December 2018

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Labor & Employment

A new step-by-step module – Respond to Workplace Emergencies – is available on the Labor & Employment Practice Center and via the Practical Guidance homepage. The module provides links to overviews, checklists, and sample policies on best practices and workplace policies, as well as information on related legal obligations and considerations.

Corporate

Legal Operations Practical Guidance offerings have been expanded with a new set of documents focused on Resource & Vendor Management. Authored by senior in-house counsel at 7-Eleven, new materials include sample forms, retention agreements, checklists, and overviews. They are designed to help legal operations professionals improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the legal department and the business as a whole. The new page can be found via the Practical Guidance homepage or on the Legal Department Practice Page within the Corporate Practice Center.

Benefits & Executive Compensation

New step-by-step Practical Guidance – Implement a Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan – is available on the Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center and via the Practical Guidance homepage. A nonqualified deferred compensation plan is any plan or arrangement, including a plan or arrangement covering only one person, in which a portion of an individual's current compensation will be payable in a later taxable year. A typical executive pay package includes the use of nonqualified deferred compensation plans that are structured to defer the timing of taxation on compensation. Strict compliance with tax code requirements and the constructive receipt and economic benefit doctrines are necessary to avoid current taxation and penalties. New Practical Guidance content includes overviews, forms, sample policies, timeline, and checklist.


IN FOCUS

In Focus: State Innovation Waivers

A new In Focus: State Innovation Waivers page has been added to the Health Care Practice Center. The Affordable Care Act allows states to apply for these waivers to pursue innovative ways to provide residents with access to high-quality, affordable health care while retaining basic ACA protections. The new In Focus page provides practitioners with all of the information they’ll need about state innovation waivers, including the relevant waiver processes and guidance, the status of states' waiver applications, and news and regulations affecting the waiver provisions.


TRACKERS

A new consolidated Blockchain State Activity Tracker consolidates three separate trackers covering state legislation and guidance in connection with the regulation of the use of blockchain technology or its adoption for state government use. The focus is on three main topics: (1) establishing the validity of records using blockchain technology; (2) assessing the potential benefits of blockchain technology to the administration of government services; and (3) distinguishing between transmission of digital currency and other uses of blockchain technology that do not involve exchanges of value, allowing the latter to develop without a regulatory burden intended for financial transactions. The new tracker is available on the Banking & Finance Practice Center and on the Trackers homepage.


BLOOMBERG BNA BOOKS

New titles published in the second half of 2018 by Bloomberg Law® Book Division and available exclusively on the Bloomberg Law platform include:

Defense of Class Action Litigation in Federal Court

Federal Health Care Discrimination Law

ERISA: Department of Labor Investigations, Enforcement, and Litigation

Evidence in Patent Cases

• Legal Malpractice Litigation (available end of December

McDonnell Douglas: The Most Important Case in Employment Discrimination Law

Vaccine, Vaccination, and Immunization Law


BLOOMBERG BNA PORTFOLIOS

A new portfolio – Implementation of Basel III in Latin America – has been added to the Banking Practice Portfolio Series. The portfolio provides an overview of the varying levels of compliance with Basel III standards in Latin American countries, with a particular focus on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.


LABOR & EMPLOYMENT BENCHMARKS REPORT

The Bloomberg Law 2018 Labor & Employment Practice Benchmarks Report offers practitioners a comprehensive review of how law firm labor and employment attorneys conduct many aspects of their practice, from use of technology and social media to billing rates and fees, business development, and attracting and retaining attorneys. All respondents – 318 total – work at law firms or are sole practitioners, and a majority are partners or decision-makers at their firms.

November 2018

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Privacy & Data Security

New Practical Guidance – Vendor Contracts – has been added to the Privacy & Data Security Practice Center. Third-party vendors contribute to the success of many organizations, but new data security obligations may require a re-examination of terms, conditions, and workflows. Our new Practical Guidance collection on vendor contracts includes sample GDPR data processing agreements, checklists addressing cybersecurity concerns, and an overview of state laws that require businesses to incorporate data security provisions into vendor agreements.

Commercial Transactions

New Practical Guidance – Step-by-Step Franchising – has been added to our Commercial Transactions offering. The content includes overviews, forms, checklists, and additional resources covering a range of topics, such as a franchise disclosure agreement, FTC Franchise Rule compliance, and drafting a franchise agreement.

Labor & Employment

New step-by-step Practical Guidance – Prevent & Respond to Sexual Harassment – has been added to the Labor & Employment Practice Center. The page includes new overviews, sample policies, checklists, and forms providing guidance to attorneys on a range of topics, including state and local harassment laws, examination of workplace culture, training, investigation, and more.


IN FOCUS

In Focus: Sexual Harassment

The new In Focus: Sexual Harassment page on the Labor & Employment Practice Center joins our Practical Guidance on this topic, updating you on the claims filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment and damages paid by companies; highlighting recent state law activity in response to the #MeToo movement; tracking key court cases dealing with sexual harassment; providing expert guidance from law firms to avoid risk; and linking to Practical Guidance on complying with sexual harassment laws.

In Focus: Surprise and Balance Billing

The practice by out-of-network health care providers of billing patients for charges above and beyond what those providers receive from the patients’ health insurance, frequently known as balance billing or surprise billing, has recently been a target of state legislatures and regulators as a consumer protection issue. The new In-Focus: Surprise and Balance Billing page on the Health Care Practice Center brings together in one convenient place everything a practitioner needs to know about state efforts to curb or at least regulate balance billing and surprise billing, including insights from experts in the field and a detailed map showing the restrictions on a state-by-state basis. The page also contains continuously updated feeds alerting practitioners to news, litigation developments, and newly proposed or passed state laws and regulations involving surprise billing or balance billing.


