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Sarah Ernst, partner in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group, has been selected as a member of the Daily Report’s “On the Rise” class of 2016, an elite group of Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
June 24, 2016
Press Release
Tom Schendt comments on plans by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service to increase the number and frequency of retirement plan audits.
June 17, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client Gränges AB has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation under which it will serve as the “stalking horse” bidder for Noranda’s downstream aluminum rolling business in the United States.
June 16, 2016
Press Release
Jeff Belkin is quoted on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kingdomware Technologies Inc. v. U.S. requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to give preference to veteran-owned small businesses when awarding federal contracts.
June 16, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has been recognized as a global leader in patent law in the 2016 edition of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, marking the fifth consecutive year that the firm has earned this recognition.
June 16, 2016
Press Release
Cari Dawson, Scott Elder and Daniel Norris are noted for representing Mazda Motor of America, Inc., in multidistrict litigation over potentially faulty Takata air bags.
June 15, 2016
In the News
The Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) has recognized three Alston & Bird attorneys for their outstanding contributions to the organization.
June 15, 2016
Press Release
Michael Brown and Leanne Kantner are noted for representing Chinese national Jiaqiang Xu in an investigation by U.S. prosecutors in New York.
June 14, 2016
In the News
Paula Stannard comments on the growing importance of electronic health records to the long-term care industry.
June 14, 2016
In the News
Adam Biegel, Matthew Kent, Jason Waite and Eric Shimp are noted for providing antitrust counsel to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd. in its purchase of a subsidiary of NXP Semiconductors NV.
June 14, 2016
In the News
Willa Cohen Bruckner comments on the prospect of blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, being used for processing contracts and settlement terms for derivatives trades.
June 13, 2016
In the News
Cliff Stanford is quoted on a request by the Chamber of Digital Commerce that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency establish a limited-purpose charter for fintech companies.
June 10, 2016
In the News
Kendall Houghton comments on a 21-state lawsuit seeking to recoup $400 million in unclaimed property in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
June 10, 2016
In the News
For the sixth consecutive year, general counsel have identified Alston & Bird as a firm that they are willing to bet their reputation on and recommend to their peers.
June 9, 2016
Press Release
Maureen Gorsen is quoted on legislation passed by Congress reforming the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.
June 9, 2016
In the News
John Snyder is quoted on the departure of Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Gelfand from the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.
June 9, 2016
In the News
The firm is noted for representing Seacoast Banking.
June 8, 2016
In the News
Maureen Gorsen discusses the impact of a pending overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act and how it could expand EPA’s authority to regulate products.
June 3, 2016
In the News
Bruce Rose and Jon Gordon discuss how the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act will impact intellectual property law and litigation.
June 2, 2016
In the News
Randall Allen, Ryan Koppelman, Pat Flinn and Parker Miller are noted for representing Nokia in a patent infringement dispute.
June 2, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird attorneys Mark T. Calloway and Emily McGowan have been honored with a 2016 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their analysis of a new U.S. Department of Justice policy that – for the first time – prioritizes the prosecution of individual employees, not just their companies.
June 2, 2016
Press Release
John Latham, Susan Hurd, Gidon Caine and Chuck Cox are mentioned for representing Dell in stockholder appraisal litigation.
May 31, 2016
In the News
Bruce Rose and Jon Gordon are quoted on the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act and whether it will lead to an increase in patenting or greater reliance on trade secrets to protect intellectual property.
May 31, 2016
In the News
Mark Ray and Sarah Ernst are noted for advising Arbor Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of XenoPort for a total equity value of approximately $467 million.
May 27, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has earned wide recognition in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, the peer review directory of leading U.S. business lawyers.
May 27, 2016
Press Release
Maureen Gorsen comments on a White House proposal that would require companies with federal contracts to report on greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risk data.
May 27, 2016
In the News
Peter Masaitis comments on automobile safety risks that can trigger recalls by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
May 25, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp comments on President Obama’s visit to Vietnam.
May 24, 2016
In the News
Mark Ray and Sarah Ernst are mentioned for advising Arbor Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of XenoPort for a total equity value of approximately $467 million.
May 23, 2016
In the News
Brett Jaffe is mentioned for defending a former Nomura trader in a criminal case brought by U.S. prosecutors.
May 23, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client Mohawk Industries, Inc., has prevailed in an appeal by Arizona Chemical Company, LLC, challenging a $70.1 million jury award in a commercial dispute.
May 23, 2016
Press Release
Tim Selby is quoted on the value of sustainability reporting as an indicator of a company’s long-term success.
May 23, 2016
In the News
Bill Jordan is quoted on the likely increase in cases prosecuted under the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Yates Memo.”
May 23, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp provides commentary on President Obama’s visit to Vietnam in connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade proposal.
May 22, 2016
In the News
Mark Williamson comments on the challenges facing Prince’s estate in assessing the value of intangible assets such as intellectual property and mitigating differences with the IRS.
May 20, 2016
In the News
Doug Scribner, Daniel Norris and Jason Rottner are noted for representing Mohawk Industries in winning an appeal challenging a $70.1 million jury verdict in Florida in 2014.
May 20, 2016
In the News
Jessica Corley is quoted on a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirming dismissal of a securities class action lawsuit against AmTrust Financial Services.
May 19, 2016
In the News
Adam Biegel, partner and head of Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., antitrust practice, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group.
May 19, 2016
Press Release
Eric Shimp is quoted on the likelihood that Congress will not act on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement this year.
May 18, 2016
In the News
Willa Bruckner comments on a new protocol from the International Swaps and Derivatives Association addressing limitation of contractual termination rights in cross-border transactions when a financial institution counterparty becomes insolvent.
May 17, 2016
In the News
Dominique Shelton comments on the U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo v. Robins ruling and how it may strengthen defendants' positions in future privacy and data breach class actions.
May 17, 2016
In the News
A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a securities class action lawsuit against Alston & Bird client AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., a multinational insurance holding company.
May 17, 2016
Press Release
Mark Kanaly discusses the shifting market for bank M&A.
May 17, 2016
In the News
Derin Dickerson comments on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, noting it will make it harder for plaintiffs to show they have standing to pursue class actions.
May 16, 2016
In the News
Mark Kanaly is quoted on the potential appeal to banks of swapping branches as a novel approach to M&A deal-making.
May 16, 2016
In the News
Tony Balloon comments on challenges American companies face when conducting business with Chinese firms in the United States.
May 16, 2016
In the News
Mark Kanaly comments on what potential buyers may look for in acquiring a bank.
May 16, 2016
In the News
Derin Dickerson and Brett Coburn comment on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins and how it will make it harder to sue for alleged technical violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
May 16, 2016
In the News
Charlie Morgan is quoted on a new rule from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring employers to submit workplace illness and injury records to OSHA electronically for posting on its web site.
May 13, 2016
In the News
Brett Coburn and Chris Marquardt discuss the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the new tools it gives employers to protect their confidential business information.
May 12, 2016
In the News
Charlie Morgan comments on employer compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic record-keeping rule.
May 12, 2016
In the News
Daniel Huynh, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, has been honored as the 2016 recipient of the Atlanta IP Inn of Court’s Pro Bono Award.
May 11, 2016
Press Release
Charlie Morgan comments on a new rule from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring employers to electronically submit their injury and illness reports.
May 11, 2016
In the News
Jim Evans is quoted on Uber’s $100 million settlement of a worker misclassification lawsuit and what it means to other employers who hire independent contractors.
May 10, 2016
In the News
Fortune magazine has recognized Alston & Bird as a leader in community giving and service.
May 10, 2016
Press Release
On May 10, 2016, the California Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the Santa Margarita Water District and San Bernardino County in two cases challenging the Cadiz water project, a public-private partnership that seeks to pump and beneficially use groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave Desert located in San Bernardino County.
May 10, 2016
Press Release
Alston & Bird acted as counsel to Wells Fargo Securities, the financial advisor to Krispy Kreme, in connection with the proposed transaction. JAB Beech will acquire Krispy Kreme for $21 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.
May 9, 2016
Press Release
Cliff Stanford comments on the possibility of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issuing a national bank charter to fintech companies.
May 9, 2016
In the News
The Georgia Planned Giving Council has honored Jack Sawyer, partner in Alston & Bird’s Wealth Planning Group, with this year’s Greater Good Award at the organization’s 12th annual awards luncheon.
May 6, 2016
Press Release
Michael Zweiback discusses terrorist cyberattacks and how companies can avoid being hacked.
May 5, 2016
In the News
In a test of new California legislation that went into effect in January 2016, Alston & Bird secured a significant trial victory for Quikrete© California LLC in a “piece-rate” wage dispute decided by the California Superior Court of Sacramento County.
May 5, 2016
Press Release
Marc Scheineson comments on new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations for e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids.
May 5, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client RREEF Management L.L.C., an arm of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, has purchased a 28-story trophy office tower in downtown Seattle for $370 million. This transaction was recognized by Law360 as one of the top 10 largest real estate transactions in the country in first quarter 2016.
May 4, 2016
Press Release
Sam Kaywood is quoted on the U.S. Treasury Department’s new earnings-stripping regulations and their impact on foreign-owned companies and U.S. multinationals that invest abroad.
May 3, 2016
In the News
Ed Casey is quoted on environmental clean-up risks facing buyers of potentially contaminated properties.
May 2, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Silicon Valley office has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal.
April 29, 2016
Press Release

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia has honored Brendan Carroll, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group, with this year’s “Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence” at the organization’s 27th Annual Servant of the Justice Awards Dinner.

April 29, 2016
Press Release
Brett Coburn and Chris Marquardt are quoted on provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, including giving immunity to certain whistleblowers and allowing companies to file civil lawsuits under the federal Economic Espionage Act.
April 29, 2016
In the News
Cliff Stanford comments on new guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regarding the retention of employee instant messaging and other e-communications.
April 29, 2016
In the News
Ethan Millar comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to review California’s practices for collecting unclaimed property.
April 29, 2016
In the News
Thomas Parker, Deepro Mukerjee, Yi Wen Wu, Jitty Malik and Kirk Bradley are mentioned for representing Merck in an inter partes review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
April 26, 2016
In the News
Pat DiCarlo comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new fiduciary standard and how it impacts Health Saving Accounts.
April 26, 2016
In the News
Tim Selby is quoted on findings from a new survey by the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable that the low cost of crude oil will precipitate a decline in U.S. efforts to find alternative energy sources.
April 25, 2016
In the News
Maureen Gorsen is quoted on reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act and the likelihood that it will resolve issues of federal preemption of state laws.
April 25, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on Britain’s proposal to leave the European Union and the effects it could have on the proposed U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
April 25, 2016
In the News
Peter Kazon is quoted on a new rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services governing diagnostic lab payments that is currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
April 25, 2016
In the News
Jim Evans is quoted on the U.S. Treasury Department’s plan to put Harriet Tubman’s face on the $20 bill and how the change can facilitate equal pay discussions.
April 25, 2016
In the News
Patrick Flinn, Keith Broyles, David Frist and Joshua Weeks are mentioned for representing Diebold Inc. in a patent dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
April 25, 2016
In the News
Steve Ensor comments on how lawyers can demonstrate value, including helping clients minimize risk, meet business goals and control costs.
April 22, 2016
In the News
Jim Evans is quoted on Uber’s settlement with drivers in California and Massachusetts requiring the company to pay as much as $100 million.
April 22, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has secured a major win in the Delaware Supreme Court, which ruled that out-of-state companies can no longer be sued in Delaware merely because they register to do business within the state.
April 22, 2016
Press Release
Rosemarie Thurston comments on changes facing the public non-listed REIT market due to pending regulations by the Financial Industry Regulatory Association.
April 22, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on the increase in Chinese investment in the U.S. and the corresponding rise in merger scrutiny by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
April 22, 2016
In the News
Michael Zweiback comments on the possible effects of the recent suit filed against the U.S. Department of Justice by Microsoft alleging violations of the U.S. Constitution by preventing customer notification of government requests to access cloud data.
April 22, 2016
In the News
Maureen Gorsen is quoted on congressional efforts to revamp the Toxic Substances Control Act and how reform would have minimal effect on state actions to approve legislation to regulate chemicals even further.
April 20, 2016
In the News
Brian Ellsworth is quoted on a new Federal Circuit ruling that recognizes protections in communications between registered patent agents and their clients.
April 20, 2016
In the News
Paula Stannard is quoted on state breach notification standards for protected health information.
April 19, 2016
In the News
Leah Singleton is quoted on how plan sponsors are affected by new regulations by the U.S. Department of Labor requiring financial advisors to meet a higher fiduciary standard when selling mutual funds, IRAs and other retirement products.
April 18, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has ranked third among U.S. law firms representing financial advisors in first-quarter M&A activity.
April 18, 2016
Press Release
David Godofsky is quoted on the leeway provided to employers in creating defined contribution retirement plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
April 18, 2016
In the News
Jim Evans is quoted on changes to the California Fair Pay Act to resolve salary disparities between men and women.
April 17, 2016
In the News
Jan Dhont is quoted on the EU-US Privacy Shield and the European Commission’s Article 29 Working Party’s refusal to endorse the agreement.
April 14, 2016
In the News
Cari Dawson, Scott Elder and Daniel Norris are noted for representing Mazda Motor of America, Inc., in multidistrict litigation over potentially faulty Takata airbags.
April 14, 2016
In the News
David Godofsky is quoted on recent scrutiny by the IRS on the mathematical formulas used by plan sponsors to design short-service programs.
April 13, 2016
In the News
Maureen Gorsen discusses local government ‘take-back’ programs that would require manufacturers to dispose of unneeded medications and unwanted hazardous medical products.
April 13, 2016
In the News
Nanci Weissgold comments on home mortgage issues arising from a spouse’s death or divorce.
April 12, 2016
In the News
Mary Benton and Matt Hedstrom are quoted on state and city efforts to tax internet-based activities, including cloud computing.
April 11, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client Halyard Health, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire private equity-backed Corpak MedSystems in an all-cash transaction totaling $174 million.
April 11, 2016
Press Release
David Brown and Justin Howard are noted for representing ZAIS Financial Corp. in its acquisition by Sutherland Asset Management Corp.
April 8, 2016
In the News
Pat DiCarlo is quoted on new regulations by the U.S. Department of Labor requiring financial advisers to meet a higher fiduciary standard when selling mutual funds, IRAs and other products to retirement account owners.
