• PLI Course Handbooks Published in September 2014

    Date: 2014.10.11 | Category: PLI | Response: 0

    Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in September 2014:

    Corporate & Securities


    Estates & Trusts

    Intellectual Property



    If you have any questions or would like to order a title, please email the PLI Library Relations Department or call 877-900-5291.

  • PLI Answer Books Published in September 2014

    Date: 2014.10.10 | Category: Answer Book, PLI, PLI Publications | Response: 0

    Listed below are the PLI Answer Books published in September 2014:


    Corporate & Securities

    If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please email PLI Library Relations or call 877-900-5291.

  • PLI Treatises Updated in September 2014

    Date: 2014.10.09 | Category: PLI, PLI Publications, Treatise | Response: 0

    In September 2014, PLI updated the following Treatises:

    If you are on standing order for any of these titles, the releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please email PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

  • Free One Hour Briefing on U.S. Sanctions Relating to the Unrest in Ukraine: Compliance Challenges

    Date: 2014.10.08 | Category: PLI, Programs (free) | Response: 0

    October 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

    The United States began by imposing sanctions on persons and entities associated with the unrest in the Ukraine, but the sanctions have been expanded to target broader segments of the Russian economy with the adoption of new sectoral sanctions. Please join Stephan E. Becker of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Corinne A. Goldstein of Covington & Burling LLP for a discussion of topics including:

    • The scope of the U.S. sanctions administered by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
    • The implementation of sectoral sanctions on the Russian financial, defense and oil & gas sectors
    • Recent expansions of the sanctions and potential future changes

    Register now and don’t miss this important free briefing!

  • Free One Hour Briefing on What’s Going on at the SEC and PCAOB – What You Need to Know Now

    Date: 2014.10.07 | Category: PLI, Programs (free) | Response: 0

    October 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

    Both the SEC’s Division of Corporation and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board are engaged in major projects that may significantly change the public company disclosures about financial results, controls and audits. A panel including a PCAOB Board Member, the Chief Accountant of the SEC Corp Fin Division and a former SEC Chief Accountant who now serves on two audit committees, along with leading legal and audit firm partners who counsel clients on disclosure and financial reporting issues will provide a lively One-Hour briefing on the developments you need to know about now.

    Topics will include:

    • The SEC’s major disclosure review project, now underway
    • Latest SEC staff and PCAOB guidance on financial reporting and accounting issues, including revenue recognition
    • The current status of PCAOB initiatives to reform the auditor reporting model, to evaluate its going concern standard in light of a recent FASB going concern standard, to provide guidance on fair value auditing and other topics
    • PCAOB’s audit committee outreach efforts
    • Possible rulemaking in the next six months, including audit committee reporting
    • The impact of all of this on audit committees and those who advise them


    John F. Olson, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


    Michael J. Gallagher, Managing Partner, Assurance Quality, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Linda L. Griggs, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Jay D. Hanson, Board Member, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

    Mark Kronforst, Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance, United States Securities and Exchange Commission

    Donald T. Nicolaisen, Independent Director, Morgan Stanley, MGIC Investment Corp., Verizon, Zurich Insurance Group

    Register now and don’t miss this important free briefing!

  • PLI Discover PLUS – My Bookshelf Video

    Date: 2014.10.03 | Category: EBooks, Just for librarians, Law Libraries, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    PLI Discover PLUS allows you to easily manage your documents.  Here’s a quick video on how to manage your documents and save materials to a bookshelf on PLUS. Check out the rest of our videos on the PLI Librarian YouTube channel!


    We will continue to add instructional videos to this channel, so stay tuned for more! And if you have any suggestions on search tips videos you would like to see, please contact the PLI Library Help Desk .

  • What’s new in Bankruptcy Law

    Date: 2014.10.02 | Category: Law Libraries, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications, Treatise | Response: 0

    The Bankruptcy Deskbook was recently supplemented. That means print subscribers as well as PLI Discover PLUS subscribers have access to updated materials. This update includes:

    Patient Care Ombudsman

    When the debtor in Chapter 7, 9, or 11 is a “health care business,” the court is required to order the appointment of a patient care ombudsman unless it makes a specific finding that it is unnecessary. Two recent cases help clarify the extensive definition of “health care business” and spell out a four-part test for determining whether a debtor qualifies as such. To learn more, see § 1:3.7 and Discover PLUS subscribers can click here to automatically be taken to Chapter 1.

    Adjudication of “Stern Claims”

    In Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that when a bankruptcy court is not permitted by Article III of the Constitution to enter a final judgment on a core bankruptcy claim, the bankruptcy court should follow the procedures of the statute and submit to the district court for de novo review proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law. To learn more, see § 2:1.2[C][1] and Discover PLUS subscribers can click here to automatically be taken to Chapter 2.

