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What participants need to know about Section 409A

October 15 2014 Most rational people don't want to know too much about tax law. Take, for example, an individual who participates in a nonqualified deferred…

SEC renews focus on insider trading in private company stock

December 20 2011 On December 12, 2011, the SEC announced an enforcement proceeding that serves as a useful reminder that the federal laws against insider trading and misrepresentation apply as forcefully to private companies purchasing stock from employees and other shareholders as they do in the public company setting.

Human Rights Campaign Releases its 2021 Corporate Equality Index Survey

June 26 2020 Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) opened its 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) Survey. The HRC is widely recognized as one of the nation’s…

Avoiding California’s property tax penalties

August 30 2011 California has long been a leader when it comes to imposing harsh tax penalties.

Confidentiality and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

January 10 2013 Pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act ("HSR"), transactions involving certain dollar amounts and/ or party size are prohibited from being consummated…

Migratory Bird Rule Update - the Biden Administration Delays Effective Date and Requests Public Comment

February 12 2021 Following up on our recent blog post regarding the uncertain future of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) rule published at the end of the Trump…

Trial Alert: VLSI Technologies v. Intel — Waco Weather Delays and Robust COVID-19 Protocols

February 12 2021 Jury selection was slated to begin today in the long-anticipated jury trial in the patent matter VLSI Technologies v. Intel in the Western District…

To Avoid PGR Eligibility Based on a Priority Application Filed Before the AIA’s Effective Date, the Priority Application Must Adequately Describe and Enable the Claims

February 12 2021 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v BASF Plant Science GMBH, PGR2020-00033, Paper 11 (P.T.A.B. September 10, 2020)…

It Is Improper To Read a Claim in a Grammatically Incorrect Way Simply To Include a Disclosed Embodiment

February 11 2021 SIMO Holdings Inc. v. Hong Kong uCloudlink Network Technology Ltd. et al., 19-2411 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 5, 2021) The patentee sued for infringement…

Preventing Plaintiffs From Circumventing Personal Jurisdiction Requirements Post-BMS

February 11 2021 In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), the Supreme Court restricted a Plaintiff’s ability to file suit…