PRACTICE CENTERS

Labor & Employment Practice Center

A new international strategic report – Protectionism and Global Immigration in 2018 – has been added to the Labor & Employment Practice Center. The report details what the authors, members of the Erickson Immigration Group, perceive is a trend in corporate global mobility, i.e., protectionist measures affecting business immigration. The report highlights enacted restrictive policies in the U.K., Singapore, Denmark, and Australia and the effects they are having on enterprise-level businesses.


TRACKERS & ANALYTICS

SEC Enforcement Analytics

SEC Administrative Enforcement Analytics joins the SEC ALJ Enforcement Analytics tool providing full coverage of Securities & Exchange Commission actions, including both settlements and decisions. The new tool covers settled SEC administrative actions, including the full text of SEC Administrative Orders, links to relevant statutes, and analytic visual representations of key data points and trends.

Where charges are not settled, the Commission sets a trial before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Initial decisions by the ALJ in these cases are covered in Bloomberg Law’s® SEC ALJ Enforcement Analytics.


POINTS OF LAW

The new Points of Law list displays the Points of Law that appear in a court opinion in a convenient, condensed view. You no longer have to browse the full opinion to identify all of the relevant Points of Law cited throughout the opinion. From this list, you can easily scan all the Points of Law and then quickly select and link to the relevant text in the opinion. The new functionality includes selections for Order of Appearance or Most Cited; the latter enables you to quickly understand the significance of the opinion and why other cases have found the opinion to be worthy of reliance.

Points of Law offers a more efficient and effective way to conduct case law research. Through the application of machine learning to our database of court opinions, Points of Law speeds up case law research by highlighting language critical to a court’s reasoning, allowing you to quickly find the best language to support legal arguments.


ENHANCED NEWS

You now have easy access to all Bloomberg Law enhanced news products from the homepage. Simply click on the BROWSE button and select News then Bloomberg Law News for a display of all enhanced news products. Another click will take you to the landing page of the selected news product.

In addition, a search for an enhanced news product via the Go Bar now includes autocomplete functionality, expediting your access to the product. Type in a news product – such as Health Law and Business – and the Go Bar will autocomplete the enhanced news name. Click the Navigation link to go directly to the landing page of the news product you selected.

October 2018

INTERNATIONAL TRADE PRACTICE CENTER

The International Trade Practice Center on Bloomberg Law® – launching October 15 – provides in one comprehensive, timesaving resource:

  • Coverage of import and export requirements
  • Relevant cases, dockets, statutes, and regulations
  • Country profiles
  • On-point analysis, including in-depth secondary coverage
  • Practical Guidance
  • Practice tools such as Country Chart Builders
  • International Trade News

ATTORNEY ANALYTICS

The latest enhancement to Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analytics tool – Attorney Analytics – launches October 19. It provides data analysis of more than 100,000 attorneys representing clients in federal District Court.

Litigation Analytics on Bloomberg Law (Company, Law Firm, Judge, and now Attorney Analytics) allows you to identify meaningful patterns among infinite legal data points to inform your litigation strategy, predict possible outcomes, better advise clients, and size up the competition.

Litigation Analytics – including Attorney Analytics – is available under “Popular Links” on the Bloomberg Law homepage and on the Litigation Intelligence Center landing page (link to Litigation Analytics Dashboard).


NEWS

Bloomberg Law will launch International Trade News on October 15. The enhanced news product combines the editorial excellence of existing Law Reports – International Trade Daily™, International Trade Reporter™, WTO Reporter® – with new features and functionality, including real-time news coverage, custom alerts to monitor developments, a better mobile experience, and more.

International Trade News will provide coverage of the most significant developments affecting U.S. trade and international business policies and the policies of major U.S. trading partners across the globe.


PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Corporate

Forty new Practical Guidance documents related to Legal Operations have been added to the Corporate Practice Center. The documents cover a range of subjects, including contract management, knowledge management, project management, change management, and e-discovery. They were developed in conjunction with an array of outside experts in the legal operations industry. The documents are available on two new pages:

They are also included on the Litigation Management & Support page; the Practical Guidance homepage; the Corporate Practical Guidance Library page; and the Corporate Legal Department practice page.

New jurisdiction-specific Alternative Entities Practical Guidance has been added to the Corporate Practice Center, including:

Labor & Employment

Several new practice tools have been added to the L&E Practical Guidance collection for use by employment law attorneys, in-house counsel, and HR practitioners, including:

In addition, the new material includes several sample litigation documents (pleadings, motions, and notices) as well as various checklists, sample letters, and explanatory overviews pertaining to compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


STATE CHART BUILDER

Health

A new State Chart Builder covering the Corporate Practice of Medicine has been added to the Health Care Practice Center. The chart examines state restrictions on the corporate practice of medicine, physician employment, and fee-splitting, as well as related laws governing professional corporations and similar entities.


TRACKERS & ANALYTICS

Analytics supporting our data on OCC Enforcement, Prepaid Access Developments, and SEC Shareholder Proposal No-Action Letters have been updated.


SECONDARY CONTENT

With retirement legislation being reviewed by Congress, retirement matters are a hot topic with benefits attorneys. The newly revamped Pension Plan Investment Administration Guide on the Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Center is one of several tools we offer to help practitioners navigate the complex legal landscape of pension plans. It consists of six new tabs, including revised checklists related to pension plan design, fiduciaries, and investment matters. This is a great collection to show attorneys who have been following the recent changes in fiduciary law or work with investments.


PRACTICE CENTERS

Labor & Employment

BCite℠ functionality has been added to NLRB and Regional Director decisions dating back to the 1950s. Complete coverage of Board decisions will be added later in 2018.

