ACC Supports U.S. Supreme Court Review Of New York’s Physical Office Requirement For Attorneys

ACC filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in Ekaterina Schoenefeld v. Eric T. Schneiderman, et al. on January 19, supporting a petition to review the constitutionality of a New York law requiring nonresident New York-licensed attorneys … Continue reading

ACC Files Letter Urging UK Financial Conduct Authority to Omit Head of Legal Function from Senior Managers Regime

On January 9, 2017, ACC submitted a letter to the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in response to regulations including the head of the legal function in the Senior Managers Regime (SMR). ACC argues the effort, aimed increasing accountability … Continue reading

ACC Supports Proposed Rule on Privilege Between Clients and Patent Practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

On December 19th, ACC and its Intellectual Property Committee filed comments with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office in support of its proposed rule recognizing privileged communications between clients and patent practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). … Continue reading

ACC Files Amicus in California Supreme Court Against Open-ended Advance Conflict Waivers

ACC filed an amicus brief on December 2, 2016 in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., arguing that an open-ended advance conflict waiver the law firm insisted upon was invalid, as it did not comply … Continue reading

In Letter to OECD, ACC Urges Compliance Incentives, Settlements as Keys to Effective Anti-bribery Laws

On November 11, 2016, ACC and its Compliance & Ethics Committee submitted a letter in response to a consultation paper requesting public input on corporate anti-bribery laws from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Bribery. … Continue reading

ACC Files Comments Supporting the State Bar of California’s Proposed Rule 1.7

On September 26, ACC and its California chapters sent a letter in response to proposed amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California. ACC supports the Bar’s continued practice of limiting the enforceability of broad … Continue reading

FILING UPDATE: ACC’s Stance against Internal Law Firm Privilege Rejected by New York Court of Appeals

ACC’s stance against internal law firm privilege was rejected by the New York Court of Appeals in Stock v. Schnader, Harrison, Lewis & Segal (see our amicus brief here). In its amicus brief, ACC argued attorney-client privilege exists to serve the interests of clients and … Continue reading

FILING UPDATE: NYDFS Affirms ACC’s Position Against Criminal Liability for Compliance Officers

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) affirmed ACC’s position on criminal liability for compliance officers in recently released anti-money laundering regulations. NYDFS significantly changed the compliance officer certification requirements, to which ACC had objected in a comment letter … Continue reading

ACC Files Amicus Brief in Second Circuit Court of Appeals Contesting Discrimination against Nonresident Attorneys

On May 13, 2016, ACC filed an amicus brief supporting a petition for rehearing in a Second Circuit case involving a challenge to New York Judiciary Law § 470, which discriminates against nonresident attorneys by requiring them but not resident … Continue reading