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February 8, 2013
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Legal News in Brief

  Corporate Spotlight 
  • Major ratings agencies face N.Y. investigation, source says
    Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings are facing an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a source says. Schneiderman's move follows a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against S&P over its rating of mortgage bonds before the global financial crisis. The Justice Department's decision to sue S&P and not other rating agencies has prompted questions and speculation among investors and other market participants. Reuters (2/7), Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FINRA concedes RIAs will remain beyond its purview
    After repeated attempts, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has concluded that the House Financial Services Committee is not going to expand FINRA's powers to include oversight of registered investment advisers. "I'm not a big believer in beating a head against the wall. We'll focus on things we can impact," FINRA CEO Richard Ketchum said. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  National News 
  Legislative Dispatch 
  • Senate panel sets hearing to check Dodd-Frank progress
    Next week, the Senate banking committee will hear from seven regulatory officials on their progress in instituting Dodd-Frank Act rules. Elisse Walter, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are among those scheduled to testify. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Employment Focus 
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Ruling goes against Cisco in counterattack on "patent trolls"
    A legal challenge by Cisco Systems to a campaign by a patent-licensing firm suffered a setback when a federal judge in Chicago ruled that aggressive patent claims are protected by the First Amendment. Innovatio IP Ventures was legally entitled to send out 8,000 letters to Cisco, Motorola Solutions and Netgear customers, claiming that they may be violating Innovatio's patents, U.S. District Judge James Holderman decided. The Wall Street Journal (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • Your best collaborators are people you dislike
    It can be a good idea to work with someone you hate because that person is sure to offer a different perspective that will help you learn something, and you won't be distracted with too much socializing, Suzanne Lucas writes. "If your relationship is purely business, if it's not working out, it's easier to part ways ... [T]he stress reduction from having purely business relationships is tremendous," she writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Evil HR Lady blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 ways to adapt to a new work scenario
    When starting a new work schedule, don't try to take on too much in the beginning, and look for ways to set priorities and ask for help, Debra Auerbach writes. It's also a good idea to do a dry run in the weeks preceding your launch date so your body can adjust to a new morning routine. The Work Buzz (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • The Impact of the HITECH Requirements
    After waiting for almost four years, the Department of Health and Human Services has now released its "Omnibus" final regulation implementing the HITECH requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The Feb. 8 audio briefing Making Sense of the New HIPAA/HITECH Era will provide an overview of the key changes, identify the primary compliance challenges and identify the most significant new obligations stemming from these rules. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
--Woodrow Wilson,
28th U.S. president

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