September 2018

ENHANCED SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY


Global Patents Search has been added to the Patents & Trade Secrets Practice Center, providing practitioners the critical information they need to understand the patent landscape across jurisdictions, and to advise clients seeking to build, protect, and monetize their intellectual property.  Comprehensive data sets include

  • Patent Families, Citations, and Similar Patents
  • U.S. Litigation in the Federal Courts and the ITC, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Figures and Drawings, and Assignment History

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Labor & Employment

A number of new practice tools have been added to the L&E Practical Guidance collection for use by employment law attorneys, in-house counsel, and HR practitioners, including:

Policy Acknowledgment and Acknowledgment of Receipt of Employee Handbook with related drafting checklist

Relocation Expenses Agreement with related drafting checklist

"Last Chance" Agreement (two versions)

Unpaid Internship Agreement and related overview concerning compensation

Consensual Relationship Agreement with related overview

Wage Deduction Authorization Agreement

Payroll Deduction Form

Overtime Request & Authorization Form

Litigation "Life Cycle" Guide for responding to a complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Corporate Transactions

In collaboration with the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Bloomberg Law® has begun to publish certain of their materials concerning private fund investments from the perspective of a limited partner. The first eight of these are now live on the Step-by-Step: Private Equity Fund Formation page, including a sample subscription agreement and Excel templates.

Corporate

New Corporate Governance Practical Guidance – Shareholder Matters – addresses a situation that companies of all sizes are now facing, that is, an activist investor, whether an individual or a group, who purchases a large number of shares in a public company, and/or who tries to obtain seats on the company's board, with the goal of effecting a major change within the organization. This new series of Practical Guidance documents allows counsel to assist clients in dealing with an activist investor. Overviews, checklists, comparison charts, and sample templates will aid practitioners in setting up a response plan, choosing a response team, and understanding an activist investor’s tactics.


IN FOCUS PAGES


In Focus: Right to Try


In Focus: Opioid Issues for Health Care Providers

There are two new In Focus pages on the Health Care Practice Center: Right to Try and Opioid Issues for Health Care Providers.

Right to Try: Since 2014, when Colorado passed the first bill allowing terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, 40 states have passed their own “Right to Try” bills. Following the states' lead, Congress passed the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017. This In Focus page is designed to help health law attorneys navigate both federal and state legislation, track changes as they arise, and find additional guidance.

Opioid Issues for Health Care Providers: The ongoing crisis of opioid abuse in the United States has focused attention on the manufacturers and distributors of opioids, but many state and federal authorities are also looking to health care providers in an effort to curb the abuse. This In Focus page tracks state laws and regulations governing prescribing and dispensing opioids, and provides news, analysis, and updates on litigation.

In Focus: Deal Points

Bloomberg Law has just completed publication of a 21-part series, “Trends in M&A Provisions,” which examines trends in private company M&A deal points. Available on the In Focus: Deal Points page, the studies – co-authored by Dan Avery, Director at Goulston & Storrs PC, and several colleagues – provide deal lawyers with practical insights into how the M&A market is dealing with the most significant and nuanced drafting and negotiating issues. They also offer valuable insights into what’s market for private transactions attorneys.


STATE CHART BUILDERS

A new 50-state chart builder, Investment Adviser Firm Registration & Reporting, is now available on the Securities Practice Center. The chart covers registration requirements for state-registered investment adviser firms, including applications and renewal requirements, bonding rules, record-keeping requirements, and termination provisions. The chart is available on the Securities Practice Center homepage from the Chart Builders & Quick Reference Guides drop-down and on the Chart Builders homepage.

A new Corporate Chart Builder – Business Entity Conversion and Domestication – compares the statutory provisions of each state and the District of Columbia relating to the conversion of a business entity from one form (such as a stock corporation) to another (for example, a limited liability company). In a conversion, all rights, liabilities, and assets of the converting entity (the stock corporation, in this example) transfer by operation of law to the converted entity (the limited liability company). Conversion is a one-step process by a single organization. It is simpler than a merger because only one set of owners needs to authorize the transaction and there is no change of control. The chart is available on the Chart Builders homepage and the Corporate Practice Center homepage from the Chart Builders and State Surveys drop-down.


WHITE PAPERS

Three white papers on cryptocurrency/blockchain have been added to the Financial Technology Practice Page and to the In Focus: Blockchain page.

Cryptocurrency & Blockchain: Discusses how legal and regulatory frameworks – federal, state, international – are responding to the emergence of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Financing Blockchain: Examines how projects using initial coin offerings (ICOs) must remain aware of and take into account the emerging responses of regulatory authorities in the U.S. and other countries.

What Not to Do: Lessons of Early ICO Enforcement & Litigation: Analyzes the regulatory actors and potential legal liabilities that should concern initial coin offering (ICO) issuers and their legal counsel. It includes coverage of regulatory enforcement actions and private litigation that have emerged since mid-2017 and analysis of the problems that ICO issuers will face going forward.


NEWS

Bloomberg Law will launch four enhanced news products on September 24 for Securities, Mergers & Antitrust, Banking, and Corporate. Enhanced news products combine the editorial excellence of Law Reports with new features and functionality, including real-time news coverage, custom alerts to monitor developments, a better mobile experience, and more.

