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.



Nominations Sought for Section Leadership Positions

Do you know anyone who has what it takes to be a good Section leader? The Nominating Committee of the Section needs your recommendations for leadership positions for the 2017-2018 association year. Nominees will be selected for: Chair-elect (who automatically assumes the position of chair the following year); Secretary (who automatically assumes the position of vice chair the following year); Content Officer; two Section Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates; and five additional Council members for a four-year term expiring in 2021. The Nominating Committee will take into account the following principles in making its selections. It will: select nominees who have been substantial and active contributors to the Section; seek geographic diversity in the leadership of the Section; strive for representation from a broad cross-section of the areas of law represented in the Section; and seek to draw leaders from a broad cross-section of the various sectors of practice, including corporate law departments, government, academia and private law firms; and actively recruit nominees that reflect the diversity of the Section. Please send your nominations by email to susan.tobias@americanbar.org no later than November 18.

Question: Between November 2, 2015 and November 4, 2015, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 2,017 adults ages 18 and older on behalf of NerdWallet, Inc. to understand U.S. consumers’ credit card payment habits and feelings around different types of debt. The results of this study were published in the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study. According to the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, what percentage of U.S. adults would be more embarrassed to tell others about credit card debt than any other type of debt?
A. 10%
B. 35%
C. 55%
D. 90%

Question: From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, “debtors’ prisons” were commonplace with many cities and states operating brick-and-mortar detention facilities that were designed for incarcerating individuals who were unable or unwilling to pay their debts. Imprisonment for indebtedness was so commonplace that two signatories of the Declaration of Independence were jailed for failure to pay their debts. Can you name those two signatories?

The November issue of Business Law Today will focus on Nonprofits. Articles will range from the “Delaware Advantage” to nonprofit organizations needing nonprofit lawyers. In addition, other features include keeping pace with disruptive technological change, insurance bad faith recoveries, and constitutional issues in granting Americans a “Right to Dispute.”

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Business Law Section Fall Meeting
November 18-19, 2016
Washington, DC

Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 6-8, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Miscellaneous IT Related Legal News (MIRLN) 25 September - 15 October 2016 (v19.14)

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