1. Taking Your Start-up Global? Do Your Homework Before You Set Sail…

    “For many emerging companies, the road to a global workforce is paved with potholes.” (Ute Krudewagen, DLA Piper

    If you’re taking your first steps in the global economy, you’ll need more than an passport and a foreign language guide to be successful. You’ll also need a basic understanding of the local labor laws, dispute resolution practices, and regulatory environment of your destination.

    For your weekend reading, a roundup of recent updates for emerging businesses on the broad subject of globalization, from attorneys writing on JD Supra:

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  2. JD Supra Morning Brief: Tax Havens, Human Trafficking, Medical Marijuana, Disabled Students

    A man, a plan, a canal: Panama! 99 years ago today, the Panama Canal opened for business. 

    Judge applies “state-court” filter to Instagram lawsuit… (LXBN

    Forget Switzerland: Bitcoins could soon become the new tax haven… (Morvillo Abramowitz

    Sadly, human trafficking is alive and well in the heart of America… (Baker Donelson

    The Chickasaw Nation may be sovereign, but workers at its Winstar World Casino are still protected by the National Labor Relations Act… (Barger & Wolen

    Counterfeiters have moved far beyond watches and handbags… (Thompson Coburn

    Say what you will, but 1,500 pounds of medical marijuana is a lot of pot for six patients… (KMTG

    The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights thinks disabled students should have equal access to athletics in public schools… (Pullman & Comley

    Food poisoning? There’s an app for that… (Contract In-House Counsel and Consultants

    Online payday lending accounts for nearly 40% of all short-term loans. But that may change… (Jeff Ifrah

    Sometimes reasonable accommodation requires reading between the lines… (BakerHostetler

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  3. JD Supra Morning Brief: Mainstream Media, Volunteer Expenses, Fashion Law, Plastic Bags

    On this day in 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. If you believe Thomas McKean, that is… 

    Joint development of IP ownership may be one of the thorniest provisions in a technology development agreement… (Shearman & Sterling

    The US patent system is not broken, no matter what mainstream media might want you to believe… (MBHB

    Volunteering for your favorite charity? You may be able to deduct your expenses… (Looper Reed

    Here’s a good overview of just what the new SEC rules on advertising private offerings mean for companies and entrepreneurs trying to raise money… (Thompson Coburn

    Illinois just enacted a law that will require every school building in the state to conduct an annual school shooting drill… (Franczek Radelet

    It’s your fundraiser, your Facebook page, and your photograph, but you’re still running a risk if you post… (McAfee & Taft

    Law is in fashion – all around the world… (DLA Piper

    Marin County: 1, the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition: 0… (Stoel Rives

    Firing an employee because she is lactating is sex discrimination, and that makes it against the law… (Baker Donelson

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  4. JD Supra Morning Brief: DNA Patents, Meth Labs, Japanese Politicians, Patent Trolls

    Happy Flag Day! Why not celebrate with the JD Supra Morning Brief?

    One likely winner in yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that human genes cannot be patented? Patent litigators… (Bloomberg Law

    Human DNA patents? Not a chance, says the Supreme Court. Here’s what to make of it (JD Supra Legal Perspective

    149 pages of tax goodness for nonresident aliens and foreign corporations doing business in the United States (Jackson Walker

    Meth labs in hotels? Really, really dangerous – and potentially criminal – for hotel operators, staff, and other guests… (Baker Donelson

    Welcome to the 21st century, Japanese politicians (Morrison Foerster - Social Media

    Is your health insurance marketplace employee notice ready yet? (McCarter & English

    The nation’s financial watchdog just added credit reporting and money transfer complaints to its Consumer Complaint Database… (Foley & Lardner

    Don’t be too hasty to label patent holders “trolls” when they sue to protect their rights… (MBHB

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  5. JD Supra Morning Brief: Argentina Opportunities, EU Trademarks, Animal Drugs, Human Rights

    What’s more fun than a barrel full of monkeys? A JD Supra Morning Brief full of law news!

