July 2018



Labor & Employment

The Labor & Employment Practice Center has added 53 sample federal litigation documents to its Practical Guidance collection. These sample documents can be used as models, guides, or templates by litigators when drafting their own court or agency filings. The documents include a Petition to Revoke or Modify an EEOC Subpoena, a Motion for Summary Judgment, a Defendant's Motion to Dismiss and Compel Arbitration, and various requests for document production.



Steven Eichel of Robinson Brog and Paul M. Lopez of Higier Allen & Lautin have authored a new Practical Guidance suite on Involuntary Petitions, offering task-based coverage and sample motions to protect creditor’s rights by exploring debtor strategies and responses.


Corporate Transactions

Two new step-by-step transactions on hedge funds have been added to our Private Funds suite.  Hedge Fund Formation covers the steps required for a fund sponsor to start up a hedge fund.  Investing in a Hedge Fund describes the process by which an investor invests in an operating hedge fund.  The new Hedge Fund Practical Guidance collection includes overviews of basic structural, transactional and legal issues and addresses considerations specific to hedge funds such as due diligence, liquidity, side letters and checklists for transactions. The materials include (1) a table comparing hedge funds to private equity funds and mutual funds, (2) a glossary of common hedge fund terminology and (3) a drafting guide for a private offering memorandum.




The enhanced Bankruptcy Practice Center was launched June 25th.  Anchored by our digital Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise, the practice center integrates top-tier docket searches, task-oriented Practical Guidance, and renowned Bloomberg business information. The addition of eight curated Practice Pages broadens our coverage and expedites access to related bankruptcy law topics such as Cross-Border Insolvencies and Chapter 11 Reorganizations.  The Business Development Practice Page includes a Bankruptcy Likelihood Assessment tool, including predictive analytics, which visually displays the probability of a company defaulting within one year.


Practical Guidance, written by bankruptcy attorneys with subject-matter expertise, includes coverage of Attorneys’ Fees: Chapter 11, an invaluable guide to ensure attorneys’ fees are paid promptly and in full; and Involuntary Petitions, offering task-based coverage and sample motions to protect creditor’s rights by exploring debtor strategies and responses.



New secondary content has been added to the E-Discovery Practice Center including: ABA’s E-Discovery for Everyone, which contains a Foreword by United States District Court Judge Paul Grimm and a chapter by Judge David Waxse, both acknowledged e-discovery experts; and The eData Guide to the GDPR by the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP e-discovery practice group. This helpful overview of the GDPR, which is now featured as a white paper on the E-Discovery Practice Center Cross-Border Data Transfers page, will be incorporated later this year in a new edition of Morgan’s eData Desk Book, which is also available on the Practice Center. 


In Focus: Socially Responsible (Retirement) Investing

In Focus: Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

In Focus: Wellness Plans

In Focus: HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

Four topical, In-Focus Pages have been added to the Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center.


In Focus: Responsible (Retirement) Investing helps retirement investment advisors, fiduciaries, and plan sponsors respond to the increasing demand by retirement plan participants and consumers for socially responsible investing as defined by the DOL, which includes considering issues like climate change, sustainability, workplace diversity, and equal opportunity.


In Focus: Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule offers insight into the requirements of the new rule – in effect this year – and provides executive compensation attorneys and compliance professionals up-to-the-minute news and guidance.


In Focus: Wellness Plans helps health benefits attorneys and plan administrators keep watch for the EEOC’s long-awaited guidance that will replace existing regulations at the end of 2018.  This In Focus practice page provides attorneys and plan administrators information that will help their clients develop 2019 health plans before the 2018 fall open enrollment.


In Focus: HIPAA Business Associate Agreements gives health benefits attorneys, covered entities, and business associates tools to comply with HIPAA and adhere to best practices to prevent data breaches of personal health information (PHI) and avoid fines and legal exposure.


In Focus: Pay Equity

In Focus: Transgender Issues in the Workplace

In Focus: Immigration

Three new topical In-Focus Pages have been added to the Labor & Employment Practice Center.  Employment attorneys needing to quickly get up-to-speed on pay equity issues can turn to the In Focus: Pay Equity page on the L&E Practice Center.  This page includes a primer on pay equity written by Robert P. Lewis, Partner, Emily Harbison, Partner, and Caroline Burnett, Senior Professional Support Lawyer of Baker McKenzie and links to analysis, latest news, insights, court cases and law firm research.


In Focus: Transgender Issues in the Workplace provides employment attorneys with up-to-date content on emerging issues regarding transgender employees.  The page includes a primer on transgender issues in the workplace by Seyfarth Shaw partners Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and Ben Conley, as well as links to court opinions, law firm research, latest news, and other helpful content including a model policy on gender transition.

Employment law attorneys advising clients on immigration concerns will find the In Focus: Immigration page particularly helpful with links to news, analysis, checklists, and related content.  


In Focus: Regulation Best Interest

A new In Focus: Regulation Best Interest concentrates on the SEC’s recently released rulemaking package on the standard of conduct applicable to broker-dealers and investment advisers, including coverage of related matters. The page includes links to the proposing releases and comments and will include a regularly updated summary of those comments, as well as other items covering the topic.  This new In Focus page is available in the Securities Practice Center.


In Focus: Deal Points

A newly released 2018 SRS Acquiom M&A Deal Points study has been added to the existing In Focus: Deal Points page.  The study provides insight into private deal term trends based on SRS Acquiom’s review of  private transactional documents. The page also includes a series of Professional Perspectives authored by Dan Avery, who is a Director at Goulston & Storrs, P.C and a member of the ABA Committee that prepares the ABA’s Private Deal Points Study, providing insight into recent M&A deal term trends.


Our litigation and bankruptcy Law Reports have transitioned to enhanced news products that include new features and functionality and, in most cases, new product names.  Without compromising the award-winning coverage of our Law Reports, our enhanced news products feature delivery of timely and concise news as it happens, custom alerts for monitoring developments, a better mobile experience, and more.


The line-up of new products includes:


Bankruptcy Law News: which replaces Bankruptcy Law Reporter

Class Action News: which replaces Class Action Litigation Report

White Collar & Criminal Law News: which replaces Criminal Law Reporter and White Collar Crime Report

Product Liability & Toxics Law News: which replaces Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Toxics Law Reporter, and Expert Evidence Report

E-Discovery & Legal Tech News: which replaces Digital Discovery & E-Evidence

U.S. Law Week
, title unchanged, includes the features and functionality of our enhanced news products as well as First MoveSM, a new morning email with insights and analysis into the top legal news stories of the day and a look ahead at the events we will be monitoring.