The enhanced news products, and corresponding Law Reports, that are included in the September rollout are:

  • Bloomberg Law Mergers & Antitrust Law News will include Antitrust & Trade Regulation Daily, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report
  • Bloomberg Law Banking Law News will include Banking Daily and Banking Report
  • Bloomberg Law Securities Law News will include Broker Dealer Compliance Report, Securities Law Daily, Securities Regulation & Law Report, and World Securities Law Report
  • Bloomberg Law Corporate News will include Corporate Law & Accountability Report and Corporate Counsel Weekly

August 2018

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Labor & Employment

Several new practice tools for use by employment law attorneys, in-house counsel, and HR practitioners have been added to the L&E Practical Guidance collection, including checklists on:

New modules have been added to the L&E Practical Guidance Library: Step-by-Step: Understand the Interplay Between the FMLA & ADA provides guidance in situations in which an employee’s medical leave request may impose obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act; Step-by-Step: Create Gender Identity Policies and Transition Plans explains how employers may need to accommodate transgender and transitioning employees in the workplace; and Step-by-Step: Manage Employees' Marijuana Use provides compliance guidance and best practices information for employers confronting marijuana-related issues in the workplace. Companies operating in states that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana use or that prohibit job bias against lawful medical pot users may require clarification about the effect of such laws on their organizations against the backdrop of federal law banning marijuana use and possession.

Patents & Trade Secrets

Two new suites of Practical Guidance – Protecting Trade Secrets and Trade Secret Remedies – are now available on the Patents & Trade Secrets home page and on the Trade Secrets practice page.  Trade secrets are a unique and increasingly important form of intellectual property.  Because their value to a business – as protectors of product value, collateral for capital formation, and source of licensing revenue – depends on efficient management and use of holder-controlled information, employers seeking to protect trade secrets must take a number of precautions to ensure that their sensitive information remains secret. These two new Practical Guidance suites provide the overview, insight, checklists, tables, and forms that practitioners need to help them navigate the complex network of federal and state law that governs the use and defense of these critical assets.

Corporate

Thirty-eight new Practical Guidance documents have been added to our Compliance suite across anti-corruption programs, management of third parties, and reputational risk. The new documents include two new assessment tools, as well as more than a dozen checklists, several sample forms, and three full-color roadmaps. The total number of documents in the Compliance Practical Guidance collection now numbers more than 300.  The new documents are available on the following Compliance topic pages: Ethics & Corruption; Preventing Noncompliance; and Building the Program.

Tech & Telecom

Banking & Finance

A new step-by-step Practical Guidance page on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) has been added to our Capital Markets suite and to our ICO In Focus Page. Practical Guidance covers the steps required to determine the need for an ICO and to ultimately complete the ICO process. The new ICO page includes overviews of structural, transactional, regulatory, and legal issues. It also includes checklists, timelines, comparison tables, forms, and trackers for legal practitioners and market participants who are interested in initial coin offerings, security token offerings (STOs), cryptocurrency, and developments in securities law and FinTech.  The page is also included in the Practical Guidance boxes on Tech & Telecom and Banking & Finance.


CHART BUILDERS

A new 50-state Chart Builder covering Limited Partnership Dissolution is now live on the Corporate Practice Center. The chart covers the different types of dissolution, resolution of claims, distribution of assets, and more. The Chart Builder is available from the Corporate Practice Center home page, the Alternative Entities Practice Page, and the new Chart Builders homepage.

A new 50-state securities law Chart Builder covering Securities Registration & Licensing Fees is now available on the Securities Practice Center and the new Chart Builders homepage under Blue Sky/Securities.  Most states charge fees related to securities transactions that occur within the state. These fees include those charged for the registration and offering of securities, and for the registration and licensing of broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other market participants. This Chart Builder allows users to identify particular fees charged by states and to compare all state securities fees across various jurisdictions.


ENFORCEMENT TRACKING & ANALYTICS; TRACKERS

Bloomberg Law’s new SEC ALJ Enforcement Analytics is a research and data visualization tool providing key insights into securities regulatory enforcement trends and outcomes. It will enable practitioners to better advise and represent clients on government enforcement matters, deploy the most effective compliance strategies and policies, mitigate risk and exposure, and stay on top of practice trends.   It is also available in the Practitioner Tools collection on the Trackers page.

A new Reverse Termination Fees in M&A Deals for U.S. Tracker

  • providing data on reverse termination fees (regulatory and non-regulatory) in M&A deals for U.S. targets that exceed $5 billion – will be of interest to M&A lawyers negotiating large deals. Users can access the Tracker by typing “Trackers” in the Go Bar to navigate to the Trackers page (listed under the Corporate & Securities heading).

PRACTICE CENTERS

Privacy & Data Security

The launch of the Privacy & Data Security Practice Center includes an updated interface consistent with other practice centers, improved search and retrieval of our valuable content including Practical Guidance related to GDPR compliance, and the enhanced news channel for Privacy & Data Security Law News.  The Practice Center is also available as a stand-alone slice of Bloomberg Law.


ENHANCED SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY

A new Practitioner Tools link has been added to the dropdown menu on the Bloomberg Law homepage.  This Practitioner Tools link provides access to Practical Guidance Search, as well as new home pages for Practical Guidance, Chart Builders, In Focus Resources and Trackers.  Users can also access these pages by using the Autocomplete function in the GO Bar.


LITIGATION ANALYTICS

Recent enhancements to Litigation Analytics include:

  • Updated user interface for Company and Law Firm Analytics, matching the style and functionality of Judge Analytics.
  • Improved print/download/email (PDE) functionality and custom downloading.  Users can now narrow their selection of information for downloading.  For example, if a user is only interested in generating a report of the representation information for a company, the user can select “Law Firms” from the Company Analytics PDE screen and limit the download to that information.  In addition, users will have the flexibility to select either the analytic charts, the list of cases, or both, thus allowing them to tailor the report to meet their specific needs.
  • Enhanced scope of coverage:
    • Company Analytics includes all of a company’s federal litigation dating to 2007; it is not limited to cases where the company is represented by one of the 7000 law firms in the Bloomberg Law database.
    • Law Firm Analytics includes all of a law firm’s federal litigation dating back to 2007, including cases where the firm represents an individual or a private company.  It is not limited to cases where that law firm represented one of the 70,000 public or 3.5 million private companies in the Bloomberg company database.

