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Amer Abdulaziz Al-Amr

Qualitative shift: Saudi Arabia's new Enforcement Law

Saudi Arabia is currently going through major legislative and regulatory reforms. One of the most significant is the new Enforcement Law, issued by Royal Decree No. M/53, which is now in effect in the Kingdom of Saudi…more

Arbitration Awards, Foreign Judgments, Jurisdiction, Middle East, New Legislation

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Albert Agustinoy

Spain: The draft decrees on slots and exchange betting have been notified to the European Commission

Pursuant to the information posted in the European Commission’s website, yesterday the Spanish authorities did notify the draft decrees on slots and exchange betting to Brussels. Such a notification is made in order to fulfill…more

EU, European Commission, Gambling

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Eddie Ahn

Government Update On Previously Announced Tax Measures (Australia)

Over the past 12 years, 96 tax related measures have been announced by former governments which have not been legislated. These outstanding tax measures have created uncertainty for taxpayers, of varying degrees. Where a tax…more

Australia, International Tax Issues, Tax Rates

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Simon Airey

International Tax News - December 2013

CAYMAN ISLANDS AND US SIGN FATCA AGREEMENT - The United States and the Cayman Islands have signed a so-called Model 1 intergovernmental agreement. The IGA is the first step in bring the Cayman fund industry into…more

Advance Pricing Agreements, Advance Pricing Arrangement Program, Anti-Avoidance, FATCA, Intergovernmental Agreements

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Abdulrahman Alayoni

Qualitative shift: Saudi Arabia's new Enforcement Law

Saudi Arabia is currently going through major legislative and regulatory reforms. One of the most significant is the new Enforcement Law, issued by Royal Decree No. M/53, which is now in effect in the Kingdom of Saudi…more

Arbitration Awards, Foreign Judgments, Jurisdiction, Middle East, New Legislation

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Robert Alessi

Federal district court decision appears to clear way for Cape Wind

The Federal District Court in Washington, DC has issued a lengthy ruling that appeared to substantially clear the way for Cape Wind, a large proposed offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound south of Cape Cod,…more

Energy, Offshore Wind, Renewable Energy, Wind Power

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Grant Alexander

Courts confirm: Dodd-Frank whistleblowers must report to the SEC, Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections do not extend to conduct outside the US

A recent decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act only confer protections to whistleblowers who report…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules, SEC, Whistleblower Protection Policies

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Lee Alexander

DOE approves LNG exports to non-free trade countries - US foreign policy may be bigger factor moving forward

The US Department of Energy has issued an Order granting approval to Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Jordan Cove’s liquefaction and export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries…more

DOE, Foreign Policy, Free Trade Agreement

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Ioannis Alexopoulos

Banking Disputes Quarterly - Q1 2014

On The Horizon: In this section we summarise cases, legislation and other developments in prospect in coming months: ¦ Exercise of discretion: meaning of “commercially reasonable manner” - “Consent not to…more

Banks, Barclays, Compliance, Goldman Sachs

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John Allcock

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 20, Q4 2013

In This Issue: - CHINA AMENDS TRADEMARK LAW: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR BRAND OWNERS - SUPREME COURT CORNER - A CASE FOR COUNTERFEIT TRADE DRESS - MANAGING YOUR IP ACROSS BORDERS - Excerpt from A…more

Brand, China, Counterfeiting, Cross-Border, SCOTUS

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Michelle Anderson

Report deems NSA telephone records program illegal

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended…more

FISA, NSA, PRISM Program, Surveillance

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Jeremy Andrews

Banking Disputes Quarterly - Q1 2014

On The Horizon: In this section we summarise cases, legislation and other developments in prospect in coming months: ¦ Exercise of discretion: meaning of “commercially reasonable manner” - “Consent not to…more

Banks, Barclays, Compliance, Goldman Sachs

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Philip Angeli

DOE approves LNG exports to non-free trade countries - US foreign policy may be bigger factor moving forward

