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Congress and ACC Tackle SEC Whistleblower Bounty Program

Posted in Advocacy

  Today, the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony regarding its draft legislation rejecting the SEC and CFTC’s proposals to bypass internal compliance and reporting systems when rewarding prospective whistleblowers.  ACC filed a letter with the Committee, approving of the draft legislation (read the letter here).  In-house counsel who supervise internal compliance and reporting systems… Continue Reading

Victory in Gillard v. AIG

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Relying at multiple points on an amicus brief filed by the Association of Corporate Counsel and others, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has returned to the fold and will now apply the attorney-client privilege to confidential communications, in particular, legal advice, from the attorney to the client.  The decision is available here.     Prior Pennsylvania court… Continue Reading

AKZO Decision Denies Legal Privilege Protections (LPP)/Confidentiality To Clients of EU In-House Counsel

Posted in Advocacy, In-House Practice

On April 29, Advocate General Juliane Kokott of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued her opinion in the case of Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd v. EU (Case-550/07) suggesting that legal professional privilege does not apply to communications with in-house lawyers.  [The AG’s opinion proposes that the Court should dismiss the appeal, but… Continue Reading

My Day at the White House

Posted in Advocacy, In the House

Yesterday, I attended a legal affairs briefing at the White House for a small group of associations in the legal field. Several senior White House and Department of Justice officials discussed the administration priorities for law related issues. It was exciting to be at the White House. No matter how many times I visit or… Continue Reading

Academic Elitism and Intimidation

Posted in Advocacy, In-House Practice

I just filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a free market advocacy group. I typed it—an exercise which itself could introduce more change into the language than two hundred years of development and certainly could rival texting English in removing unnecessary letters in getting your point across. The… Continue Reading