April 8, 2016
In the News
On April 7, 2016, Alston & Bird client ZAIS Financial Corp. (NYSE: ZFC), a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on residential mortgage assets, other real estate-related securities and financial assets, announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine with Sutherland Asset Management Corp., a privately held REIT that focuses on small-balance commercial loans.
April 8, 2016
Press Release
Pat DiCarlo is quoted on the new U.S. Department of Labor rule imposing a fiduciary duty on broker-dealers who advise retirement savers and the uncertainty it will create.
April 8, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird pro bono and community service assistant Jarvarus Gresham was featured for his participation in the Atlanta Bar Association’s summer law internship program.
April 8, 2016
In the News
Tom Feddo is quoted on the Office of Financial Asset Control’s intervention in electronic transfers that could be used by terrorist organizations or sent to countries that are under economic sanctions.
April 8, 2016
In the News
Pat DiCarlo is quoted on new U.S. Department of Labor rules imposing a fiduciary duty on broker-dealers who advise retirement savers.
April 7, 2016
In the News
David Brown and Justin Howard are noted for representing ZAIS Financial Corp. in its acquisition by Sutherland Asset Management Corp.
April 7, 2016
In the News
Jim Evans is quoted on the $1 billion in claims that employees are trying to add in their class action lawsuit against Uber under the Private Attorneys General Act .
April 7, 2016
In the News
Pat DiCarlo is quoted on new rules by the U.S. Department of Labor meant to protect retirement investors from conflicted financial advice.
April 7, 2016
In the News
Nanci Weissgold is quoted on steps heirs can take to ensure an outstanding mortgage does not become a burden when a homeowner dies.
April 6, 2016
In the News
Pat DiCarlo is quoted on new U.S. Department of Labor rules imposing a fiduciary duty on advisors in the IRA and 401(k) markets.
April 6, 2016
In the News
Kristy McAlister Brown, Dominique Shelton and Cari Dawson are noted for representing Wendy’s Co. in data breach litigation.
April 5, 2016
In the News
John Snyder is quoted on William Baer’s expected appointment as U.S. Department of Justice Associate Attorney General.
April 5, 2016
In the News
Maureen Gorsen is quoted on how potential reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will have a negligible effect on states’ chemical regulatory authority.
April 5, 2016
In the News
Dan Diffley, George Abney, Andy Tuck and Mike Barry are noted for representing the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida in appealing a $1 million sanction ruling in a failed racketeering suit.
April 5, 2016
In the News
Matt Hedstrom and Zach Gladney are quoted on the implications of Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl and states’ efforts to tax remote retailers.
April 4, 2016
In the News
Scott Harty is quoted on best practices for auditing and reviewing partnership tax liabilities in light of changes to the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.
April 4, 2016
In the News
Ed Casey is quoted on residential growth in Los Angeles and city ordinances regulating construction.
April 3, 2016
In the News
Marc Scheineson is quoted on the appointment of Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
April 2, 2016
In the News
Jim Grant comments on litigation trends and points to a significant rise in cases involving class actions, including multidistrict litigation, and other consumer suits, as well as shareholder disputes.
April 1, 2016
In the News
Jessica Corley and Joe Tully are mentioned as counsel to a syndicate of underwriter defendants who were named in a class action alleging claims under the Securities Act and whose motion to dismiss in full was granted by the federal district court. 
April 1, 2016
In the News
Roger Cerda is quoted on a new California regulation calling for the state to develop a website providing more information about Prop. 65 warnings and the additional burden it poses to companies who sell products to state consumers.
April 1, 2016
In the News
Jonathan Wells comments on the growing trend of using brownfield properties for solar projects and highlights three key steps for site redevelopment projects, including understanding state cleanup requirements and incentive programs, tax credits and grants.
April 1, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client Clearview Capital, through an investment by Clearview Capital Fund III LP, has taken a majority interest in synthetic turf maker Controlled Products, LLC. The transaction closed March 22, 2016.
April 1, 2016
Press Release
Mark Kanaly highlights the importance of banks having M&A policies or protocols and ensuring their directors are involved in M&A strategy from the start.
April 1, 2016
In the News
Kimberly Peretti, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team, has been named to Cybersecurity Docket’s first-annual “Incident Response 30.”
April 1, 2016
Press Release
Doug Hinson is quoted on class actions over investment losses in employer stock plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the difficulty facing workers who bring such cases following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer.
April 1, 2016
In the News
Michael Zweiback is quoted on government objections to disclosing its hacking methods and the tension it creates among technology companies and consumers.
March 31, 2016
In the News
Ed Casey presented to members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on the legal questions surrounding two proposed ballot initiatives: the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” and “Build Better L.A.”
March 31, 2016
In the News
Kevin Miller comments that recent Delaware case law has increased the risk of liability for financial advisors.
March 31, 2016
In the News
Kim Peretti comments on the U.S. indictments against seven Iranians for alleged state-sponsored cyberattacks and the need for companies to prepare for such acts and coordinate with appropriate national security and law enforcement officials.
March 28, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird continues to bolster its finance capabilities with the addition of partner Michael Thimmig in the firm’s Dallas office. Thimmig, who arrives from Perkins Coie LLP, is the sixth finance partner to join the firm since the beginning of 2015.
March 28, 2016
Press Release
Andrea Wolfman comments on how federal courts will shape the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s enforcement of energy market manipulation cases.
March 25, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office hosted its 12th Annual “Women of Distinction” Awards celebrating women across Southern California who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and integrity in their fields and in the community and who have served as role models for other successful women.
March 25, 2016
Press Release
Maureen Gorsen is quoted on congressional efforts to revamp the Toxic Substances Control Act and how reform would have minimal effect on state actions to approve legislation that would give them more power to regulate chemicals.
March 25, 2016
In the News
Kim Peretti is quoted on U.S. Department of Justice charges against Iranian hackers and what the indictments mean for future cases and how companies can mitigate cybersecurity risk.
March 25, 2016
In the News
Cari Dawson is mentioned for representing Porsche in multidistrict litigation accusing Volkswagen of outfitting certain cars with software designed to cheat emissions standards.
March 24, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird ranks No. 3 on the list of “Top Workplaces in Atlanta” by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. This is the sixth consecutive year the firm has been singled out as a premiere employer.
March 24, 2016
Press Release
Chris Roux is quoted on federal funding for Florida’s $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate Project in conjunction with traditional public-private partnerships, saying that the funding was the largest ever for a P3 project.
March 23, 2016
In the News
Paula Stannard is quoted on guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to help determine when and how the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act applies to mobile health apps.
March 23, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced that former federal prosecutor Michael Zweiback has rejoined the firm as partner in its Privacy & Data Security Practice and Government & Internal Investigations Group, bringing not only extensive experience in cybersecurity, but also an exceptional background in white collar criminal defense and government enforcement litigation.
March 23, 2016
Press Release
John Latham, Mary Gill and Todd Chatham are noted for representing the former directors of Silverton Bank NA in a fiduciary breach claim.
March 23, 2016
In the News
Brett Jaffe, Craig Carpenito and Joe Tully are noted for defending a former Nomura Securities trader against wire and securities fraud allegations.
March 21, 2016
In the News
Jeff Tsai is quoted on how the Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys generals are stepping up regulation of companies’ privacy and cybersecurity regulations.

March 21, 2016
In the News
The Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN) has honored Alston & Bird for its outstanding institutional commitment and activism on behalf of the organization in supporting asylum seekers and immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes.
March 21, 2016
Press Release
John Latham, Susan Hurd, Gidon Caine and Chuck Cox are noted for representing Dell in stockholder appraisal litigation.
March 18, 2016
In the News
Jason Waite is quoted on President Obama’s visit to Cuba amid continuing efforts by the administration to normalize economic and political relations with the country.
March 18, 2016
In the News
Doug Hinson is quoted on a federal circuit court decision in favor of Lehman Brothers in an ERISA challenge brought by employees, noting that the ruling supports recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in two other cases.
March 18, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has been ranked among the top 5 national firms in patent litigation defense in a new report published by Lex Machina.
March 17, 2016
Press Release
Rosemarie Thurston is noted for acting as tax counsel to Generation Income Properties in its Regulation A+ public offering.
March 16, 2016
In the News
Dave Brown discusses the growing dialogue between companies and shareholders outside of proxy season and best practices for mitigating risks from activists.
March 16, 2016
In the News
Jason Waite comments on the Obama administration’s continued easing of Cuba travel and trade restrictions, including banking changes to reduce compliance risk to U.S. financial firms.
March 16, 2016
In the News
Jason Waite is quoted on additional trade regulatory changes for Cuba, including a provision authorizing so-called U-turn transactions that allow U.S. banks to process dollar-based transactions outside of U.S. jurisdiction.
March 15, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has been singled out by general counsel as one of the country’s most highly regarded law firm brands, ranking No. 14 among the 28 firms comprising the BTI Brand Elite 2016: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. The report indicates that exemplary client service more than any other factor is the main determinant distinguishing the competitive strength of a firm’s brand.
March 15, 2016
Press Release
Alston & Bird counsel Jenifer Keenan and associate Brad Strickland have been named winners of JD Supra’s first-annual “Readers’ Choice Awards.”
March 15, 2016
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers Global, with five practices and nine individual lawyers cited for excellence.
March 14, 2016
Press Release
Kendall Houghton discusses a federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania pressuring Delaware to turn over more than $10 million from uncashed prepaid checks and the potential reform it may spark for state unclaimed property laws.
March 14, 2016
In the News
Janine Brown is quoted on the continued specialization of attorneys as a way to distinguish their services and better match the needs of clients.
March 11, 2016
In the News
Scott Harty is quoted on the new partnership audit rules resulting from changes to the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.
March 10, 2016
In the News
Ethan Millar is quoted on the potential U.S. Supreme Court review of aggressive state unclaimed property laws and the pending appeal of JLI Invest S.A. v. Cook before the Delaware Tax Appeal Board.
March 9, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced that Thomas G. Walker, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Litigation & Trial Practice Group.
March 9, 2016
Press Release
Dave Brown discusses what companies should consider for this proxy season, including adding strong governance rules and regularly scheduled board audits.
March 8, 2016
In the News
Eighty-two Alston & Bird attorneys have been named in the 2016 edition of “Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers.”
March 8, 2016
Press Release
On March 7, 2016, Alston & Bird filed an updated amicus brief on behalf of 77 former state attorneys general who are supporting former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell before the U.S. Supreme Court. McDonnell is challenging his convictions for public corruption.
March 8, 2016
Press Release
Jeff Tsai is quoted on how state attorneys generals are examining company noncompete agreements that limit employee mobility and what companies can do to address potential risks.
March 7, 2016
In the News
Scott Harty is quoted on changes to the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 and the significant impact they will have on partnership tax audits.
March 7, 2016
In the News
Tom Scully is quoted on the Republican candidates’ approach to health care and the Affordable Care Act.
March 4, 2016
In the News
Peter McKee and Pat Sargent are quoted on the weakening CMBS market and the loan collateralization challenges facing banks.
March 4, 2016
In the News
Scott Samlin is quoted on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s interest in privacy issues and the likelihood of coordinated action among the agency, the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and individual states.
March 3, 2016
In the News
Once again, Fortune magazine has named Alston & Bird one of the country’s top employers.
March 3, 2016
Press Release
Paul Beard is quoted on the latest challenge to the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that seeks an en banc review by the Sixth Circuit.
March 2, 2016
In the News
Kim Peretti is quoted on the rise of forensic investigation companies in the cybersecurity market and their importance in investigating data breaches.
March 1, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has been named one of North Carolina’s best companies.
March 1, 2016
Press Release
Ben Pleune comments on a Federal Circuit ruling that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is not required to review all patent claims challenged in an inter partes review and what it means for patent owners and petitioners.
March 1, 2016
In the News
Dennis Garris is quoted on the growing pressure by climate advocates for the Securities and Exchange Commission to revamp its guidance on when companies should disclose climate change risks to investors
March 1, 2016
In the News
Aaron Block, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Practice, has been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a recipient of this year’s “Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award.”
March 1, 2016
Press Release
Ed Casey is profiled in a report focusing on his track record in defending CEQA lawsuits and the increasing hit on businesses from the growing abuse of CEQA. Mr. Casey was also featured in a 2012 article highlighting Alston & Bird’s successes in court defending projects against CEQA challenges.
February 29, 2016
In the News
Jeff Belkin and Tony Balloon comment on a new mandate by the Office of Management and Budget requiring all billing and invoicing to be electronic and what it means for government contractors and privacy concerns.
February 29, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on the recent bid by a Chinese company to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange and the prospect it will face review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS.
February 27, 2016
In the News
Richard Hays is quoted on the firm’s strong 2015 performance.
February 26, 2016
In the News
Tom Feddo is quoted on efforts by the U.S. government to persuade top U.S. banks not to bid on a Russian bond deal.
February 26, 2016
In the News
Mary Benton is quoted in an article highlighting the patchwork of complex, inconsistent state tax laws governing cloud services.
February 26, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on the rise in Chinese deals under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., noting that CFIUS was not designed to have a chilling effect on legitimate transactions but rather to guard against specific threats to U.S. national security.
February 25, 2016
In the News
Paul Beard is quoted in an article on the Sixth Circuit agreeing to hear challenges to the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule and the potential for review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
February 25, 2016
In the News
Ted Kang comments on PTC Inc.’s recent settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice and how the case underscores the importance of self-disclosure.
February 24, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the continued expansion of its Finance Practice with the addition of partner Michael Parisi and counsel Jordan Myers. They join the firm’s Atlanta office from McGuireWoods LLP.
February 24, 2016
Press Release
Eric Shimp comments on the increase in deals by Chinese companies under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS.
February 23, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client Alliance of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Industry recently achieved a comprehensive patent victory against Hitachi Metals, Ltd., at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
February 22, 2016
Press Release
Willa Cohen Bruckner is quoted on the agreement reached by U.S. and European regulators over the global $553 trillion derivatives market and its importance in assuring the market remains robust.
February 22, 2016
In the News
Paul Beard is quoted on the possibility of the Sixth Circuit granting an en banc review of challenges to a rule redefining the federal government's authority under the Clean Water Act.
February 22, 2016
In the News
Dave Brown is quoted on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s response to a number of no-action letters denying company requests to block shareholder proposals on proxy access.
February 19, 2016
In the News
Jeff Belkin and Tony Balloon advise that government contractors and payment service providers should prepare and implement clear, practical methods of e-payments based on a new mandate from the Office of Management and Budget that all billing and invoicing from government contractors and federal agencies be electronic.
