China’s Internet Banking Industry Exploding: Can They Have Global Success? Can U.S. Companies Have Success in China? | 05-18-2017

China is now “the undoubted center of global fintech innovation and adoption.” That’s how it was phrased in a recent Ernst & Young / DBS Bank white paper , titled The Rise of fintech in China , which says they are “revolutionizing...

Corporate Ethics: Is Ethical Conduct on Your Checklist or in Your Corporate Mindset? | 05-18-2017

In one widely reported case, employees from a branch office in the U.S. told leadership at their European HQ that the company had been lying to federal regulators and falsifying information. Rather than choosing Door #1, that is, being aghast and...

Employment Rules & Regulations in the Trump Administration | 05-18-2017

By Stefani C. Schwartz Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLC Editor’s Note: Attorneys from law firms and corporations gathered for a legal education conference in Atlantic City in April 2017, the New Jersey town where now-President Donald...

The Future of Mandatory Arbitration Shock: Sides Square Off in Consumer Contracts and Employment Arenas | 05-18-2017

By Tom Hagy Mandatory arbitration clauses. Companies and employers love them. Consumers and employees don’t. The end. Or so some might wish. But there is much to this ubiquitous clause. There is the prickly matter of a gazillion consumer...

Alternative Fee Arrangements: The Antidote to the “‘Poisonous”’ Hourly Rate Paradigm? | 05-18-2017

This article is based on a presentation delivered at the Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum held on April 7, 2017, in Atlantic City. Mari Henry Leigh, a Chicago attorney and advisor on alternative fee arrangements, assembled and moderated the session....

3D Printing: The Next Disruptive Technology to Test Existing Law | 03-07-2017

Edited by: Colleen Davies, Partner, Reed Smith LLP Matthew Jacobson, Associate, Reed Smith LLP Lisa Baird, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP Farah Tabibkhoei, Associate, Reed Smith LLP Attention cyberphobics, robophobics and technophobics: You now have a...

As Lawsuits Accumulate, Will We See Clarifying ADA Website Regulations? | 03-07-2017

Contributors: Drew Rawl, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA Minh Vu, Seyfarth Shaw LLP There has been a “tsunami” of lawsuits against companies in which plaintiff attorneys claim websites do not accommodate people with disabilities. But are...

Self-Driving Cars Are Barreling Down the Innovation Highway | 03-07-2017

Edited by: Neil M. Sitron | Crowell & Moring, LLP Autonomous vehicles are coming fast and furious. The technology for autonomy is increasing at a rapid rate, with an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road with varying levels of autonomous...

Mediating Your Employment Dispute, Part II: Getting to a Resolution | 03-07-2017

Contributors: Miriam F. Clark, Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher Todd H. Girshon, Jackson Lewis Dina R. Jansenson JAMS *Michael E. Kreitman, Macy’s Law, not pictured We recently assembled a panel of professionals for a LexisNexis ® webinar who...

Actual Legal Questions Now Being Asked in Virtual Worlds | 03-07-2017

Contributors: Zachary S. Heck, Faruki Ireland Julian War, Hamlins Po Yi, Venable Jessica Borowick, Venable Andrew P. MacArthur, Venable Imagine an online virtual reality version of championship boxing, and that you are one of the boxers, well, an...

President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order in Critical Condition | 12-28-2016

One of President Obama’s signature measures, which was intended to improve the integrity of the government in contracting business and the workers’ environment, appears to be doomed. Hailed by labor and Democrats and derided by corporations...

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: It May Not Standardize Things, But It Does Give Companies a New Weapon in Global IP Wars | 12-28-2016

Everyone has a secret. This is true for companies, too, which means the newly enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) is something that will impact just about every U.S. company. Not all legal commentators think the law will meet its standardization...

A Robot May Not Harm Humanity, But a Poorly Trained “Rogue” Chatbot May Give You Legal or Business Headaches | 12-28-2016

Here is what one might call the “Laws of Robotics,” as stated by legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, in his science fiction collection, titled “ I, Robot ” : 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through...

Cyberattacks Can Bring Down Factories and Stop Hearts. So Now What? | 12-28-2016

Cyberattacks are most often associated with data breaches or data theft. It’s a big deal to us when our credit card information is stolen, our social security numbers are ripped off and someone pretends to be us as they tool around the country in...

SEC Enforcement Activity in 2017 Will Go From Breaking Records to [Insert Your Prediction Here] | 12-28-2016

As the state-by-state predictions are made on big election nights these days, the phrase “too close to call” is a common one. The same can be said for many aspects of enforcement policy and regulation for the nation’s financial markets...

Mediating Your Employment Dispute, Part I: Preparing To Do It Right | 12-28-2016

If the most important step in a journey is the first one, you want to be sure you’re planting your foot on solid ground and not in a hole that swallows your entire leg. We recently assembled a panel of folks for a LexisNexis ® webinar...

The Rise of Commercial Drones—Are Yours Insured? | 11-07-2016

By Kristin Casler, Featuring Vikki Stone of Poms & Associates By 2020, the U.S. is estimated to have more than 30,000 commercial drones with a total value of $80 billion. Companies involved in everything from pipeline surveying to movie making...

The Perennial Allure of Value-Based Fee Arrangements | 11-07-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Mari Henry Leigh of Legal Fee Solutions, LLC Many attorneys talk about Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) like they’re the odd cousins who periodically visit, unannounced and for an indefinite period of time....

10 Things You Might Regret Not Knowing—A Whistleblower Prep Plan | 11-07-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Susan Frank Divers of LRN Corp. Did you hear about the beer company that agreed in September to pay $6 million to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and charges it acted against the whistleblower who reported...

