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Workplace Privacy Considerations for In-House Counsel: What Can Be Seen and Heard behind Company Walls

Program Number: 2413 Presenter: Aaron Tantleff, Esq., Christopher G. Ward, Esq.

As companies digitize an ever-increasing amount of communications and seek to leverage information and technology sharing to enhance productivity, they unknowingly create a host of “new world” privacy and employment issues that require constant vigilance in a rapidly changing world of tweets, texts, talks and touch screens. Join Foley & Lardner LLP partners Aaron Tantleff and Christopher Ward as they discuss the legal risks and strategies from both an information technology and an employment and personnel management approach, and how to manage and mitigate those risks that the ever-changing world of technology and information sharing creates.

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Identifying, Managing and Prioritizing Data Privacy Risks: What In-House Counsel Need to Know

Program Number: 2405 Presenter: Jason D. Haislmaier, Esq., David A. Zetoony, Esq.

The ability to collect, use, and share data is crucial to the success of nearly all companies. At the same time, the risks relating to the collection, use, and sharing of data are constantly changing and have continued to grow ever more complex. In this program geared especially for in-house counsel, Jason Haislmaier and David Zetoony focus on strategies for both identifying the data-related issues and prioritizing those issues that raise the greatest legal risks to your company and clients.

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Mobile Apps and the New FDA Guidance for Mobile Medical App Developers: What In-House Counsel Should Know

Program Number: 2404 Presenter: Jason D. Haislmaier, Esq.

The FDA recently issued final guidance for developers on the regulation of mobile medical software applications (“apps”). The final guidance ends a more than 2-year process intended to clarify the FDA’s regulation of mobile medical apps and pave the way for even greater adoption of mobile medical technology. In this program geared especially for in-house counsel, Jason Haislmaier reviews and deciphers what the final guidance means for mobile medical app developers, addressing what questions have been answered by the final guidance; what issues remain unresolved; and what new questions have emerged.

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Clearing the Haze of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What In-House Employment Lawyers Should Know

Program Number: 2403 Presenter: Michael W. Groebe, Esq., Jennifer L. Neumann, Esq.

Many employers are confused and concerned regarding how to handle employees and their use of medical marijuana. This program, geared to in-house employment lawyers, addresses various state medical marijuana laws and interpretive case law, drug testing and implications of positive tests for marijuana, the duty to accommodate under the ADA, disciplining employees for medical marijuana use, and safety concerns related to medical marijuana.

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Who Qualifies as a Whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley?

Program Number: 2402 Presenter: Roger A. Lane, Esq., Michael Thompson, Esq., Courtney Worcester, Esq.

This November the United States Supreme Court will hear argument in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, which tackles the issue of whether whistleblowers employed by a privately held contractor or subcontractor of a publicly traded company are protected from retaliation under SOX. In the lower court’s opinion in Lawson, the First Circuit answered the question in the negative. Soon after, the Administrative Review Board reached the opposite conclusion and specifically declined to follow Lawson. Join Roger Lane, Courtney Worcester and Michael Thompson as they review the split of authority on this issue, analyze the arguments presented by the parties to the Supreme Court, and provide their assessment of which way the Supreme Court may rule.

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Deal Developments for In-House Counsel

Program Number: 2357 Presenter: Roger A. Lane, Esq., Michael Thompson, Esq., Courtney Worcester, Esq.

The market for corporate deals, whether M&A or going private transactions, remains relatively robust (at least compared to what it was a few years ago). Such transactions trigger fiduciary obligations of directors, officers, and at times, stockholders, and are often magnets for lawsuits. Join Roger Lane, Courtney Worcester and Michael Thompson as they provide an update on the courts' current views of various deal terms, thoughts on the recent use of intervening event clauses (aka, a buyer’s MAC), the implications for boards in deals with such clauses, as well as a discussion of the unique challenges faced by boards contemplating transactions with their major stockholders.

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Early Case Assessment Considerations for In-House Counsel Confronted with Corporate Governance and Whistleblower Litigation under the Dodd-Frank Act

Program Number: 2356 Presenter: Roger A. Lane, Esq., Courtney Worcester, Esq.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has generated significant litigation in the past couple of years. As litigation involving the Act is only expected to increase, it is time to assess what we have learned thus far to assist in-house counsel faced with this new litigation landscape. Join Roger Lane and Courtney Worcester for a discussion of how Dodd-Frank changed the landscape of corporate governance and whistleblower cases and what procedural issues will need to be tackled by both litigants and courts in the early stages of such cases.

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Social Media, the News, and Stock Price: Tips for In-House Counsel When the Company’s Stock Comes under Attack

Program Number: 2355 Presenter: Roger A. Lane, Esq., Michael Thompson, Esq., Courtney Worcester, Esq.

In the past few years, several companies have faced public attacks from short sellers, bloggers or others usually alleging wrongdoing by the company or its executives. Some deride this phenomenon as baseless opportunism; others, as important whistleblowing that increases corporate transparency and accountability. Either way, in-house counsel must be prepared to help their companies assess the allegations, collect the facts, and respond quickly. Join Roger Lane, Courtney Worcester, and Michael Thompson as they discuss the ways in which a company’s stock can be publicly attacked; what in-house counsel can do to respond; and the costs and benefits of responding.

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Understanding the Brand New Ethics Rules before the USPTO, from the Celesq-West LegalEdcenter IP Master Series

Program Number: 2354IP Presenter: Michael J. Kasdan, Esq.- Amster, Rothstein

Revisions to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct (“the Rules”) took effect on May 3, 2013. This latest version of the Rules (“the Current Rules”) was the result of a rulemaking process that began in late 2012. On October 18, 2012, the USPTO announced its intention to revise the Rules and a list of proposed revisions. Following a comment period and additional consideration of the proposed revisions by the USPTO, adoption of the Current Rules was announced on April 3, 2013. The Current Rules are designed to track the language of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and ethics rules adopted by state bars. Notable material in the Current Rules include revised provisions governing the eligibility to practice before the USPTO, new standards for handling confidential information and trial publicity, and revised duties owed by practitioners to clients. Join Michael J. Kasdan for a discussion of the differences between the new rules and the prior regime,

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Whistleblower Retaliation Suits after Asadi v. GE Energy: How the Fifth Circuit Changed Legal Precedent and Existing Practices under Dodd-Frank

Program Number: 2353 Presenter: Michael Thompson, Esq., Courtney Worcester, Esq.

Among the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s key provisions is the anti-retaliation provision, which provides whistleblowers a private right of action against employers who retaliate against them for reporting wrongdoing. However, Dodd-Frank does not specify to whom the whistleblower has to report in order to qualify for anti-retaliation protection. Several District Court cases have concluded that protection exists for individuals who disclose to someone other than the SEC. Now, in the only Circuit Court decision on the issue, Asadi v. GE Energy (USA) LLC, 2013 U.S. App. Lexis 14470 (5th Cir. 2013), the Fifth Circuit has just held that the anti-retaliation provision creates a private cause of action only for those who provide information directly to the SEC. Join Courtney Worcester and Michael Thompson as they discuss the anti-retaliation provision, the various approaches taken by District Courts when confronted with the issue, the Asadi holding, and its implications

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