Stephen Crimmins’ 2013 CBLR article Insider Trading: Where is the Line? was cited by The Economist this week in an article concerning enforcement agencies’ successes in prosecuting insider trading. Crimmins’ piece concerns potential enhancements to the SEC and DOJ’s enforcement programs in the face of uncertain standards for liability. The Economist‘s piece can be accessed here.
On February 14, Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced that they had reached a merger agreement that would allow Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. The deal came largely as a surprise, since Time Warner Cable had been the target of a highly public hostile takeover effort by Charter Communications Inc. The deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable would bring together the two largest cable providers in the country and form a combined company with […] (More →)
Dewey and LeBoeuf, the former prominent New York law firm, has found its name plastered across multiple news outlets once again. The firm’s former chairman, executive director, chief financial officer, and client relations manager have all been charged by Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., in a 106-count indictment alleging, among other things, that each was engaged in a pattern of grand larceny, securities fraud, and falsifying business records. The SEC has also filed its own separate civil suit connected […] (More →)
Broadcasters have just won their first major victory in their ongoing copyright infringement litigation against online TV provider Aereo. On February 19, Utah District Court Judge Dale Kimball issued a preliminary injunction against Aereo applicable throughout the 10th Circuit’s six-state jurisdiction. The 10th Circuit subsequently declined to stay the injunction, and Aereo shut down in the Denver and Salt Lake City markets on March 8th. This decision is the latest skirmish in a nationwide legal battle that will culminate when […] (More →)
The SEC Goes to Hollywood: The Implications of Securities Regulations for Equity Crowdfunding of Creative Projects
On March 14, 2014, Warner Bros. will release the Veronica Mars movie for both theater and home viewing. The film is based on the eponymous television series that the CW cancelled in 2007 after only three seasons, and Kristen Bell returns in the title role as a former teenage detective who has since graduated from our very own Columbia Law School. Despite its short run, the series had developed a cultlike following, and fans (known as “Marshmallows”) were devastated by […] (More →)
Terms of the Deal For years, Comcast and Time Warner Cable subscribers competed in a game of “Who has it worse?” swapping tales of exorbitant prices, dropped services, missed appointments, and hours spent on the phone to remedy a full spectrum of cable and internet plights. Now, subscribers can truly commiserate together: last month, the two largest television providers in the country (and, incidentally, the two lowest ranked in terms of consumer satisfaction) agreed to Comcast’s mammoth $45.2 billion acquisition […] (More →)
Can a for-profit corporation deny employee health coverage of contraceptives, to which employees are otherwise entitled under federal law, due to religious objections by the corporation’s owners? On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court will answer this question when it hears arguments from Hobby Lobby (an arts-and-crafts chain) and Conestoga Wood (a wood manufacturer). These two companies have challenged the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement that employer health plans cover the full range of Food […] (More →)
Not-for-profit corporations provide an array of beneficial social services in virtually every sector imaginable, but these valuable organizations perpetually face the danger of being underfunded. In particular, non-profits struggle to convince donors to give sufficient amounts for the organization’s overhead expenses, as result-driven donors feel less passionate about funding an organization’s electricity bill than about helping support those activities that more directly affect a non-profit’s beneficiaries. Moreover, these organizations have increasingly been the victims of government spending cuts, rendering what […] (More →)
CBLR staff member Daniel Sockwell’s blog post, “Writing a Brief for the iPad Judge,” has become a hit, widely cited by legal bloggers, notably The Volokh Conspiracy. In his piece, Daniel discussed how lawyers should alter their format and style for the benefit of judges who read briefs in tablet format. Daniel’s blog post has also been discussed by The Researching Paralegal, Simple Justice (a criminal defense blog), At Counsel Table, and The Center for Innovative Justice and Technology. We […] (More →)
On Friday, February 28, 2014, Mt. Gox, one of the largest-volume Bitcoin exchanges in the world, shut down and filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo. Once the most favored place to buy Bitcoins, Mt. Gox stated that it most likely had lost 750,000 of its own customers’ Bitcoin holdings and more than 100,000 of its own coins, totaling over $470 million. The steady erosion of faith in the Bitcoin community dealt the final blow to Mt. Gox, which had already been […] (More →)
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