November 2016

Changes to Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center

Bloomberg Law® Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center has been enhanced so that users can quickly and precisely target the most useful resources for their practice area. Additionally, the name has been changed from the Employee Benefits Practice Center to the Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center to more accurately reflect Bloomberg Law’s coverage.

Browse by Topic

The Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center now features seven new Browse by Topic pages: Corporate Governance; ERISA Litigation; Executive Compensation; Fiduciary Duties; Health & Welfare Plans; Multiemployer Plans; and Retirement Plans. This organization allows users to easily navigate to a complete set of content, practice tools and other resources for a specific topic.


November 1

State & Local Charts

This new Resources category has been added so that all State Law Chart Builders and Local Quick Reference Charts related to employee benefits can be found in one place.

November 2
Enhancements to the Banking Practice Center

  • Commercial Loan Licensing Chart Builder Added
    • Bloomberg Law’s Commercial Loan Licensing Chart Builder provides a comprehensive survey of state laws governing the licensing of commercial lenders. Commercial lending, and small business lending in particular, has received increased attention recently with the rise of marketplace lenders who provide an alternative route to capital, and thus commercial lenders must be aware of all state licensing regimes that cover their lending activities. Bloomberg Law’s Commercial Loan Licensing Chart Builder provides a continuously updated, one-stop shop for all commercial lenders to ensure they are meeting all of their state licensing requirements, while also providing a comparison of key licensing requirements and links to relevant license applications. 
  • An "In Focus" page has been added to the Banking & Finance Practice Center covering the continuing consequences and activity surrounding the Wells Fargo unauthorized account scandal. 
  • A new Banking Practice Series portfolio has been added to the Banking & Finance Practice Center: Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance: A Practitioner's Guide to OFAC, by Michael Casey and Zach Brez of Ropes & Gray. The portfolio provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. economic sanctions regime, a complex and growing system primarily administered and enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) within the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Bloomberg Law Docket Entry Filter Expansion

Bloomberg Law Dockets now offers a Docket Entry Filter on docket sheets in 7 U.S. District Courts supported by our proprietary Docket KeySM technology which classifies entries on a docket sheet through machine learning techniques.

The newly supported courts are:

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Other courts supported by Docket KeySM are:

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Bloomberg BNA’s Media Law Reporter now on IP/Tech & Telecom Practice Center

Bloomberg BNA’s Media Law Reporter—the only legal reporting service focusing solely on federal and state media law—makes its debut on the IP/Tech & Telecom Practice Center’s Media blade. The new offering includes federal and state decisions and bench rulings, plus headnote summaries organized with Media Law Reporter’s detailed classification outline.

New Country Profiles on Bloomberg Law: Privacy and Data Security

Bloomberg Law’s collection of Country Profiles—quick reference guides to the governing laws and authorities, risk environment and emerging issues in foreign countries—grows to 58 with the addition of profiles for Normay and four German states (Baden-Wurttemburg, Bavaria, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia).

In Focus: AT&T-Time Warner Merger

A new deep dive into the AT&T/Time Warner merger transaction joins the “In Focus” feature on Bloomberg Law’s IP/Tech & Telecom Practice Center. The In Focus pages combine news coverage, applicable laws and regulations, agency guidance and in-depth practical guidance on topics of current interest.

Capital Markets Practical Guidance Expanded

New step-by-step practical guidance has been added to the Transactional Practical Guidance, Capital Markets content included in the in the Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions Workflow Solution. Three new transactions involving shelf offerings conducted by Well Known Seasoned Issuers have been added, including: WKSI Shelf Filing, WKSI Shelf Takedown - Equity, WKSI Shelf Takedown - Debt.

This step-by-step practical guidance offers three complete sets of drafting guides, overviews, annotated timelines and checklists, chart builders, forms, document overviews, precedents and a wealth of other information specific to shelf offerings conducted by Well Known Seasoned Issuers (WKSIs).

Expansion of Smart Code Functionality to Four New States: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and Utah

Bloomberg Law's Smart Code functionality has been expanded to four new states: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and Utah. Users can now pull up a statute or regulation from any of those states and click on the Smart Code tab located along the top of the page to quickly view extracts of court opinions discussing the provision they are researching. This feature allows users to filter the relevant extracts by Keyword, Date, Court, or Topic to easily identify the most useful results. Smart Code uses machine learning to assign a strength of discussion score on a sliding scale from “weak” to “strong”, enabling users to focus on the legal discussions most likely to inform their research.

The specific codes and regulations where Smart Code has been added include:












Bloomberg BNA Portfolios

The following new portfolios are available on Bloomberg Law:

Law Reviews & Journals

Bloomberg Law has added the following law reviews and journals to its secondary source collection:

New from Bloomberg BNA Books:

A Second Edition of Global Patent Litigation is now available. This unique and comprehensive treatise will help multinational companies and their counsel answer critical questions when developing and implementing an effective global patent litigation strategy. It examines the costs, risks, and benefits of patent litigation in the most litigious and commercially developed countries in the world and includes objective patent litigation data, including time and cost to trial and patentee win rates, and provides a formula for putting a dollar value on filing a patent lawsuit anywhere in the world. The book also analyzes the procedural and substantive differences between different legal systems and includes distinctive “at a glance” charts allowing for clear cross-country comparisons. The Second Edition refines and expands on the analysis provided in the first edition of the book, and adds new country chapters for Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Norway, and Sweden.

Topics covered include:


  • Global forum shopping, now becoming inter-country and issue-specific
  • Introduction of data metrics and litigation tools to formulate strategies
  • Developments in global patent litigation by region and industry
  • Total patent infringement claim and damage valuation
  • Rise of non-practicing entities (NPEs), which are poised to become global phenomena, as NPEs seek out courts where they can leverage the ability to obtain infringers’ profits and/or injunctions