Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Advertising, Consumers, and the New FTC Advertising Disclosure Guidelines

Is your firm up on the latest FTC guidelines governing online advertising and the proper consumer disclosures required by law?

It better be!

In 2000, the FTC issued its “Dot Com Disclosures,” disclosures interpreting advertising law for the online world. At that time, the guidelines focused mostly on display advertising. Nearly thirteen years have passed, and with it the emergence of entirely new technologies and platforms used by advertisers, marketers and communications companies every day, including Facebook, Twitter, and mobile devices. More…

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Regulation FD Applies to Disclosure made through Social Media Channels

On April 2, 2013, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a report of its investigation on whether Netflix, Inc. (“Netflix“) and its Chief Executive Officer, Reed Hastings (“Hastings“), violated Regulation FD and Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 when Hastings announced on his personal Facebook page on July 3, 2012, that Netflix had streamed 1 billion hours of content in the month of June. Though the SEC did not pursue enforcement action in the matter, it clarified in its report that Regulation FD applies to issuer communications and disclosures through social media channels, and that SEC’s Commission Guidance on the Use of Company Web Sites, Release No. 34-58288 (Aug. 7, 2008) (the “Guide“) also applies to corporate disclosures made through social media channels. The report also suggests that Regulation FD and the Guide apply to “push” technologies, such as email alerts and RSS feeds, and “interactive” communication tools, such as blogs.

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Do the Costs of Child Care Prevent Women from "Leaning In"?

by Andrea Calem

One important part of the evolving conversation about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, is the economic impact of child care on working women. This is particularly true for low- and middle-income women who are neither eligible for benefits afforded to those at the poverty level nor in a position to pay for acceptable full-time child care.

According to a 2010 report from the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, more than 11 million children under the age of five regularly spend time in some type of child-care setting every week because their mothers work—whether due to need or want (or both). The quality and cost of these facilities vary greatly; even where relatives provide the care, the cost is not necessarily free.

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General Counsel Panel: Separate from the Pack – a Recap Part I

Another of my all-time favorite conference sessions at LMA is always the client panel.  For me, the panel always makes the investment in the conference worth it, because I can impart what I learn from the GCs there to my lawyers, to help them to understand their own clients better, and that adds value for everyone.

This year’s client panel didn’t disappoint. It focused on best practices for building and maintaining your law firm’s relationship with in-house counsel and featured Megan Belcher, the VP and Chief Employment Counsel for ConAgra, Kevin Schubert, the Associate General Counsel, Transactions for LV Sands Corporation, Simon Manoucherian, the Assistance General Counsel/Director of Litigation GRIFOLS, and Karen Cottle, Senior Counsel for Sidley Austin and former in-house counsel. The panel was moderated by Inside Counsel magazine. 

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Lawyers challenge whiplash ‘propaganda’

Lawyers have welcomed a cross-party inquiry into whiplash claims, as news emerged that whiplash claims have fallen again in the last year.

“The Transport Committee inquiry finally presents a real chance to challenge hackneyed and groundless propaganda about whiplash-related injuries which has been promulgated by the insurance industry for far too long,” said Matthew Stockwell, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

“And it comes as a Freedom of Information request shows that whiplash claims in Britain fell again last year by nearly 60,000, bringing them to around the same level as in 2008/2009,” he added.

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