    Exemptions from Property of the Estate

    Retirement funds may be exempted under both state and federal law. In Clark v. Rameker, the Supreme Court resolved a split between the Seventh Circuit and the Fifth Circuit and ruled that inherited IRAs are not retirement funds for purposes of section 522(b)(3)(C), thus affirming the Seventh Circuit’s decision that affirmed the bankruptcy court’s order sustaining a trustee’s objection to the debtor’s claimed exemption in such funds. To learn more, see § 7:4 and Discover PLUS subscribers can click here to automatically be taken to Chapter 7.


  • Free One Hour Briefing on Defining “Waters of the United States”: What is at Stake?

    Date: 2014.10.01 | Category: PLI, Programs (free) | Response: 0

    American FlagOctober 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

    On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) published a rule-making proposal to revise the definition of “waters of the United States,” a key statutory term used to prescribe the extent of federal jurisdiction to regulate a variety of activities under the Clean Water Act (CWA). 79 Fed. Reg. 22188. The current comment period for the proposal expires on October 20, 2014.

    This closely watched and highly controversial proposal follows on more than forty years of CWA implementation, three landmark Supreme Court decisions and the issuance of shifting guidance documents by EPA and DOD over the course of the past several presidential administrations. Much of the current debate centers on how the agencies should interpret and apply the Court’s 4-1-4 decision in Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006), which generated considerable confusion as to the reach of federal jurisdiction under the CWA. The EPA/DOD proposal aims to clarify matters, and stakeholders have expressed serious doubts as to whether the proposal makes matters better or worse.

    A good deal is at stake. Once finalized, the proposal will influence every regulatory program under the statute, from wastewater permitting under Section 402, to discharges of dredged or fill material under Section 404, to oil spill liability and prevention under Section 311, to State obligations to establish water quality standards under Section 303. Each of these programs applies only to “waters of the United States.” Many stakeholders believe the agencies’ proposal would greatly expand the universe of waters to be protected by these programs.

    While only a page or so in length, the proposed definition is intricate, and it differs from the existing definition in several key respects. The agencies have defined “tributaries” quite broadly, to include ponds and even ditches in certain circumstances. They have proposed to exert jurisdiction over adjacent waters of all kinds, not merely wetlands as before, and have defined “adjacent” broadly. They have proposed to exert jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis over “other” waters, and have defined this category of waters using a “significant nexus” test put forth by a single Justice in a concurring opinion in Rapanos. And the agencies have proposed specific exclusions from the definition for certain ditches and water features that are used in particular ways.

    Please join attorney James T. Banks, leader of the Environmental Practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP as he addresses:

    • What regulated parties will need to understand this proposal
    • What States and local governments will need to understand this proposal
    • The potential need for regulated parties, States and local governments to provide their input to the agencies during the comment period

    Register now and don’t miss this important free briefing!

  • Free One Hour Briefing on Telling the Story of Your Complex Case

    Date: 2014.09.30 | Category: PLI, Programs (free) | Response: 0

    October 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

    Storytelling is the most effective form of persuasion. Neither law schools nor the practice of law provide much, if any, training on how to develop likely the most important skill an advocate must possess: the ability to tell and present a persuasive story that resonates and convinces the audience on an intellectual and emotional level. Good storytelling is good advocacy.

    In this briefing, David Henry Dolkas, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and the author of Managing Complex IP Litigation will cover:

    • The five reasons that most presentations are ineffective and fail to resonate and convince.
    • How to address and answer the “Key Questions” presented by your complex case.
    • How to take the answers to the Key Questions and apply principles of screen writing and narrative to build the story of your complex case.
    • How to tell a story that will appeal to the emotional intelligence of your audience.
    • How to emphasize the benefits, rather than the features, of the facts that make up the story of your complex case.

    Register now and don’t miss this important free briefing!

  • Free One-Hour Briefing on Litigating Under Patent Local Rules: Avoiding the Pitfalls

    Date: 2014.09.29 | Category: PLI, Programs (free) | Response: 0

    September 30, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

    Fourteen years ago, the Northern District of California started an experiment: a special set of local rules to govern pretrial proceedings in patent cases. If imitation is a sign of success, then the experiment was a great success: Thirty one districts around the country have now adopted variants of the Northern District’s Patent Local Rules, and judges in other jurisdictions, such as the Central District of California, have adopted standing orders adopting the scheduling and disclosure requirements of the Patent Local Rules for their courtroom or regularly incorporate those requirements into Rule 16 scheduling orders.

    Litigating under the rules can be challenging, with most courts adopting a strict approach to pre-trial disclosures that is very different from the way other civil disputes are handled under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Failure to recognize these differences and to plan ahead for complying with the rules can result in a litigant being precluded from making important substantive arguments.

    Please join the chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s IP litigation group, Michael M. Carlson as he discusses:

    • The potential pitfalls of practicing under Patent Local Rules
    • The steps that must be taken to prepare for and comply with Patent Local Rules
    • The major variations in the terms of the Patent Local Rules as adopted among the districts

    The discussion will be applicable to those litigating patent cases in any district that has adopted the rules or in front of any judge who has implemented them through standing or scheduling orders.

    Register now and don’t miss this important free briefing!





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