Guest Blogger: Phil Lee is partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.
Mobile app development poses many legal challenges, not the least of which are privacy concerns. In a post-PRISM world, consumer sensitivities to tracking and geo-location are at an all-time high. Why else does mobile privacy matter? It’s simple: If you’re anything like me, your mobile device has become your closest, most-trusted friend. Continue Reading
When was the last time that you spoke to one of your customers? I am not talking about your internal clients. I am talking about the people who help keep you in business: customers who use your bank; fly your airline; watch your movie; drink your product; eat your food; or shop at your store. Continue Reading
Guest Blogger: Eric Drattell is senior vice president & general counsel for Risk Management Solutions, Inc; David Garrett is managing director for Stroz Friedberg LLC; and Mark Krause is senior counsel, Compliance and Litigation for Warner Bros. Entertainment.
We live in a brave new world. Technology is changing at a lightning fast pace. Most (if not all) organizations have some valuable confidential information or intellectual property that makes them potential targets for a cyber-attack. Indeed, companies today are under constant assault from hackers and inside threats. It is paramount that companies have an in-depth understanding of the digital threats they face, and draw on the expertise of in-house counsel to manage the substantial legal risks that those threats create. Continue Reading
Guest Blogger: With 15 years’ experience in the private sector practicing corporate law, leading cross-functional teams and counseling on risk management, Ryan Blum assists and advises Lockton St. Louis/Memphis on business development, and manages operations and client services on a day-to-day basis. He received his J.D. and MBA from Saint Louis University, and his B.S. in International Business from Northwest Missouri State.
Back in July, in an ostensible blindside to the industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturned Sun Capital Partners III v. N.E. Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund (Sun Capital) and instead adopted a more expansive view of what constitutes a “trade or business” — a decision that may turn out to have far-reaching consequences for private equity. The First Circuit ruled that private-equity funds could be regarded as a “controlled group” and, therefore, liable for the multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability of one of their portfolio companies. Continue Reading
I am thankful that my job does not involve a lot of travel. I realize there are some perks that come with the “road warrior” lifestyle, but as a former boss of mine once said: “Once you close your hotel room door, it no longer matters which chain you are in. They all become the same.” But at the end of October, I get to travel to Los Angeles for ACC’s Annual Meeting.
For you non-association folks reading this, there are a few rules association staff live by when we travel to our meetings. This is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you a peek into our mindset. Continue Reading