As you know, Davis & Gilbert produced our 2014/2015 Lessons Learned Practical Advice document, where our lawyers highlight major developments in the marketing communications industry, and offer tips and best practices for marketers and their agencies in 2015. To view the full 2014/2015 Lessons Learned Practical Advice document, click here. This week, I wanted to share with you the section I co-authored with Matt Smith on environmental marketing.
Monthly Archives: April 2015
Attendees at the Legal Marketing Association conference will normally shy away from any session that is entirely presented by service providers – but if that session is done by One North, they’re making a big mistake.
Not only are they always entertaining, but they assume the audience comes in with a high level understanding of the content to begin with (not always the case with all presenters, admittedly) and they deliver some solid food for thought.
In 2010, Joseph Romm, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and shared his findings about how certain provisions of the U.S. tax code inhibit cost-effective commercialization and deployment of clean, homegrown energy. Dr. Romm is well-respected and experienced in this area; during 1997, he was the acting assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and from 1995 to 1998, he was principal deputy assistant secretary.
At the time of his testimony, Dr. Romm noted that the country’s tax policy needed a comprehensive energy strategy. While barriers to clean energy still exist through all levels of government, certain cities and states are deploying their own tax policy in a way that encourages environmentally conscious conduct.
Members of House Subcommittee Express Support for the 340B Program, but Need for Clarity, Oversight and Transparency
On March 24, 2015, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee (the “Subcommittee”) held a 340B Program hearing with testimony from the Deputy Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”), the Director of the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (“OPA”) of HRSA, the Director of Health Care of the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), and Assistant Inspector General of the Office of Evaluation and Inspection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”).
3 Key Points in OSHA’s Final Rule Governing Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints Under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
On March 5, 2015, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) issued its “ Final Rule” establishing the procedures for handling retaliation complaints brought under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”). Section 806, as amended by Dodd-Frank, protects employees of publicly traded companies, as well as employees of contractors, subcontractors, and agents of publicly traded companies, from being retaliated against for reporting fraudulent activity or other violations of SEC rules and regulations. The Final Rule addresses the comments that OSHA received in response to its interim rule, issued in 2011, and sets forth the final procedures for retaliation claims under SOX, including the procedures and timeframes applicable to employee complaints and OSHA investigations. While the Final Rule does not differ substantively from the interim rule, it crystalizes the SOX whistleblower complaint procedures and reflects an increasingly whistleblower-friendly landscape.
On the second day of the LMA conference, I kept the client-related momentum going by heading straight into “Client Expectations in Today’s Marketplace” after the GC Panel. Presenting in the session were Laura Meherg and Nat Slavin of Wicker Park Group, and thanks to LMA, I can tell you:
Wicker Park Group consultants interview hundreds of clients each year on behalf of law firms located around the world. The interviewees include business owners, company executives and in-house counsel representing a wide range of industries. Taken together, the interviews offer unique insights into the essential expectations that build strong client relationships regardless of location, industry or client history.”
On 14 April 2015, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (“Tribunal”) rendered a ruling stating non-compliance of Article 96(1), Article 97 and Article 98 of the Polish Banking Act of 29 August 1997 (Journal of Laws of 2015, item 128, as amended) (“Banking Act”), i.e. the provisions on the Bank Enforcement Order (“BEO”), with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland (“Constitution”), Case File No. P 45/12 (/s/p-4512). According to the Tribunal, the abovementioned provisions violate the principle of equality under Article 32(1) of the Constitution. However, the Tribunal did not immediately repeal the challenged provisions so as not to interfere with banking transactions, and set a deadline (1 August 2016) for the legislator to enact new legislation in this respect. More…
All businesses have valuable intellectual property, not just “tech” focused businesses such as software developers or pharmaceutical companies. However advisers may need to translate for their clients what they mean in practical terms when they use the words “intellectual property”, in order for clients to appreciate its value and take steps to protect it. For example, instead of talking in terms of trade marks and copyright, a business owner might more readily recognise the value in their trading or product names, logos, manuals, systems, standard operating procedures and process instructions. Ideally this type of a conversation would be followed with a recommendation that the business conduct an “IP audit”. This will help a business to identify and prioritise assets for protection.
Join us for the final session in a three-part series on Business Succession Planning where we will focus on the most significant issues when preparing to sell or transfer your business.