February 18, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on how a prolonged SCOTUS fight could preempt congressional action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
February 17, 2016
In the News
Willa Cohen Bruckner is quoted on an agreement between U.S. and European regulators concerning a framework for recognizing equivalence of regulations for central clearing parties in the derivatives market.
February 17, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird senior associate Alex Brown has been honored by Atlanta’s Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) with its 9th Annual Joseph S. Horsley Award for Leadership and Service.
February 15, 2016
Press Release
Three Alston & Bird partners have been named “Client Service All-Stars” in the 2016 edition of BTI Consulting Group’s (BTI) annual survey of the nation’s top lawyers identified by corporate counsel as the best at serving clients.
February 15, 2016
Press Release
Paul Beard is quoted on Justice Scalia’s ruling in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission that strengthened protection for constitutional property rights.
February 14, 2016
In the News
Paul Beard is quoted about Justice Scalia’s impact in the area of land-use and environmental law.
February 14, 2016
In the News
Paul Beard recalls his experience arguing a 2013 property rights case, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, before the U.S. Supreme Court.
February 14, 2016
In the News
Kendall Houghton is quoted on the popularity of gift cards over other stored value products offered by retailers.
February 12, 2016
In the News
On behalf of client Blu Funds, Alston & Bird secured a significant victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
February 11, 2016
Press Release
Willa Cohen Bruckner is quoted in an article on the agreement reached by U.S. and European regulators over the $553 trillion derivatives market.
February 10, 2016
In the News
Stephen Ornstein advises lenders to be vigilant in complying with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule known as TRID when selling loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, despite recent industry leniency.
February 9, 2016
In the News
Matt Hedstrom is quoted on the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa and questions over states' power to tax out-of-state retailers on Internet transactions.
February 9, 2016
In the News
Stephen Ornstein is quoted on the recent letter from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau intended to address industry anxiety over compliance with the agency’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule known as TRID.
February 8, 2016
In the News
Hill Jeffries and Teri McMahon, recently named BTI “Client Service All-Stars,” are quoted on what it takes to deliver superior client service.
February 7, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp notes that the lifting of Iranian sanctions will not lead to an increase in business for U.S. companies as they are still prohibited from dealing with Iran except in specific circumstances.
February 5, 2016
In the News
Matt Hedstrom is quoted on the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa and how it advances a misguided theory of what constitutes physical presence, or nexus, for taxing out-of-state internet retailers.
February 4, 2016
In the News
Stephen Ornstein is quoted on the recent letter from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau intended to address industry anxiety over compliance with the agency’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule known as TRID.
February 4, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its health care regulatory and legislative capabilities with the addition of Jacqueline “Jackie” Baratian as partner in its Washington, DC, office.
February 4, 2016
Press Release
Policy advisor Eric Shimp was a guest on the program “Taking Stock” in which he discussed the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and challenges to U.S. ratification.
February 4, 2016
In the News
Policy advisor Eric Shimp appeared live on CNBC Asia to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership signing and challenges to U.S. ratification.
February 4, 2016
In the News
Brett Coburn is quoted on a proposal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect employee pay data and whether concerns about confidentiality will be mitigated by the proposal's requirement that employers send aggregated data about wages rather than individualized information.
February 2, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its international trade and regulatory capabilities with the addition of Thomas Feddo as partner in the firm’s Washington, DC, office.
February 2, 2016
Press Release
Alston & Bird has significantly expanded its Financial Services & Products Group with the addition of a highly visible five-member corporate team from Bracewell.
February 2, 2016
Press Release

 Cliff Stanford is quoted on a proposal by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that would require national banks to develop plans to recover from a financial crisis or a major cyberattack.

February 2, 2016
In the News
Marc Scheineson is quoted on the nomination of Robert Califf as the next FDA commissioner and possible solutions to break the logjam that has put his confirmation on hold.
February 1, 2016
In the News
Clare Draper is quoted on a proposal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that would require every big company to report salary data based on race, gender and ethnicity.
January 29, 2016
In the News
Mary Benton is quoted on the taxation challenges facing businesses and state revenue authorities stemming from the massive growth of cloud-based commerce.
January 29, 2016
In the News
Brett Coburn is quoted on a proposed rule by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect pay data by race and gender and how it will likely give rise to unreliable conclusions about differences in employee pay.
January 29, 2016
In the News
Brett Coburn is quoted on a proposal by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that would require every big company to report salary data based on race, gender and ethnicity and the burden it will create for employers.
January 29, 2016
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on the negotiations over the U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty and how an accord would have major implications for China's regulatory agencies.
January 28, 2016
In the News
Matt Hedstrom comments on whether a business has a "nexus" or presence in a state and is thus subject to state income taxes and to sales taxes for sales within that state and what it means to e-commerce, cloud computing and other Internet-based businesses.
January 28, 2016
In the News
David Godofsky is quoted on the pension funding status of large corporate plan sponsors and the need to raise funding ratios.
January 27, 2016
In the News
Jim Evans comments on Uber’s monitoring program and how the subsequent rating changes could be another argument in support of class-action suits alleging that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors
January 26, 2016
In the News
Doug Hinson is quoted on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Amgen Inc. et al. v. Harris et al. setting a high standard for plaintiffs in suits over employee stock ownership plans.
January 25, 2016
In the News
Tony Balloon is quoted on the Chinese government’s encouragement of companies to seek deals globally and how privately owned Chinese institutions may be less active in outbound M&A.
January 22, 2016
In the News
Mike Connor is quoted on a recent report regarding patent challenges before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
January 21, 2016
In the News
Peter Kazon is quoted on the Food and Drug Administration’s focus to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) amid uncertainty over the agency’s final LDT guidance.
January 20, 2016
In the News
Colin Kelly is quoted on potential issues among states with progressive driverless car regulations and how they will comport with federal rules and policies.
January 15, 2016
In the News
David Godofsky is featured in a podcast discussing how to achieve great results for clients.
January 15, 2016
In the News
Cathy Burgess is quoted on the Food and Drug Administration’s continued focus on inspecting outsourcing facilities for pharmacy compounding and the promotion of cGMP requirements.
January 15, 2016
In the News
Policy advisor Eric Shimp is quoted on U.S. company engagement in Iran and the potential for additional business once sanctions are loosened.
January 15, 2016
In the News
Leah Singleton explains how to correct a contribution error from an employer-sponsored retirement plan and the different ways such an error might happen.
January 14, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has added Theodore “Ted” Schroeder to its Washington, D.C., office as counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group.
January 13, 2016
Press Release
Jim Evans is quoted on a recent Washington, D.C., proposal to require businesses to schedule hourly employees weeks in advance and compensate employees for last-minute changes.
January 12, 2016
In the News
Paul Beard is quoted on the numerous legal challenges to the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and the potential that the dispute will reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 12, 2016
In the News
For the third consecutive year, Alston & Bird has earned WorldatWork’s “Work-Life Seal of Distinction,” the only AmLaw 100 firm to be honored among more than 100 employers recognized nationally for their approach to employee engagement and success in creating a positive work environment.
January 11, 2016
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Ridgemont Equity Partners has acquired Cortel Inc. and TowerCom Technologies LLC, two telecommunications infrastructure companies serving the Western United States, and combined them to form J5 Infrastructure Partners.
January 9, 2016
Press Release
Eric Shimp comments on TransCanada’s challenge to the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline and its potential to thwart the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
January 8, 2016
In the News
Chris Roux is quoted on Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to renovate Penn Station and how it raises the profile of public-private partnerships for major infrastructure projects.
January 8, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client Red Box Recorders LTD won an important patent ruling in U.S. federal court that invalidated nearly 20 claims asserted by plaintiffs Verint Systems Inc. and Verint Americas Inc. directed to call center recording and voice over IP.
January 7, 2016
Press Release
Spence Pryor is quoted on what companies can do after a data breach and why it’s important to have outside counsel in place before a breach occurs.
January 7, 2016
In the News
Ethan Millar discusses California’s aggressive tactics in collecting and selling consumers’ unclaimed property.
January 7, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird has announced the election of 16 lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1.
January 5, 2016
Press Release
Laura Pruitt comments on a new FINRA report card for brokerage firms and potential consequences if firms receive a troubling report card that indicates spoofing and other manipulative trading.
January 5, 2016
In the News
Alston & Bird client ApolloMD, a leading clinical outsourcer for the healthcare industry, has entered into a management services agreement to operate bankrupt Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, while it finalizes details to purchase the facility.
January 4, 2016
Press Release
Steve Ensor is quoted on the new obligations and liabilities facing employers under last year’s National Labor Relations Board ruling that redefined the 30-year standard for determining joint-employer status.
January 4, 2016
In the News
Kendall Houghton is quoted on how multistate audit arrangements give audit firms authority to make critical governmental decisions, while Matt Hedstrom addresses auditor conflict-of-interest issues.
December 23, 2015
In the News
Eric Shimp is quoted on the largest trade developments of the year, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trade Promotion Authority bill.
December 18, 2015
In the News
Legislation passed this month by the European Union puts greater focus on consumers and gives users clearer rights and avenues for recourse against companies over data protection and online privacy.
December 18, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird policy advisor Eric Shimp discusses the International Atomic Energy Agency’s resolution on Iran’s nuclear program.
December 17, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd. (JAC Capital) has become the first Chinese state-owned company approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to purchase a divested business.
December 16, 2015
Press Release
At a recent cybersecurity conference titled “From Reactive to Resilient Cybersecurity: Building Intelligence-Led Security Programs and Leveraging Models for Enterprise Risk Evaluation, Mitigation and Transfer,” Kim Peretti, partner and co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team, spoke about the need for companies to collaborate to address their cybersecurity challenges.
December 15, 2015
In the News
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision has led to a wave of software-related patents being invalidated by district courts, there are still opportunities for obtaining protection for such inventions.
December 15, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Global Payments Inc., a global leader in payment technology services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., one of the nation's largest payment companies, for about $4.3 billion in cash and stock.
December 15, 2015
Press Release
More than 200 countries met in Paris and reached a historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of curbing global warming.
December 14, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Pamlico Capital Management LP has acquired World 50 Inc., an invite-only peer-to-peer network and knowledge-exchange platform serving corporate executives, from Chicago Growth Partners LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
December 14, 2015
Press Release
The American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to manage land use and development decisions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
December 10, 2015
In the News
The proposed Network and Information Security Directive announced by the European Union is an attempt to harmonize standards for businesses on cybersecurity preparedness and breach notification.
December 10, 2015
In the News
The proposed Network and Information Security Directive announced by the European Union creates breach notification requirements, as well as cyber-event information sharing mandates on essential services.
December 10, 2015
In the News
The proposed Network and Information Security Directive announced by the European Union creates breach notification requirements, as well as cyber-event information sharing mandates on essential services.
December 10, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird health care partner Cathy Burgess spoke about how the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) quality metrics initiative for pharmaceutical companies may also impact expectations for device manufacturers down the line.
December 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been highlighted by Crain’s New York Business as one of the best places to work in New York City.
December 9, 2015
Press Release
For the 10th year, Alston & Bird has earned recognition among general counsel as a “client service standout” in a new study by BTI Consulting Group.
December 8, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is deciding whether several lawsuits challenging the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS) of the Clean Water Act can proceed as a single case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 7, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is deciding whether several lawsuits challenging the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS) of the Clean Water Act can proceed as a single case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 7, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is deciding whether several lawsuits challenging the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS) of the Clean Water Act can proceed as a single case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 7, 2015
In the News
Marc Scheineson, partner and leader of Alston & Bird’s Food and Drug Law Practice and former FDA associate commissioner for legislative affairs, provided legal and regulatory counsel on a just-published report from the Bipartisan Policy Center detailing a new regulatory pathway to promote the progress of cellular therapy in the United States.
December 4, 2015
Press Release
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is developing a “smart” online I-9 form to reduce user error and make the form easier to complete.
December 2, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird clients Navico, Inc., and Navico Holding AS scored a major victory yesterday when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a final determination that Garmin International, Inc., and related Garmin entities infringed on Navico’s core patents covering sonar imaging technologies.
December 2, 2015
Press Release
Marc Scheineson, partner and leader of Alston & Bird's Food, Drug & Device/FDA Group, has authored a chapter for Food and Drug Regulation in an Era of Globalized Markets
December 2, 2015
Press Release
Gift cards are popular gifts for the holiday season, but they come wrapped in unclaimed property, also known as escheat, risks.
December 2, 2015
In the News
The California Supreme Court further stalled a multifamily project north of Los Angeles amid concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, raising the question of whether greenhouse gases will have wide-ranging implications for development throughout the state.
December 1, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court removed from its docket oral arguments in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States over concerns that the contract dispute underlying the case had been resolved, thus rendering it moot.
December 1, 2015
In the News
Financial advisors and broker-dealers feared the worst after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its new conflict-of-interest rule. Now what they see is a lot of uncertainty.
November 25, 2015
In the News
Drivers suing Uber are demanding 57.5 cents for every mile logged, and U.S. District Judge Edward Chen is considering adding more drivers to the class action, despite an earlier ruling of his upholding Uber’s contract arbitration clause that excluded the number of drivers from the class action.
November 24, 2015
In the News
As supply chain audits grow, so does the potential for identifying vulnerable areas with suppliers.
November 23, 2015
In the News
Loyalty vouchers, coupons and reward cards have been used by retailers for years, but today’s programs are complex and evolving. State tax laws, however, have not been as quick to change.
November 23, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been honored as the 2015 “Overall Litigation Department of the Year” by the Daily Report.
November 20, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has dropped its data-breach case against LabMD following admission by the agency’s own administrative law judge that it had failed to prove that the company harmed customers by mistakenly exposing patient data on a file sharing network.
November 19, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has once again earned a top rating of 100 percent in the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that measures commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
November 19, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird is ranked No. 14 among “2015 Leading Real Estate Law Firms” by Commercial Property Executive (CPE) and Multi-Housing News (MHN).
November 17, 2015
Press Release
States continue to eye new laws on taxing cloud computing, and other government branches are taking notice.
November 17, 2015
In the News
On November 16, 2015, Alston & Bird filed an amicus brief on behalf of 60 former State Attorneys General who are supporting former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s efforts to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of his convictions for public corruption.
