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In Cross-Border Contamination Case, Court Holds That CERCLA Displaces Federal Common Law Public Nuisance Claim

In yet another recent case involving the intersection of CERCLA and state law, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington held that CERCLA legislatively displaced federal common law public...more

Can The FDA Do That?

A little like one of those peanut-shaped asteroids, today’s post cobbles together a couple of recent developments that, other than having relevance to the FDA, do not have all that much in common....more

SEC Sanctions Chinese Accounting Firms for Refusal to Surrender Documents

On February 6, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) imposed sanctions against four China-based accounting firms for their refusal to surrender documents in conjunction with an investigation of potential...more

Washington Federal Court Finds Nuisance Claims Displaced by CERCLA

Expanding the reach of the federal displacement doctrine and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AEP v. Connecticut, a federal district court for the first time held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response,...more

China Auditor Update: SEC and Chinese Audit Firms "Settle" for the Status Quo

In an Order of Settlement released February 6, 2015, the SEC agreed to stay the administrative action against the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms for refusing to turn over their audit work papers...more

SEC – PRC Based Audit Firms Reach A Settlement

The SEC and the PRC based affiliates of five major accounting firms entered into a settlement of proceedings initiated over the failure to produce audit work papers for issuers with substantial operations in China. The...more

White House Proposal: Beef Up Anti-Hacking Laws and Resolve a Circuit Split

President Obama wants to go where the Supreme Court refused to tread.  As part of his  cybersecurity and privacy initiatives, which we discussed last week, the President would strengthen the federal anti-hacking provisions of...more

Amendment to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for the Oil & Gas Industry

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On introduction of amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on subsoil use matters” No. 271-V 3PK was adopted on 29 December 2014 and, save for the specified provisions,...more

Federal Circuit Review - November 2014

Japan Airlines Activities For US Government Cannot Infringe - In IRIS CORP. v. JAPAN AIRLINES CORP., Appeal No. 2010-1051, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision to dismiss due to a conflict of laws. IRIS owns...more

Holiday pay: the verdict

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has today handed down judgment in the closely observed holiday pay appeals in Bear Scotland v Fulton and Baxter, Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood and others; and Amec Group Ltd v Law and others (the...more

Patent Protection for Isolated Genetic Sequences Upheld in Australia

Last year in AMP v Myriad Genetics, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that isolated, naturally occuring DNA are not patent eligible, which caused considerable consternation in the biotech community. However, this does not...more

The USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance TRIPS Over Treaty Requirements

The “Myriad-Mayo” patent subject matter eligibility guidance issued March 4, 2014 reflects the USPTO’s interpretation of Supreme Court cases interpreting and applying 35 USC § 101 to claims involving laws of nature, natural...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2014

In This Issue: - Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern - Tanzania Publishes First Draft of a Long-Awaited Local Content Policy - New York's Highest...more

UK High Court confirms jurisdiction to grant cross-border declaration of non-infringement

In Actavis Group HF v. Eli Lilly & Co. the UK High Court has granted a declaration of non-infringement in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. A jurisdictional challenge in relation to the French, Italian and Spanish...more

Germany: CJEU postpones showdown on German gambling regulations

In a decision that has long been awaited by the industry and the legislator alike, the European Court of Justice ruled today, 12 June 2014, on the question to what extent two conflicting regulatory frameworks within one...more

Holiday pay must include commission, ECJ rules

Kate Hodgkiss, Partner in the Edinburgh office, comments: The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today handed down judgment in a case which could mean that employers face huge liabilities for claims for holiday pay. The...more

Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

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

EU Court Of Justice Rejects UK Challenge To The EU Financial Transactions Tax

The progress of the European Financial Transaction Tax (the “FTT”) towards becoming law in eleven participating Member States of the European Union overcame another hurdle on 30 April 2014 with the Court of Justice of the...more

Federal Court Dismisses Overtime Claims Brought by Contractor Employee Working in Kuwait

On April 28, 2014, a Massachusetts federal court granted dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that Raytheon violated Kuwaiti law by failing to pay overtime to employees working in Kuwait on federal defense contracts....more

Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrators, Not Courts, Are To Interpret A Treaty’s Arbitration Prerequisite

The United States Supreme Court has held that arbitrators, not courts, bear the primary responsibility for interpreting and applying a local litigation requirement of an investment treaty between the United Kingdom and...more

Who Is a U.S. Person? Disparities Between U.S. Tax and Immigration Law

The question of who is a U.S. person has always been relevant for tax purposes because it determines who is subject to (a) U.S. income, gift and estate tax, (b) filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), and (c) the ‘‘exit...more

Disclosure v. Blocking Statutes

The recent decision in Secretary of State for Health and others v Servier Laboratories Ltd and others;; National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v ABB Ltd and others [2013] EWCA Civ 1234, concerned an appeal by two...more

Kit Or Caboodle? Recent Australian Opposition Decision Highlights The Inconsistency In Construction Of Kit Claims Between...

The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC [2013] APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...more

ROME II – Opportunities and Risks for the Financial Sector

This alert reports a French case that relates to a hedge fund registered in the Cayman Islands, the investment agreement of which was governed by Cayman law, and where the actions complained about (withdrawing from the fund)...more

Civil Code Reform: Rules on Conflict of Laws

On 30 September 2013, the President signed Federal Law No. 260-FZ amending Part III of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. The Law is the sixth set of amendments to the Russian Civil Code within the civil law...more

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