August 31, 2011

Inside Business Law

Spotlight on the Corporate Counsel Committee

Whether you practice as in-house counsel or outside counsel, the publications from the Corporate Counsel Committee are a fantastic resource. Check out the latest content from the Corporate Counsel's August 2011 newsletter:

  • Are you familiar with the most sweeping putative employment discrimination class action in history? Doug Christensen, Zeb Curtin, and Courtney DaCosta analyze the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, et al.
  • Does your business law practice deal with antitrust issues? The Federal Trade Commission recently announced major changes to the disclosure requirements for Hart-Scott-Rodino notification rules. This article provides a helpful summary of the most significant of these changes.
  • In May, a former GlaxoSmithKline in-house counsel was acquitted on charges for obstructing a Food and Drug Administration investigation. Here are the lessons every in-house counsel should learn from this case.
  • The Dodd-Frank Act has been touted as the most sweeping change to financial regulation in the United States since the Great Depression. Learn how the Dodd-Frank Act impacts specific industries, entities, and transactions in this thorough memorandum on the topic.

Focus on Bankruptcy Law

Check out the dynamic content from the Business Bankruptcy Committee's most recent newsletter covering a wide range of bankruptcy law topics.

  • In June, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Stern v. Marshall, the legal dispute involving Anna Nicole Smith and her late husband's estate. Sarah Pugh and Cary Hansing provide insightful analysis in their article which discusses the enduring effect the case will have on the practice of bankruptcy law.
  • Sometimes unsecured creditors in a bankruptcy matter make unusual arguments in an attempt to participate in distributions of the debtor's assets. Check out Shane Lynch's article which examines whether electricity is a "good" under 503(b)(9).
  • Private litigants face many difficulties when trying to obtain discovery from a bank through which a financial fraud was perpetrated. This article provides practice tips for lawyers representing these private litigants, which oftentimes are receivers or bankruptcy trustees appointed to recover assets.
  • Learn about the new developments regarding contingent environmental bankruptcy claims and Section 502(e)(1)(B) of the Bankruptcy Code in this interesting article.
  • For recently proposed and enacted legislation relating to bankruptcy law, check out the various updates from the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee.


The Latest on Cyberspace Law

  • Do your clients collect or possess personal information or protected health information? If so, this article which summarizes a recent case on the topic is worth reading as states are now more actively enforcing their privacy and data breach laws
  • Problems can arise in license grants where the boundaries of the grant of rights are blurry. Check out this article from experienced counsel.
  • Learn how the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has combined with HIPAA to form a strong statutory foundation for organizations handling health care information in this article.
  • Who owns your domain name? Alan S. Wernick answers that question in this article.