Caution: Read This Before Shaving Your Head—Mindfulness for Attorneys and Legal Executives | 11-07-2016

By Tom Hagy of HB Litigation Conferences It was hard not to feel weird. I was sitting silently on a folding chair with my eyes closed in the middle of 800 strangers in a Midtown Manhattan ballroom. But there I was, attending a conference on the...

Should You Do Your Own Jury Research? Deliberations Continue. | 11-07-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Dr. Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights and Dr. David Ball of Malekpour & Ball Some might argue that it is legal malpractice not to conduct jury research before heading to trial. These days, many clients expect...

Digital Client Communication: Great for Efficiency, Bad for Cases, Careers and Caterers | 11-07-2016

By Tom Hagy, featuring Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC The following reversal of fortune was inspired by actual events. In the crush of a frantic day, and in his excitement to share something big with his colleagues and client, he decides to...

Stalled Immigration Reform Leaves Workers and the Companies that Employ Them in Limbo | 08-16-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Amy Peck of Jackson Lewis When the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4 - 4 decision in United States v. Texas in June, it dashed not only the hopes of millions undocumented immigrants seeking legal status but those of businesses...

Ransomware: To Pay or Not To Pay | 08-16-2016

By Ondrej Krehel, CEO and Founder of LIFARS LLC Ransomware poses one of information security’s biggest threats, right alongside infamous data breaches and high-profile Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Ransomware. It’s a...

Getting in on the Election? Know your Options and the Rules. | 08-16-2016

By David Schultz, professor of political science at Hamline University and professor of law at the University of Minnesota. The regulatory environment regarding the rules that define the role that businesses can play in campaigns and elections has...

Early Jury Research—Discover What Jurors Want to Hear, Before You Build Your Case | 08-15-2016

By Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D., of Litigation Insights While celebrating the resolution of a recent case, the lead trial counsel commented that his only regret was not conducting the jury research earlier in the litigation. To his credit,...

Brexit—What About My IP? | 08-15-2016

By Lorna Brazell of Osborne Clarke The political implications of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) are enormous, but in practice many aspects of doing business in the UK will change only slightly, if at all. Progress toward...

Data Breach Defenses When Consumer Plaintiffs Come Knocking | 08-15-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring John A. Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group and Ronald Raether of Troutman Sanders LLP. With the near-daily news of data breaches large and small, it’s only natural for companies to focus...

Panama Papers—Implications for Organizations, Even Those Whose Names are Not on “The List” | 06-23-2016

By William Allison and Francesca Muscutt at DAC Beachcroft in London The hack of confidential data from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, in April has brought down world leaders and corporate executives and cast costly reputational risk...

Is Your IP China-Ready? | 06-23-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Randall Lewis of ConAgra Foods and Dan Harris of Harris Moure Doing business and protecting your intellectual property in China is about knowing the laws and regulations and the culture and politics. It is also about...

Creating a Culture of Enterprise Cybersecurity—Considering the Human Component | 06-22-2016

By Allen W. Batteau, Wayne State University As networks extend our ability to communicate widely, they expose businesses and governments to hackers, competitors, disgruntled co-workers and other predators. In America, the land of the techno...

2016 Anti-Bribery Cases—The Year of Internal Controls, Books & Records | 06-22-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Gregory Husisian of Foley & Lardner LLP and Michael Volkov of The Volkov Law Group LLC Years of robust federal enforcement have convinced most companies operating internationally to initiate policies that forbid...

Maintaining Privilege When You Wear Many Hats—Three Scenarios | 06-21-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring James A. Paone II of Davison Eastman & Muñoz P.A., Stephen Wagner of Cohen Tauber Spievack & Wagner P.C. and William Crosby of Interpublic Group. As corporate counsel, you wear many hats. Preserving the...

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Re-Tooled—The First Six Months | 06-21-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Jeffrey Sharer of Akerman LLP, David Yerich of UnitedHealth Group and Hon. Kristen L. Mix of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure overhaul took effect on Dec...

Hackers Snatching Executive Emails, Costing Companies Billions | 04-29-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Ondrej Krehel, LIFARS It goes like this. It’s a regular Tuesday. Things are humming along just fine. Someone you know from your HR department sends an email asking you to look over an attached spreadsheet. Or your...

eDiscovery—Should It Be In or Out? | 04-29-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Dominic Jaar of KPMG, Jonathan Sablone of Nixon Peabody and Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis As the volume of digital discovery surges, many organizations wonder which makes more sense: handle ediscovery in-house or farm...

Corporate Political Spending: Investors Demand Transparency | 04-29-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Susan Frank Divers of LRN Corporation. In an age when you are expected to put every detail of your life online for the world to see, it should be no surprise that corporate shareholders demand social media–like...

The Regulators Speak: What Breached Companies Can Do To Avoid The Government Radar | 04-29-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Ryan White, Assistant U.S. Attorney, California; TiTi Nguyen, Deputy Attorney General, California; and Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont. You’ve often heard, don’t sweat the small stuff. When...

Ten Things: Insurance Law Basics For In-House Counsel | 04-29-2016

By Sterling Miller, Senior Counsel with Hilgers Graben PLLC Looking back, I realize I spent a good amount of time working on insurance-related issues as in-house counsel. Sometimes it was helping the insurance team figure out what types of coverage...

Employment Discrimination Investigations: Getting the Nitty-Gritty Details Right | 04-29-2016

By Kristin Casler, featuring Yamilet Hurtado of K&L Gates, Sharon Apple of Nestlé Nutrition North America, and Matthew A. Goodin of Epstein, Becker & Green. Whether you are new to employment discrimination investigations or are a...