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February 13, 2013
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  Corporate Spotlight 
  • U.S. reportedly examines 2 U.K. interdealer brokers over Libor
    The U.S. Justice Department and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are investigating U.K. interdealer brokers ICAP and R.P. Martin Holdings regarding their possible role in manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, sources say. Neither firm has been accused of wrongdoing. ICAP is also being questioned by the U.K. Financial Services Authority. Reuters (2/12), The Wall Street Journal (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative Dispatch 
  • House panel plans to review Dodd-Frank implementation
    The House Financial Services Committee will review how the Dodd-Frank Act is being implemented, according to a draft agenda. "The Committee will seek to ensure that regulators carefully and transparently assess the costs and benefits of regulations called for by the Dodd-Frank Act," committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling says in the document. The agenda also includes discussion of changing or ending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's charters, and a review of government oversight of over-the-counter derivatives. Democrats on the committee are expected to resist what they perceive to be a watering down of Dodd-Frank. Reuters (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Employment Focus 
  • Breach notification is part of new HIPAA rules
    Health-plan sponsors must meet tougher standards for notifying participants of possible security breaches under new federal medical-privacy rules. "Start pulling together privacy notices, business associates agreements and plan documents for review and amendment. Review your security practices to avoid even accidental breaches," Keith McMurdy writes. Employee Benefits Legal Blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Fertilizer-chemical producers settle antitrust case
    Defendants have settled for a total of about $110 million in an antitrust case involving potash, an important ingredient in fertilizers. The case involved allegations that potash producers attempted to keep prices up by restricting production, according to Bruce Simon, a partner at Pearson, Simon, Warshaw & Penny. The complaint had been upheld by an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last summer. The National Law Journal (free registration) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Other Legal News 
  • Entry-level hiring weakens at law firms
    Entry-level hiring is continuing its decline at law firms, according to data from the National Association for Law Placement. On average, firms extended fewer summer associate offers to 2Ls, the data show. "Multiple experts have made the case that the legal market is not likely to return to pre-2007 levels, and the recruiting environment [reflects] that reality," said Jim Leipold, NALP's executive director. The National Law Journal (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • How to create your own opportunities
    Don't ask for an assignment, or worse, wait for one; simply get started on something that interests you, Erin Palmer writes. "Successful results speak much louder than just insisting you can do the job," she writes. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  PLI News 
  • Developments in Del. Case Law Regarding the Use and Disclosure of Projections
    The Feb. 19 audio briefing Preparing and Disclosing Financial Projections in Public M&A will discuss the basics of preparing and disclosing financial projections in public mergers and acquisitions transactions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The SEC Speaks in 2013
    Over the past year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been engaged in a broad range of rulemaking projects and other initiatives to implement the newly enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Hear from the chairman, commissioners and senior staff about the SEC's initiatives and priorities at this notable annual program, taking place in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22 to 23. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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