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    • May
      16
      2018
      Business Law Section Blog

      Wisconsin Supreme Court Takes Aim at Non-solicitation Clauses

      With a decision in a recent case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court imposed significant limitations on employers who use non-solicitation provisions in employment contracts. Jeremy Klang discusses the decision and what it means for businesses in Wisconsin.

    • April
      24
      2018
      Business Law Section Blog

      15 Key Considerations for Consulting Agreements

      A professional services contract is a fairly standard document, but failure to set proper expectations and deliverables can easily lead to disputes or misunderstandings. Walter Skipper gives 15 tips for consultants to protect themselves from potential claims and disputes.

    • February
      20
      2018
      Business Law Section Blog

      Mergers & Acquisitions and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

      The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings significant changes to the structure, financing, and agreements in mergers and acquisitions transactions. James Phillips details the more noteworthy provisions that apply in 2018 and beyond.

    • January
      04
      2018
      Business Law Section Blog

      What Small Businesses Should Know About U.S. Export Control Regulation

      Whilst the current administration has made reducing U.S. bilateral trade deficits the benchmark for measuring economic success, the export of certain goods, to certain end-users or destination country without the required export license can lead an an unaware U.S. exporter into legal trouble. Ngosong Fonkem gives practical tips for businesses to successfully navigate U.S. export regulations.

    • December
      08
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      You Can Lead an Issuer to Rule 506(c), But You Can’t Make Them Advertise

      The vast majority of capital is raised privately through Regulation D, specifically under Rule 506(b) and the relatively new Rule 506(c). Lindsay Fedler discusses the requirements for issuers raising capital under both provisions, and why issuers have been slow to utilize Rule 506(c).

    • November
      07
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      Seven Requirements of Effective Corporate Compliance Programs

      What are compliance programs? And why are they needed? Nadelle Grossman talks about corporate compliance programs, why companies of all sizes should have them, and how to create a program that successfully promotes ethical and compliant conduct among employees.

    • August
      08
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule is Here – Sort of

      After numerous delays, the U.S. Department of Labor has now partially implemented a new fiduciary rule for financial professionals providing investment services to retirement plans. Drew Parrish discusses the new fiduciary rule, its implementation status, and how the rule will apply.

    • June
      30
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      Round Three: Another Crack at Benefit Corporations

      The Wisconsin Legislature is considering adopting a new chapter of the Wisconsin statutes pertaining to benefit corporations. James DeCleene discusses the proposed legislation and how the Benefit Corporations Act, if adopted, would impact Wisconsin businesses.

    • June
      01
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      Risk and Governance Issues for Midsize Companies

      While all companies address such key risk and governance concerns as cybersecurity and sustainability, other issues are more often overlooked. Joseph Masterson discusses several issues that should be given specific attention by midsize companies, whether public or private.

    • May
      16
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      You Snooze, You Lose: The Doctrine of Laches in Trademark Enforcement

      A recent, closely-watched decision by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California threw out trademark infringement claims against Silicon Valley giant Dropbox, Inc. based on the doctrine of laches. Henry Weiner says the decision serves as a useful warning against complacency and “gotcha” tactics in trademark enforcement for businesses, big and small.

    • May
      10
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      Big Changes on the Horizon for Wisconsin Rulemaking Procedures

      The Wisconsin Legislature and Supreme Court are considering sweeping changes to the processes by which administrative rules are developed and interpreted in Wisconsin. Michael Lokensgard discusses the current rules and how they may change.

    • March
      29
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      Recent Law Reins in Delaware’s Infamous Escheats Law

      On Feb. 2, 2017, Delaware Governor John C. Carney Jr. signed Delaware Senate Bill 13 (SB 13) into law, substantially reforming Delaware’s infamous escheats law. Patricia Lane and Louis Wahl discuss SB 13 and its impact on the rights and compliance obligations of individuals and businesses subject to Delaware’s escheats law.

    • February
      14
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      Business Court Docket Pilot Program on the Horizon in Wisconsin

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court has approved a pilot program to create a dedicated trial court judicial docket for large business and commercial cases in the state of Wisconsin. Brick Murphy discusses the program and support from the Business Law Section.

    • February
      06
      2017
      Business Law Section Blog

      The 2016 Consumer Review Fairness Act and Non-Disparagement Clauses in Form Contracts

      The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 takes effect March 14, 2017. The act prohibits non-disparagement provisions in form contracts that are imposed on an individual without a meaningful opportunity to negotiate. Emory Ireland and Maximilian Traut discuss what businesses need to know about the act.

    • December
      14
      2016
      Business Law Section Blog

      Cybersecurity Risks: The Latest Guidance from Bank Examiners

      Recent guidance from bank regulators makes clear that cybersecurity risk assessments will be an increasing area of focus. Matt Rowe summarizes the latest guidance and how bank management teams can use it to mitigate cybersecurity risk at their institutions.

    • November
      09
      2016
      Business Law Section Blog

      The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016:
      A New Federal Civil Cause of Action for Trade Secret Theft

      The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which establishes a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft, represents one of the most significant events in trade secret reform in years. This new law toughens and modernizes trade secret law in numerous respects, and provides an additional tool for businesses and their legal counsel to protect trade secrets.

    • November
      08
      2016
      Business Law Section Blog

      Welcome to the Business Law Blog

      The Business Law Section has established a new blog to provide its members with valuable information on issues important to attorneys engaged in business law.

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