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New PBOC Circular potentially raises the overseas borrowing ceiling for borrowers in China: but is it a game changer?

On 11 January 2017, the People's Bank of China ("PBOC"), China's central bank, issued the People's Bank of China Circular on Matters relating to the Full Bore Macroprudential Administration of Cross-Border Financings ("New PBOC…more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use that standard…more

AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

On 22 March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others, in which they considered the meaning of the words 'a series of related matters or transactions' within an aggregation…more

Court Upholds ULP Finding Against Employer Despite Union “Gamesmanship”

An employer that withdraws recognition from a union as the exclusive bargaining agent of its employees does so, as the Board and Courts say, “at its peril.” It’s a risky move, one that requires objective evidence that a union has…more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., No. 15-649: Respondent Jevic Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This spawned two lawsuits…more

China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the Registration and…more

IRS Sets Deadline for Retroactive Fixes to 403(b) Retirement Plan Documents

In January 2017, the IRS published Revenue Procedure 2017-18 which set March 31, 2020 as the last day to take advantage of the remedial amendment period under Revenue Procedure 2013-22 to retroactively fix defects in 403(b) retirement…more

Charles M. Callahan and Daniel O. King Obtain Defense Verdict

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce Charles M. Callahan and Daniel O. King obtained a defense verdict for their client, a Kingman, Arizona mental health clinic, after a six (6) day jury trial. Our client was sued…more

Brexit Process to Begin on March 29

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in the UK or who anticipate the need to place talent at a UK work site. Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 29, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke Article…more

Insurance Recovery Group News: Murtha Cullina Helps Policyholder Prevail Before Connecticut Appellate Court In Asbestos Coverage Dispute

In a significant Connecticut Appellate Court victory for policyholders, Murtha Cullina LLP helped Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC prevail in its coverage case against more than 20 of its insurance carriers, who had issued policies from the…more

340B Program Ceiling Price and CMP Final Rule Delayed Until May 22

On 20 March 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) delaying the effective date of the 340B Ceiling Price and Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Rule (the Final Rule) until 22 May…more

Communications With Your Broker May Be Privileged

Are communications among a client, a third party, such as an insurance broker, and the client’s attorney privileged? The answer is yes, if the communications are confidential and reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose for which…more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision by the…more

Key priorities of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2017

The privacy law regime in Canada affects any organization whose business involves dealing with the personal information of Canadians. Canada’s main private sector privacy legislation is the federal Personal Information Protection and…more

Rating - the road to revaluation: Check, Challenge, Appeal: Wrong but not unreasonable will suffice...

The headlines continue to be dominated by the 2017 revaluation and the disappointing approach to reform delivered by the Chancellor's Spring Budget, which simply repeats the government's commitment to more regular revaluations with yet…more

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit courts as to…more

2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report

GAO recently released its annual report to Congress, which included data concerning its protest ?lings for Fiscal Year 2016. Based on the data, 2016 was an historic year. GAO not only decided more cases on the merits in 2016 than in…more

Bank of England Deputy Governor for Markets & Banking and Chief Operating Officer Resigns

Charlotte Hogg has formally offered her resignation to the Bank of England, which was publicly accepted on March 14, 2017. Ms. Hogg held the positions of both Deputy Governor Markets & Banking and Chief Operating Officer..…more

New Mexico On the Brink of Passing Data Breach Law

On March 15, 2017, New Mexico's Senate passed H.B. 15, which would create the state's first data breach notification law. New Mexico is currently one of only three states (including Alabama and South Dakota) without a data breach…more

Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although longstanding policy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorizes searches of electronic devices in the possession of travelers arriving in the United States, recent reports of such searches have…more

Supreme Court eliminates key defense in many patent infringement suits

In a strong reversal of the Federal Circuit, the US Supreme Court held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927 (March 21, 2017), that delay by a patentee will not give rise to a laches defense…more

New Beer Reporting Requirement Form Released

With the passage of Act 166 of 2016, effective January 17, 2017, Pennsylvania licensed breweries must now report to the Pa.L.C.B. the volume of malt or brewed beverages sold at their premises to consumers and self-distribution sales…more

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Joins List of Endangered Species Despite Delay

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a final rule listing the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rusty patched bumble bee’s…more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

With the 2015 release of the “Panama Papers,” roughly 11.5 million documents detailing personal financial information of wealthy individuals and identifying nearly 215,000 offshore entities are now available to government authorities…more

Calling time on time limits?