    Bankruptcy judge suggests there’s a way to get around a Congressional prohibition on bonuses and severance pay for management of companies in Chapter 11… (Bloomberg Law

    Argentina may offer significant business opportunities, but not for the faint of heart… (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

    Want to hire current or former government employees? Tread carefully… (Morrison & Foerster

    The rules for doing business in the United States just got easier to understand (Pillsbury

    The European Commission wants to make trademark registration in the EU cheaper, quicker, more reliable, and more predictable (McDermott Will & Emery

    There’s a tax storm brewing for cloud-service providers (Carr McClellan

    South Korea’s antitrust watchdog continues its investigation of the country’s steelmakers (Foley & Lardner

    One reason the FDA cannot regulate the compounding of animal drugs from bulk ingredients? Because “Congress will not hide an elephant in a mouse-hole” (Duane Morris

    Exactly which banks are too big to fail? Don’t ask the FDIC… (Leonard, Street and Deinard

    When foreign companies commit human rights violations in foreign lands, can they be held accountable in U.S. courts? Not anymore… (Is That Legal?

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  6. JD Supra Morning Brief: BRAIN Initiative, Cyprus Bail-In, HIPAA Time Bomb, Cruel & Unusual Punishment

    Can you believe there’s only five more days to do your taxes? Might as well get started… right after you read the JD Supra Morning Brief:

    Universities need a top-to-bottom review of the America Invents Act to see how it impacts monetization of their R&D (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

    About 70 percent of security breaches are committed by employees (both willing and unwilling) (Sheppard Mullin

    President Obama unveiled his new BRAIN Initiative last week. Our question – how much did US taxpayers pay to come up with that name? (McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff

    Banks in Cyprus were saved not by a bail-out, but by a bail-in (Harney Westwood & Riegels

    Tick tock, tick tock – 89% of healthcare workers use their personal smartphones for work purposes, and that’s a HIPAA / HITECH time bomb waiting to explode… (BakerHostetler

    “Well, your Honor, we’ve tried to serve process on these defendants in India via Federal Express and local courier with no luck.” “Did you try Facebook?” (Morrison & Foerster

    Same-sex married couples must act now to protect their right to file an amended 2009 tax return should DOMA be overturned (Carlton Fields

    A growing number of inmates are suing California counties for cruel and unusual punishment because they claim to have been deprived of basic medical and mental health care (Best Best & Krieger

    Trying to keep your employees healthy with a wellness program? Be careful – the “tax liability” flu might be going around… (Ogletree Deakins

    Good to know: merely using the US postal service when committing fraud may not automatically mean “mail fraud” has occurred (Morvillo Abramowitz

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  7. JD Supra Morning Brief: Online Civility, Child Abductions, Tweeting CEOs, Terrorism Insurance

    “April is the cruelest month,” wrote T.S. Eliot. But that’s probably because he didn’t read the JD Supra Morning Brief, guaranteed to brighten up any April morning:

    Think we need more civility in online communications? So does Andrea Weckerle (Levick

    What can schools do to protect students against child abductions? (Fisher & Phillips

    The number of FCPA enforcement actions in 2012 was just over 50% of those in 2011 – but that doesn’t mean the feds are losing steam… (Venable

    The SEC just let corporate communications move into the 21st century (Corporate Law Report

    That darn Commerce Clause is back in the news again thanks to a New York Court of Appeals ruling that Amazon, Overstock.com and other online retailers have to pay sales tax in the state… (Partridge Snow & Hahn

    No more National Security Letters for you, Special Agent… (Pullman & Comley

    Can you stop at Target on the way home and pick up some pure honey? Yes and no… (Morrison & Foerster

    Yes, the SEC took a big step forward by when it gave AngelList and fundersclub.com a pass on broker-dealer registration. No, it does not mean you can raise money via Facebook yet (Looper Reed

    Balancing the rights of transgender students and the rest of the student population means new and unfamiliar challenges for school administrators (Franczek Radelet

    Terrorism insurance? Yep… (Dechert

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  8. JD Supra Morning Brief: Encryption, Bitcoin, NASDAQ, First Sale

    Damn you, Puxatawney Phil! It’s been more than six weeks! At least we have the JD Supra Morning Brief to keep us warm:

    New math for businesses: (data breaches * BYOD policies) + encryption = a good night’s sleep (Fenwick & West

