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Commercial Court confirms that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses may be exclusive for the purposes of EU law

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses - also known as one-sided or 'for the benefit' clauses - are common in international financial services agreements, but their validity under EU law has been questioned in recent years by the...more

Subject Access Requests: "not an obligation to leave no stone unturned"

The English Court of Appeal has ruled in two recent cases that subject access requests are generally valid, and businesses must comply with such requests, even if they are made for collateral purposes, such as collecting...more

Proposed Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

Pursuant to a court order, the parties to the conflict minerals case have filed a proposed judgment after they advised the court no further proceedings were necessary. The text of the proposed judgment is as follows...more

Supreme Court limits liability for shipping parts of patented inventions abroad

Generally, to infringe a U.S. patent, the infringing activity — the unauthorized making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importation — occurs within the United States. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Under 35...more

Two steps forward, one step back - the new arbitration law in Qatar

On 16 February 2017, Qatar issued a new law on arbitration, inspired by the UNCITRAL Model Law, an international template for law on arbitration. This new Arbitration Law comes at a time when Qatar (like other countries...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.: Supreme Court Limits Patent Infringement Liability for Suppliers Under § 271(f)(1)

The Supreme Court in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp held that providing a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to patent infringement liability under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Parties Request Judgment be Entered in Conflict Minerals Case

The conflict minerals case was remanded to the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia for further proceedings. Judge Jackson ordered the parties to file a joint status report indicating whether any further...more

No English jurisdiction over Nigerian oil pollution claims against Shell

In a highly mediatised ruling, the English High Court refused jurisdiction over claims brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, by over 42,000...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2017 - Recent Developments Regarding the Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

On January 31, 2017, Michael Piwowar, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), issued two Statements regarding the current status of guidance on and implementation of the conflict minerals rules....more

One is Not Enough – Infringement Liability under § 271(f)(1)

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., Slip Op. 14-1538 (Feb. 22, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to...more

Dealing With Judgment Enforcement in Hong Kong? Two Key Misconceptions to Dispel

Due to its proximity and relationship with the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has, at times, suffered from the misconception that it is a difficult jurisdiction within which to freeze assets and enforce judgments or...more

Accused of Taking Confidential Information? Five Immediate Steps That Can Limit Risk

Disputes over trade secrets and confidential information have increased dramatically in recent years. Often arising after a business hires an employee from a competitor, a proposed acquisition falls through, or information is...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

The Song says 2 out of 3 Ain’t Bad; The Supreme Court says 1 is not “Substantial”

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. [14-1538] (February 22, 2017), the Supreme Court reversed a Federal Circuit decision that supplying a single component of a multi-component invention from the United States is an...more

Supreme Court Rules In Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp.

On February 22, 2017 in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp, the Supreme Court in a 7-0 judgment (Chief Justice Roberts having recused himself) held that for there to be active inducement of infringement by export of...more

Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Ruling on Extraterritorial Patent Infringement

In an opinion that will likely give peace of mind to businesses shipping products from the U.S. abroad, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, reversed the Federal Circuit in Life Technologies v....more

Claimants' Guide to Antitrust Competition Litigation in EU

Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of private competition claims in the European Union. The Claimants' guide to Antitrust/Competition Litigation in the European Union provides an overview of the...more

Court of Appeal confirms the conventional operation of extension of time provisions

The Court of Appeal in Carillion Construction Limited v EMCOR Engineering Services Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 65 has confirmed that the industry-wide practice of awarding extensions of time running contiguously from the previous...more

Court of Appeal confirms relevance of communications subsequent to an alleged contract

Contract negotiations necessarily involve much toing and froing between the parties, but at what point does the contract become final? When can you stop taking further exchanges into account and what is the effect of "subject...more

Fraud and Performance Securities

Performance securities are an everyday feature of construction and engineering projects. It is increasingly common to see calls on performance securities challenged on the basis of "fraud". Two recent cases from the English...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Advancing Human Rights Claims Based on Global Supply Chain Activities: Recent Developments in California and Canada

Courts in California and Canada have emerged as testing grounds for advancing claims of forced labor in global supply chains.  The plaintiffs’ approach is to make companies more accountable to “soft law” norms like the UN...more

"PEMEX and US Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards Nullified in Their 'Home' Courts"

One of the benefits of using arbitration to resolve international disputes is the availability of worldwide mechanisms to enforce an arbitral award. For example, the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement...more

The Lehman Administration Surplus and the High Court Ruling in Waterfall IIC

A recent UK High Court ruling in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) ("Lehman Waterfall IIC") considers the application of statutory interests on proven debts in an administration and in particular the...more

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