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Minnie Minoso Broke Barriers; Goodyear Pushes Compliance Forward

Yesterday we celebrated the hard-nosed playing style of Anthony Mason, who recently passed away. Today we honor a true pioneer in professional baseball, Minnie Minoso, or Mr. White Sox. Minoso was the first black Cuban to...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2014 Year End Update

Over the course of 2014, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have continued their aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This has led to critical...more

German Employment Update – Obesity May Qualify as Severe Disability

European employers should exercise caution in the event of the dismissal of an obese employee.  The European Court of Justice (ECJ) determined that obesity may qualify as severe disability if it significantly restricts...more

Deck Stacked Against HOUSE OF CARDS

No spoilers here, I promise.  Like many Americans since it was released on Friday, I’ve been binge-watching Season 3 of House of Cards.  If you haven’t watched the program, available only on Netflix, it’s a riveting drama of...more

Europe and Its Common Currency: It’s Really Over… But Not Today

I’ve written about Europe a lot over the past couple of years and not out of just a Schadenfreude enjoyment of watching a slow motion disaster far from our shores but because it seems to me that really matters, both in terms...more

The Top 5 Trends in Canadian Intellectual Property Law for 2015

Last year promised significant changes in Canadian IP law; some of which will be realized in 2015. As the first quarter draws to a close, this year’s trends in IP law are emerging. Canada’s international trade negotiations...more

Taming the “Wild West” in the Far East: China Extends Protections for Privacy and Reputation to the Internet, Heightens the Risk...

Although laws targeting Internet-based content have lagged behind in China, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes over the past two years—most recently last fall—that extend offline legal protections to the virtual...more

Executive Labor Summary - February / March 2015

Massive labor disputes on two of three U.S. coasts - Large scale industry-wide labor disputes were in the news daily in early 2015. A West Coast port labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and...more

Oil and Gas Contractor Cal Dive International Inc. Decides to Explore Bankruptcy

On March 3, 2015, Cal Dive International, Inc. and five affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Delaware. The cases are docketed at 15-10458 and have not, as of this posting, been assigned to any...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 137, interview with Loren Steffy [Video]

In this episode I visit with Loren Steffy, former business columnist from the Houston Chronicle. ...more

Companies Should Consider Cuban Trademark Protection – Now

In December 2014, President Obama made an unexpected announcement signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. The changes to U.S. sanctions and export policy under the Cuban...more

"Russian Issuers Edge Closer to Hong Kong Listing Eligibility"

On February 16, 2015, the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) signed the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information developed by the International Organization of...more

PE Matters - Q1 2015

Welcome to the Q1 2015 edition of PE Matters. It is tempting to make predictions at this time of year about the year ahead. This is a pretty risky thing to do at any time but this year seems more difficult than most. Economic...more

New Tool to Fight Counterfeiting – Customs Recordation Now Available in Canada

Many U.S. brand owners already work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to keep counterfeit products out of the U.S. CBP examines cargo at more than 300 ports...more

District court limits application of privilege in internal investigations

The Southern District of New York offered a strong rebuke to defendant Bank of China (BOC) in a discovery dispute, finding that documents created as part of an internal investigation into potential terrorist activities of a...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

AIFMD – FCA Publishes Information to Assist Alternative Investment Fund Managers with Annex IV Reporting - New FCA Q&As on GABRIEL for Annex IV reporting: On 20 January 2015, the FCA published a new Q&As document to...more

"CFIUS’s Annual Report to Congress Details Longer Process, More Aggressive Risk Mitigation"

Key Developments - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency, Executive Branch organization charged with identifying potential national security risks posed by foreign...more

Amendments to Insolvency Law

In December 2014, amendments were introduced to the Federal Law “On Insolvency (Bankruptcy)” No. 127-FZ, dated 26 October 2002 (“Insolvency Law”). This alert analyses some of the amendments that are of crucial importance to...more

China/UK: Co-production treaty ratified

The UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the ratification of a landmark film co-production treaty between the UK and China....more

Foreign Manufacturers Fingered by Bill That Aimed To Ensure Safety of Imported Products

Dangerous drugs, defective drywall, toxic toys – the pile of problematic products imported from foreign manufacturers threatens the safety of the youngest to the oldest Americans. The reason consumers end up with tangibles in...more

Agencies Issue Guidance for Foreign Banking Entities on the Application of the Marketing Restriction for the Volcker Rule’s SOTUS...

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Volcker Inter-Agency Group posted a new frequently asked question (FAQ 13), clarifying the scope of the so-called “marketing restriction” under the SOTUS covered fund exemption. The SOTUS...more

Bayer Given a Headache by Trial Court Decision in FLANAX US Trademark Dispute

On February 6, 2015, a US District Court issued a ruling which underscores the territorial nature of trademark rights and the need to seek formal protection for your marks where possible in all countries of interest. The US...more

ITC Pilot Program to Expedite Rulings on Whether Exclusion Orders Cover Redesigns and New Products

On February 24, 2015, the ITC announced a new pilot program to decide whether redesigns or new products are covered by ITC exclusion orders. The announced goal of the program is to test the use of expedited procedures for the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New FAQ's Regarding the Scope and Implementation of the Volcker Rule Issued by the U.S. Banking, Securities and Commodities Regulatory Agencies - On February 27, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,...more

Hong Kong Closer to Complete Overhaul of Regulatory Regime for Payment Systems

On 23 January 2015, and following a lengthy consultation process, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong published the Clearing and Settlement Systems (Amendment) Bill 2015 (the “Bill”) which proposes a new regulatory regime...more

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