The US Department of Energy has issued an Order granting approval to Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Jordan Cove’s liquefaction and export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries…more

DOE, Foreign Policy, Free Trade Agreement

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Alberto Angeloni

Italy Restructuring Update - June 2013

The Italian Government provisionally approved certain minimal amendments to the rules governing the concordato preventivo proceedings. The amendment will now have to be approved by the Italian Parliament before becoming final…more

Blank Filings, Debtors, EU, Proposed Amendments, Restructuring

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Tass Angelopoulos

Life Sciences Spotlight | Issue 3, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: - FEATURES: - A new wave of regulatory enforcement actions in China – Are we witnessing a prolonged enforcement cycle? - Update on recent decisions - Australia’s innovation patent – The…more

Australia, Bullying, Cartels, China, Compliance

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Scott Antel

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2013

BETTING AND GAMING - UK: 12-year ban for snooker match fixing - The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has suspended snooker player Stephen Lee for 12 years after he was found guilty of match fixing. Lee…more

Gaming, Match Fixing, Sports Betting

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Igor Antonyan

Further Amendments To The Russian Civil Code

FOLLOWING THE FIRST SET OF AMENDMENTS TO THE RUSSIAN CIVIL CODE WHICH WAS ADOPTED ON 30 DECEMBER 2012, THE SECOND AND THIRD SETS OF AMENDMENTS TO THE CIVIL CODE HAVE NOW ALSO BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. The second set of…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Breach of Contract, Cross-Border, Data Collection, Meeting Minutes

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Daan Arends

Australian Businesses Supplying Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services To EU Customers Need To Be Aware Of Changes To EU VAT Rules That Apply From 1 January 2015

EU VAT CHANGES FOR E-COMMERCE SERVICES - Australian e-commerce businesses that supply services to European customers need to be aware of important "value added tax" ("VAT") changes that will apply across the European…more

Australia, Broadcasting, EU, International Tax Issues, Technology

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Catherine Arlin

What Can Go Wrong In Structured Trade And Commodity Finance - Lessons For China

Structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) is central to international trade and is progressively becoming an important source of finance for Chinese companies, given that China is now the most significant player in the…more

China, Exports, Free Trade Zone, Prepaid Payment Products, SAFE

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Jeffrey Aronson

Contract Drafting Tip

The next time you review a contract that refers to a “breaching party” and a “non-breaching party” in the ‘Termination for Breach’ section, keep in mind a recent California case Power Technology v. Tessera. In that case,…more

Contract Drafting, Corporate Counsel, Termination for Default

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Vinita Arora

Shared parental leave: draft regulations published

Vinita Arora, a partner in our London office, comments: the Government has published draft regulations which will implement a new system of shared parental leave to supplement the current maternity, adoption and paternity leave…more

Maternity Leave, Parental Leave, Paternity

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Annabel Ashby

Technology & Sourcing News - August 2013

Is gambling law about to liberalise in the Czech Republic? - Foreign entrepreneurs may benefit from the Czech Government's approval of new gambling regulations needed to comply with EU requirements. Data Centre Risk…more

Charitable Organizations, China, Cybersecurity, Databases, EU

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Caroline Atkins

Health Alert (Australia) - 7 April 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: New Zealand 24 March 2014 - Wooton v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZACC 77 [1]: This appeal concerns a treatment…more

Australia, Healthcare

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Marcia Augsburger

HIPAA Toolbox - Expanded Definition of Business Associates

September 23rd is the HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance deadline. The Rule expands the definition of Business Associates (BAs). Are you prepared? Incorrect determinations lead to increased risk and potential liability for…more

Agents, Business Associates, Covered Entities, HIPAA, HIPAA Omnibus Rule

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Ashley Averill

Sport, Media, and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2014

Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Broadcasting, Doping, EU, Football

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Frederik Azoulay

Comparison on the rights, limitations and procedures related to public gatherings and demonstrations across Europe

The Right To Freedom Of Assembly And Expression In The European Union - A.) General Description Of The Applicable Legal Administrative Procedures - On a European level, fundamental rights are laid down in the…more