November 17, 2015
Press Release
Marc Scheineson is quoted on the nomination of Robert Califf as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
November 16, 2015
In the News
In dismissing its data-breach case against LabMD, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) own administrative law judge concluded that the agency had failed to prove that the lab’s allegedly lax data security had caused any actual consumer harm, marking the first defeat for an agency that has successfully brought such cases against dozens of companies.
November 16, 2015
In the News
Public-private partnerships (P3s) help fund transportation and infrastructure projects, but there are benefits and pitfalls to consider.
November 13, 2015
In the News
Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the way business is done, and with its growth, so too grow the challenges facing state revenue authorities and tax practitioners.
November 12, 2015
In the News
Jessica Supernaw, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been honored as a recipient of the New York Legal Aid Society’s 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards.
November 9, 2015
Press Release
Sarah Ernst, partner in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group, and Kevin Gooch, partner in the firm’s Finance Group, have been selected as members of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2015, an elite group of Atlanta professionals recognized for their notable career achievements as well as their contributions to the community.
November 9, 2015
Press Release
Following a European Union court’s invalidation of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor data agreement on privacy grounds, the Israeli government revoked its own decision giving prior authorization for the transfer of data from Israel to U.S. companies.
November 9, 2015
In the News
With the recently released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, financial stakeholders are focusing on how the agreement’s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process might be used to challenge current financial regulations.
November 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has won two new seats on the Ministry of Commerce of China’s (MOFCOM) pre-approved roster of go-to law firms while being reappointed to a third, making it one of only a handful of firms to be listed on three or more of the roster’s four main sub-panels.
November 6, 2015
Press Release
While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may generate new business opportunities for U.S. companies, there are risks associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
November 6, 2015
In the News
Michael A. Calandra, Jr., senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, has been recognized by Lawyers Alliance for New York with its 2015 Cornerstone Award honoring outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofits. He is one of eight winners selected from 1,650 business and transactional lawyers who volunteered through Lawyers Alliance during the past year.
November 5, 2015
Press Release
The 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) recently released the text of the deal, promising not to manipulate their currencies for trade advantages and to make regular disclosures about their foreign exchange reserves and cross-border transactions affecting their portfolios.
November 5, 2015
In the News
States are dealing with issues of transfer pricing as corporate structures and tax planning become more advanced, said Matt Hedstrom of Alston & Bird’s State & Local Tax Group, who discussed these issues during a panel at the 22nd Annual Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum.
November 5, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, exploring whether a plaintiff can maintain a lawsuit in federal court based solely on the violation of a federal statute where the plaintiff has suffered no actual injury or harm.
November 5, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court removed oral arguments in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States from its calendar, asking if the specific contract dispute has been resolved, thus rendering the suit moot.
November 5, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a temporary nationwide injunction halting the controversial new Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS) of the Clean Water Act, saying a stay is needed to silence “the whirlwind of confusion that springs from the uncertainty” about the rule’s requirements.
November 5, 2015
In the News
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a proposed rule amending parts of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The proposal addresses how an employer may offer inducements for a worker’s covered spouse to provide information about current or past health status as part of a health risk assessment for the employer’s wellness program.
November 2, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has received wide recognition as one of the nation’s top law firms in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® 2016 edition of “Best Law Firms.”
November 2, 2015
Press Release
Many states and a few cities are looking to tax cloud computing transactions, especially since there are no federal laws that directly impact these issues.
November 2, 2015
In the News
Ward Benshoof, partner in the Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group, was handling a post-judgment debt collection case two years ago when he learned evidence seemed to have little substance.
November 1, 2015
In the News
The Mulitstate Tax Commission will assess whether its Arm’s-Length Adjustment Service (ALAS), a group that seeks to streamline states’ ability to effectively evaluate transfer pricing issues, will be able to proceed with the project.
October 30, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, exploring whether a plaintiff can maintain a lawsuit in federal court based solely on the violation of a federal statute where the plaintiff has suffered no actual injury or harm.
October 30, 2015
In the News
Corporate Counsel has once again recognized Alston & Bird as a leader in patent litigation.
October 28, 2015
Press Release
Marty Bunin, partner in Alston & Bird’s Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Group, has been selected as a recipient of this year’s City Bar Justice Center’s Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service.
October 27, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird was recognized by The National Law Journal in its “Big Money Wins of 2015” for its victory in a premises liability case brought on behalf of four North Carolina residents who were severely injured in the collapse of a deck at an apartment complex in Montgomery, AL. The case earned the No. 33 spot among the country’s top 50 verdicts of 2015.
October 27, 2015
Press Release
Regulators are increasingly monitoring the banking industry’s culture in the wake of Dodd-Frank and other regulations.
October 26, 2015
In the News
China Law & Practice has named the $360 million privatization of Yongye International Limited, in which Alston & Bird served as overall deal counsel and U.S. counsel to China Development Bank Corporation (CDB), as its 2015 “Private Equity Deal of the Year.”
October 22, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Community & Southern Holdings, Inc. (CSB), has signed a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Bank of the Ozarks, Inc., valued at about $799.6 million.
October 21, 2015
Press Release
Ward Benshoof and Andrea Warren, partner and associate in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources Group, respectively, have been honored by Public Counsel with its 2015 Pro Bono Award for their extraordinary commitment to justice.
October 21, 2015
Press Release
Kyle Wallace, partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been named to a 12-member Appellate Jurisdiction Review Commission formed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to examine the jurisdictional split between the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and potential reforms to advance best practices and efficiencies within Georgia’s appellate court system.
October 21, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will not challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay ratio rule requiring companies to disclose the gap between their chief executive’s compensation and that of their median employees.
October 20, 2015
In the News
John Snyder joined Alston & Bird as an antitrust partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He previously served in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he was counsel to Assistant Attorney General William Baer and senior trial attorney in the Antitrust Division’s Transportation, Energy & Agriculture Section.
October 20, 2015
In the News
Chris Lightner, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, has been honored as the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2015 Pro Bono Award.
October 19, 2015
Press Release
State governments are increasingly aggressive in taking control of Americans’ lost cash — in bank accounts, uncashed paychecks or gift cards — also known as unclaimed property or escheat.
October 17, 2015
In the News
Commercial mortgaged-backed securities lenders are reviewing mortgages on properties with “tenants in common” ownership structures, creating a credit-quality concern for bond buyers. 
October 16, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Community & Southern Holdings, Inc. (CSB), announced it has completed its acquisition of certain loans and deposits related to 14 CertusBank, N.A., branches throughout Georgia and Florida in a transaction previously announced on June 1, 2015. The transaction included approximately $580 million in deposits and approximately $181 million in loans.
October 15, 2015
Press Release
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule requiring lenders to collect more data from mortgage borrowers.
October 15, 2015
Press Release
On-call schedules have been a staple of restaurant operations, but new state and local government regulations are forcing changes. 
October 13, 2015
In the News
On October 19, new pay ratio regulations from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) go into effect, requiring public companies to state what CEOs earn compared to the median compensation of employees. 
October 12, 2015
In the News
The 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Environment recognizes four Alston & Bird lawyers from the firm’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group.
October 12, 2015
Press Release
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that will make it harder for local and state law enforcement to employ cellphone tracking devices and will bar them from bulk data collection about users from technology companies. The bill also raises the standard required for an officer to search a suspect’s cellphone during a traffic stop.
October 12, 2015
In the News
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently completed its final plan on “base erosion and profit shifting,” or BEPS, that aims to overhaul the international rules governing the taxation of company profits.
October 12, 2015
In the News
Uber was hit with yet another class action lawsuit, this one in Pennsylvania, alleging that drivers for the company had been cheated out of reimbursement for expenses and tips as a result of being misclassified as independent contractors.
October 8, 2015
In the News
With one year before its deadline, discussions on an upcoming meeting of the Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC) drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act are expected to focus on issues with unclaimed property holders and state administrators.
October 8, 2015
In the News
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released new transfer pricing guidelines, with stricter rules attributing profits from intellectual property that will require some multinationals to shift employees and operations to satisfy requirements.
October 7, 2015
In the News
The void created by the Dodd-Frank Act’s tougher requirements that prevent banks from making risky loans is being filled by nontraditional lenders, such as insurance companies, debt funds and niche companies more willing to take on risk.
October 6, 2015
In the News
The European Court of Justice struck down the safe harbor agreement that allowed data transfers between U.S. and EU companies, ruling that because the scheme gives priority to U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials, it does not adequately protect EU citizens’ privacy rights.
October 6, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has bolstered its antitrust capabilities with the addition of former U.S. Justice Department official John Snyder as an antitrust partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office and the appointment of partner Adam Biegel to lead the office’s Antitrust Practice.
October 6, 2015
Press Release
At the International Association of Privacy Professionals meeting in Las Vegas, privacy advocates said companies should focus on how much consumer tracking and information is really essential to link devices on the Internet of Things and how to sufficiently notify users and gain their consent regarding data privacy.
October 6, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird hosted the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (GAPABA) annual In-House Counsel Dinner, which featured a panel discussion of top legal leaders and innovative thinkers.
October 2, 2015
In the News
The Georgia Tech Information Security Center reports that corporate boards are improving how they manage their cyber risk in response to new regulatory agency guidance.
October 2, 2015
In the News
Due for release this fall, the new app “Peeple” will allow users to rate other people, much like Yelp allows users to rate businesses. The catch: those people will not be able to opt-out of the app.
October 1, 2015
Press Release
Cyber security breaches — and the resulting litigation — are on the rise, and businesses need to be prepared, as best as possible. Lawsuits originate from consumers, employees, shareholders, business partners and government regulators. 
October 1, 2015
In the News
Adam Biegel, partner in Alston & Bird’s Antitrust Practice, said the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that the NCAA’s ban on paying student-athletes violates federal antitrust law is a “stark reminder of the power of antitrust law to scrutinize nearly any economic activity to assess its competitive impact.”
September 30, 2015
In the News
Mike Petrik, a partner in Alston & Bird’s State and Local Tax Group, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Atlanta. The two-year term took effect July 1, 2015.
September 30, 2015
Press Release
A pharmaceutical company scored a major victory over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in district court in Amarin v. FDA, claiming the First Amendment allowed it to promote a drug’s off-label use because its claims were truthful and not misleading.
September 30, 2015
In the News
Up to one-fourth of health plans will be hit by the Affordable Care Act’s so-called Cadillac Tax, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And because FSAs will be included in calculating liability under the tax, the study suggests that many employers will eliminate them.
September 29, 2015
In the News
Sometimes it takes a judge to decide whether the attorney-client privilege applies, even in high-stakes cases with high-powered attorneys and their biggest clients.
September 29, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked among the top 10 patent defense firms for the first half of 2015, according to Law360’s “Most Hired Firms Report.”
September 28, 2015
In the News
The addition of Jeff Tsai as litigation partner and lead of Alston & Bird’s State Attorneys General Practice was reported on by Reuters, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Bloomberg BNA, Daily Journal, Global Investigations Review, Law360, Los Angeles Business Journal and IPPro.
September 24, 2015
In the News
Kelly Cochran, assistant director of regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is one of a few people who reviews every rule from the agency. Colleagues describe her as one of the industry’s most influential yet unnoticed players.
September 22, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been singled out by general counsel as a “powerhouse” in Intellectual Property Litigation and Commercial Litigation.
September 22, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird was named an IP litigation “powerhouse” in a survey of 300 corporate counsel by BTI Consulting Group as part of its annual Litigation Outlook 2016.
September 21, 2015
In the News
Uber drivers in California were recently granted class action status, opening the company to a much larger pool of potential plaintiffs and calling into question the business model used by Uber and many other companies that rely on using independent contractors.
September 21, 2015
In the News
A California state judge has ruled that Uber’s arbitration clause is unenforceable, declaring it inconsistent because it says in one provision that a private arbitrator decides whether a dispute should be resolved in arbitration and in another that the choice is to be made by a judge.
September 21, 2015
In the News
Alabama is challenging the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota with its latest tax proposal. The regulation would require out-of-state sellers to collect and remit to the state use tax from Alabama customers if their sales in the state exceed $250,000 in the prior calendar year and if it had a substantial economic presence in the state.
September 18, 2015
In the News
Kevin Gooch, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, and Kyle Wallace, partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, have been honored for their selection as members of the Daily Report’s “On the Rise” class of 2015, an elite group of Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
September 17, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird was inducted into the Daily Business Review’s 2015 “Florida Verdicts Hall of Fame” after representing Mohawk Industries in a matter that earned the No. 1 spot for Florida’s largest jury verdict of the year in the Contracts category.
September 15, 2015
Press Release
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed changes to two hazardous waste regulations that more clearly define standards governing how companies in the health care sector – including pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, retail pharmacies, veterinary clinics and reverse distributors – identify and manage waste.
September 14, 2015
In the News
There has been significant changes to the statutory provisions of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act and how states address unclaimed property, including gift cards.
September 14, 2015
In the News
Many mortgage lenders and real estate brokerages have suspended marketing services agreements (MSAs) in the wake of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issuing a major enforcement against companies accused of violating the anti-kickback provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, known as Respa.
September 11, 2015
In the News
A class action lawsuit in New York has been filed against Uber on the heels of a federal judge granting class action status to California drivers. The plaintiffs are seeking to represent anyone who has driven for Uber in New York since 2009.
September 11, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has advised Premiere Global Services, Inc. (PGi), the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services, in its roughly $1 billion acquisition by private-equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC. With this acquisition, PGi will move from being a publicly traded company to a privately held organization.
September 11, 2015
Press Release
Alabama has proposed a rule requiring out-of-state vendors that have a “substantial economic presence” in the state to collect and remit to the state use tax from Alabama customers.
September 11, 2015
In the News
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed changes to two hazardous waste regulations that more clearly define standards governing how companies in the health care sector – including pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, retail pharmacies, veterinary clinics and reverse distributors – identify and manage waste.
September 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced an important expansion of its Brussels office with the arrival of a new partner and two additional attorneys in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice.
September 9, 2015
Press Release
Dodd-Frank requires bank and credit union regulators to work with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Housing Finance Agency on incentive-based compensation standards, which have yet to be implemented following the issuance of a draft proposal in 2011. The agencies have signaled they will repurpose standards before yearend.
September 8, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird announced today that it is expanding into China with the opening of an office in Beijing, China. The office is located in the Hanwei Office Building in Beijing’s Central Business District.
September 8, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird today announced the hiring of Jeffrey Tsai, a former senior official with California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’s office, as a litigation partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices.
