legal Opinions Committee, and what does it do? Check out their most recent newsletter and you’ll find out!

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    Committee Focus: Consumer Financial Services

    August 1, 2016 10:05 AM by Jeff Kelton

    8/1/16 10:06 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    What is the Consumer Financial Services Committee, and what does it do? Check out their most recent newsletter and you’ll find out!

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    An Introduction to Benefit Corporations: Focus of July ‘Business Law Today’

    July 29, 2016 9:53 AM by Jeff Kelton

    7/29/16 9:55 AM CT | Author: Introduction by Michael Vargas

    Benefit corporations, a corporate form that aligns the business with a social mission, are the new kid on the corporate scene. Some lawyers and scholars think it is a fad that will eventually die out, but the trend lines tell a different story. Thirty-one states have passed benefit corporation statutes in just the past five years, including in Delaware. Consumers are choosing socially responsible alternatives to everything from the products they consume to the services they procure. Established mega-businesses like Clorox and Amazon are being forced to compete with socially responsible startups. Young entrepreneurs and MBA grads are looking for a businesses and work environments that offer value beyond just a paycheck. More of our clients are asking about it, and more are electing to found their companies using this corporate form. And the trends suggest that this is only the beginning.

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    Free CLE 7/28: Introduction to Corporate Governance

    July 27, 2016 8:55 AM by Jeff Kelton

    7/27/16 8:55 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    As a Section member, you can join us for free this Thursday, July 28, for our “Business Law

    Basics” program “Introduction to Corporate Governance.”

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    DHS Proposes Collecting Social Media Account Information

    July 19, 2016 8:01 AM by Jeff Kelton

    7/18/16 8:05 AM CT | Introduction by Steve Middlebrook

    The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to collect social media account information from people crossing the border. In a very short, very cryptic, Federal Register announcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has given notice that it intends to modify several forms which foreigners are required to fill out before entering the country to collect information on travelers' social media presence. 81 Fed. Reg. 40892 (June 23, 2016). The proposal is disturbing because while it significantly impacts expressive activity, the agency's proposal, barely a page and half long, fails to address a number of legal issues, including implications for the First Amendment.

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    Great News: Early-bird Registration Extended for Section Annual Meeting

    July 15, 2016 10:42 AM by Jeff Kelton

    7/15/2016 10:42 AM CT

    Early-bird registration for the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting has been extended through July 22.

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    Content Corner: June Digest

    July 14, 2016 9:02 AM by Graham Hunt

    7/14/16 9:05 AM CT | Author: Rick Paszkiet, Content Development Manager

    Welcome to Content Corner! Below is a list of the exciting content that the Section has produced in June.

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    Trademark Claim Fallout: Indie Devs Take on the Corporate Goliath

    July 13, 2016 10:26 AM by Jeff Kelton

    7/13/16 10:28 AM CT | Author: Introduction by Michael Reed

    “It’s pretty silly. Congratulations Bethesda. You won. You beat us. You showed us who’s boss,” remarked Jordon Maron, founder of the indie video game developer Xreal, in a video response to a cease and desist letter issued to him demanding he change the name of his latest project. “We’ll make sure that people do not think that our game is part of the Fallout franchise. This wasn’t the goal from the start. And, whelp, we’ll change it…”

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    FinTech - Introduction and Overview

    July 11, 2016 11:39 AM by Jeff Kelton

    7/11/2016 11:40 AM CT | Author: Jeff Kelton, Section Membership & Marketing Specialist

    This webinar will focus on Financial Technology (“FinTech”) companies, including marketplace lenders, and the legal issues facing those companies.  The FinTech industry has grown dramatically over the last few years.  This success has brought about an increased regulatory focus at both the state and federal level.  This webinar will include an overview of the FinTech industry, an explanation of the typical FinTech business model, and a high level walkthrough of the major regulatory issues facing this industry.

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