July 2018

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Labor & Employment

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

Bankruptcy

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

Corporate Transactions

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


PRACTICE CENTERS

Bankruptcy

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

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

E-Discovery

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


IN FOCUS PRACTICE PAGE

In Focus: Socially Responsible (Retirement) Investing

In Focus: Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

In Focus: Wellness Plans

In Focus: HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

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

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

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

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

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

In Focus: Pay Equity

In Focus: Transgender Issues in the Workplace

In Focus: Immigration

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

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

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

In Focus: Regulation Best Interest

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

In Focus: Deal Points

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


NEWS

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

The line-up of new products includes:

Bankruptcy Law News: which replaces Bankruptcy Law Reporter

Class Action News: which replaces Class Action Litigation Report

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

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

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


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

June 2018

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Corporate Transactions

Two new finance transactions, Unsecured Term Loan and Unsecured Revolving Credit Facility have been added to the step-by-step practical guidance materials in the finance suite on Bloomberg Law Corporate Transactions. These two new transactions complement the existing Secured Term Loan and Secured Revolving Credit Facility transactions in the finance suite.  The transactions contain overviews, annotated timelines and checklists, forms, document overviews, precedents and additional resources that will be of particular interest to finance attorneys working with borrowers and lenders and attorneys who focus on credit & loan transactions.

Labor & Employment

The Labor & Employment Practice Center continues to build out its practical guidance content, adding 35 new documents.  Compliance checklists have been added, including: Best Practices for Responding to Internal Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment Based on Race or National Origin from Nonnie Shivers of Ogletree Deakins; Creating a Paid Sick Leave Policy for Federal Contractors from Megan Holstein and Laura A. Mitchell of Jackson Lewis; and Defending Against Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims from Tammy Daub and Anna Kim of Paul Hastings.

PRACTICE CENTERS

Bankruptcy Practice Center Launched

The enhanced Bankruptcy Practice Center is now available to all subscribers. This expanded practice center integrates analysis, news, case law, dockets, Practical Guidance, and business information in one place. The practice center features eight specialized practice pages to better align with practitioner workflows. Key features include the Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise, a Business Development page with data visualization, and a dedicated Chapter 11 Reorganizations practice page with a growing library of practical guidance suites.

Privacy & Data Security

The Privacy & Data Security Practice Center continues to add Domestic Profiles, a new collection of state-specific summaries that pinpoint data privacy laws by function, topic, and sector and feature a local practitioner’s perspective on the current enforcement in the state.  To date, 25 domestic profiles have been added and additional states are being added routinely.  With heightened attention to privacy and compliance, these profiles and our extensive practical guidance related to GDPR are indispensable resources for in-house and law firm practitioners.

IN FOCUS PRACTICE PAGE

In Focus: CFIUS

The new In Focus: CFIUS page provides a comprehensive collection of the legal foundations and current developments of the rapidly changing field of CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) review of potential acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign persons.  Legal practitioners assessing CFIUS issues or preparing applications for CFIUS approval of an acquisition will find the presidential orders and other developments shaping CFIUS actions today, along with the legislation, executive orders, and regulations defining the legal authority of CFIUS and legal analysis assessing the state of the field.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE CENTER

Daily Report for Executives Dashboard

In advance of the retirement of the Daily Report for Executives, we have built a Daily Report for Executives Dashboard that can be found on the Business Intelligence Center under “Practice Specific Templates.”  This template replicates the kind of content that is currently found in the Daily Report for Executives.

BOOKS & TREATISES

Bloomberg BNA

Bloomberg BNA has published a new title – Patents and Standards: Practice, Policy, and Enforcement – providing insight into industry and standards, and addressing what inventors, practitioners, and business people need to know to use standards to their advantage.  Technical standards, particularly for information and communications technology (ICT) industries, require use of patented technologies, as reflected by continuing growth in Wi-Fi and cellular standards. This trend will only increase as new or next-generation standards are developed for the Internet of Things, and for yet unforeseen applications.

American Bar Association

Bloomberg Law has expanded greatly its offering of ABA publications including the recent addition of the titles listed below that may be accessed from the Reference Materials search window:

  • A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • ABA Automobile Finance Dictionary
  • ABA Consumer Guide to Obtaining a Patent
  • Anatomy of a Mortgage
  • Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Lease Formbook
  • Crash Course on US Patent Law
  • E-Discovery for Everyone
  • Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • EU Business Law
  • Frequently Used Terms in Automobile Finance Transactions
  • Frequently Used Terms in Securitization and Structured Finance Techniques
  • Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions
  • Handbook for Indenture and Trust Indenture Agreement Interpretation
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series:  International Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 1
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series:  International Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 2
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series:  Labor and Employment Law, Vol. I (Europe)
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series: International Litigation Strategies and Practice
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series:  Trade Remedies for Global Companies
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series: Joint Ventures in the International Arena
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New International Norms
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series: U.S. Customs - A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Process, and Procedures
  • International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series; International Trademarks and Copyrights: Enforcement and Management
  • Key to Banking Law
  • MacCarthy on Impeachment: How to Find and Use These Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Model Witness Examinations
  • Patent Trial Advocacy Casebook
  • Patently Persuasive
  • Patents Demystified: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Ideas and Inventions
  • Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors
  • Practitioner’s Guide to FINRA Sanctions Analysis
  • Practitioner's Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board
  • Professional Responsibility in Litigation
  • Recent Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation
  • Role of Independent Directors in Corporate Governance
  • Reorganizing Failing Businesses, Vol. 1
  • Reorganizing Failing Business, Vol. 2
  • Settlement of Patent Litigation and Disputes
  • Spoliation of Evidence: Sanctions and Remedies for Destruction of Evidence in Civil Litigation
  • The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation
  • The Practitioner's Guide to the PCT
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Transactional Skills

