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Levitin v. Sony Music Entertainment - USDC, Southern District of New York, April 22, 2015

In copyright infringement action arising out of international release of song “Timber” by performing artists Pitbull and Kesha, district court dismisses claims against Sony Music Entertainment, which obtained license from...more

Vetting Court Reporters, Videographers, and Interpreters for International Depositions

Retaining certified and highly experienced court reporters, videographers and interpreters when taking depositions abroad will save money and ensure that the proceedings run smoothly. The following questions should be asked...more

Bribery Settlements in 2014: A Record-Setting Year

Corporations facing bribery charges under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) will pay significantly higher fines to resolve their cases, at least if recent settlements are a reliable guide. Last year, FCPA...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Singapore

Regulation of OTC Derivatives and Singapore Regulatory Reforms - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) published a consultation paper on the proposed amendments to the Securities and Futures Act (the “SFA”) which...more

Unusual Bipartisanship Makes New Free Trade Agreements More Likely

Major new free trade agreements are on the horizon. For the past several years, the Obama Administration has been negotiating two new major free trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

European Securities Regulator Calls for Information Concerning Virtual Currency

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) – the European Union’s (“EU”) securities watchdog agency – issued a formal call for evidence regarding investments using virtual currency or...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2015 Special 301 Report

On April 30th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued the 2015 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[m]ade-in-America exports are an essential source of economic growth and...more

AD/CVD Update

On March 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) initiated antidumping duty (“AD”) and countervailing duty (“CVD”) investigations of imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) resin from China, Canada,...more

Display of FinCEN’s Aggressive Anti-Laundering Approach

On April 21, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a geographic targeting order, an anti-money laundering device focused on trade-based money laundering schemes used by drug cartels,...more

Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC announced its first whistleblower award in a retaliation case this week. The agency also brought an insider trading case, an action against an investment adviser, its general counsel and auditor based on a conflict, a...more

EUROPE: Security and privacy must go hand in hand, not head-to-head, says European Privacy Supervisor

At a 29 April Cybersecurity and Privacy conference in Brussels, Keynote Speaker and recently appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli was given the opportunity to comment on his 5-year...more

Expedited Examination Options for Patent Applications Filed in the United States

In the United States, patents are granted and issued through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Each patent application received by the USPTO is examined by a United States patent examiner in the order it...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

DOT Issues Final Rule for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

On May 1, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) long awaited (and already highly controversial) final rule strengthening standards for trains carrying flammable...more

Challenges for the London Insurance Market

The London insurance market is in a fight to remain competitive and maintain its role as a leading market international insurance and reinsurance business....more

SEC Proposes Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Transactions

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require non-United States persons that use United States personnel to arrange, negotiate or execute a security-based swap transaction in...more

ESMA

The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets...more

King Arthur Week – The Quest for the Holy Grail and Compliance Defense – Part V

We conclude our Arthurian themed week with the Holy Grail, which has fired the imagination of artists for millennia. What was the Holy Grail? According to Professor Dorsey Armstrong in her Teaching Company lecture series,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

MarkIt to MarketTM | April 2015

In This Issue: - I Second that e-Motion: Protecting Motion Marks - USPTO Begins Accepting International Design Applications - Attending INTA Annual Meeting - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt...more

Keystone XL’s Opponents Won’t Derail Canadian Oil Trains to the Gulf Coast

The U.S. Gulf Coast—with its 1.4 million barrels per day of coker[*] refining capacity geared to maximize output of high-value lighter products from lower-cost, heavy, high-sulfur crude oil feedstocks—is an ideal market for...more

Can My U.S. Company Offer Online Second Opinions in China?

This post is the sixth in Foley’s blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the Chinese telemedicine market. As U.S. companies continue...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 24, Fitch released its updated U.S. Auto Lease ABS Ratings Criteria. On April 27, DBRS released its Rating Canadian Covered Bonds Methodology. On April 27, S&P updated its Bank Rating Methodology and Assumptions to...more

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