Treatise Update: Hillman on Documenting Secured Transactions

As case law exposes costly and needless drafting errors and as courts wrestle with applying a complex law to increasingly intricate deals, Hillman on Documenting Secured Transactions: Effective Drafting and Litigation aims to share best practices in documenting secured transactions within the broad legal framework and to maintain its role as the leading practical guide for attorneys drafting and litigating under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. 

Updated content from the new release includes:

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Meet Our AALL 2021 Raffle Winner: Annie Mellott

At AALL’s 2021 Virtual Conference in July, PLI raffled off a one-year membership to MasterClass. This year’s winner is Annie Mellott, acquisitions librarian at William M. Rains Library at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Annie graciously agreed to be interviewed about her career in law librarianship for this blog.


Tell us a little about yourself. Why did you become a librarian?
I’ve always been drawn to learning and education throughout my own studies. While getting my MA in Religious Studies, I started working in the library. I realized it was a perfect fit for me career wise because it allowed me to be in an educational environment while helping the community of students, faculty, and staff during their own research projects.

What do you like most about your job as acquisitions librarian at Loyola Law School?
I love working in the background of the library to provide everyone with what they need. It feels really useful to be able to make information accessible to our patrons so that they have the smoothest experience possible while at Loyola Law School.

Which PLI publication do you most frequently recommend to students and/or faculty?
Honestly, I don’t do much recommending as an acquisitions librarian! We have the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic here and make sure to keep Fragomen on Immigration Fundamentals on standing order so it’s always available for their reference.

What did you think of this year’s conference? What was the highlight for you?
I thought this year’s conference went really well. I’m impressed with the online format working pretty seamlessly and loved the pre-recorded sessions and transcripts that I could revisit. It was also fun visiting the vendors in a safe way this year. I do miss the social and networking opportunities an in person conference allows us, but I’m glad we could convene safely.

Treatise Update – Trade Secrets: A Practitioner’s Guide (Second Edition)

Trade Secrets: A Practitioner’s Guide  discusses all aspects of protecting trade secrets.  It provides sample forms, checklists, and trial testimony from actual cases.  The treatise compares and contrasts trade-secret protection with other forms of intellectual property such as copyright, patents, and trademarks.

This release contains new discussions of the law of trade secrets and related topics. Highlights include:

Chapter 4

  • Secrecy ended by disclosure: Updates to § 4:9.3 include coverage of Attia v. Google LLC, where the Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a claim under the DTSA, finding that disclosure of the subject matter of a trade secret in a published patent application vitiated its trade secret status.
  • Security measures: Updates to § 4:13 include coverage of Inteliclear, LLC v. ETC Global Holdings, Inc., where the Ninth Circuit reversed summary judgment for the defendant in a trade-secret misappropriation case, disagreeing with the district court’s conclusion that insufficient secrecy was pleaded.

Chapter 5

  • Ownership: New § 5:11 focuses on Advanced Fluid Systems, Inc. v. Huber, where the Third Circuit ruled that a contractor on a NASA project that possessed trade secrets but did not own them could bring a misappropriation claim. (Other issues in this case are covered in § 4:13 on security measures and § 13:3.7 on punitive damages.)

Chapter 6

  • Wrongful means: New § 6:12 examines Compulife Software Inc. v. Newman, a case involving a misappropriation-by-use claim in which the Eleventh Circuit ruled, among other things, that a magistrate judge had erred in reasoning that the public availability of quotes on the plaintiff’s site automatically precluded a finding that scraping those quotes constituted misappropriation.

Chapter 10

  • Identifying trade secrets with specificity: Updates to § 10:9.1 include discussion of TLS Management and Marketing Services, LLC v. Rodriguez-Toledo, an appellate decision addressing the plaintiff’s burden of establishing that a trade secret exists and the enforceability of nondisclosure agreements.

Chapter 13

  • Unjust enrichment: Updates to chapter 13 include discussion of Epic Systems Corp. v. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., where the court of appeals affirmed an award of unjust enrichment damages (see § 13:3.5) and found that the punitive damages award was justified by the evidence but unconstitutional in amount (see § 13:3.7).

Table Authorities and Index

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What’s New on PLI PLUS

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

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Treatise Update: Hedge Fund Regulation (Second Edition)

Covering one of the most dynamic sectors of the asset management industry, Hedge Fund Regulation (Second Edition) is a comprehensive guide providing insight into the history, investment strategies, structure, management, and market activities of hedge funds.  It addresses current regulatory concerns that impact these innovative investment vehicles, their managers, and investors. 