May 2018

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Corporate Transactions

A new collection of Practical Guidance covering domestic and international Joint Ventures has been added to Corporate Transactions.  As with all of our Corporate Transactions Practical Guidance, the Joint Ventures materials are presented in step-by-step fashion, providing the resources a lawyer needs to close a deal. The collection includes Annotated Sample Agreements and Ancillary Agreements, Timelines, Checklists, Overviews, Trackers and other drafting and negotiating guidance. This collection will be of particular interest to corporate legal departments and the M&A lawyers who work with them.  The content is available on the Private M&A page of Corporate Transactions Practical Guidance.

Corporate Practice Center; Privacy & Data Security Practice Center

Forty documents addressing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regime are now available on the Corporate Practice Center and the Privacy & Data Security Practice Center.  The material covers individuals’ rights under the GDPR and companies’ requirements to undertake data assessment and mapping, appoint data protection officers, and take certain actions in the case of a data breach.

Benefits & Executive Compensation

The Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Center added two new step-by-step Practical Guidance modules to its expanding collection: Planning for Health Plan Open Enrollment and Minimizing Fiduciary Liability. These popular modules help companies and attorneys comply with ERISA and ACA requirements for employer health and retirement plans.


CASE LAW

Bloomberg Law has enhanced its unpublished court opinion collection by displaying parallel Westlaw or Lexis citations where available.


LITIGATION INTELLIGENCE CENTER

The Litigation Intelligence Center on Bloomberg Law combines our market-leading dockets with primary sources, news, and practice tools in a new user interface.  It eliminates the need to navigate multiple landing pages and search portals and provides expedited access to information essential to litigation practice, including:

  • Bloomberg Law Dockets
  • Comprehensive primary sources including more than 13 million published and unpublished court opinions
  • Bloomberg News and select Bloomberg BNA news coverage
  • Litigation practice tools, such as:
    • Litigation Analytics
    • BCite℠
    • Docket Key
    • Points of Law
    • Smart Code

PRACTICE TOOLS

State Chart Builder

Two new 50-state chart builders covering Limited Liability Company Formation and Limited Partnership Formation are available on the Corporate Practice Center and the Alternative Entities Practice Page. The charts cover procedural formation and filing requirements, amendments, restatements, and much more.


PRACTICE CENTERS

E-Discovery Practice Center

Conference papers from the prestigious Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute are available on the home page of the E-Discovery Practice Center. This collection of original, previously unpublished material authored by leading e-discovery practitioners will be augmented annually, at the conclusion of Georgetown’s e-discovery conference.


NEWS

Labor & Employment and Benefits & Executive Compensation

On April 16th, Labor & Employment and Benefits & Executive Compensation enhanced news went live on Bloomberg Law. Customers of these news channels now have access to an improved news delivery portal, providing the best news with an enhanced user experience. News stories and updates are published in real time, throughout every business day. An email wrapping up the day’s events is sent in the afternoon. Users are able to tailor their news experience through customization of email alerts and filtering of alerts by topic so that they receive only the news they want when they need it.

Intellectual Property

Starting on May 30, 2018, your intellectual property law news products are moving to an improved news delivery portal to provide the best news with an enhanced user experience under the Bloomberg Law® brand. The newly enhanced news services come with a host of new features and functionality, including delivery of timely and concise news as it happens, custom alerts for monitoring developments, a better mobile experience, and more.

As part of the transition to the new service, we will combine Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal - Daily, and World Intellectual Property Report into our new Intellectual Property Law News to deliver to you an expanded and more powerful set of content. You will have access to all of the latest developments regarding the intellectual property issues you need to stay on top of.

Tech & Telecom

Starting on May 30, 2018, your tech and telecom news products are moving to an improved news delivery portal to provide the best news with an enhanced user experience under the Bloomberg Law® brand. The newly enhanced news services come with a host of new features and functionality, including delivery of timely and concise news as it happens, custom alerts for monitoring developments, a better mobile experience, and more.

As part of the transition to the new service, we will combine Broadcast Rules Service Report, Electronic Commerce & Law Report, Media Law Reporter News, Telecom Law Report, and Wireless Telecommunications Regulation Report into our new Tech & Telecom Law News to deliver to you an expanded and more powerful set of content. You will have access to all of the latest developments regarding the tech and telecom issues you need to stay on top of.

April 2018

NEW in Your Health Care Practice Center

As part of our efforts to continuously improve our platform, we have made a major investment in the Health Care Practice Center on Bloomberg Law.  As of April 2nd, you’ll notice the following:

  • NEW Health Care Fraud Analytics, including the full text of health care fraud settlement agreements that organizes key information in an easily digestible layout that lets you search and filter by allegation, court, entity, and other key metrics.
    A tutorial video can be found here:
    Health Care Fraud Analytics
  • Expanded Practical Guidance designed to help health care and life science entities establish effective compliance programs, as well as operate, assess and improve existing programs.
  • Enhanced News.  We have combined 12 existing BNA Law Reports into two news products without compromising our current comprehensive coverage, including:
    • Health Law & Business News.
    • Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences News.

