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REAL TALK: The Robins Kaplan Business Law Update by the Women of Business Litigation

Welcome to the spring installment of Real Talk: The Robins Kaplan Business Law Update, a newsletter created by professional women for professional women. 

In this issue, we continue our interview series spotlighting the work, lives, career paths, and challenges facing professional women today. First, we hear from Kate K. Bruce, Associate General Counsel at Optum (a UnitedHealth Group company) about her perspectives on the legal field, the gender-related roadblocks in the profession, and the ways outside counsel can better serve in-house attorneys. We next examine a series of new and emerging issues in the law: the legal ramifications for the recent proliferation of sponsored Instagram posts and influencer marketing; the potential counterfeiting protections blockchains may confer in the fashion industry; and, finally, a recent United States Supreme Court ruling and its potential expansion of liability for misstatements under the Securities Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5.

Happy reading from the Robins Kaplan Women of Business Litigation!

In This Issue

  • Quarterly Leadership Spotlight: Interview Series Interview with Kate K. Bruce, Optum
    Chelsea Walcker
    Chelsea Walcker speaks with Kate Bruce, associate general counsel at Optum. Kate is responsible for providing enterprise-wide litigation support across many areas of the health care industry.

  • #Sponsored: Fyre, Floyd, Flat Tummy Tea, and Fraud
    Reena Jain
    As influencer marketing has taken over social media and become a permanent part of corporate marketing campaigns, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided guidelines for how influencers and brands should disclose their partnerships to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. § 45).

  • Can Blockchain Save the Fashion Industry?
    Carly Kessler
    Counterfeiting is one of the biggest threats to the fashion industry, deceiving unwary consumers and diluting brands’ values and hard-earned reputations. As a result, more and more brands are looking to technology as a way to gain back control of their products. Enter: blockchain.

  • SCOTUS Opens Door to Potential Expansion of Rule 10b-5 Liability for Misstatements
    Lisa Coyle
    The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Lorenzo v. SEC potentially expands primary liability for misstatements under Rule 10b-5 by allowing private causes of action for such misstatements to be brought under Rule 10b-5(a) and (c), even where they could not otherwise be brought under Rule 10b-5(b) because the defendant was not the “maker” of the statement under Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders.

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