EU, First Amendment, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights

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Rana Bahri

Law À La Mode - Issue 11 – Fall 2013

In This Issue: - Who are you wearing? Protecting the power of your name - Cosmetics – preserving their reputation: Concerns over chemical preservatives - Australian dollar heads south: Will parallel imports…more

Arbitration, Australia, Brand, Child Labor, Copyright

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Claire Bailey

England and Wales Cricket Board success in combatting unauthorised re-sale of tickets

It has been reported that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been successful in tackling the unauthorised re-sale of tickets for the Ashes test matches by relying upon the applicable ticket terms and conditions…more

Sales, Sports, UK

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Simon Bailey

Public Interest Disclosure Scheme: Government Agencies: Is Your Agency Prepared For The New Public Interest Disclosure Act?

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) (Act), which establishes a new public interest disclosure scheme for the Commonwealth public sector, comes into force on 15 January 2014. By then, Commonwealth agencies should…more

Adverse Employment Action, Australia, Disclosure Requirements, Public Disclosure, Public Interest

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James Baird

Must be a duck if it’s walking and quacking like one

The New South Wales (NSW) Court of Appeal recently considered the insurance and indemnity provisions of a labour hire contract. What caused the dispute was the fact that one set of insurance provisions was contained in the…more

Compliance, International Labor Laws

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Gitanjali Bajaj

High Court Updates "Reasonable Endeavours": Commercial Interests Vs An Obligation Owed

Electricity Generation Corporation v Woodside Energy Ltd; Woodside Energy Ltd v Electricity Generation Corporation [2014] HCA 7 (5 March 2014) - WHAT HAPPENED? - The High Court has, by a 4:1 majority, held that…more

Australia, Breach of Contract, Oil & Gas

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Emma Baker

Let There Be No Doubt About It...

The decision of the Queensland Supreme Court in JNJ Resources Pty Ltd v Crouch v Lyndon [2014] QSC 13 demonstrates the reluctance of the judiciary to make summary orders dismissing a claim on the basis that it is statute barred…more

Australia, Summary Judgment

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Mark Baker-Jones

Unwelcome Outcomes For Organisations That Fail To Take Into Account Climate Legal Risk (Australia)

We recently provided a client update on the Queensland Planning and Environment Court decision of Rainbow Shores P/L v Gympie Regional Council & Ors1 (view here). The decision in Rainbow Shores provides an example of what…more

Climate Change, Due Diligence, Natural Disasters, State and Local Government

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Onno Bakker

Exercising A Contractual Discretion And The Obligation To Act In Good Faith

GOOD FAITH & CONTRACTUAL DISCRETION When parties agree to include discretionary rights in their agreement, one party will have the right to determine the outcome of some matter in prescribed circumstances. It is well…more

Australia, Contract Drafting, Contract Interpretation, Good Faith

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Andrea Balazova

Antitrust Matters - February 2014

Dearest Reader, Welcome to the first issue of our global competition law newsletter, “Antitrust Matters”. It covers antitrust developments from around the world! Antitrust matters indeed. Legally, financially,…more

Antitrust Litigation, Asia, EU

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Manuela Baldan

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 2, 2013

We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business. As the legal…more

Arbitration, Business Assets, Cloud Computing, Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity

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Stefania Baldazzi

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL…more

Advertising, Brand, Copyright, Counterfeiting, Data Protection

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Sara Balice

Fashion and social media at our #FashiOnline conference

We have already discussed in this blog of social media in the fashion industry and the new related legal issues. Is a fashion company – administering a page in a social network, a blog or a forum where customers can share…more

Defamation, Libel, Social Media

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Dr. Andrzej Balicki

Antitrust Matters - April 2014 (Global)

Welcome to the second issue of our global competition and antitrust law newsletter Antitrust Matters. The importance and shifting nature of antitrust problems facing companies and individuals is by its nature, a work in…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Competition, EU, FTC

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Andrew Ball