The enhanced Health Law & Business News includes all the coverage you used to receive from the following publications:  Health Law Reporter™, Health Care Daily Report™, Health Care Policy Report™, Medicare Report™, Health Insurance Report™, Health Care Fraud Report™, and Health IT Law & Industry Report™.

The enhanced Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences News includes all the coverage you used to receive from the following publications:  Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report®, Life Sciences Law & Industry Report™, Medical Research Law & Policy Report®, Medical Devices Law & Industry Report™, and BioTech Watch™.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about Health Care Enhanced News is available here.

March 2018

PRACTICE TOOLS

Health Care Fraud Analytics

Available on the Health Care Practice Center, Health Care Fraud Analytics provides easy access to health care fraud settlement agreements and organizes key information in an easily digestible layout that lets users search and filter by allegation, court, entity type, and other key metrics. It also provides customizable graphical displays of trends in enforcement activity and outcomes that will help users mitigate risk and develop effective compliance strategies.

Health Care Fraud Analytics is the first of several practice-area-specific Enforcement Tracking & Analytics tools that will be released on Bloomberg Law in 2018.

State Chart Builder

A new 50-state chart builder covering Benefit Corporations is available on the Corporate Practice Center.  A benefit corporation is a new type of entity designed to address the needs of socially and environmentally conscious companies with respect to such issues as corporate purpose, accountability, and transparency.  Legislation authorizing benefit corporations has been developed in many states because existing laws cannot accommodate for-profit entities whose social and environmental purpose is central to their existence. The chart builder covers corporate purpose, the duties of directors and officers, annual reporting, and much more. The chart is available on the Corporate Practice Center home page and the Alternative Entities practice page.


PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Health Care


Corporate Compliance Practical Guidance
has been added to the Health Care Practice Center.  It is designed to help health care and life sciences entities establish effective compliance programs, as well as operate, assess, and improve existing programs.  The new content includes sample policies, annotated with drafting tips and best practices, from attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

Benefits & Executive Compensation

The Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Center launched four new step-by-step practical guidance modules, including:

These modules help practitioners meet HIPAA and ERISA compliance requirements with respect to fiduciary, tax, and distribution matters.

The Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Center also released two new step-by-step practical guidance modules to help practitioners meet IRS and ERISA compliance with respect to fiduciary and tax matters: Identifying Fiduciary Responsibilities and Designing a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.

Corporate Transactions

New Corporate Transactions Practical Guidance Going Private – providing step-by-step guidance on taking a public company private – has been added to Corporate Transactions and to the Corporate Practice Center.  This new collection is included with Bloomberg Law’s Private M&A and Private Equity Suites.


IN FOCUS PRACTICE PAGES

In Focus: Challenge to Post-Grant Proceedings at the Supreme Court


In Focus: Challenge to Post-Grant Proceedings at the Supreme Court (Oil States Energy Svcs, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC, U.S., No. 16-712, oral argument 11/27/17)
has been added to the Patents & Trade Secrets Practice Center.  At issue in Oil States is whether the inter partes review procedure established by the America Invents Act violates the U.S. Constitution by allowing private property rights to be terminated through a non-Article III forum without a jury. Oil States Energy LLC contends that only a court can extinguish patent rights.  The In Focus practice page is available on both the Patents & Trade Secrets home page and the Post-Grant practice page.  Of great interest to law firms and corporations involved in PTAB.

Patent challenges, the In Focus practice page includes in-depth background, news, and analysis of the topic.

In Focus: Broadband Privacy

The 2017 repeal of Federal Communications Commission regulations that would have increased broadband customer control over personal information has resulted in more than a dozen states considering restrictions on internet service providers' use of customer personal data. In Focus: Broadband Policy on the Tech & Telecom Practice Center tracks federal and state laws, litigation, news, and other resources relating to this hot-button issue.


PRACTICE CENTERS

Labor & Employment Practice Center

New forms and checklists have been added to the Labor & Employment Practice Center including 16 model forms and five federal law compliance checklists contributed by outside attorneys including Isabel A. Crosby and Breegan M. O’Connor of DLA Piper; David S. Fortney, co-founder of Fortney & Scott; and Joy Chin, Chris Patrick and Megan Holstein, principals at Jackson Lewis, P.C.  Among the model forms for use by employers and outside counsel are an independent contractor agreement, an electronic communications device policy acknowledgment, an overtime request and authorization, and a lactation accommodation request. The checklists address affirmative action and nondiscrimination requirements for federal contractors, conducting a pay equity analysis, best practices for handling employee leave requests, wage and hour self-audits, and the white-collar exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Bloomberg Law's new State/Local Salary History Provisions Chart allows subscribers to keep track of trending laws restricting pay history inquiries. The laws, which started taking hold in 2016, aim to address pay equity by prohibiting employers from asking job applicants how much they earned in previous jobs. The new chart tracks state and local salary history provisions and provides information on states that have prohibited cities from enacting such laws.

Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center

The Cross Reference Chart of ERISA and the U.S. Code on the Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Center has been enhanced to reflect corresponding DOL regulations, IRS regulations, and Internal Revenue Code sections.


NEWS

Health Care Enhanced News, available on the Health Care Practice Center, combines 12 existing BNA Law Reports into two news products – Health Law & Business News and Pharma & Life Sciences News – without compromising comprehensive coverage.

  • The enhanced Health Law & Business News includes all the coverage previously available from the following publications: Health Law Reporter™, Health Care Daily Report™, Health Care Policy Report™, Medicare Report™, Health Insurance Report™, Health Care Fraud Report™, and Health IT Law & Industry Report™.
  • The enhanced Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences News includes all the coverage previously available from the following publications:  Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report®, Life Sciences Law & Industry Report™, Medical Research Law & Policy Report®, Medical Devices Law & Industry Report™, and BioTech Watch™.