September 8, 2015
Press Release
The Recorder profiled Jeff Tsai, former senior official with the California Attorney General’s office, who joined the firm as litigation partner and lead of its State Attorneys General Practice Team. 
September 7, 2015
In the News
Rob Stone, partner in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group, shared his perspective on the developments with bundled payments at the federal level and the implications for health care IT leaders.
September 2, 2015
In the News
The addition of Scott Harty as partner in the firm’s Federal Income & International Tax Practice in Atlanta was reported on by The American Lawyer, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Daily Report and Law360.
September 1, 2015
In the News
A federal judge granted class action status to the lawsuit against Uber claiming the company treats its drivers like employees without providing necessary benefits. The lawsuit applies to all Uber drivers in California who didn’t waive their right to the class action arbitration.
September 1, 2015
In the News
As businesses continue to shift to virtual work solutions and give employees greater flexibility to work from anywhere, the lines between independent contractors and employees has become blurred, triggering Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation.
August 28, 2015
In the News
A federal judge in North Dakota issued an injunction preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the new Clean Water Rule in 13 states.
August 28, 2015
In the News
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule threatens to bring hundreds of millions of acres of land under its purview – practically any wet area connected to a navigable waterway. The rule is based on Justice Anthony Kennedy’s concurring opinion in Rapanos v. U.S. and the term “significant nexis.”
August 27, 2015
In the News
The Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Sprout Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s drug, Addyi, known as the female Viagra, was met with controversy and skepticism.
August 24, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has once again been named one of the best employers in Los Angeles.
August 24, 2015
Press Release
With the economy on the rise, law firms are expanding their corporate and transaction practices.
August 20, 2015
In the News
Janine Brown, partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Piedmont Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system of five hospitals and close to 100 physician and specialist offices across greater Atlanta and North Georgia.
August 20, 2015
Press Release
Real estate crowdfunding is becoming more accessible but not without risks. One platform even designed a secured structure to respond to investor concerns such as what would happen to assets if the crowdfunding venture folded.
August 20, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its federal and international tax capabilities with the addition of Scott Harty as partner in the firm’s Atlanta office.
August 19, 2015
Press Release
Commenting on proposed Dodd-Frank regulations covering margin requirements for uncleared swaps, Willa Bruckner, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, said “increased costs associated with margin or uncleared swaps are a concern for all market participants,” while regulations on cleared derivative margin costs are still awaiting approval.
August 19, 2015
In the News
An upcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to add pharmaceutical wastes to the federal universal waste program will likely provide “welcomed relief to the industry,” said Elise Paeffgen, attorney in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group.
August 18, 2015
In the News
The Southern District of New York recently decided in favor of drug manufacturer Amarin Pharma, Inc., in a dispute with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ruling that the company may engage in truthful and non-misleading speech about off-label uses of its approved drug, Vascepa, without the threat of a misbranding action under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
August 18, 2015
In the News
The addition of Gregg Loubier as partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group in Los Angeles was reported on by The American Lawyer, Commercial Mortgage Alert, The Deal, Law360, L.A. Biz, Reuters, Global Capital, Secured Credit Investor and The Recorder.
August 17, 2015
In the News
One hundred and fifty-three Alston & Bird attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The lawyers span the firm’s eight U.S. offices and represent more than 60 practice areas.
August 17, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird served as lead counsel to The Carlyle Group on its planned $8 billion acquisition of Veritas, an information management systems provider, from Symantec.
August 14, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird served as lead counsel to The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager with $193 billion of assets under management, on its planned $8 billion acquisition of Veritas, an information management systems provider, from Symantec Corp. The transaction is the biggest U.S. leveraged buyout announced in 2015 and the largest solo private equity purchase of U.S. assets since 2011.
August 14, 2015
Press Release
The FDA sent a warning letter to Duchesnay Inc. in response to an Instagram post by celebrity Kim Kardashian endorsing the morning sickness drug Diclegis, calling the post misleading because the post did not include any risk information for the drug.
August 11, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird served as counsel to Credit Suisse, the financial advisor to Precision Castparts Corp., in connection with its proposed acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway for $37.2 billion. Reporting on the firm’s role were The American Lawyer, The Deal, Daily Report and Law360.
August 11, 2015
In the News
In the 2015 proxy season, corporate boards increased their efforts to exclude shareholder proposals from ballots at a time when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has shown less willingness to let them do so.
August 10, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has bolstered its finance capabilities with the addition of Gregg Loubier as partner in the firm’s Finance Group in Los Angeles. Loubier joins from Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP in Los Angeles, where he was partner and chair of the Real Estate Finance Practice Group.
August 10, 2015
Press Release
Maureen Gorsen, partner in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group, was the featured guest on a SupplyChainBrain podcast discussing the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act of 2015, how it was influenced by the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and how companies can comply with the two laws.
August 7, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Unclaimed Property Group has authored the third edition of Bloomberg BNA’s Unclaimed Property (Portfolio 1600), a comprehensive overview of multistate unclaimed property legal and compliance issues.
August 7, 2015
Press Release
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in Alston & Bird’s International Trade & Regulatory Practice, was a guest on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Advantage” program.
August 5, 2015
In the News
With Twitter’s stock slumping and company leadership departing, there is speculation that the company could be ripe for acquisition by another Internet giant.
August 3, 2015
In the News
A new rule announced by the U.K. government will require businesses to disclose anti-slavery efforts and draws from the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
July 30, 2015
In the News
Meaghan Boyd, partner in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice, has been appointed Co-Chair of the Expert Witness Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. Her appointment is for the 2015-2016 term.
July 30, 2015
Press Release
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation reducing the state’s aggressive collection of unclaimed property with an overhaul that shortens review periods, eliminates surprise audits and may reduce collections by millions of dollars each year.
July 30, 2015
In the News
Servicing faces more regulatory scrutiny than any other segment of the mortgage business, said Scott Samlin, partner and co-leader of Alston & Bird’s Consumer Finance Regulatory Compliance team. Establishing strong compliance and audit programs “can be a real differentiator out there in the market and can help the strong servicer actually save money.”
July 28, 2015
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation Group, was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential Lawyers in White Collar & Cyber Crimes Law” of 2015.
July 27, 2015
Press Release
The Atlanta Business Chronicle highlighted the Georgia Court of Appeals’ decision in favor of Alston & Bird client Piedmont Park Conservancy. The court ruled that the conservancy can lease a portion of its real property to a third party and continue to pay a charitable property tax exemption on the remainder of the property.
July 21, 2015
In the News
Some of the signature provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act may be revised to balance regulations to avoid systemic risk and allow small banks to survive, but this does not include ongoing efforts to change the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
July 20, 2015
In the News
The addition of Ardeshir Tabibi as partner in Alston & Bird’s Patent Prosecution, Counseling & Review Practice in Silicon Valley was reported on by The American Lawyer, Daily Journal and The Recorder.
July 20, 2015
In the News
The second quarter of 2015 saw $19 billion in venture capital investments in U.S.-based companies, a significant jump over the previous quarter.
July 17, 2015
In the News
HBO’s hit show “Silicon Valley” follows the trials and tribulations of a fictional startup company, Pied Piper. But what lessons can a real startup learn about protecting its intellectual property?
July 17, 2015
In the News
Five years after its passage, there are many rules and regulations still to be enacted before the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is fully implemented.
July 16, 2015
In the News
Regulators responding to California’s current drought are running into rights granted to farmers more than a century ago.
July 16, 2015
In the News
This year is looking to be an even better year for mergers and acquisitions than 2014, the best year since the financial crisis. One factor is cheap capital.
July 15, 2015
In the News
In California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, the state’s high court ruled that requiring developers to include affordable housing units in multiunit projects was not an illegal exaction under the state constitution’s takings clause.
July 14, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has strengthened its patent prosecution capabilities with the addition of Ardeshir Tabibi as partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
July 14, 2015
Press Release
A nearly decade-old regulation from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has not kept up with new technology that allows employers to screen thousands of job applicants, making companies vulnerable to government lawsuits and class actions.
July 13, 2015
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in Alston & Bird’s International Trade & Regulatory Practice, was a guest on Bloomberg Radio’s “Taking Stock” program.
July 10, 2015
In the News
For the fifth consecutive year, Alston & Bird has been identified as one of a small number of firms that general counsel are willing to bet their reputation on and recommend to their peers.
July 10, 2015
Press Release
Meaghan Boyd, partner in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group, and Kevin Gooch, partner in the firm’s Finance Group, have been named to the University of Georgia (UGA) Alumni Association’s “40 Under 40” class of 2015.
July 8, 2015
Press Release
A recent outage of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) provided market centers with an unexpected chance to test new rules meant to stave off the effect of technical glitches.
July 8, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been recognized for its role in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale that was named “Healthcare Services Turnaround of the Year” by Global M&A Network at the 7th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards, which honors excellence in the restructuring and turnaround communities worldwide.
July 8, 2015
Press Release
Chris Marquardt, partner in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group, has been elected President of the Florida Bar Out-of-State Division for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2015.
July 6, 2015
Press Release
Health care subsidies were rescued in the U.S. Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell decision, but questions remain about the costs of the Affordable Care Act to consumers.
July 1, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced a new name for its Security Incident Management & Response Practice. Effective immediately, the new name is the Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response (CPR) Team.
June 30, 2015
Press Release
“Formula retail establishments” in San Francisco will have to offer part-time workers more hours before hiring new or temporary workers under a new city ordinance that goes into effect July 3, 2015.
June 29, 2015
In the News
With rapid changes in technology and business trends, companies are looking to update their employee handbooks with more frequency than before.
June 26, 2015
In the News
Jared Slade, a senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been honored by the Dallas Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas with its Pro Bono Award of Merit. Slade is the second recipient to be honored with the award, which was created in 2014.
June 26, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been singled out as the top U.S. firm in patent litigation.
June 26, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird has advised the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power) on $1.8 billion in financing to support MEAG Power’s share of constructing two advanced nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, GA.
June 25, 2015
Press Release
Dan Jarcho, partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice, noted the legal significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law upholding consumer subsides for the Affordable Care Act.
June 25, 2015
In the News
The addition of Daniel Jarcho to the firm’s Litigation Practice in Washington, D.C., was reported on by The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Washington Post, The American Lawyer, The Hill and Washington Business Journal.
June 23, 2015
In the News
The California Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors, clarifying the status of ride-sharing drivers.
June 23, 2015
In the News
The addition of Steve Millas as counsel in Alston & Bird’s Real Estate Finance & Investment Group was reported on by Reuters, The American Lawyer, Commercial Mortgage Alert, The Deal and National Mortgage News.
June 22, 2015
In the News
Facing criticism from Congress for its handling of previous automotive recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is holding hearings on 22 recalls from one automaker, looking beyond their timeliness and into their execution.
June 22, 2015
In the News
New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules tighten unwanted robocalls and spam texts by allowing consumers to revoke consent to receive messages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
June 19, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been recognized as a global leader in patent law in the 2015 edition of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, marking the fourth consecutive year that the firm has earned this recognition.
June 18, 2015
Press Release
Retired Alston & Bird Managing Partner Ben F. Johnson III has been honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Daily Report. He received the award on June 17 at a dinner celebrating the newspaper's 125th anniversary.
June 18, 2015
Press Release
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to expand the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to control telemarketing robocalls. The agency indicated that companies must honor a customer’s request to revoke consent to receiving messages and cannot make more than one call to numbers that have been reassigned to different customers.
June 18, 2015
In the News
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has extended its Aug. 1 deadline for implementing new mortgage disclosure rules due to the agency’s failure to properly notify Congress 60 days before the rule was to take effect.
June 18, 2015
In the News
New Federal Communications Commission rules tighten unwanted robocalls and spam texts by allowing consumers to revoke consent to receive messages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
June 18, 2015
In the News
The California Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors, clarifying the status of ride-sharing drivers. Uber filed an appeal with the California Superior Court.
June 17, 2015
In the News
The California Labor Commission ruled that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors, clarifying the status of ride-sharing drivers. Uber filed an appeal with the California Superior Court.
June 17, 2015
In the News
For the third consecutive year, Hedge Fund Alert has recognized Alston & Bird among the country’s top law firms with significant hedge fund practices.
June 17, 2015
Press Release
On June 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment in excess of $10 million in favor of Alston & Bird clients Kevin Brittingham and his company Random Ventures, Inc.
June 16, 2015
Press Release
Earlier this year, the IRS issued guidance clarifying the agency’s stance on pension overpayments, indicating that companies are not required to recoup accidental overpayments from retirees.
June 16, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has added Daniel G. Jarcho as a litigation partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Jarcho comes to Alston & Bird from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where he was a partner.
June 16, 2015
Press Release
The California Supreme Court ruled that cities requiring developers to include affordable housing in multi-unit projects are not violating the state constitution.
June 15, 2015
In the News
California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed Trailer Bill 831 as part of the state’s budget process for dealing with the drought but what critics say is an attempt to exclude public works projects from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
June 10, 2015
In the News
The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a fraud alert warning individual doctors they could face prison time for violating the Anti-Kickback Statute when accepting improper medical directorships in exchange for Medicare and Medicaid referrals.
June 9, 2015
In the News
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is standing firm on its Aug. 1 deadline for implementing new mortgage disclosure rules but will grant a good-faith enforcement grace period.
June 3, 2015
In the News
The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) recently released annual report sounded the alarm on cybersecurity, data breaches and other threats to the U.S. financial system.
June 2, 2015
In the News
Illinois faces unfunded pension liabilities, and the cities and towns of the state are responsible for those pension obligations.
June 1, 2015
In the News
Valencia Water Company (VWC) may be California’s only water provider that is neither public, nor mutual, nor regulated as a private entity by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
June 1, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Sabre Corporation, a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Abacus International Pte Ltd., the premiere travel-booking company in Asia-Pacific.
May 29, 2015
Press Release
The law has yet to define what constitutes “reasonable” security amid ongoing shareholder lawsuits and mounting concern over regulation of cybersecurity and data breaches.
May 29, 2015
In the News
Internet security researchers are warning against the vulnerability of modern web browsers that allows an attacker to track or change communications that were previously thought to be secure.
May 28, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Seventh Circuit decision in Wellness International Network Ltd. v. Sharif, holding that bankruptcy courts have the authority to make final decisions on certain legal claims that help liquidate a debtor or adjudicate a bankruptcy proceeding.
