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When Your Diversity Training Sounds like a Saturday Night Live Skit

You know your workplace respect or diversity training has gone seriously, horrifically awry when you read about it in the national news and friends on Facebook are referring to articles about it with comments like, “OMG! I thought that was an article from “The Onion.” Yes, I am talking about Austin and its recent training Read More…

Absolute Immunity from Defamation When Cooperating with Government Investigations? Maybe ‒ Maybe Not

SHELL OIL CO., ET AL. V. ROBERT WRITT, No. 13-0552, 2015 Tex. Lexis 452 (Tex. May 15, 2015) Most corporate counsel understand that when a governmental entity begins investigating your company’s compliance with the laws governing various business activities –  environmental, securities, foreign trade, or other regulated matters – timely cooperation can be paramount. But Read More…

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Get the Message: $40 Million Is a Lot of Money!

On May 20, 2015, a federal jury in Houston found a former research scientist and an entrepreneur liable for misappropriation of trade secrets and conspiracy to misappropriate trade secrets. The jury awarded more than $12 million to the plaintiff Quantlab. This award was in addition to the $28.5 million settlement Quantlab reached weeks earlier with Read More…

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Alert: Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (BE-10 Report) Due May 29, 2015

Every five years, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency in the United States Department of Commerce, conducts a comprehensive survey of U.S. direct investment in foreign business enterprises. The BEA uses the Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (BE-10 Report) to compile this information. This year, the BEA is conducting the survey Read More…


Food Law Forum: Brand-Threatening Recalls

A distinguished panel of nationally recognized food industry experts will discuss in detail how the law, regulations, and guidances affect the food industry. The program will provide industry‐specific information and practical advice on immediate actions that can prevent destruction of brands and disruption to business. With attorneys and regulators increasingly targeting the food industry, the forum will review steps to anticipate and respond to civil litigation and governmental enforcement.