Health Care Enhanced News includes real-time news coverage and news customization and alert functionality to meet unique user needs.  A list of Frequently Asked Questions about Health Care Enhanced News is available here.


PORTFOLIOS


Portfolio 112, Technology and Outsourcing
, has been added to the Corporate Practice Portfolio Series.  The new portfolio covers the scope, negotiation, and implementation of outsourcing contracts; the use of technology solutions; and guidelines for reviewing outsourcing and technology contracts. The portfolio authors include attorneys from McDermott, Will & Emery who are experts in complex transactions involving telecommunications, information technology, IP, technology development, and cloud computing.  This portfolio is also included as Portfolio 555 in the Privacy & Data Security Practice Portfolio Series.

Portfolio 111, Ratifying Defective Corporate Acts at Common Law and by Statute, has been added to the Corporate Practice Portfolio Series.  The new portfolio explores the Delaware law approach to rectifying mistakes made in corporate governance and formalities. Sections 204 and 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law provide mechanisms for a corporation to unilaterally ratify defective corporate acts or to seek relief from the Delaware Court of Chancery to validate any corporate act under certain circumstances. The portfolio's authors include Delaware law experts from Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.


BOOKS & TREATISES

Bloomberg Law has added two new Bloomberg BNA titles:

Mergers and Acquisitions of Privately Held Companies: Analysis, Forms ,and Agreements

Corporate Settlement Tools: DPAs, NPAs, and Cooperation Agreements


SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY

Bloomberg Law has introduced enhancements to secondary content searching, including:

  • Suggested search: from the GO BAR, including quotation marks around a book title will generate suggestions for the publication’s name; for example, an entry "Restatement of Contracts" will generate a suggestion for: American Law Institute (ALI) - Restatement (Second) of Contracts.
  • Updated Reference Materials search: providing for a search across all books content (manuals, portfolios, books & treatises).  An additional enhancement allows users to search across the full text of content, as well as over book and, or chapter titles
  • Exposure of the source tree in the search form: allowing users to browse through the entire reference collection.

The enhanced Reference Materials search is a significant improvement, allowing users to search over all Bloomberg Law book content (books & treatises, portfolios, and manuals) in one search.  Previously, each content type had to be searched separately.  Search by book or chapter title provides additional search options.  Exposing the source tree in the search form provides context, and insight into content organization.

January 2018

IN FOCUS: OPIOID LITIGATION

It’s been said that the country is in the grip of an opioid “epidemic.” Like tobacco and asbestos litigation before it, suits resulting from the fallout over opioid overdoses and addiction promise to keep courts, lawyers, and litigants busy for years to come. In Focus: Opioid Litigation provides one-stop shopping for information on related litigation as well as the issue more generally. Links to the new In Focus: Opioid Litigation page are available on both the Litigation Resources main page and the Health Care Practice Center home page.


PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

New Equipment Leveraged Leasing step-by-step practical guidance has been added to the Corporate & Transactional Finance suite on the Corporate Practice Center. New Practical Guidance contains overviews, annotated timelines and checklists, forms, document descriptions, precedents and a lot of other equipment lease-specific information that will be of particular interest to finance attorneys working on large leasing transactions at law firms or in-house. This set of materials complements the recently released set of materials on Capital Equipment Leasing.


POINTS OF LAW

In response to feedback from the field, the options for searching Bloomberg Law’s Points of Law by jurisdiction have been expanded to include individual courts. When accessing Points of Law Search, users now have the option to select individual courts, or logical groupings of courts, offering the same flexibility found in Bloomberg Law’s Court Opinions Search.


PRACTICE CENTERS

Labor & Employment

Employment Arbitration Awards have been added to the Labor & Employment Practice Center. These awards from the American Arbitration Association provide full text coverage of private arbitration proceedings dealing with workplace disputes such as wrongful termination, discrimination, and employment contract violations between employers and employees.


CHART BUILDER

A new 50-state chart builder covering issues related to Limited Liability CompanyDissolution is available on the Corporate Practice Center home page and the
Alternative Entities Practice Page therein. The chart covers filing requirements,
winding up, revocation of dissolution, and judicial dissolution, among several other
topics.


NEWS

New Employee Benefits Latest Cases Feed

Bloomberg Law now offers a daily Latest Cases feed for Pensions & Benefits
Daily. Bloomberg Law already offers a Latest Cases feature for Daily Labor
Report, which includes summaries of 20 to 30 court and NLRB opinions each day.
The Employee Benefits Latest Cases will expand Bloomberg Law’s already robust
news coverage of case law in the employee benefits area.


BOOKS & TREATISES

Bloomberg BNA’s recently released Consumer Finance Law and Compliance has
been added to Bloomberg Law. Co-authored by Alexandra Everhart Sickler, former
trial attorney in the Executive Officer of U.S. Trustees, and Sarah Johnson
Auchterlonie, a former CFPB Acting Deputy Director of Enforcement and bank
regulator who was one of the CFPB founders, Consumer Finance Law and
Compliance highlights the inner workings of financial regulation, supervision,
enforcement, and administrative adjudication. This new title provides practical
insight into the CFPB’s guidance, enforcement activities, and civil monetary
penalties. Informed by case law, consent orders, and documents requested from the
agency, it is a comprehensive and authoritative treatment of the subject

Bloomberg BNA’s Legal Protection of Digital Information, Second Edition, was added
to Bloomberg Law in December.

The following titles from Getting the Deal Through have been added to Bloomberg
Law:

  • Aviation Liability
  • Cloud Computing
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Joint Ventures