FTC’s Noncompete Ban and the Impact on Trade Secret Protection

By Kevin R. Casey and Samantha Krasker The recent rulemaking by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on worker noncompetes has garnered an avalanche of publicity, mostly for its impact on employment agreements and employees’ ability to work for competitors. However, the rule’s effect on previously protected trade secrets is equally important. Read on as we […]

Corporate Transparency Act Under Fire: Two New Lawsuits Filed in Maine and Michigan

By: Lori S. Smith, Lisa R. Jacobs, Evan Poulgrain and John M. Baker Following an Alabama federal court’s decision in March declaring the Corporate Transparency Act (the CTA) unconstitutional, two similar lawsuits have been filed in different states challenging the constitutionality of the CTA. On March 1, 2024, Judge Liles C. Burke of the U.S. […]

DOJ’s Pilot Whistleblower Program: What Does It Mean for Businesses?

By: Steven D. Feldman and Rebecca Fallk Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced on March 7 that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will launch a pilot whistleblower program that will offer financial incentives for individuals to report allegations of criminal wrongdoing to the DOJ. The program will be launched later this year following a […]

Alabama Federal Court Decision Throws Corporate Transparency Act into Disarray

By: Lori S. Smith, Lisa R. Jacobs, Evan Poulgrain and John M. Baker A federal district court in Alabama issued a significant decision in National Small Business United v. Yellen on March 1, declaring the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) unconstitutional as it exceeds the Constitution’s limits on the power of Congress.[1] Background of the CTA […]

Retrospective: U.S. Cybersecurity and Privacy Developments in 2023

By: Peter Bogdasarian and Alycia M. Vivona For much of 2023, it seemed like barely a week would pass by without a new data breach or privacy violation finding its way into the headlines, making it clear that the threat actors of the world have not given up. In response, last year saw several significant […]

Stradley Ronon Advises Mini Melts in Investment by Altamont Capital Partners

A cross-practice team of Stradley Ronon lawyers represented Mini Melts USA, a producer and distributor of novelty ice cream products headquartered in the Philadelphia area, in the acquisition of a controlling interest by Altamont Capital Partners. Altamont Capital is a Palo Alto, California-based private investment firm with more than $4 billion in assets under management. […]

Stradley Ronon Represents Team Epiphany in Acquisition by Stagwell

Stradley Ronon advised Team Epiphany, a consumer marketing agency based in New York City, in its acquisition by Stagwell, a digital-first global marketing network. Founded in 2004, Team Epiphany is a BIPOC-owned-and-operated firm that specializes in cultural relevance, experiential marketing and influencer integration. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Team Epiphany will join […]