Category Archives: Law Libraries

9 Terms to Include in Your Privacy Policy

A privacy policy should disclose the types of information that a company collects, how that information is used, and with whom that information is shared.

The authors of Privacy Law Answer Book, edited by Jeremy Feigelson (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), recommend, at a minimum, the following terms:

  1. A description of the personal information that will be collected—for example, a user’s name, email address, phone number, mailing address, or credit card number.
  2. When that personal information will be collected—for example, information may be collected when a user registers for an online account or places an order.
  3. A description of the non-personal information that will be collected—for example, a user’s browser information or IP (Internet Protocol) address.
  4. How that non-personal information will be collected—for example, through the use of cookies or web beacons.
  5. How the collected information will be used—for example, personal information may be used to send the user information about a company’s products or services, and non-personal information may be used to provide targeted advertising by displaying products or advertisements that may be of interest to the user.
  6. Whether the collection of any information is voluntary or mandatory for consumers— for example, if non-personal information is automatically collected via cookies, that is considered mandatory collection.
  7. The categories of third parties with whom the information is shared—for example, information may be shared with a company’s affiliates, outside vendors, or other third parties (this disclosure need not list each third party by name).
  8. Whether and how a user can review or change her personal information—for example, explaining how a user can update her profile or contact a company to request a change or request that information be deleted from the user’s records.
  9. A statement that the privacy policy should not be construed as establishing a contractual relationship.


Privacy Law Answer Book (2017 Edition) Edited by Jeremy Feigelson, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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3 Elements of an FDA Recall Strategy

James P. Ellison and Anne K. Walsh’s FDA Deskbook: A Compliance and Enforcement Guide provides an in-depth discussion on recalls.

A firm conducting a recall must develop a recall strategy taking into account the results of the Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE), ease in identifying the product, the degree to which the product’s deficiency is obvious to the consumer or user, the degree to which the product remains unused in the marketplace, and the continued availability of essential products. FDA will review and approve the recall strategy of a recalling firm. The elements of a recall strategy are:

  1. Depth of Recall The depth of recall pertains to the level in the distribution chain to which the recall will be extended. This will depend on the product’s degree of hazard and extent of its distribution. For example, the recall could extend all the way to the consumer or user level, it could stop at the retail level, or it may not need to go beyond the wholesale level.
  2. Public Warning A public warning is intended to alert the public that “a product being recalled presents a serious hazard to health.” It is only used in urgent situations for which other means of preventing use of the product appear inadequate. FDA will usually issue the warning in consultation with the recalling firm. If the firm issues its own warning, it should submit the warning to FDA for review and comment prior to distribution, along with a plan for distribution. The recall strategy should indicate whether a public warning is needed and how it will be issued, for example, via general or specialized news media.
  3. Effectiveness Checks Effectiveness checks are required to confirm that all consignees at the specified recall depth received the notification. Consignees may be contacted by whatever means deemed appropriate by the recalling firm, including by letter, telephone calls, or a combination. It is recommended that a firm conduct at least the initial effectiveness check in writing, and may then follow up via telephone if no response is received. When a phone call is made, the firm should document the call and that documentation should be retained in the recall record. The recall strategy will specify the methods to be used and the level of effectiveness checks that will be conducted. Depending on the product involved and the health hazard presented by the product, a firm may be required to contact 100% of consignees, or may not be required to conduct an effectiveness check at all.



FDA Deskbook: A Compliance and Enforcement Guide Edited by James P. Ellison and Anne K. Walsh (Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.)

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Last Day – National Library Week Book Sale!

2016 National Library Week II

In celebration of National Library Week, Practising Law Institute is offering a 20% discount on all Treatises and Answer Books from April 10 – 16. Today is the last day of our sale!

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Happy National Library Week – Libraries Transform

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This year, National Library Week is celebrating library transformation. The Library Relations team here at PLI is aware that many libraries are undergoing their own transformations from print to digital and we’re here to help! Schedule a Discover PLUS demo or training at any time.

PLI Discover PLUS Coverage List 2015

We’ve updated our coverage list!  Check it out below.

Discover PLUS is updated continuously; this list serves as a snapshot of published online content as of July 2015. This comprehensive coverage list is organized as follows: Books in Alphabetical Order; Books by Practice Area; Forms in Alphabetical Order; and Transcripts.

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NEW Answer Book! SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2015

Titles-7775-SEC-Comp-Enforce-AB-2015_20150602102052Counsel to broker-dealers, investment advisers, U.S.-registered issuers and other participants in the securities markets must have a thorough and clear understanding of the SEC’s enforcement mechanisms. PLI’s new SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2015 is a comprehensive and concise reference book organized in an easy-to-use Q&A format.

Edited by David M. Stuart (Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP), this expert Q&A guide compiles the perspectives of leading practitioners from around the country who have previously served in the SEC Enforcement Division, many of whom were in some of the most senior positions in the Division.

Leveraging the authors’ experience and expertise, SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2015 provides nuts and bolts guidance on:

  • Conducting an effective internal investigation – while the SEC is simultaneously investigating
  • Responding to SEC requests and subpoenas for documents, interviews, and testimony
  • Cooperating effectively with SEC staff
  • The Wells process, negotiating resolutions, and litigating with the SEC
  • The complexities that arise when criminal and international law enforcement authorities becomes involved in an SEC investigation

Additionally, SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2015 answers questions on insider trading, accounting and securities fraud, market manipulation and foreign corruption. The Q&A guide also tackles special issues related to investigations of attorneys, accountants, and those identified by whistleblowers.

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And the 2015 Webby Award for Best Law Website goes to…. Built & Run by Libraries

The 2015 winner of the Webby Award for best law website goes to Harvard Law School Library – Innovation Lab for the beta site

According to a study by Harvard Law, approximately 70% of all citation links published in law journals from 1999 to 2011 are now defunct. plans to prevent all future broken links in legal citation through’s three step approach: create, vest, archive.

Create: A user enters a URL creating a Perma Link associated with a temporary archive.

Vest:  A Vesting User, someone affiliated with one or more Vesting Organizations such as law journals or courts, reviews and approves the Perma Link making the archive permanent.

Archive: An archive type is chosen (Live Page View, Screen Capture View, Archived Page View.

Visit to learn more! is powered by libraries because we’re in the forever business. We’re already looking after printed materials. It’s time we did the same for links.”