March 21, 2017

Matthew Siegal quoted in "Justices' Laches Decision Could Be Boon For Patent Owners"

LAW360 | Matthew W. Siegal, a partner in Stroock's Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Law360 article that discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday that laches cannot be used as a defense in many patent cases which could strengthen the hand of patent owners and lead to larger damages in certain instances, while forcing companies who might be targeted with infringement claims to be more wary of older patents.

  • March 16, 2017

    James Sammataro quoted in "9th Circuit Defers to State Supreme Court for Pandora Appeal"

    LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL | James G. Sammataro, a partner in Stroock's Entertainment and Litigation Practice Groups and managing partner of the firm's Miami office, was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article that discusses a request to clarify how broadly state copyright law applies to sound recordings, making the state high court the latest venue in the battle between Pandora and the 1960s band The Turtles. ...Read More

    March, 14, 2017

    Stroock Wins $3.5 Million for Victims of Forced Labor

    PRESS RELEASE | A Federal District Court Judge has ordered Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crew leader in Central Florida, to pay $3.5 million in damages to five migrant farmworkers for abuses committed between 2008 and 2012.

    In 2013, a Stroock team led by Bob Wright, which also included Lisa Taormina and Deana Stein, joined with Professors Arturo Carrillo and Susan French from the George Washington School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic to represent a group of migrant farm workers from Central America with respect to their claims arising from abuses those workers suffered while working in the fields and packinghouse at a corporate farm in central Florida. The matter, which was referred by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), marks the ninth forced labor operation brought to justice by CIW’s Anti-Slavery Program since 1997....Read More

  • March 9, 2017

    Stroock's Tax Practice Adds Noted Transactional Advisor Michelle M. Jewett as Partner in New York

    PRESS RELEASE | Adding a prominent transactional advisor to its tax practice, Stroock announced the arrival of Michelle M. Jewett, an attorney with substantial experience in domestic and international tax matters. She joins as a partner in the firm's New York office. ...Read More

    March 3, 2017

    Benjamin Diehl mentioned in "Law360 Banking Editorial Advisory Board"

    LAW360 | Benjamin G. Diehl, special counsel in Stroock’s Financial Services/Class Action and Government Relations Practice Groups, was mentioned in a Law360 article announcing the members of the 2017 Banking Law360 editorial advisory board....Read More

  • March 3, 2017

    Quyen Truong quoted in "CFPB Would Lose Powerful Legal Weapon Under Republican Plan"

    BLOOMBERG BNA BANKING REPORT | Quyen Truong, a partner in Stroock's Financial Services/Class Action Practice Group, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Banking Report article on the potential minimization of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's powers under a Republican proposal to curb the bureau’s power to address unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices. ...Read More

    March 1, 2017

    James Bernard quoted in "Iran terror victims receive first payments; will this affect foreign immunity?"

    ABA JOURNAL | James L. Bernard, a partner in Stroock’s Litigation Practice Group, was quoted in an ABA Journal article that discusses the receipt of $40 million, the first installment of frozen Iranian government funds to be distributed to 25 clients, all of them the victims or family members of victims of Iran-sponsored acts of terrorism. ...Read More


Join Stroock at PLI's 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Join Stroock partners Julia Strickland and Quyen Truong, and of counsel Hon. Shira Scheindlin, at PLI's 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute.

The event will take place March 27-28, 2017 in New York, NY. The program will focus on a broad array of recent regulatory, enforcement and litigation issues.

  • March 27-28, 2017 - PLI's 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
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  • March 30-April 2, 2017 - 2017 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference
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  • April 3, 2017 - Yale Club Insurance Group Roundtable Discussion of the 51st Annual Heckerling Meeting
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    "Second Helpings: New Legislation Would Give Agriculture and HHS Secretaries Seats at the CFIUS Table"

    Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have introduced legislation that would add the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the multi-agency committee that reviews the national security implications of foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses. The new bill (S. 661) – the “Food Security is National Security Act of 2017” – goes much further than past efforts at encouraging reviews of agricultural deals, inviting CFIUS to assess the potential impact of transactions on “the security of the food and agriculture systems of the United States, including any effects on the availability of, access to, or safety and quality of food.” Among other things, the bill promises to increase CFIUS filings in the agricultural sector.

    This Stroock Special Bulletin provides an overview of the new bill, highlights differences between the new bill and a similar effort in the last Congress, and discusses some of the implications that passage of the new bill could have on the CFIUS process.


    "Appointment of New FCC Chair Could Lead to Reduced TCPA Litigation"

    Year after year, litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq. (the TCPA), continues to increase. While precise figures vary, there can be no doubt that the TCPA is quickly becoming one of the most litigated consumer protection statutes in the country.

    The recent appointment of Ajit Pai as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC), however, has the potential to reduce that volume of litigation.


    "Will Time Derail 'Fiduciary' Delay’s Arrival? DOL FABulously Pledges to 'Mind the Gap' on Enforcement"

    On Friday, March 10th, the Department of Labor released guidance concerning its enforcement policy under the "fiduciary" rule scheduled to take effect on April 10th. On March 2nd, the Department asked for comments on a 60-day delay and, separately, the President issued a Memorandum with questions to the Department concerning the rule.

    This Stroock Special Bulletin briefly describes the Department's effort to calm market participants' concerns about the tight timeframe and uncertain paths forward, including how the Department "minds the gap" on certain possible enforcement actions that could arise from timing difficulties occasioned by this flurry of events.


    "Access to Enter an Adjoining Property: Must a License Fee Be Paid?"

    Co-op and condominium buildings regularly undertake repairs to comply with laws and maintain their building. Developers seek to maximize the square footage of new construction. Both frequently require an owner to enter on to a neighbor's property. All is well if neighbors agree on the conditions for entry, but what happens when neighbors cannot agree?

    This column offers guidance to co-op and condominium boards and managers that seek to enter adjoining property or have neighbors who seek to enter their property and discusses new appellate case law which impacts on these issues.


    2017 Annual Overview of California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act

    Class action lawyers in California wield two powerful tools: the Unfair Competition Law, California Business and Professions Code sections 17200 - 17209 ("UCL"); and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California Civil Code sections 1750 - 1784 ("CLRA"). With its sweeping liability standards and broad equitable remedies, the UCL has long been a weapon of choice for plaintiffs' lawyers. The CLRA is more defined in structure, but no less potent. The plaintiffs' bar as well as California regulators and prosecutors, including the Attorney General and local district attorneys, continue to actively pursue claims under both of these consumer protection statutes.

    This article discusses decisions from California and Federal courts in 2016 and years prior that provide important direction in areas of liability, reliance and causation, preemption, injunctive relief, and other issues under the UCL and CLRA.