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HTMLInvestors Should be Wary of "Happiness Letters"
John J. Cronan, Sigmund D. Schutz; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on January 9, 2015
As the Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig recently cautioned, "If you get a 'happiness letter' from your brokerage firm . . . be worried."

 

HTMLCrowdfunding -- Less Useful and More Risky?
John J. Cronan, Sigmund D. Schutz; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
It's great that Maine and about fifteen other States are making it easier for startups to raise money by authorizing crowdfunding -- an online money-raising strategy that may be a way of assisting small businesses and start-ups looking for investment capital to get their ventures off the ground.

 

HTMLWhite House: "Conflicted Advice Leads to Large and Economically Meaningful Costs for Americans' Retirement Savings."
John J. Cronan, Sigmund D. Schutz; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
In a report issued in February 2015 the White House concluded that conflicted investment advice harms investors to the tune of billions of dollars. The White House estimates losses at between $8 billion and $17 billion or between 1 percent and 0.5 percent of the $1.7 trillion dollars of IRA assets...

 

HTMLHas the New Patent Act Created a Mechanism for Investment Firms to Dramatically Alter the Value of Their Investments?
Michael Martinez, Brian W. Nolan; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created procedural vehicles for new market participants, such as investment firms, to challenge patents. These procedural vehicles include inter partes review (“IPR”) and post-grant review (“PGR”). Recent use of these procedures by...

 

HTMLArbitration Award Stands Despite Apparent Error of Law
Stanley A. Martin; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
A federal appellate court has reminded the business community that a mistake of law by an arbitration panel will not ordinarily be grounds to overturn the award. The arbitration concerned a terminated financial services consultant, who filed for arbitration almost two years after the termination....

 

HTMLLance Armstrong’s Perjured Doping Testimony Earns Him a $10 Million Sanction in Arbitration
Haley Fowler Gregory; Butler Snow LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
Recently, Lance Armstrong attracted national attention when an arbitration panel in Texas ordered him to pay $10 million in sanctions to a promotions company for lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs to win the 2004 Tour de France. Sanctions, especially of this type and magnitude, are...

 

HTMLSummary Judgment Applications in Alberta: Court of Appeal Indicates Appeals from Denials Will Be Difficult to Establish
Melissa Tennison; Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
The Alberta Court of Appeal in its recent decision, 776826 Alberta Ltd. v. Ostrowercha, 2015 ABCA 49, discussed the recent changes to the direction of the law on summary judgment applications. It confirmed that the decision of the Trial Judge as to whether or not summary judgment is a fair and...

 

HTMLBritish Columbia's Pioneering Civil Resolution Tribunal
Barbara Murray, Talya Nemetz-Sinchein; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015
In 2015, British Columbia will introduce a Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT), the first on-line dispute resolution and adjudicative body in Canada. The CRT is designed to transform civil and administrative dispute resolution in B.C. from the current system to, as the provincial government’s...

 

HTMLPursuit of Compensation by Injured Employees Under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act; Scope of Alabama State Board of Pharmacy's Authority
Arthur S. Richey; Sirote Permutt P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
In this week's Alabama Law Weekly Update, we report on two decisions from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals: The first concerns an employee's attempt to receive workers' compensation for injuries sustained at her site of employment and the second addresses the scope of the Alabama State Board of...

 

HTMLPermissibility of Fees Under RESPA; Scope of Liability for Improper Filing:
Cullen J. Brown; Sirote & Permutt, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
In this week's Alabama Law Weekly Update we review two opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The first case concerns the permissibility of certain fees charged by a title agency under RESPA. The second case, which is a case of first impression in the Eleventh...

 


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