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Porter Wright launches Antitrust Law Source

We wanted to take a moment to announce our newest endeavor, Antitrust Law Source. Antitrust Law Source is a new site designed for visitors to quickly and easily learn about developments in this growing arena. The site will focus primarily on news and legal updates related to antitrust in a podcasting format. The podcasts will feature a variety of insights, educational offerings, discussions and interviews with thought leaders across a variety of industries.

The site is prepared by members of our firm’s Antitrust Practice Group and will feature news and information on a range of areas, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Civil litigation
  • Compliance programs/audits
  • Consumer protection
  • Criminal and civil government enforcement
  • Distribution, pricing and promotional allowance programs
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual property/Technology
  • International issues
  • Legislative matters
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Privacy and data security

We encourage you to share your thoughts with us.…

Keeping up with the dot-anythings

For the past several weeks, our colleagues at Technology Law Source have been working hard to keep readers apprised of developments related to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. This program, which is essentially redefining the face of the Internet, is likely to impact any business — or, indeed, any entity — with a web presence. If you haven’t been able to keep up with the hundreds of gTLDs already delegated this year, download this hot-off-the-press e-book: Protecting Your Brand in a New gTLD World.

You also may want to subscribe to Technology Law Source (use the “Subscribe by email” prompt in the left column of the site) to receive weekly updates about the evolution of the gTLD program and the dot-anythings launching each month.


Porter Wright to hold roundtable about “friend of the court” briefs

From time to time we share news about educational opportunities that may be of interest to our subscribers. Members of Porter Wright’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice will hold a roundtable April 8 to discuss the benefits of amicus advocacy before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Too often, the Ohio Supreme Court decides issues that affect an industry statewide without first hearing from the industry itself. Trade associations and companies can address this issue by filing “friend of the court” briefs. To learn more about how your organization can be part of this process, join Kathleen Trafford, Brad Hughes and Dennis Hirsch for a breakfast briefing. Using a roundtable format, they plan to cover the benefits of amicus advocacy, strategies for effective amicus advocacy and the rules governing “friend of the court” briefs.

Schedule Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. — Registration and breakfast 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. — Roundtable discussion

Location Porter Wright 41 S. High St., 29th Floor Columbus, OH 43215

Register online  for this complimentary event.…

Hurricane Sandy

Our thoughts are with all impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  If you are looking for ways to help those in need in the aftermath of the storm, here are some ideas to get you started.…

Happy Fifth Anniversary!

Today marks the fifth anniversary for our Federal Securities Law Blog.  We look forward to providing many more years of content on federal securities laws, news, and developments.  Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of our Blog.…

Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition

Each spring, Fordham University School of Law hosts the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition. Held in honor of Chief Judge Kaufman, a Fordham Alumnus who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Kaufman Competition has a rich tradition of bringing together complex securities law issues, talented student advocates, and top legal minds.

The Kaufman Competition will take place March 23-25, 2012. The esteemed final round panel includes Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the Tenth Circuit; Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, of the Ninth Circuit; Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the Sixth Circuit; Judge Richard A. Posner, of the Seventh Circuit; Judge Jane Richards Roth, of the Third Circuit; and Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Kaufman Competition is currently soliciting practitioners and academics to judge oral argument rounds and grade competition briefs. No securities law experience is required to participate and CLE credit is available.

Information about the Kaufman Competition and an online Judge Registration Form is available on its website, www.law.fordham.edu/kaufman. Please contact Michael A. Kitson, Kaufman Editor, at KaufmanMC@law.fordham.edu or (212) 636-6882 with any questions.  …

Porter Wright E-Book on Insider Trading Issues Now Available

The Federal Securities Law Blog is pleased to announce its second e-Book: "Insider Trading: A Look At Some Of The Key Civil And Criminal Cases In 2011."

The last few years have seen a remarkable number of insider trading cases brought by both the SEC and federal prosecutors. In the criminal cases, many Wall Street professionals and lawyers who have been very successful will now spend years in prison. On the civil side, the SEC has pursued defendants very aggressively, although in some cases, where the defendants have had the ability to fight back, they have vigorously defended themselves. This eBook will focus on several of these cases, the events in 2011 and discuss some of the trends that have developed.

First, we will look at the criminal cases by focusing on some of the Galleon Management and the "Expert Network" cases as examples where the prosecutors pursued, tried and convicted significant Wall Street players. We also will consider the cases involving Rajat Gupta (who was also part of the Galleon Management circle) including the administrative case against him, his suit against the SEC in federal court, the dismissal of both of those actions and the subsequent indictment and civil suit against him. Finally, we will examine the recent events in the SEC’s case against Mark Cuban, which is worth watching closely because he has fought the SEC every step of the way, raising a number of theories and utilizing different tactics.