CPR 54.5(2) is clear: the time limit for filing the claim form for judicial review may not be extended by agreement of the parties. The justification for the rule is well-known. Undue delay sits uncomfortably with good administration…more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child pornography…more

US and UK Limit the Size of Electronic Devices in Carry-On Luggage in Airplanes Originating from Eight Muslim-Majority Countries

A new travel restriction went into effect at 3:00 am EST on Tuesday barring passengers on foreign airlines coming to the United States from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone. According to Department of Homeland…more

Supreme Court Defines Test for Copyright Eligibility of Useful Article Design Features

Yesterday, in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., the Supreme Court resolved an issue that previously had been the subject of “widespread disagreement” in the federal courts—the proper test for determining when a feature…more

Supreme Court Gives WARN-ing To Companies In Bankruptcy: Don’t Ignore Wage Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court held today in a 6 to 2 decision that “structured dismissals” resolving Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings cannot deviate from the Bankruptcy Code’s priority scheme without the consent of the affected parties –…more

Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its pharmacists to…more

Tenth Circuit Joins Missouri River to Divide Kansas City Over What Constitutes A Stay Violation

On February 27, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit joined a minority approach followed by District of Columbia Circuit: failing to turn over property after demand is not a violation of the automatic stay…more

DSM Watch: Germany suggests ramping up regulation of Digital Platforms by establishing a “Digital Agency” with a robust antitrust mandate

Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a role model for a European protectionist approach against American and…more

Supreme Court Narrows Use of Structured Dismissals

On March 22, 2017, in a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit and held that distributions made pursuant to a structured dismissal must follow the Bankruptcy Code’s priority rules unless the affected…more

Supreme Court Expands Copyright Protection for Designs Originally Produced on Useful Articles

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court (in a 6-2 decision) ruled that a stripes and chevron pattern on a cheerleading uniform may be eligible for copyright protection and that the separability test under 17 U.S.C. §101 did not require…more

Financial Services Quarterly Report First Quarter 2017: SEC Approves New Continued Listing Standards for ETFs

Since their U.S. introduction in 1993, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) – which have grown to over 1,800 products with holdings of over $2.7 trillion1 – have operated under exemptive relief from many of the Securities and Exchange…more

Lessons from the Historic ZTE Enforcement Action

On March 7, 2017, Chinese telecommunications company, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp. (ZTE), signed on to three separate settlement agreements with the United States, agreeing to pay $892 million for violations of U.S…more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle Kingdom...…more

Solomon’s Service Violated Federal Law: Supreme Court Rules on Acting NLRB General Counsel Dispute

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) prevents a person nominated to fill a vacant office requiring presidential appointment and Senate confirmation from…more

Sis Boom Bah – Supreme Court Extends Copyright Protection to Cheerleading Uniform Designs

In a decision announced today, the Supreme Court held that Varsity Brands is entitled to assert copyright protection in two-dimensional designs featured on its cheerleading uniforms. These designs consist of various lines, chevrons…more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals, banning the…more

What Does “At Will” Employment Really Mean?

Years ago, I recall having a friendly conversation with another attorney in Connecticut where the topic turned to the notion of “At Will” employment. When we couldn’t settle on an answer, we moved on to talking about whether the…more

Retailers - can you be liable for cartel behaviour for using pricing software and algorithms?

A key issue regulators are grappling with is what antitrust liability can attach to retailers who use price matching software or other algorithms to match competitors’ online prices? In a speech made on 16 March 2017, the EU’s…more

Singapore Parliament Passes Key Legislation to Support Businesses and Regulatory Regime

The legislative changes increase the transparency of ownership and control of business entities, improve ease of doing business, and allow for inward re-domiciliation…more

Brexit update: impact on trademarks and designs

Although some time has passed since the UK's vote to leave the EU, the full implications of Brexit for trademarks and designs remain unclear. Statements made by EU and UK officials have not changed that position, nor did Theresa May's…more

The not to be underestimated ‘not-for-profit requirement’ in Australia

In a recent Tribunal decision, Deputy President McCabe has affirmed the decision of the Minister for Education and Training (Minister) to revoke the approval of Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited (MFISL) as an approved authority under…more

Nevada Legislature Ponders Rejection Of Unocal And Revlon Standards

Thirty years ago, the Delaware Supreme Court issued two seminal opinions concerning how courts ought to review director decisionmaking in merger and acquisition transactions. In the first case, Unocal Corporation v. Mesa Petroleum…more

Protecting Information in the Competitive Bidding

Growth in the DFW metroplex is booming, and the City of Flourish is one of the driving forces. Unfortunately, the City has had a difficult time keeping up its infrastructure with the growing population. Recently the City selected a…more

Recent Circuit Court Opinions Offer Guidance on Challenging the Standing Requirement for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Cases

By following trends and monitoring successful defenses in data breach litigation, companies can often avoid the reputational harm caused by making headlines. For most companies,it is not a question of whether they have been breached;…more

SBA Further Delays Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

The rule has been further delayed to enable SBA to consider further the rule's impact on the SBIC program and its participants, and to make necessary determinations regarding the rule’s effects on SBAs examination and liquidation…more

Supreme Court Rules that Former Acting NLRB General Counsel Became Ineligible to Perform Duties After President Obama Nominated Him for Permanent Position

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that Lafe Solomon did not validly serve as Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after former President Barack Obama nominated him to permanently fill that position in…more

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