• 02.23.11

    Manatt Presents Oral Argument On Appeal For Football Legend Jim Brown Against Electronic Arts

    Last week Manatt lawyer Ron Katz, Chair of the firm’s Sports Practice Group, presented oral argument on behalf of football legend Jim Brown to a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—Judges Pamela Rymer, Jay Bybee, and Gordon Quist (visiting from the Western District ...

  • 02.18.11

    Whither MERS?

    In the zeal to stall lenders’ efforts to foreclose on woefully delinquent mortgages, the plaintiff bar has put forward a variety of theories. 

  • 02.16.11

    Natural Products Expo West 2011

    On March 10-13, 2011, Natural Products Expo West will host its 31st annual trade show event for the burgeoning natural and organic industries.

  • 02.14.11

    Industry Launches New Food Labeling Plan

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute announced a voluntary industry program that will allow participating companies to place certain nutritional information on the front of food packaging.

  • 02.14.11

    Incentive-Based Compensation for the New Banking Environment

    With considerable fanfare, the FDIC has passed and then quickly announced its proposed rules implementing Section 936 of the Dodd-Frank legislation—even before the other regulatory agencies could put their own imprimatur on the jointly developed proposal.

  • 02.07.11

    Behavioral Advertising Suit Results in Split Decision

    A Montana federal court dismissed claims under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) in a suit alleging that an Internet Service Provider (ISP) funneled its customers’ Internet traffic to a third party that then used the information for behavioral advertising, but the court ruled ...

  • 02.04.11

    It’s Hard for Banks to Tell It Like It Is

    After Call Reports are filed and earnings are released in January, the attention of boards and management at many publicly-held community banks and bank holding companies turns to preparation of 10-K filings and Annual Reports to shareholders, with Proxy Statements next on the horizon. 

  • 02.04.11

    Is Anyone Not a Foreign Official Under the FCPA?

    Recent years have seen a rise in the number of enforcement actions taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as a notable expansion of the types of conduct covered by these prosecutions.

  • 02.03.11

    Appellate Court Reverses Favorable Summary Judgment Ruling Regarding Independent Contractor Status

    In Azrate v. Bridge Terminal Transport, Inc., decided on January 31, 2011, the Court of Appeal considered whether the defendant company established, as a matter of law, that plaintiff truck drivers were independent contractors and therefore not entitled to unpaid wages under the Labor Code.