The e-book is available here.…

LexisNexis Nominates Federal Securities Law Blog Report for the Top 25 Business Law Blogs of 2011 – Please Vote!

LexisNexis has selected the Federal Securities Law Blog as a nominee for its the Top 25 Business Law Blogs of 2011. To narrow down to its final list of 25 honorees, LexisNexis is seeking feedback and input from the online community. If you find our Blog useful and informative, we would appreciate your "vote" of support – as well as for those other blogs that you enjoy. To view the article listing us as well as other nominees, click here. To vote, you need to be a registered Community member of LexisNexis (click here for free registration) and be logged in. To vote, you then need to enter a comment to its article.

We appreciate your support of our blog!…

Porter Wright E-Book on FCPA Developments Now Available

The Federal Securities Law Blog is pleased to announce its first e-Book: The "New Era" of FCPA Enforcement and How Defendants Are Fighting Back.

The e-Book discusses recent developments in three FCPA cases being litigated: the Lindsey Manufacturing case, the Carson case (both pending in California) and the "Shot Show" or FCPA Sting case (tried in federal court in D.C.). The e-Book focuses on the tactics and arguments being used by both the prosecution and the defense team in those cases.

The e-book is available here.…

Porter Wright Launches Employee Benefits Blog

The Federal Securities Law Blog is pleased to share with you the launching of Porter Wright’s latest blog – Employee Benefits Law Report – which we have created as a resource to help guide employers of all sizes through the complex administrative and legal challenges facing their employee benefit plans.

This blog – edited by my partners Ann Caresani and Rich Helmreich – will provide the latest information in a wide range of areas related to Employee Benefits including:

  • ERISA and employee benefits litigation
  • Health care reform
  • Retirement plans
  • Audits and correction
  • Benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)
  • ERISA fiduciary compliance
  • Health and Welfare Plans
  • Nonqualified Deferred Compensation/Executive Compensation
  • Tax-exempt/government employers

If you would like to subscribe to Employee Benefits Law Report and receive e-mails regarding blog updates, please visit the blog and enter your e-mail address. Alternatively, you may add www.employeebenefitslawreport.com to your RSS/XML feedreader.…

Chambers USA 2010 Ranks Porter Wright Among Leading Corporate/M&A practices in Ohio

We are pleased to share with our Federal & Securities Law Report friends that Chambers USA has ranked Porter Wright’s Corporate/M&A practice among the leading practices in Ohio in their most recent report.

To read about our review, please click here:

Corporate/M&A – Ohio


Chambers USA also ranked three of our attorneys individually for their experience and reputation in Corporate/M&A Law.

Curtis Loveland – Corporate/M&A – Ohio Theodore D Grosser – Corporate/M&A  –Ohio Mark Koogler – Corporate/M&A – Ohio

Which Firm is Ranked Among 30 Elite Law Firms Nationally For Superior Client Service in BTI Survey?

Porter Wright is deeply honored to be ranked among the 30 elite firms in the country when it comes to client service.  In a national survey of in-house counsel at Fortune 1000 companies conducted by The BTI Consulting Group (BTI), Porter Wright ranked 22 out of 505 core firms named by in-house counsel.

Porter Wright was honored as a “Leader of the Best” when it comes to advising clients on business issues. According to the report, “Porter Wright differentiates itself with clients by translating legalese into business speak — a key method to prove your commitment to help clients.” The report also cites specific comments from corporate counsel about Porter Wright’s commitment to client service, specifically, “They know our business and us. They have skilled people in a number of areas critical to our business.”

Based out of Boston, BTI is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. BTI’s analysis draws on candid feedback from 240 corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies to determine which law firms among 505 core firms nationally top the charts in client service. Corporate counsel ranked Porter Wright among the best in the country in 14 areas:

  1. Anticipates the Client’s Needs
  2. Breadth of Services
  3. Brings Together National Resources
  4. Commitment to Help
  5. Deals with Unexpected Changes
  6. Helps Advise on Business Issues
  7. International Capability
  8. Keeps Clients Informed
  9. Legal Skills
  10. Meets Scope and Budget
  11. Provides Value for the Dollar
  12. Quality Products
  13. Understands the Client’s Business
  14. Unprompted Communication

Click here for more information about this survey.