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GDLSK ALERT: FTC Issues $1.26 Million in Penalties for Mislabeling Rayon Textiles as Bamboo

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that $1.26 million in penalties will be paid collectively by four national retailers to settle charges that the companies mislabeled various textile products. According to the FTC, the products were labeled and advertised as made of bamboo, when in fact such products were made of rayon, resulting in a violation of the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and the FTC’s textile rules. The FTC alleges that these companies continued to...
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Webcast RECORDING: The JOBS Act and Its Impact on Capital-Raising

Courtesy of EACCNY Founding Member Pepper Hamilton, LLP The recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) brings a new economic environment for investors raising countless questions regarding its impact on capital formation, IPOs and securities offerings, early stage fundraising (including "Crowdfunding"), new regulatory frameworks and private equity and traditional investments. This webcast covered many of the most critical issues surrounding the JOBS Act affecting small, mid-cap and larger companies. The panel of thought leaders shared their expert opinions and...
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Pepper Hamilton Tax Alert Fiscal Cliff Tax Changes

On New Year's Day 2013, the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the Act) was enacted to avoid the impact of automatic "fiscal cliff" tax increases. The Act, effective January 1, 2013, retains and makes permanent the Bush-era income tax rates for all but high-income taxpayers, makes permanent the current estate tax exemption with a slight increase in the marginal estate tax rate, and makes important business tax changes. The elimination of "sunset" provisions in the income and estate tax should...
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CFPB UPDATE: Attorney-Client Privilege Discussion: Senate Passes Bill This Week

On November 14, 2012, Pepper Hamilton attorneys Richard P. Eckman and Stephen G. Harvey conducted a webinar entitled "Is the Attorney-Client Privilege Under Attack by the CFPB?" to review a new rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to codify protections for privileged information submitted to it by the financial institutions it regulates. The rule follows the CFPB's announced expectation that, upon request, the entities the CFPB supervises will disclose privileged material to it. The U.S. Senate passed a bill...
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GDLSK ALERT: CPSC Issues Final Rule Amending Regulations on Testing and Certification of Children’s Products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has issued a final rule which amends its regulations on testing and labeling pertaining to certification of children’s products. Specifically, the final rule requires the selection of “representative” samples of children’s products for periodic testing by accredited third party testing labs. The final rule is effective on February 8, 2013 and applies to products manufactured after that date. The CPSC defines a representative sample “as one that provides the manufacturer with a basis for inferring...
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Pepper Hamilton Client Alert: Rule 10b5-1 Stock Trading Plans Are Not Bulletproof

Client Alert: December 17, 2012 Jay A. Dubow | dubowjpepperlaw.com Many corporate executives rely on Rule 10b5-1 plans to buy or sell shares of their company's stock without having to worry about violating insider trading laws, even when the trades take place when the executive possesses material nonpublic information about his or her company. However, recent Wall Street Journal articles have described civil and criminal investigations into possible misuse of Rule 10b5-1 plans by executives at a number of companies. Read more  
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Empire State Building to showcase EU colors for Nobel Peace Prize 2012

On 11 December 2012, New York City's iconic landmark, the Empire State Building, will be lit in the European Union's flag colors, blue and yellow, to mark the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. Empire State Building on 11 December 2012 - Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union To mark the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, New York City's famous landmark will light up in the EU's flag colors for the...

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