    Bitcoin may be virtual currency, but it is still subject to real anti-money laundering laws (Ifrah Law

    Listed on NASDAQ’s market of unlisted companies? Don’t laugh – it could happen (Holland & Knight

    The total value of mobile payments is expected to hit $1.3 trillion in 2017 (MoFo Tech

    ICANN’s new generic Top-Level Domains may become a free-for-all, but it will be anything but free… (Lane Powell

    Eagle v. Edcomm: The Sequel. Or why all companies need to set clear rules regarding ownership of company-related social media accounts (Mintz Levin

    You still can’t judge a book by its cover, but if you buy the book outside the US, you can now sell it without breaking intellectual property laws (Baker Donelson

    Estate planning the 21st Century: cover your digital ass(ets) (Is That Legal?

    Want to invest in the U.S. AND save money on your taxes? Like farms and forests? We’ve got just what you need (Gerald Nowtny

    What do we want? A Jersey wind project! When do we want it? Now! (McCarter & English

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  9. JD Supra Morning Brief: Godzilla, Google, Shark Wrestling, Fresh Starts

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    Waiting for Godzilla, Diamonds are Forever, and Long Tall Sally to enter the public domain? Have a seat – it’ll be a while… (Bloomberg Law

    Collecting info from unsecured wireless networks across the country while taking pictures for Street View costs Google $7 million (Ifrah Law

    This is either the title of a new children’s book or valuable advice on keeping your job: “Don’t Wrestle a Shark While on Holiday in Australia” (Orrick

    Filing personal bankruptcy? You’ll want to know the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 (John Skiba

    Need a Fresh Start? The Internal Revenue Service might be the place to look (Duane Morris

    Wait – Facebook is fighting to keep user data private? Yep, but not for the reasons you might think… (Morrison Foerster

    Kivalina, the Alaska village that has spent five years suing energy companies for their role in the global warming that is inundating the town, has appealed its case to the Supreme Court (McCarter & English

    Got questions about Brazilian labor and employment law? We’ve got answers (Proskauer

    Anonymous whistleblowers who report corporate misconduct to the SEC create special challenges for the companies accused of wrongdoing (Morvillo Abramowitz

    Worried about food safety? You’re not alone (Is That Legal?

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  10. JD Supra Morning Brief: HJ Heinz, Consumer Fraud, Animal Testing, Buy American

    Sudoku, crossword puzzles, KenKen, ha! Be the first on the bus to take the JD Supra Morning Brief’s True or False quiz instead. And when you’re done, send us an email with your T/F answers and you might win a JD Supra hoody! 

    We’ll pick five people at random from emails we get with correct answers, so be sure to include your name, address, and jacket size. And while you’re at it, let us know what’s working, what topics you’d like to see covered. Feedback welcome…

    T or F? The acquisition of H.J. Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital took less than two months to come together (Bloomberg Law

    T or F? Consumer fraud was the top complaint logged in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network database in 2012 (Foley & Lardner

    T or F? Richard Cordray, nominated by President Obama to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was put through the wringer at his Senate Banking Committee hearing (Ballard Spahr

    T or F? Large employers must provide minimum essential healthcare coverage to at least 85% of full-time employees and their dependents to avoid paying under “pay-or-play” rules of the Affordable Care Act (Leonard, Street and Deinard

    T or F? The nation’s biggest banks continue to avoid disclosure of data security risks and breaches in public SEC filings (Mintz Levin

    T or F? The first mandatory recall made by the FDA under the authority of the Food Safety Modernization Act was issued for pet treats (Morgan Lewis

    T or F? The National Labor Relations Board will petition the Supreme Court for review of the DC Court of Appeals ruling in Noel Canning v. NLRB (JD Supra Contributors

    T or F? Implementation of Europe’s total ban on animal testing of cosmetic products was delayed for 90 days from its planned March 11, 2013 start (K&L Gates

    T or F? Commissions paid to an independent sales representative hawking medical equipment violate the federal anti-kickback statute (BakerHostetler

    T or F? Canada is fighting the U.S. “Buy American Act” via the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Singapore (King & Spalding

    T or F? Shoppers in Los Angeles County have to pay a 10¢ tax on every paper carryout bag they receive from retailers (Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

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