May 27, 2015
In the News
Less than two months remain before the Volcker Rule takes full effect, and banks are still grappling to prepare for the regulation’s complex ban on proprietary trading.
May 26, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed new rules governing when financial advisors become fiduciaries for certain benefit plans.
May 22, 2015
In the News
Lumber Liquidators Inc. is the first company to face a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigation under new chairman Elliot Kaye.
May 21, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has earned broad recognition in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, the peer review directory of leading U.S. business lawyers.
May 20, 2015
Press Release
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions against employers have surged in recent years.
May 20, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that may allow companies sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to sidestep costly litigation.
May 18, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court held unconstitutional Maryland’s tax system that taxed residents on all income without a credit for out-of-state taxes paid while also taxing nonresidents on income earned in Maryland.
May 18, 2015
In the News
The Affordable Care Act permits employers to increase financial incentives to encourage workers to be healthier, but there are limitations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule to provide guidance on how wellness-incentive programs can comply with the ADA, but questions remain.
May 18, 2015
In the News
Clark Calhoun, partner in Alston & Bird’s State and Local Tax Group, explained the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, which reaffirmed the U.S. Constitution’s dormant Commerce Clause and overturned Maryland’s scheme of taxing residents for all income – without credit for out-of-state taxes paid – and out-of-state residents for income earned in Maryland.
May 18, 2015
In the News
The Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordering Action Star to pay Alston & Bird client KaiJet Technology International Limited more than $370,000 in attorneys’ fees for bringing an “unreasonable” suit.
May 15, 2015
Press Release
The Senate is debating legislation to renew the White House’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast-track,” to help speed up congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Among the considerations driving the TPA debate is the bill’s language on currency manipulation.
May 15, 2015
In the News
Chris Gegg, partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, noted that any company that jumps into the new system without a detailed strategy and counseling is bound to face problems.
May 14, 2015
In the News
Kevin Gooch, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, is among the class of young Atlanta professionals featured as “The Ones to Watch” by Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.
May 13, 2015
In the News
Seventeen Alston & Bird attorneys have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
May 13, 2015
Press Release
In the wake of California’s recent emergency regulations to cut the state’s overall water use by 25 percent, developers are scrambling to understand what the restrictions mean for current and future projects.
May 11, 2015
In the News
New technologies have created a grey area for companies, including the risk of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
May 11, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided some leeway for mobile health technology (mHealth) but still has a major role in setting future boundaries.
May 8, 2015
In the News
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed a joint session of Congress on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and his own country’s role in bringing it to fruition.
April 30, 2015
In the News
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam, The American Lawyer spoke with several lawyers about their post-war experiences and how they came to choose careers in law.
April 30, 2015
In the News
The Third Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a pharmaceutical injury suit based on the testimony of the plaintiff’s own expert witness.
April 30, 2015
In the News
Nanci Weissgold, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group and co-leader of the Consumer Finance Regulatory Compliance team, participated in a panel discussion on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed amendments to the Mortgage Servicing rule during National Mortgage News’ 9th Annual Mortgage Servicing Conference.
April 29, 2015
In the News
A California judge dismissed the case accusing Hulu LLC of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), ruling that there was no proof that Hulu knowingly disclosed its user information and viewing histories to Facebook or that it knew Facebook might ultimately link the user-identifying information to its own data tracking system.
April 28, 2015
In the News
Core compliances with the Volcker Rule are nearing a July 21 deadline.
April 28, 2105
In the News
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for boards as breaches target all kinds of companies.
April 27, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been singled out by general counsel as one of the most highly regarded law firm brands, ranking No. 15 among 26 firms comprising the BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. The report indicates that exemplary client service more than any other factor is the main determinant distinguishing the competitive strength of a law firm’s brand.
April 24, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird attorneys Jessica Corley, Kimberly Peretti, Kelley Barnaby and Lauren Tapson have been honored with a 2015 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their analysis of the corporate governance risks associated with cyber-attacks and the critical role played by boards of directors in addressing those risks.
April 23, 2015
Press Release
The Law Firm Sustainability Network recently launched the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS) to measure law firms’ efforts to reduce consumption and boost efficiency.
April 23, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird litigators Elizabeth Broadway Brown and Kimyatta McClary have been named by The National Black Lawyers as two of its “Top 40 Under 40.”
April 22, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird clients NFGTV, Inc. (Eastern TV), and Monami Entertainment LLC, production companies for VH1’s hit reality TV show, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” have been granted summary judgment in a two-and-a-half-year defamation battle.
April 22, 2015
Press Release
The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN) recently launched the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS) to measure law firms’ efforts to become greener by reducing consumption and boosting efficiency.
April 21, 2015
In the News
Peter Masaitis, partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group and co-president of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), recently conducted a Q&A with HireanEsquire.com.
April 21, 2015
In the News
The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN) recently launched the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards to measure law firms’ efforts to become greener by reducing consumption and boosting efficiency.
April 21, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird is proud to participate in the pilot launch of the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS).
April 21, 2015
Press Release
Cathy Burgess, partner in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group, addressed recent FDA enforcement actions on data-integrity issues during a panel discussion at the Food and Drug Law Institute. Burgess spoke with The Gray Sheet about the need for more FDA guidance on controls.
April 20, 2015
In the News
Introduction of a bill to renew the White House’s fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was hailed as a bipartisan success, but there are lingering concerns.
April 16, 2015
In the News
Following Governor Jerry Brown’s order for mandatory consumer water conservation, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to cut deliveries to its 26 member agencies by 15 percent.
April 15, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird clients NFGTV, Inc. (Eastern TV), and Monami Entertainment LLC, production companies for VH1’s hit reality TV show, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” were granted summary judgment in a two-and-a-half-year defamation battle.
April 15, 2015
In the News
Richard Grice, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience caddying at the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA, for Gunn Yang, a 21-year-old South Korean and 2014 U.S. Amateur Champion, as reported by The American Lawyer, ABA Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Masters.com and WSB Radio.
April 14, 2015
In the News
Margaret W. Scott, partner in Alston & Bird’s Wealth Planning Group, has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
April 14, 2015
Press Release
The addition of David Stein to the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Los Angeles was reported on by The Daily Journal, L.A. Biz, Los Angeles Business Journal, Law360, World Intellectual Property Review and The Recorder.
April 14, 2015
In the News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued biosimilar reimbursement coverage memos to plan sponsors outlining its requirements for Medicare parts B and D drugs, as well as for state Medicaid agencies.
April 13, 2015
In the News
The real estate market is thriving, and valuations are rising with billions of dollars tied up in real estate investment trusts (REITs).
April 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with the addition of David M. Stein as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He joins from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner.
April 9, 2015
Press Release
Partner Kevin Gooch’s appointment as a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity was highlighted by the Daily Report.
April 7, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its first enforcement action under Rule 21F-17 about confidentiality agreements designed to stifle or discourage whistleblowers.
April 7, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been ranked a national leader in patent litigation in a new report published by Lex Machina.
April 7, 2015
Press Release
In an effort to reduce lawsuits, companies are pairing in-house counsel with human resources departments. While potentially helpful to a company in streamlining meritorious and non-meritorious claims, there are some risks.
April 3, 2015
In the News
A California judge recently dismissed the case accusing Hulu LLC of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), ruling that there was no proof that Hulu knowingly disclosed its user information and viewing histories to Facebook or that it knew Facebook might ultimately link the user-identifying information to its own data tracking system.
April 1, 2015
In the News
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first so-called biosimilar drug for use in the United States, paving the way for alternatives to an entire class of complex drugs.
April 1, 2015
In the News
The Senate left for recess before voting on the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, leaving in limbo physician payment cuts of 21 percent that are scheduled to take effect April 1 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). Proponents of the bill have proposed a two-week option to temporarily protect doctors from the cutbacks.
March 31, 2015
In the News
A new rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) makes it easier for employees to file whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank acts. The rule permits whistleblowers to file complaints either orally or in writing, with the complaint needing to show only that an employee’s whistleblowing contributed to workplace retaliation to trigger an OSHA investigation.
March 31, 2015
In the News
In its newly published “Top 100 Verdicts of 2014,” The National Law Journal noted four breach-of-contract cases that resulted in verdicts of more than $100 million each.
March 30, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird represented clients in two of the country’s largest verdicts of 2014 as determined by The National Law Journal. Both cases were ranked among the top 30.
March 30, 2015
Press Release
Kevin Miller, a partner in Alston & Bird’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and head of the firm’s Financial Advisors Practice, sat down with David Marcus of The Deal to discuss the latest developments in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, a case relating to the acquisition of Occam by Calix.
March 27, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Bankshares, Inc., for $16.2 million.
March 26, 2015
Press Release
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted the induction of partner Kevin Gooch into the group 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a civic and service organization aimed at mentoring and empowering African-Americans and improving the quality of life for minorities.
March 26, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked among the top 24 large companies on the list of “2015 Best Employers in North Carolina” by Business North Carolina.
March 25, 2015
Press Release
Bernard Taylor, partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation Group, was honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) “Lifetime Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals in the legal community who have “devoted their lives to the pursuit of justice and the well-being of the community.”
March 24, 2015
Press Release

Alston & Bird ranked No. 4 on the list of “Top Workplaces in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This is the fifth consecutive year the publication has singled out the firm as a premiere employer.

March 23, 2015
Press Release
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that 83 wines, most of them inexpensive, showed levels of arsenic above the 10 parts per billion considered safe for drinking water. There is no similar standard for wine.
March 21, 2015
In the News
Temple-Inland Inc. has challenged Delaware’s use of a statistical model to estimate its obligations under the state’s Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Law. The U.S. District Court for the district of Delaware denied, in part, the state’s motion to dismiss the case.
March 20, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird partner John Haynes has been named “Georgia IP Litigator of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
March 19, 2015
Press Release
For the 16th consecutive year, Alston & Bird has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the country’s top 100 employers.
March 19, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been named “International Trade Commission Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The firm was selected from among eight law firm finalists.
March 19, 2015
Press Release
Designed to protect the information in the files of consumer reporting agencies, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) also instructs employers on the steps they need to take when they use credit reports to evaluate job applicants. Recently, there has been an uptick in class action over noncompliant credit checks.
March 18, 2015
In the News
This month the California Supreme Court ruled that mega-mansion homes are not subject to the same standards set for commercial real estate under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), thereby significantly restricting the circumstances in which single-family homes can be subject to costly environmental reviews.
March 16, 2015
In the News
State auditors are increasingly pursuing mutual fund firms and their transfer agents for so-called unclaimed property. Concerned about this trend and the aggressive stance taken by auditors, fund firms are sparring with states over their methodologies, particularly regarding individual retirement accounts.
March 16, 2015
In the News
Private investment in transportation infrastructure projects will likely factor into the next transportation bill before Congress, but it is unlikely to play a major role.
March 16, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office hosted its 11th Annual “Women of Distinction” Awards, honoring women who demonstrate leadership and achievement in their professions and the community and who have contributed to the personal and professional development of women. The event took place March 12, 2015, and was attended by more than 75 guests, including the firm’s clients and friends.
March 16, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is preparing to open a branch in Silicon Valley and beginning to recruit new hires.
March 13, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird continues to expand its Finance Practice with the addition of Nikki Ott as counsel in Charlotte.
March 13, 2015
Press Release
Starting June 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission will require issuers and underwriters of rated asset-backed securities to publish findings of any third-party due diligence report within five days after a deal prices.
March 13, 2015
In the News
While many believe March Madness workplace events are a good way to encourage team bonding and boost employee morale, there are legal risks to consider.
March 11, 2015
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Group, has been named one of the country’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy Magazine.
March 10, 2015
Press Release
Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Group, was honored with the 2015 Privacy Leadership Award from The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Swire is recognized for his commitment to the privacy field in tackling emerging privacy and security issues in public policy, academia and industry.
March 9, 2015
Press Release
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for $16 million over allegations its subsidiaries violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
March 5, 2015
In the News
Disputes over Las Vegas’ main source of water, Lake Mead, underscore the dilemma of securing water for growing populations and economies amid worsening drought conditions.
March 5, 2015
In the News
The Securities and Exchange Commission is urging drug makers to include details of FDA 8-K disclosures to make sure shareholder communications are accurate.
March 5, 2015
In the News
Expected changes to California’s Proposition 65, which requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, are likely to result in the statute becoming more burdensome, not less as its backers claim.
March 3, 2015
In the News
According to state law, financial institutions must release property to the state comptroller’s office after three years of no contact with the owner and unsuccessful attempts to contact them. Funds are held in a trust while searching for owners.
March 2, 2015
In the News
Sam Kaywood, partner in Alston & Bird’s Tax Group, addressed earnings and profits (E&P) in cross-border transactions.
March 2, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has partnered with Duke Energy and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont to provide wills, estate planning and powers of attorney for North Carolina Public School employees in the Charlotte area, free of charge.
March 2, 2015
Press Release
Boundaries between Superfund cost recovery and contribution in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) are frequently debated for being either clear or hazy.
March 2, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the winners of the 2014 ABBY Awards, honoring a select group of lawyers and members of staff firmwide for their leadership in 2014. This is the fifth year of the awards program and a reminder of the firm’s longstanding tradition of celebrating its people and their work.
February 27, 2015
Press Release
Mortgage servicers have faced a variety of challenges in the past few years. One such challenge is the industry’s drive toward new procedures and increased efficiencies as it continues to migrate to the Internet.
February 25, 2015
In the News
Edward (Ted) Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, noted the significance of Goodyear’s $16 million settlement with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations its subsidiaries violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
February 24, 2015
In the News
The appointment of Ted Hollifield, partner in Alston & Bird’s Corporate & Finance Group, as Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Silicon Valley office was reported on by the Daily Journal and Silicon Valley Business Journal.
February 23, 2015
In the News
Financial services companies are on high-alert for potential data breaches and need to be aware of post-detection actions to take.
February 23, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has partnered with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to launch Georgia PATENTS (Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors). The program seeks to connect low-income inventors with pro bono patent lawyers.
February 20, 2015
In the News
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s update to Regulation AB, commonly referred to as Regulation AB II, may not prompt issuers to change whether they sell asset-backed securities in the public market or the private market.
February 20, 2015
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Group, discussed her experience in mass torts and the trend of more women joining defense teams.
February 16, 2015
In the News
A recent report by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker, found personal computers in 30 countries infected with U.S. surveillance programs hidden within hard drives.
