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BLT: January 2014

Our Mini-Theme: Social Media and Business Law – People Get Ready, There’s a Train a’comin’

Our Mini-Theme

Our Mini-Theme: Social Media and Business Law – People Get Ready, There’s a Train a’comin’

This article provides an introduction to the mini-theme in this issue of Business Law Today that focuses on the effect of social media on business law.

The precise words that drafters employ clearly matter in determining the special rights, powers, and privileges of preferred stock.

Many countries have imposed minimum quotas for female corporate directors. Given the data, is the United States next?

What procedure should a defendant use to enforce a forum-selection clause when the defendant is sued in a court that is not the contractually selected forum?

Canada’s new anti-spam laws (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014, and is the toughest anti-spam law in the world. Whether or not your client is not located in Canada, CASL may affect your client.

Opting out of all of the members’ default rights under the LLC Act waives the right to seek judicial dissolution, unless the LLC agreement specifically enumerates the right to seek judicial dissolution.

Most of us don’t think much in advance about what happens when the parent-subsidiary relationship changes, but the consequences can be very significant.

Before being appointed a U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut in 1994 by President Clinton, Alvin W. Thompson served for three years as the managing partner of Robinson & Cole, the first African-American to lead a large Connecticut law firm. A former chair of the Business Law Section (2005–2006), Thompson has worn many hats in the Section.

The Business Law Section held its 2013 Fall Meeting on November 22 and 23 in Washington, D.C. The Meeting featured outstanding CLE programs, six of which we highlighted in December and six of which we highlight in this issue.

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Question: While fashion has changed a great deal since 1939 when the term was initially coined, the term “white-collar crime” has become a mainstay when referring to financially motivated nonviolent crimes usually involving deception or dishonesty in corporate or commercial deals. Can you name the person whose words you borrow when referring to the criminal acts of Charles Ponzi, Jeffrey Skilling, Ivan Boesky, and Bernard Madoff?

Please see Inside Business Law for the answer to this month’s Business Law Section Trivia Question.

The July issue of Business Law Today will focus on benefit corporations. Feature articles will include topics such as early-stage IP protection, privilege and international implications, and the final installment of BLT’s three-part series on commercial contracts.

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September 8-10, 2016
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