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1. Free Friday Is Feeling Social

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

At the free on-demand presentation of Hot Issues in Social Media, taken from Communications Law in the Digital Age 2014, find out what can be learned from Courtney Love's latest "Twibel" suit, which states have enacted new court rules permitting tweeting and live-blogging from the courtroom, how the opinion privilege is changing in a new world of hyperlinks, and more.


2. SEC clears way for small companies to raise money

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission has unanimously approved a rule for small companies to raise up to $50 million through mini public offerings, which are less regulated. State regulators and others are concerned that the offerings could lead to fraud. Businesses, however, say the change facilitates their ability to create jobs. Bloomberg (03/25) ThinkAdvisor (03/25)


3. Dodd-Frank changes move to full House

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

The House Financial Services Committee has approved 11 Dodd-Frank Act reform measures, several of which would affect smaller lenders and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Democrats on the panel largely supported the changes but expressed concern that the reform measures could snowball to Wall Street banks. Hill, The (03/26)


4. You'd be foolish to neglect physical fitness

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Young people can seemingly get away with working longer hours and sacrificing exercise, but the long-term effects -- physiologically, mentally and financially -- are too obvious to ignore, Michael Hyatt argues. "Skipping exercise to work or play is like trying to increase your checking account by starving your retirement fund. It doesn't actually work. We're just redistributing pleasure and pain -- more pleasure now, more pain later," he writes. MichaelHyatt.com (03/23)


5. Judge backs $970.5 million AIG shareholder settlement

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

A federal judge in New York gave final approval Friday to a $970.5 million settlement to resolve claims by American International Group shareholders that they were misled about the firm's subprime-mortgage exposure. It's the largest shareholder class action settlement without criminal or regulatory enforcement actions, the plaintiffs' lawyers say. AIG said it was pleased with the outcome. Reuters (03/21)


6. Judge gives preliminary OK to Target data-breach settlement

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

A proposed $10 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit by Target customers over a 2013 data breach has gained a federal judge's preliminary approval. Plaintiffs could receive as much as $10,000 each. The final hearing on the settlement is scheduled for November. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/19)


7. To climb the ladder, try saying "no"

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Rising through the ranks isn't easy, especially for a woman, says Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert. To get to where you deserve to be, you'll sometimes need to be prepared to push back or take the initiative. "Sometimes when you say no, you think you're taking a risk; but you're also taking a risk if you don't say it," Engelbert says. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (03/20)


8. Supreme Court clarifies role of opinions in securities registrations

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

In a case brought by a pension fund, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that if an honestly made opinion in a securities registration turned out to be incorrect, it isn't enough to authorize a lawsuit seeking damages. The court also said an opinion not honestly held or that omits material facts can be the basis for a valid claim. Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (03/24)


9. JOBS Act rules might be done this year, SEC's White says

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Rule-making for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act might be finished this year, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Mary Jo White told the House Financial Services Committee. Writing rules that are workable and also carry out statutory requirements is turning out to be more complex than expected, she said. Market News International (03/24)


10. Territorial tax code wouldn't stem inversions, professor says

PLI SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Moving the country to a territorial tax system wouldn't prevent corporations from moving overseas and could cause the U.S. to lose tax revenue, according to a paper by Eric Talley, a law and economics professor at the University of California at Berkeley. A better way to stop the exodus of U.S. companies would be to change securities laws, he argues. CFO.com (03/24)




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