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SEC Looks To Eliminate Fraud In Trading Shares Of 'Shell' Corporations

All the Securities and Exchange Commission wants to do is eliminate a hotbed of fraud arising from trading shares of "shell corporations." You might think that such an admirable task would be universally endorsed. You would be wrong. "Shell" corporations ...

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Tips On Buying IP Assets Out Of Distressed Situations

A company needing specific intellectual property to round out its product or define its market has two options – build it or buy it. The first option can prove costly and slow. The second option can be much faster and ...

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Quattrone Conviction Shows Why Effective Records Retention Policy Is A Must

On May 4, investment banker Frank Quattrone was convicted of obstructing a grand jury investigation, obstructing SEC investigators and witness tampering. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and $500,000 in fines. Quattrone’s crime? Forwarding an e-mail ...

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The New 8-K Disclosure Rules Are Far-Reaching

For those who cannot sleep at night as they wrestle with securities disclosure issues (and I know from experience that this is not a farfetched scenario), the Security and Exchange Commission’s new 8-K rules offer no cure for insomniacs. The ...

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Mixing Business And Legal Advice Can Waive Attorney-Client Privilege

Attorney-client privilege is one of those issues we all think we know about, but we really don’t. That may be a little harsh. Maybe the more accurate description is that we often know just enough to be dangerous. Let me ...

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Counsel Urged To Audit Workforce To Prepare For New Overtime Regs

In-house lawyers must make sure their companies conduct a comprehensive audit of their job descriptions, classifications and pay policies in anticipation of the Aug. 23 effective date of sweeping new overtime regulations, experts tell New England In-House. Equally important as ...

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New Overtime Rules 'Cheat Sheet'

The following summarizes the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that will go into effect Aug. 23. The Act establishes the federal minimum wage (currently $5.15 per hour) and requires the payment of overtime at 1.5 times the regular rate of ...

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Former GC Parlays International Ties, Experience Into Dynamic Cross-Border Transactional Practice

Sven Riethmueller has a unique advantage over some of his American counterparts when it comes to representing international clients. As a native of Germany with an American education and address, and with experience as in-house counsel and as outside counsel ...

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Sharing Information With Auditors Could Increase Risk Of Waiving Privileges

In a post-Sarbanes-Oxley world it might seem that a company can never disclose too much to its auditors. Unfortunately, caution must be exercised when sharing information with auditors to avoid waiving legal privileges. Courts have long recognized that when accountants ...

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