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State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends - April 2015

In This Issue: Megatrends and Developments, Business Activity Taxes, Transaction Taxes, Other Issues... ...more

Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD)

Headlines - Commission urges EP to accept MLD 4, ESMA consults on knowledge and competence guidelines, EU Court judges on plain and intelligible language, FCA fines Deutsche Bank £227 million for IBOR failings and misleading...more

Court of Appeal holds standard clause in bills of lading to be exclusive English jurisdiction clause

Hin-Pro International Logistics Ltd v Compania Sud Americana de Vapores SA [2015] EWCA Civ 401 - The Appellant Freight Forwarder commenced actions in China under 70 bills of lading, which incorporated the Respondent’s...more

Dawn raids under scrutiny again by European Human Rights Court

ECtHR rules that French dawn raids in Vinci/GTM case breached fundamental rights - The European Court of Human Rights (the “ECtHR”) has ruled in the Vinci case that the circumstances surrounding the electronic removal of...more

Skechers, Cost Sharing Arrangements, and Canadian Customs Appraisal

In the first three months of 2015, importers have witnessed major Canadian customs valuation law and policy changes. On January 19, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 15-001, “Treatment of...more

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

Change to Civil and Commercial Proceedings | Procédure civile et commerciale

A new obligation requires parties to seek amicable resolution to a dispute before referring it to the court. A New Obligation Entered into Force on 1 April 2015 - Since 1 April 2015, parties to a civil or...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of EU 261 Claims - Direct Claims Under EU 261 Are Only Actionable in EU Member States

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Volodarskiy v. Delta Airlines, Inc. follows numerous District Court opinions holding that EU 261 does not provide a right of action enforceable outside the EU...more

French Competition Authority Adopts Revised Leniency Procedural Notice

A revised leniency procedural notice enhances the legal certainty and the procedural safeguards governing the French leniency procedure. On April 3rd 2015, the French Competition Authority (the FCA) issued a revised...more

ITC Section 337 Update - April 2015

Motorola’s Appeal To Ninth Circuit Of A Jury Determination That Motorola Breached Its FRAND Obligation – In a case involving the first time a federal district court judge determined a FRAND royalty rate for standard essential...more

IP Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Federal Circuit Affirms PTO in First Appeal of an Inter Partes Review Decision - EU Copyright: No Resale of Digital Content Except for Software? - Qualcomm Agrees to $975 Million Fine and...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - Q1 2015

Use it or lose it: French courts reject procedural objections not raised at the earliest opportunity - The Paris Court of Appeal has issued a stark warning to litigants who fail to raise procedural objections at the...more

Even the Great Wall of China Can’t Hide a U.S. Distributor in a Product Defect Lawsuit

The Illinois First District Appellate Court recently held that a U.S. distributor cannot escape liability under the Illinois Distributor Release Statute if the plaintiff was unable to obtain jurisdiction over a Chinese...more

Use it or lose it: French courts reject procedural objections not raised at the earliest opportunity

The Paris Court of Appeal has issued a stark warning to litigants who fail to raise procedural objections at the earliest opportunity, denying parties the right to raise those objections in a subsequent challenge to the...more

Resolving Potentially Inconsistent Jurisdiction And Arbitration Provisions In Commercial Contracts

In Amtrust Europe Ltd v Trust Risk Group SPA [2014] EWHC 4169 (Comm), 10 December 2014, an alleged conflict between jurisdiction and arbitration clauses was resolved by reference to the purpose and construction of the...more

ICSID tribunals address allegations of investor misconduct

Assertions of investor misconduct, ranging from allegations of abusive restructuring to outright corruption in procuring an investment, are evolving into an important part of the catalog of state defenses in investment...more

Drawing the line on arbitrator impartiality

In a rare decision under s24 of the Arbitration Act 1996, the English court has recently taken the unusual step of removing an arbitrator due to concerns about his impartiality and conduct. While the view of the English...more

Court of Final Appeal Makes Landmark Ruling Clarifying Professional Investors Exemption

The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (Court of Final Appeal) made a landmark decision on 20 March 2015 in relation to advertisements for collective investment schemes (CISs), upholding an appeal by Pacific Sun Advisors Limited...more

Effect Of Agent's Surreptitious Dealing

In Tigris International NV v China Southern Airlines Co Ltd & anr [2014] EWCA Civ 1649, 17 December 2014, the Court of Appeal confirmed, obiter, that when a contract is terminated because of a party's surreptitious dealing...more

DIFC gains momentum towards implementation of a mechanism to permit conversion of DIFC court judgments into arbitral awards

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a separate and distinct jurisdiction established within the UAE in 2004 as a financial free zone, in which the civil and commercial laws of the UAE are disapplied. The DIFC...more

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of...more

New EU Directive for Protection of Trade Secrets Will Help U.S. Companies Doing Business Internationally

In the coming weeks, the European Parliament will debate and is expected to pass a trade secret directive for European Union (EU) Member States that aims to harmonize and strengthen trade secret law throughout the EU, a...more

Third State jurisdiction clause respected – Owusu considered

To what extent, if at all, does the English court have discretion to decline jurisdiction over proceedings commenced on the basis of domicile of the defendant, if the appropriate forum is a third state court? In particular,...more

Appellate Court Confirms the Validity of Asymmetric Dispute Resolution Clauses

Dechert lawyers representing a major international bank in court proceedings in a number of regions in southern Russia with respect to claims to recover a total of about US$300 million in loan funds from the guarantors of a...more

For Shareholder Inspection Demands, A Purpose Isn’t “Proper” When the Issue Has Already Been Decided

As we have previously discussed in prior posts, shareholder demands to inspect confidential corporate information are being made with increased frequency, and are forcing more and more companies to grapple with their legal...more

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