This seventeenth release to the treatise updates it with the latest considerations in structuring, launching, and operating a hedge fund. Highlights include:

  • Chapter 4, Private Placement. Now discusses the recent adoption of new Rule 152 that contains a single safe harbor simplifying the integration framework for securities offerings under the Securities Act of 1933.
  • Chapter 5, Commodity Pools. Revised in conjunction with other chapter updates.
  • Chapter 6, Marketing the Manager. Significantly updated to address the new Marketing Rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • Chapter 8, Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. Adds a discussion of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020.
  • Chapter 13, Compliance. Revised to reflect revisions to the SEC’s whistleblower program.
  • Chapter 14, Books and Records. Updated with changes resulting from the SEC’s new Marketing Rule and revisions to CFTC Form CPO-PQR.
  • Chapter 18, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisers. Adds discussion of amendments to CFTC Regulation 3.10(c) that provides a registration exemption for non-U.S. commodity pool operators (CPOs); new NFA Compliance Rule 2-50 requiring registered CPOs to notify the NFA upon the occurrence of certain events affecting a commodity pool operated by the CPO; and a new NFA requirement requiring Registered CPOs and Commodity Trading Advisers to adopt a written supervisory framework for outsourcing the performance of regulatory functions to third parties.
  • Chapter 24, Disclosures of Market Participation. Expanded discussion of Sections 13(d) and 16 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and a new section addressing the CFTC’s Speculative Position Limits.
  • Chapter 26, Derivatives Markets Participants. Revisions including those addressing final CFTC regulations imposing capital requirements on swap dealers and major swap participants that are not subject to the capital requirements of a prudential regulator, and those governing real-time swaps public reporting, swaps regulatory reporting, and swaps data verification.

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New Title! FinTech, RegTech, and the Financial Services Industry

PLI Press is proud to announce the publication of the new treatise FinTech, RegTech, and the Financial Services Industry.

Editor Clifford Kirsch, a leading securities lawyer with more than 25 years of regulatory, corporate counsel, and private practice experience, and a team of 39 experts offer extensive analysis of the legal and compliance issues arising out of the increasingly rapid developments in financial technology, including crowdfunding, blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, and the advent of robo-advisors, and the emerging regulatory framework.

Divided into seven parts, this treatise:

  • Provides introductory discussions tracing the development of fintech, regtech, and suptech, as well as a review of the regulatory agencies that cover financial products and services that fall under the fintech umbrella.
  • Examines the business applications of fintech and their attendant regulatory implications, such as the use of digital technology by financial services firms to interact with customers; raising equity capital through the SEC’s Regulation Crowdfunding; and more.  
  • Covers the concept of creating a general ledger through blockchains, which can be relied upon by the public as a source of information of ownership.
  • Examines the issues that arise when considering the handling and use of data by fintechs.
  • Considers anti-money laundering in the fintech context.
  • Provides a discussion of the legal effectiveness of electronic signatures, electronic records, electronic delivery (“e-delivery”) of records, and electronic retention of records.
  • Discusses firms’ integration of data analytics into their compliance programs, as well as regulators’ use of data analytics to surveil financial markets for potential misconduct.

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What’s New on PLI PLUS

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

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PLI Chronicle: Special AALL Edition

Dear Readers,

PLI launched the online journal the PLI Chronicle in September 2020 with a simple mission: to present engaging and timely discussions about the legal industry from a diverse range of perspectives. Chronicle editor Alyse Greer explains, “Since everyone offers value to their fellow industry associates, all legal and accounting professionals are encouraged to submit articles. The publication gives authors a platform to educate others and the freedom to write in their own voices.”

We compiled this “special edition” of the Chronicle from articles published in previous issues as a way to familiarize librarians with this new content type. The selection reflects what we identified as themes running throughout this year’s American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference: 1) Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession; 2) The future of legal technology, education, and research; and 3) Mental health for legal practitioners.

In the articles below, you’ll find wellness tips from an attorney who overcame depression and addiction; a two-part look into the Internet of Things and open source software; musings on the role of curiosity in fostering inclusion and diversity initiatives; and more. You don’t need a subscription to read these articles. Everything published in the Chronicle is available for anyone and everyone to read. All you need is a PLI account, which is both free and easy to set up.

Our hope is that this curated edition will enhance the conference experience and perhaps even inspire some of our colleagues in law libraries to publish with us.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Fiore, J.D., M.A.
Associate Legal Editor, Publishing and PLI Plus

What’s New on PLI PLUS

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

Click here to see what we added in June 2021!