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Damages in bullying claims – the stakes are rising even higher

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Victorian Supreme Court recently issued a stunning decision awarding an employee over $600,000 comprising $210,000 for pain and suffering and the balance for lost past and future income, despite the employee having a...more

"Business and Human Rights Movement Spurs Development of Remedial Options"

In the emerging area of business and human rights, the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by the U.N. Human Rights Council five years ago marked a watershed event. The...more

Another Bombshell in Munich—Bavarian Government Sold Looted Art to Nazi Families

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Works returned by Monuments Men to Bavaria for restitution to victims instead sold to Nazis’ families - Journalists Catrin Lorch Jörg Häntzschel published this weekend an explosive revelation in Sueddeutsche Zeitung...more

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: Five Things You Need to Know

The transparency provisions of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act went into effect on October 29. At the same time, the U.K. Government has released guidance for companies seeking to comply with the Act....more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

Infographic: Whistleblowing Laws - A snapshot of whistleblowing laws around the world

by DLA Piper on

For every business there is a risk that corruption or inadequate systems will lead to dangerous or criminal behavior. Often employees are the first to suspect something is wrong, and employers need to manage the potential for...more

Whistleblowing in China and the United States

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Chinese Government’s wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation into the pharmaceutical industry takes a new turn every week. Media reports contain numerous incidents of purported whistleblowers making allegations...more

Melvin J. Howard v. Maximus, Inc., Steve Kitcher, and Joanne Platt

How to collude and derail a NAFTA dispute with the Government of Canada.Not Applicable

by Melvin J. Howard on

Maxiums, Inc. through its wholly owned Canadian subsidiaries Maxiums Canada Inc. and Themis Program Management Consulting Ltd. is legally responsible for the damages caused. I will not only show instrumentality and an...more

John Ruggie Gives Opening Address at U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights

On December 4 and 5, more than 1,000 participants from 85 countries gathered for the first U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum focused on “trends and challenges” in the implementation of...more

The International Trade Commission: A Powerful Alternative for Patent Holders

by Miller Canfield on

What does a patent holder do when component parts that infringe one or more of its patents are imported into the United States? Traditionally, the answer has been to send the manufacturer or importer a cease-and-desist letter...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that the TVPA Does Not Apply to Organizations, but Corporate Officers Are Still Fair Game

Renewing speculation about the future of corporate liability for human rights abuses, last week the Supreme Court held unanimously in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority that the Torture Victims Protection Act (“TVPA") cannot be...more

Comment On Case: Coury v. Prot, Fifth Circuit, June 19, 1996

by Dan Goodman on

In the case of Coury v. Prot, Circuit Judge Dennis concludes that the word "resides" as used in the Section 1, Clause 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment means "domiciled" in a State. This is shown to be wrong. In the...more

Diversity of Citizenship: The Basics

by Dan Goodman on

Discover what a diversity of citizenship case is; that in a diversity of citizenship case the proper citizenship must exist both when the action is commenced at the state level and when the petition for removal is filed...more

Sovereign Immunity Not Waived for Non-Extreme, Even Highly Unfair Results, Absent Express and Unambiguous Waivers by Statute or...

In prior postings we have tried to identify cases where courts have drawn distinctions between U.S. and non-U.S. citizens in terms of according them rights and entitlements in connection with international disputes. In the...more

DAWN RAIDS ON THE TCHENGUIZ BROTHERS - UNDERSTANDING THE COURTS' POWER TO AUTHORISE SEARCH ORDERS

by jonathan brogden on

RUDE AWAKENINGS: DAWN RAIDS ON THE TCHENGUIZ BROTHERS – UNDERSTANDING THE COURTS' POWER TO AUTHORISE SEARCH ORDERS As part of the SFO's investigations into the 2008 collapse of Kaupthing Bank, over 130 police officers...more

The Standard of Appellate Review in Canada: High Hurdles to Right Wrongs

by Ellyn Law LLP on

Assessing the prospects of success on appeal and winning on appeal are among the most difficult aspects of an advocate’s role. Losing party’s counsel is confronted with human and analytical challenges which can be more...more

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