February 16, 2015
In the News
Starting June 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission will require issuers and underwriters of rated asset-backed securities to publish findings of any third-party due diligence report within five days after a deal prices.
February 13, 2015
In the News
Recent Delaware legislation significantly revised the administration of the state’s unclaimed property laws by placing several limitations on audits performed by outside contractors and amending the administrative appeals process.
February 13, 2015
In the News
Although questionable litigation tactics are largely a thing of the past, it doesn’t mean they have disappeared entirely.
February 13, 2015
In the News
Seven Alston & Bird lawyers have been named “Client Service All-Stars” in the 2015 edition of BTI Consulting Group’s (BTI) annual survey of the nation’s top lawyers identified by corporate counsel as the best at serving clients. No other firm had more attorneys named to this prestigious roster.
February 11, 2015
Press Release
Teri Lynn McMahon, partner and leader of Alston & Bird’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Quality Team, was noted for being named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting in its 2015 survey of corporate general counsel identifying the most client service savvy lawyers.
February 10, 2015
In the News
In “GCs Name Favorite Employment Lawyers,” Law360 reported on the selection of Thomas Schendt, partner in Alston & Bird’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, as a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting in its 2015 survey of corporate general counsel identifying the best in client service.
February 10, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays was quoted in Law360 regarding the firm’s recognition as a “Client Service All-Star,” noting the firm’s exceptional focus on clients’ legal and business needs.
February 10, 2015
In the News
Reporting on this year’s roster of “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting, Law360 spotlighted Jessica Corley, partner in Alston & Bird’s Securities Litigation Group, for her selection as a securities lawyer judged by corporate general counsel as the most client service savvy for the second consecutive year, earning her BTI’s top mark of client service “MVP” for having been nominated by general counsel two or more years in a row.
February 10, 2015
In the News
In “GCs Give Top Marks to 7 Standout Associates,” Law360 highlights Jason Howard, associate in Alston & Bird’s Real Estate Finance & Investment Group, as one of only seven associates named to BTI’s 2015 “Client Service All-Stars.”
February 10, 2015
In the News
Eighty-one Alston & Bird attorneys have been named “Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers.”
February 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been singled out by CTA Intelligence as the top firm for client service to the investment funds industry.
February 6, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been named among the world’s best trademark firms in the 2015 WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, published by World Trademark Review magazine.
February 2, 2015
Press Release
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has named Kevin Gooch, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, as a 2015 Fellow.
February 2, 2015
Press Release
Justice Betty Weinberg Ellerin, senior counsel in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been honored by the New York State Bar Association with its 2015 Distinguished Jurist Award.
February 2, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird client CommScope Inc., a global leader in network infrastructure solutions, has agreed to acquire Switzerland-based TE Connectivity’s Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3 billion.
February 1, 2015
Press Release
Commenting on the challenges facing employers that adopt smoke-free zones, Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, noted that while smoke-free workplaces aren’t new, there are complex issues surrounding them.
January 30, 2015
In the News
The full Federal Circuit has agreed to review a panel decision effectively barring the International Trade Commission from many cases involving software and other method patents.
January 30, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Truth in Lending Act requires that a borrower must only provide written notice to the lender of his intention to rescind a loan, not file suit within three years of the date a loan is consummated.
January 30, 2015
In the News
Against the backdrop of a June 1 deadline for Congress to renew, revise or retire U.S. post-9/11 surveillance methods – and Europe’s interest in the decision – Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, noted that European leaders want as many civil liberties protections from surveillance for their publics as will be given to Americans.
January 29, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced a significant expansion of its Finance Practice with the hiring of four new partners and four additional attorneys in Dallas. The group brings with it considerable real estate and structured finance experience and in-depth capabilities in domestic and cross-border public and private securitization transactions, floating and fixed-rate portfolio financing, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and loan servicing.
January 28, 2015
Press Release
Nanci Weissgold, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group and co-leader of the Consumer Finance Regulatory Compliance team, has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
January 28, 2015
In the News
In “Didn’t Make It to Work Because of the Blizzard? Yes, You Can Be Fired for That,” Brett Coburn, partner in Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group, explains that employees missing work due to road and mass transit closures because of inclement weather could technically be grounds for termination but that it would be a risky move for companies, as it would likely hurt employee morale.
January 27, 2015
In the News
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reaffirmed its earlier decision in D.R. Horton, Inc., in which the board ruled that an arbitration agreement under which employees were required to waive the right to bring class or collective actions violated the National Labor Relations Act.
January 26, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird won $13.7 million in supplemental damages for clients Mylan Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, global leaders in generic and specialty pharmaceuticals, as part of an ongoing dispute against GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) regarding a breach-of-contract claim over the production and sale of a generic form of Paxil CR, a popular antidepressant.
January 23, 2015
Press Release
U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler dismissed with prejudice multidistrict class actions accusing Google and Viacom of illegally tracking children’s Internet and video-viewing activities, concluding that there was no concrete evidence that Google could use the information provided by Viacom to determine individual identities.
January 23, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court declined review of a California case that clears a path to keep some workers’ state Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims out of arbitration, thereby increasing the likelihood of a rise in such actions, which allow for employees to pursue penalties against an employer on behalf of the state of California.
January 21, 2015
In the News
Laura Pruitt, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group, noted the significance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement of a one-year suspension from rating mortgage-backed securities as part of a $77 million settlement with Standard & Poor’s.
January 21, 2015
In the News
President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, said he needs enhanced negotiating authority to secure a new trade deal with Japan and 10 other Pacific nations.
January 21, 2015
In the News
Partner Tim Selby, head of Alston & Bird’s Investment Management Practice and president of The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, sat down with The Street to discuss hedge fund performance last year and trends for 2015.
January 20, 2015
In the News
David Keating, partner in the firm’s Technology Group and co-chair of the Privacy & Data Security Practice, and newly hired Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel Peter Swire discuss the hot issues of privacy and data security, as well as Swire’s move to Alston & Bird.
January 14, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Mohawk Industries, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IVC Group, a Belgium-based flooring manufacturer, for approximately $1.2 billion in cash and equity.
January 14, 2015
Press Release
The inaugural W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court has selected six Alston & Bird lawyers as members for fiscal year 2014-15, including two who will serve as Masters of the Bench, the court’s highest level of membership.
January 13, 2015
Press Release
Triangle Business Journal and Law360 reported on the partner elections of Ashley Menser in Alston & Bird’s Federal & International Tax Group and Bryan Skelton in the Patent Group.
January 13, 2015
In the News
Following President Obama’s recent speech calling for privacy and cybersecurity legislation, Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, commented on how the proposals might fare in Congress.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The election of Sean Whyte to partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group was featured in the Dallas Business Journal and Law360.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The recent election of Clark Calhoun as partner in the firm’s State & Local Tax Group in California was reported on by L.A. Biz, Los Angeles Business Journal, Law360 and The Recorder.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The recent election of Sage Sigler as partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workouts & Reorganization Group was reported on by Atlanta Business Chronicle, Daily Report, Georgia Bar Journal, Law360 and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Daily Bankruptcy News.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The elections of Casondra Ruga to partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Nathan Sinning in the Construction & Government Contracts Group and Lance Termes in the Patent Group were covered by Daily Journal, L.A. Biz, Los Angeles Business Journal and The Recorder.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The following attorneys were featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Daily Report, Georgia Bar Journal and Law360 for their election to partner:
January 13, 2015
In the News
The election of Michael Park as partner in the firm’s Health Care Legislative & Public Policy Group was reported on by The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal and Law360.
13 January 2015
In the News
Peter Swire‘s recent move to Alston & Bird, which he joins as senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, was reported on by The American Lawyer, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Bloomberg and The Hill.
January 13, 2015
In the News
Charlotte Business Journal, Triad Business Journal and Law360 reported on the recent election of Michael Cecka as partner in the firm’s Finance Group.
January 13, 2015
In the News
Peter Swire discusses his recent move to Alston & Bird as senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Security Practice.
January 12, 2015
In the News
In a recent speech to Federal Trade Commission employees, President Obama proposed legislation designed to protect the online privacy of consumers and students.
January 12, 2015
In the News
Crain’s New York Business, New York Law Journal and Law360 noted the partner elections of Zachry Gladney in Alston & Bird’s State & Local Tax Group and Jennifer Kozar in the Litigation & Trial Practice Group.
January 8, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its Privacy & Data Security Practice with the addition of former White House privacy official Peter Swire as Senior Counsel.
January 8, 2015
Press Release
In the wake of Alstom S.A.’s record-setting $772 million settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve charges relating to a widespread bribery scheme, Edward (Ted) Kang, partner in Alston & Bird’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, noted that the settlement “further confirms that FCPA enforcement remains a high priority for the government, and companies should continually monitor their FCPA risks and routinely revisit their compliance programs to prevent and detect possible violations.”
January 7, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird announced the election of 20 lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1. The new partners span 13 of the firm’s practice groups and eight offices.
January 5, 2015
Press Release
The United States is poised to complete the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in 2015 but not without a few challenges.
January 2, 2015
In the News
Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing city legislators to pass retrofitting mandates that would require wooden and concrete buildings to undergo expensive earthquake-protection remediation.
January 2, 2015
In the News
Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced final regulations prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees based on an Executive Order signed by President Obama.
December 19, 2014
In the News
With the onset of flu season and in the wake of the Ebola scare, businesses are unclear about rules related to sending sick employees home.
December 19, 2014
In the News
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its second round of guidance regarding the transfer of mortgage servicing rights to nonbank special servicers.
December 18, 2014
In the News
Six Alston & Bird attorneys were named to the 2014 “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine.
December 17, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been recognized as a Midtown EcoDistrict Gold Luminary by Midtown Alliance, a coalition of business and civic leaders focused on promoting economic development in Midtown Atlanta.
December 16, 2014
Press Release
The Daily Report highlighted the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Alston & Bird clients, Dart Cherokee and Cherokee Basin, noting that Nowell Berreth, partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, argued the case, his first before the High Court.
December 15, 2014
In the News
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) now requires credit reporting agencies to submit accuracy reports highlighting top industries that use their services, summarize the information they receive from the industries and list the total number of credit disputes taking place in those industries.
December 12, 2014
In the News
Following the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that employers cannot prohibit employees from using company email in off-hours for union organizing, Ashley Brightwell, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, explained what the decision means for employers.
December 12, 2014
In the News
The addition of Noam Greenberg, who joined the firm’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Group as counsel in New York, was reported on by Commercial Mortgage Alert, The American Lawyer, Crain’s New York Business and The Deal.
December 12, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its Real Estate Finance & Investment Group with the addition of Noam Greenberg as counsel in the firm’s New York office.
December 12, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Heritage Financial Group, Inc., a bank holding company headquartered in Albany, GA, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired, in an all-stock merger, by Renasant Corporation. The aggregate deal value is approximately $258 million.
December 10, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird is pleased to announce that national environmental and land use litigators Paul J. Beard and Damien M. Schiff are joining the firm in Sacramento, CA, where they will focus their practice on state and federal litigation in California and in Washington, D.C.
December 9, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been singled out as one of the best places to work in New York City.
December 6, 2014
Press Release
Janine Brown, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Atlanta office, conducted a Q&A with the Atlanta Business Chronicle about the qualities and skills that make up a good board member.
December 5, 2014
In the News
Nontraded REITs’ performance was a major point of discussion at the 10th Annual Western Nontraded REIT Symposium, where it was noted that among 35 nontraded players that recently completed liquidity events, the average total return was 8.45 percent.
December 5, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been recognized by corporate counsel as a leader in client service excellence, ranking 15th among nearly 650 law firms serving large clients in the “2015 BTI Client Service 30.”
December 2, 2014
Press Release
Private and financial businesses are requesting more governmental answers to cybersecurity challenges and are looking to the White House to create an interagency or oversight group to facilitate information sharing.
December 1, 2014
In the News
Colgate Selden, counsel in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted on the recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) consent order against Franklin Loan Corporation.
November 22, 2014
In the News
Charlotte Magazine has named Rick McDermott “Charlottean of the Year 2014 (Volunteer).”
November 21, 2014
Press Release
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a proposal that would institute new foreclosure protections for consumers throughout the life of a loan and prevent a wrongful foreclosure sale, as well as fix problems with loan transfers and clarify the meaning of a delinquency.
November 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has earned a top rating of 100 percent in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that measures commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
November 20, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird was honored with The M&A Advisor’s 2014 “Restructuring Deal of the Year (Between $10MM and $100MM)” for its work representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 sale of the assets of St. Francis Hospital to Westchester Medical Center.
November 19, 2014
Press Release
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced new rules, known as Regulation System Compliance and Integrity, requiring major market centers, such as dark pools and stock exchanges, to enhance their cybersecurity and backup systems, as well as their reporting to the SEC during market disruptions.
November 19, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird acted as counsel for Credit Suisse in its role as lead financial adviser to Halliburton in connection with the proposed transaction.
November 18, 2014
Press Release
During a hearing before the New York Supreme Court, John Doherty, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services Litigation Group, argued that a lawsuit against Barclays PLC related to residential mortgage-backed securities lacked merit because it was filed too late and because Barclays only made limited guarantees about the deal.
November 18, 2014
In the News
Represented by Alston & Bird, the City of Los Angeles has reached an historic agreement with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) on dust mitigation issues at Owens Lake. The agreement ends decades of disputes while ensuring dust control will continue on the lake.
November 17, 2014
Press Release
Brandon Williams, partner in Alston & Bird’s Securities Litigation Group, has been named a winner of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 ‘40 Under 40’ Award.
November 14, 2014
Press Release
With the busy holiday looming, major brands are facing would-be class actions in California and New York alleging deceptive outlet store pricing practices.
November 14, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked 16th nationally on this year’s list of “100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding adoptive homes for children waiting in North America’s foster care It is the only Atlanta-based law firm and one of just four firms nationally to make the list.
November 14, 2014
Press Release
The National Retail Federation featured a three-part series, “Talking Tactics,” that examined cybercrime in retail and how the industry is responding.
November 11, 2014
In the News
Voters in Malibu, CA, gave the nod to a controversial land use ordinance known as Measure R, which requires developers of new commercial and mixed-use projects exceeding 20,000 square feet to seek approval from local residents.
November 6, 2014
In the News
Stryker Corp. recently agreed to pay $1 billion to resolve litigation over defective hip replacements following an unusual mediation approach that involved negotiations instead of trials. This model could be used by other multidistrict litigation defendants over jury verdicts.
