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HTMLSEC Issues "Pay-to-Play" Penalty to Investment Adviser
Kirk L. Jowers, Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson; Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
Private equity firm TL Ventures Inc. agreed last week to settle Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") charges that it violated "pay-to-play" rules, in what the agency said was the first pay-to-play case against an investment adviser. TL Ventures, as part of the settlement,...

 

HTMLCalifornia Department of Water Resources Releases Draft 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines
Sophie A. Akins, Kelsey R. Blegen; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 28, 2014
The California Department of Water Resources has released a draft of its 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package. The Water-Energy Grant Program funds residential, commercial and institutional water-efficiency projects that reduce water and energy use and...

 

Adobe PDFSTOCK Act Update: SEC Confirms Criminal and Civil Investigations of Potential STOCK Act Violation; Moves to Enforce Subpoena to Congressional Committee and Staffer
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
A recent SEC court filing confirmed the existence of enforcement investigations into a potential violation of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act. In a subpoena enforcement action filed against the House Ways and Means Committee and the staff director of its Health Subcommittee,...

 

Adobe PDFGovernment of Canada Announces Significant Overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
Brian Dingle, Adam Pennell; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2014
On June 20, 2014, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced a comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

 

HTMLFirst Amendment Protects Public Employees for Sworn Testimony Given Outside Scope of Regular Job Duties on Matters of Public Concern
William E. Robinson; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
The First Amendment protects a public employee from adverse employment action taken in retaliation for providing truthful sworn testimony, compelled by subpoena, outside the course of the employee’s ordinary job responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision.

 

HTMLFourth Circuit Rules Whistleblower Failed to Show Disclosures Were a Contributing Factor to His Firing
Bryan B. House, Pamela L. Johnston, Courtney Worcester; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
In Feldman v. Law Enforcement Associates Corporation, No. 13-1849, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8833 (4th Cir. May 12, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concluded that a whistleblower, Paul Feldman, failed to demonstrate that his disclosures of alleged company wrongdoing were...

 

Adobe PDFAPPR Common Core Legislation
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
Given the recent outcry with regard to the Common Core rollout, the New York State Legislature recently adopted a bill temporarily altering how scores on Common-Core aligned State assessments will be factored into calculating teacher and principal Annual Professional Performance Review ratings....

 

HTMLDistrict Court Distinguishes Lawson v. FMR LLC and Dismisses Complaint
Bryan B. House, Pamela L. Johnston, Courtney Worcester; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
After the United State Supreme Court’s plaintiff-friendly decision in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S.Ct. 1158 (Mar. 4, 2014), we wrote regarding the “limiting principles” that the Supreme Court said might be applied in the future in interpreting Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of...

 

HTMLOfficers Must Obtain Warrant to Access Data on Arrestee's Mobile Phone Device
Tamara Bogosian, Paul A. Cappitelli, G. Ross Trindle; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
Overview: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that police officers may not search digital information on a mobile phone device seized from a person who has been arrested without a warrant. In Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie, the Court declined to extend the warrantless search of a person...

 

HTMLAlaska LNG Project Enters Phase to Design and Develop Alaska Gasline
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014
The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and TransCanada have signed an agreement to begin the next phase of the Alaska LNG Project. During this phase, the parties will design and develop a gasline for the transportation of LNG. The Alaska LNG Project will now...

 


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