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OFAC Issues Finding of Violation for Alleged Violations of Sudanese Sanctions Regulations

On February 4, OFAC announced that a subsidiary of a New Jersey-based manufacturer violated the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, for a period of 7 months in 2010, by facilitating the exportation of goods to Sudan by...more

Is the Washington Legislature Caching Out Noncompete Agreements? How This Change Might Affect Your Ability to Protect Your...

For tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, and any number of emerging tech companies, tech professionals are a hot commodity in the state of Washington. No doubt, the competition is fierce here in Seattle and within the...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - February 2016

With a new year come exciting new developments in the world of privacy and data protection. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the digital version of The WSGR Data Advisor. Please visit our site for the latest news and...more

Treasury and Commerce further relax US Cuba sanctions

On January 26, 2016, the Obama Administration released its third update to the US Cuba sanctions in the past two years. To effectuate these changes, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further...more

Middle East PPP Policy Developments: Kuwait and Dubai

In a climate of falling oil prices and tightening government budgets, several states in the Gulf Cooperation Council region (GCC) are looking again at Public Private Partnerships (PPP) as one of several business models for...more

Same Plaintiff Files New Complaint to Force SEC to Act on Rulemaking Petition Regarding Political Contributions

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently dismissed Stephen M. Silberstein’s complaint to mandate the SEC to adopt rules regarding disclosure of political contributions. Among other things, the...more

A Glimmer of Light at the End of the Tunnel: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Announced

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) invalidated the Safe Harbor framework between the United States and the European Union, putting at risk the legality of trans-Atlantic data transfers. Businesses and...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

The New E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield: What You Need To Know

The European Union (E.U.) College of Commissioners has approved an agreement between the E.U. and the United States regarding the transatlantic data flow of E.U. citizens' personal information. Referred to as the E.U.-U.S....more

Canada Eases Iran Sanctions and Opens Trade for Key Industrial Sectors

The Government of Canada today announced important amendments that loosen its economic sanctions against Iran. The amendments follow on the successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on January 16 by...more

EU and US Announce New Privacy Shield for International Data Transfers

On Tuesday 2 February 2016, the EU Commission and US Department of Commence announced that they had reached "political agreement" on a new privacy framework for transfers of personal data between Europe and the United States....more

Enforcement Action Possible Against Those Who Rely on Safe Harbor to Transfer Information from the EU to the United States

Wednesday, February 3, brought additional developments pertaining to the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S. consistent with EU privacy law. Just one day prior, we reported on the announcement by the EU and U.S....more

Agreement Reached on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Replacing Former Safe Harbor

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (“EU”), and the United States announced an agreement on a new alternative, called the “Privacy Shield,” to replace the former “Safe...more

New Safe Harbor Still Hangs in the Balance

The European Union Court of Justice’s invalidation of the EU-USA Safe Harbor for data transfers between the two continents remains subject to question at the end of this week after the European Commission blew its January 31...more

Senate Bill Would Strengthen Mandate That People With Disabilities Be Integrated in the Community

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently introduced the Disability Integration Act of 2015 (DIA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the bill would require states and health insurers to provide services to people with disabilities...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade...more

EU-US agreement reached on replacement to EU-US Safe Harbor; new program to be called "EU-US Privacy Shield" : The Privacy Shield...

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová and her colleague Andius Ansip gave a press conference this afternoon (local time) announcing that the long-running negotiations between the EU and US to find a replacement to the...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Seeking to Raise Disclosure Thresholds under SEC Rule 701

A bill (H.R. 1675) seeking to increase the information disclosure threshold under SEC Rule 701 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 3 by a vote of 265 to 159. Rule 701 exempts from registration issuer sales or...more

NYC Passes Bill Targeting Grocery Industry

The New York City Council’s targeted attacks on specific industries continue unabated. After levying onerous new labor law requirements on car washes this past summer, the Council recently turned its attention to the grocery...more

EU Data Protection Authorities Issue Statement Following Agreement on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 3, 2016, the body of European data protection regulators—called the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued a statement following the announcement of a political agreement regarding a new transatlantic data...more

Three Bills Proposing Amendments to the Federal Securities Laws Gain Traction in Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills on February 1, 2016 that propose changes to the federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 (’33 Act) and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (’34 Act)....more

Replacing Safe Harbor: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Announced

After January 31, 2016, the deadline imposed by WP29 expired. Pessimism was expressed regarding the ability of the EU and U.S. to reach a deal that addresses the requirements set out by the Court of Justice of the European...more

EU and U.S. Reach a Political Agreement on Transatlantic Data Transfer Deal

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EU Commission) announced that a political agreement on a new legal framework for data transfers has been reached between the European Union (EU) and the U.S.1 Today's agreement...more

"Wisconsin Raises Contribution Limits, Eases Federal PAC Requirements"

On December 16, 2015, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed 2015 Wisconsin Act 117, which became effective January 1, 2016 (the Act). Among other changes, the Act eases the registration requirements for federal political action...more

New ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ to replace Safe Harbour

On February 2, 2016, in a meeting conducted in Brussels, the European Commission and the United States agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows. With all the negative connotations surrounding it, the name “Safe...more

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