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New Developments in China's Cybersecurity Law

by Reed Smith on

New security-related developments in China signal the continuing challenges for companies seeking to do business globally. The People’s Republic of China’s “Cybersecurity Law” came into force on June 1, 2017. The law is...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a jury verdict in the Quinteros v. DynCorp litigation; the latest...more

May 30 is Fast Approaching – Are You Ready for Compliance with the Amended Act on Protection of Personal Information in Japan?

by Alston & Bird on

Japan’s Act on Protection of Personal Information currently in force (“Current APPI”) dates back to 2003. It was originally enacted on May 30, 2003, and came into effect in 2005. Ten years later, the National Diet passed...more

Non-delegable duties of architects and main contractors in construction claims - A case study of MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik...

by Dentons on

In MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik Construction Pte Ltd and Another [2016] SGCA 40, the Singapore Court of Appeal (CA) held that architects and main contractors are not subject to a non-delegable duty in tort to ensure that...more

Future of U.K. Data Protection Regs Unclear

As new British Prime Minister Theresa May assembles her new Cabinet, including a new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union following the June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum outcome, the U.K.'s march forward to leave...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Plaintiffs’ Chain-of-Causation Theory of Personal Jurisdiction

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although spring-break season is officially over, a recent Seventh Circuit decision offers a lesson to vacationers: When choosing your next vacation destination, make sure it’s somewhere you would be willing to visit again....more

Supreme Court to Clarify the Liability of Canadian Corporations for Acts of their Foreign Affiliates

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada today heard argument in a case that will clarify whether a judgment obtained in a foreign country against a foreign corporate entity can be enforced in Canada against a Canadian affiliate of that...more

Commission publishes Private Antitrust Damages Directive

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 5 December 2014 the Commission’s Directive on rules governing actions for damages for infringements of competition law (the Damages Directive) was published. Member States will now have two years plus twenty days (until...more

Alien Tort Case Development: The Second Circuit Assesses the Appropriate Focus of Jurisdictional Inquiries

On October 23, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mastafa v. Chevron Corp., a case filed against Chevron Corp. and BNP Paribas pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). The court upheld the District...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Litigation Against Exxon Mobil Corporation May Proceed

In late September, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that two closely related cases filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation, and several of the company’s subsidiaries, could proceed. Plaintiffs in both...more

Ninth Circuit Case Portends Implications for Alien Tort Claims Act Liability Throughout Corporate Supply Chains

by Littler on

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum upholding the dismissal of an Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) suit, left a great deal unanswered. The Kiobel decision did, however, limit the potential...more

Introducing Personal Liability Into Corporate Negligence: An Analysis of the Trek Leather Decision

Are you an owner or officer of a small or midsize business? An import or trade compliance professional? Someone whose job responsibilities include some aspect of the process of importing merchandise into the United States,...more

Ninth Circuit Finds No Tag Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporation

by Allen Matkins on

When a corporation sends an officer to a conference in California, is the corporation present in California? A corporation can only act through its officers. Thus, it might be said that the corporation is present wherever...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Alien Tort Case Developments: Fourth and Eleventh Circuits Apply Kiobel’s “Touch and...

In the last month, two federal appellate courts have issued decisions in cases filed against U.S.-based corporations pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). Both courts applied the “touch and concern” standard established...more

Antitrust Update: Second Circuit Adopts Rule Making it Easier to Find Liability for Foreign Anticompetitive Conduct

On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Lotes Co., Ltd. v. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., an important ruling on the reach of the U.S. antitrust laws to foreign conduct. The Foreign Trade Antitrust...more

Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

by Baker Donelson on

The equipment finance industry breathed a sigh of relief when Federal legislation was enacted in 2005 preempting state laws imposing vicarious liability on lessors of motor vehicles. That relief may have been premature if the...more

SDNY Applies Kiobel II and Holds Corporations May Be Liable under the Alien Tort Statute

In a mid-April decision in the In re: South African Apartheid Litigation, the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) has tackled one of the most pressing legal questions left unanswered by the Supreme Court last year in...more

Texas Court of Appeals Has Put Some FCPA Internal Investigations in an Awkward Spot

by Brooks Pierce on

Given that this case was decided last summer, I can’t quite put the headline in the present tense. I’m slow to the draw on it, but I think it’s important. Last July, in Writt v. Shell Oil Co., 409 S.W.3d 59 (Tex. Ct. App....more

Foreign Companies Dragged into U.S. Courts Get Reprieve as U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Limits on General Jurisdiction

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

In Daimler AG v. Bauman, 571 U. S. ____ (Jan. 14, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated that general or “all-purpose” jurisdiction can be exercised over foreign corporations only “when their affilia­tions with the State...more

Yaiguaje v. Chevron: Blurring the Lines between Parents and Subsidiaries in Ontario

A recent ruling by Ontario’s highest court clarifying the law governing the enforcement of foreign judgments may turn Canada’s most populous province into an attractive forum for plaintiffs seeking to collect on judgments...more

United States Supreme Court Holds That Non-U.S. Corporations Are Subject to General Personal Jurisdiction in U.S. States Only in...

In Daimler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 644 (U.S. Jan. 14, 2014) (Ginsburg, J.), the Supreme Court of the United States held that a court may not exercise general personal jurisdiction over a non-U.S. corporation...more

US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Foreign Companies May Be Sued in US Courts For Claims Unrelated To Their Activities In...

by White & Case LLP on

The United States Supreme Court earlier this month issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place in the U.S. In...more

World in US Courts Special Edition: January 2014 - New US Supreme Court Decision Limits Suits Against Non-US Corporations

In prior reports, we have covered significant US court decisions addressing personal jurisdiction—the question whether, even if it is clear that certain claims may be raised in a US litigation, a particular individual or...more

Further Cause for Alarm for Canadian Corporations with Foreign Operations

by Bennett Jones LLP on

We last wrote in July 2013 about Choc v Hudbay Minerals Inc., 2013 ONSC 1414, a decision which seemed to signal an increased willingness by an Ontario court to assume jurisdiction in a case of alleged wrongdoing by a foreign...more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: The US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Companies May Be Sued for Claims Unrelated to Their...

by White & Case LLP on

The US Supreme Court last week issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place. In Daimler A.G. v. Bauman, the...more

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