November 6, 2014
In the News
The midterm election results saw Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota raising the state minimum wage requirements at the same time President Obama is pushing a more aggressive proposal to increase the federal minimum wage.
November 5, 2014
In the News
With voters having approved minimum wage increases in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, said businesses with hourly employees can look at the election results and know they should prepare for higher pay floors.
November 5, 2014
In the News
California Attorney General Kamala Harris reiterated her commitment to enforcing the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act following her re-election and to pursuing guidelines advising companies how she will interpret the act.
November 5, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has earned broad recognition as one of the nation’s top law firms from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in the 2015 edition of “Best Law Firms.”
November 3, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has once again been recognized as a leader in patent litigation by Corporate Counsel magazine.
November 1, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority won an important appellate court victory in an environmental case that paves the way for a new highway linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, two of the nation’s largest and busiest ports.
October 31, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Zebra Technologies Corporation has completed its acquisition of the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions, Inc., for $3.45 billion. The transaction involved more than 5,000 employees and contractors in over 50 countries and facilities located at over 100 sites.
October 31, 2014
Press Release
New guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains how regulators will enforce the agency’s 2012 Safety and Innovation Act by including outsourcing facilities that register with the FDA in accordance with the Drug Quality & Security Act.
October 25, 2014
In the News
Michael Park, counsel in the firm’s Health Care Legislative & Public Policy Group, has been honored with the Community Champion Award for his pro bono service on behalf of Bread for the City, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit community services organization.
October 24, 2014
Press Release
Mark Rayder, senior policy advisor in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, has been recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s, “top lobbyists” by The Hill, the prominent policy and political newspaper.
October 23, 2014
Press Release
Patrick Flinn, partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Georgia State University Intellectual Property Community Service Award.
October 21, 2014
Community Service
In recognition of Alston & Bird’s commitment to empowering a diverse work force, Dell’s Legal Department has honored the firm with its “2014 Dell Legal Diversity Award.”
October 21, 2014
Press Release
Steve Hemminger, partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, spoke with the Daily Journal about President Obama’s nomination of Michelle Lee to become director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
October 20, 2014
In the News
InsideEPA.com reported on the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in United States v. P.H. Glatfelter Company, et al., and its significance in holding that the government cannot convert a unilateral administrative order into an injunction.
October 17, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was named Toxic Torts Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly and included in the magazine’s Legal Awards 2014 Edition.
October 17, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been designated as a "standout" firm by BTI Consulting Group in four areas of litigation.
October 9, 2014
Press Release
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent signing of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act establishes a new regulatory framework that requires local entities to establish groundwater management agencies.
October 8, 2014
In the News
Robert Lee, Kamran Jivani and Derek Neilson are mentioned for representing Darden Corp., which owns Olive Garden, Long Horn Steakhouse and other chains, in a patent infringement lawsuit that was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
October 8, 2014
In the News
In April 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719 (U.S. Apr. 7, 2014). On October 7, 2014, the High Court heard oral argument in the case. Alston & Bird litigators Nowell Berreth, Brian Boone, and Jonathan Parente represent petitioners Dart Cherokee and Cherokee Basin in the Supreme Court proceedings.
October 7, 2014
Press Release
In an article highlighting the most powerful firms representing their clients’ interests in Washington, D.C., Modern Healthcare magazine cites Alston & Bird as a leader in health care policy.
October 6, 2014
In the News
The departure of Pimco co-founder Bill Gross for Janus Capital Group has raised questions about trademark rights to the term “New Neutral,” which describes Pimco’s investment strategy and which the company claims as its trademark.
October 6, 2014
In the News
Recent news reports suggest that the White House is considering nominating U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Michelle Lee to be the agency’s permanent leader.
October 3, 2014
In the News
The firm is mentioned for its role advising Einstein Noah Restaurant Group on its definitive agreement to be acquired by JAB Holding Company for about $374 million.
October 3, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by JAB Holding Company, a German conglomerate, for about $374 million.
October 1, 2014
Press Release
Marc Scheineson, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in The Pink Sheet in an article titled “Disease-Awareness Ads Thrive in Regulatory No-Man’s Land.”
September 29, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has added Chris Huffaker to its Washington, D.C., office as a member of the firm’s Legislative and Public Policy Group.
September 29, 2014
Press Release
Cari Dawson, partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Practice, was recognized by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of Georgia’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women.”
September 26, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client LiveCareer, Ltd., won dismissal with prejudice of third-party claims in a class action lawsuit involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by defendant Job.com.
September 25, 2014
Press Release
Meaghan Boyd, a member of Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice Group, has been re-appointed Co-Chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. Her appointment is for the 2014-2015 term.
September 24, 2014
Press Release
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it will not challenge a proposed agreement between Alston & Bird client Direct ChassisLink Inc. and Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. aimed at easing congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, the country’s two largest marine terminals.
September 23, 2014
Press Release
California Gov. Jerry Brown has authorized a three-year, $5 million study on the possible toxicity of “priority products” such as fishing gear with the potential to ban lead tackle in the state.
September 21, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client HealthSouth Corporation has completed a public offering of an additional $175 million of senior notes by re-opening its 5.75 percent senior notes due 2024. In addition, on August 29, 2014, the company announced it would redeem all the outstanding $271 million of its 7.25 percent senior notes due 2018.
September 19, 2014
Press Release
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation requiring employers to provide three days per year of sick time, which also applies to caring for certain family members.
September 19, 2014
In the News
With data pointing to a nationwide increase in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions in 2014. Brett Coburn, a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, discussed the rise of such lawsuits and how companies should prepare
September 19, 2014
In the News
Though the board ultimately invalidated the patent in question, the defendant was able to call a witness to the stand, “because it believed that would put it in a better position than arguing the case on the record evidence alone,” said Kirk Bradley, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
September 16, 2014
In the News
Patrick DiCarlo, counsel in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, spoke with PLANSPONSOR on the growing number of claims for pension benefits that were paid or rolled over decades ago by former employees who either don’t recall receiving or rolling over benefits or who are questioning the amount of benefits they received.
September 16, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Edward (Ted) Kang has been named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Rising Stars” by The National Law Journal in its annual recognition of the region’s most promising lawyers age 40 and under.
September 16, 2014
Press Release
Alice Yurke, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, spoke with StructuredRetailProducts.com about regulations in the structured products market and best practices for companies facing questioning.
September 16, 2014
In the News
The Atlanta office of national law firm Alston & Bird has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is USGBC's rating system for the world's greenest buildings that incorporate environmentally friendly and energy efficient practices.
September 15, 2014
Press Release
The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is adding staff for its specialized division of trading and markets unit (formerly the division of market regulation).
September 11, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client 365 Data Centers, one of the top U.S. colocation providers by market presence, has raised $16 million in Series B funding from existing investors Crosslink Capital and Housatonic Partners and has secured a $55 million credit facility from Fortress Credit Corp., an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group.
September 10, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle market buyout and growth equity investor, has closed a majority equity investment in Abrasive Products & Equipment, a Texas-based specialty distributor of surface preparation, remediation, abatement, safety, environmental and waterjet cutting products and solutions.
September 9, 2014
In the News
General Motors may be facing a nationwide class action following its multiple recalls of nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Plaintiffs will claim the value of their GM vehicles has suffered because the brand itself has been damaged.
September 1, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, a partner in the firm’s White Collar Crime Group, discussed cybersecurity and the upcoming Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference with Inside Counsel.
August 27, 2014
In the News
Kendall Houghton, partner and leader of the firm’s State and Local Tax Practice, participated in a recent Bloomberg BNA State Tax Advisory Board Roundtable, where she and other prominent tax practitioners discussed current issues and trends in state taxation, including efforts to expand the sales tax base to services, challenges of applying sales and use tax laws to the digital economy and state tax litigation under the False Claims Act.
August 26, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Jason Goode has been elected to the board of directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
August 26, 2014
Press Release
Jeff Belkin partner and co-chair of the firm’s Construction & Government Contracts Group, was interviewed by Inside Counsel to discuss a new executive order from the White House directed at companies that contract with the U.S. Government. 
August 26, 2014
In the News
Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell provided more than 12 hours of testimony over three days.
August 23, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked third on the 2014 Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” list.
August 21, 2014
In the News
Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell is expected to take the stand in his corruption trial after nearly three weeks of prosecution witnesses and testimony attacking his credibility.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird was recognized by the UNC School of Government as one of eight North Carolina companies committed to corporate social responsibility.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group and a former federal prosecutor, appeared on Washington, D.C., local TV station WUSA 9 to comment on the ongoing federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in Compliance Week discussing lessons learned in the wake of BNP Paribas’ record $8.9 billion settlement with the Justice Department.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Matt Richardson was named to the Daily Report’s 2014 Rising Stars, the publication's list of lawyers under 40 who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
August 20, 2014
In the News
In an audio interview with BankInfoSecurity, Security Incident Management and Response Team co-chair Kim Peretti explains why board members must be educated on cyber issues.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Bank Director’s article “More Risk in Capital One's Wallet?” examined the growing federal pressure on banks to allow unbanked customers greater access to depository services.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Tom Scully, senior counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, appeared on C-SPAN discussing the Medicare and Medicaid Acts of 1965.
August 19, 2014
In the News
One hundred and forty-seven Alston & Bird lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers In America. The lawyers span the firm’s eight U.S. offices and represent more than 60 different practice areas.
August 19, 2014
Press Release
On August 18, 2014, Kang summed up the trial deliberations, saying: “Well at the end of the day, the defense and prosecution are jockeying to convince the jury on what their version of the truth is.”
August 18, 2014
In the News
Maureen F. Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article on the issues facing cities seeking to revitalize brownfield spaces.
August 15, 2014
In the News
Edward J. Casey, partner in the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal report about California cities looking to overhaul their outdated zoning codes as the real estate market recovers.
August 15, 2014
In the News
“For the first time ever, power plants will be subject to regulatory controls on their carbon emissions,” said Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group, in reference to the President’s Climate Action Plan.
August 14, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, provided legal analysis and commentary for Washington, D.C., local TV station WUSA 9 regarding the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
August 14, 2014
In the News
A recent decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a company’s failure to train an employee for potentially higher-paying opportunities can be grounds for an employment discrimination lawsuit.
August 12, 2014
In the News
James Evans, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, spoke with Law360 following the recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board’s to treat McDonald’s Corp. as a “joint employer” in at least 43 cases in which complaints have been authorized against McDonald’s franchisees.
August 12, 2014
In the News
The article “Safe Harbor: The Compensation Litigation Quagmire” reviews recent compensation cases and rulings in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
August 12, 2014
In the News
On the one-year anniversary of the historic White House veto of a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) exclusion order on products found to infringe a standard-essential patent (SEP), Law360 examined how—if at all—the historic decision changed ITC litigation and strategy.
August 11, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, provided legal analysis and commentary for Washington, D.C., local TV station WUSA 9 regarding the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
August 7, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in The Washington Post article “Government’s Key Witness against McDonnells Is an Irrepressible Pitchman.”
August 5, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was recognized by The Recorder as one of the top Women Leaders in Tech Law.
August 5, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the addition of Heather Adivari and John Hayes to the firm’s New York office as counsel in the Real Estate Finance & Investment Group.
August 4, 2014
Press Release
Henry Birnkrant, partner in the firm’s Tax Group, was quoted in a Tax Analysts article entitled, “IRS Names Acting Director of Transfer Pricing Operations.”
July 31, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, will be providing legal analysis and television commentary for Washington, D.C. local news channel WUSA9 throughout the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell.
July 29, 2014
In the News
Jon Gordon, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Transactions Group and Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups were ranked by the Los Angeles Business Journal on the inaugural, “Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce.”
July 25, 2014
In the News
Colgate Selden, member of the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in an American Banker article titled “Lenders Fear CFPB Disclosure Plan Goes Too Far.”
July 24, 2014
In the News
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has named Alston & Bird associate Lance Soderstrom a 2014 Outstanding Pro Bono Honoree.
July 23, 2014
Press Release
Cliff Stanford, counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in a Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor article titled “How to Manage Regulatory Expectations with Bank-Owned Life Insurance.”
July 21, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in a Washington Post article titled “At McDonnell Corruption Trial, Former Va. Governor’s Character Will Be Key.”
July 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been ranked 9th in the nation in overall diversity in the 2015 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.
July 17, 2014
Diversity
Kevin Gooch, senior associate in the firm’s Finance Group, was selected as a recipient of the Advocacy and Leadership Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association. He is one of only six lawyers to be so honored this year by the association.
July 15, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced Nanci Weissgold has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Financial Services & Products Group.
July 14, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Top Product Verdicts of 2014—And the Firms that Won Them.”
July 14, 2014
In the News
Matt Hedstrom, senior associate in the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, was quoted in a State Tax Notes article titled “News Analysis: Did the Tennessee Court of Appeals Phone It In?”
July 14, 2014
In the News
Kendall Houghton and Matt Hedstrom, members of the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, were quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article titled “Nexus-Creating Employee Transfers a Sham, Disregarded by Massachusetts Appeals Court.”
July 8, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird announced that the $107 million jury verdict it won for client Mylan, Inc., was featured in Law360’s “Top IP Verdicts of 2014—And the Firms that Won Them.”
July 8, 2014
In the News
Following a previously granted motion for summary judgment of noninfringement for our client KaiJet Technology International Limited, the federal court has awarded KaiJet attorneys’ fees based on plaintiff Action Star’s conduct in bringing an “unreasonable” suit.
July 7, 2014
In the News
The Institute for Professionals in Taxation awarded Clark Calhoun, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s State and Local Tax Group, its 2014 Income Tax Article of the Year Award.
July 1, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “GM Settlement Plan Strong Enough to Block Most Injury Suits.”
June 30, 2014
In the News
Marc Scheineson, partner in the firm’s Food, Drug & Device Group, was extensively quoted in a Tobacco Journal International article titled “Queue Here for Approval.”
June 27, 2014
In the News
Richard Siegel, a senior associate in the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group, was featured in the Bloomberg BNA article, “High Court Kills Presumption of Prudence, Gives Hope to ESOP Fiduciaries.”
June 27, 2014
In the News
Doug Hinson, leader of the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group, was quoted in the Law360 article, “High Court’s ERISA Shift Leaves Defense Bar Unshaken.”
June 27, 2014
In the News
Tom Scully is quoted on the Republican candidates’ approach to health care and the Affordable Care Act.
March 4, 2016
In the News