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Are VIEs Finished?

On January 19, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released the draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Law”) for public comment. The public consultation period will end on February 17, 2015, after which the Draft…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #4

The CFTC Exercises Expanded Jurisdiction Over Retail Transactions in Physical Commodities. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to add new authority over certain leveraged,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Important Changes to the U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Obama administration recently announced the most significant changes in years to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, allowing expanded travel, trade, and exchange in targeted areas…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Deadline Approaching for Reporting 2014 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires corporations to provide information statements to employees (including former employees) and information filings to the IRS regarding exercises of incentive stock options (ISOs)…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

Supreme Court Hears Trademark Cases on the Preclusive Effect of TTAB Decisions and the Tacking Doctrine

In its October 2014 term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two trademark cases. Both cases have practical significance for trademark litigants because they have the potential to change the way parties approach…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Clarifies Timing of Appeals in MDL Cases

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced the definitive rule governing the timing of appeals from a multidistrict litigation proceeding (MDL). The Court held that plaintiffs in actions centralized in an MDL whose…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

The ITC’s Evolving Economic Prong of the Domestic Industry Requirement

The domestic industry requirement at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) continued to evolve in three significant opinions in 2014. In one opinion, the Commission set forth a nexus requirement for…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

The Year Ahead in Patent Law - 2015

With the advent of the America Invents Act (AIA), public perception of frivolous patent litigation, frequently surrounding cases filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs), has received increasing legislative attention. Although…more
| Civil Remedies, Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #3

Editor’s Note - The Supreme Court Halts Challenge by Retailers to the Debit Card Interchange Fee Rules: On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to a challenge by retailers to debit card interchange fee…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Supreme Court Orders Claim Construction Deference in Seminal Patent Case Argued by Goodwin Procter

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided an issue with widespread importance in the interpretation of patents: whether a district court’s factual findings in support of its construction of a patent claim term may be reviewed de…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York Courts Reject Disclosure-Based Settlements of Merger Lawsuits

In two recent rulings, the New York Supreme Court rejected settlements arising from lawsuits in which plaintiff stockholders challenged the defendant public companies’ merger-related disclosures. The court in each case found…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New York Employers Are No Longer Obligated to Provide Annual Wage Notices to Existing Employees

Effective this year, employers no longer need to provide annual wage notices to their New York employees. Employers must, however, continue to provide such notices to employees at the time of hire…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015

Editor’s Note: FINRA Rulemaking: In this issue we report on three recent FINRA rule amendments. The first amends the NASD rule on the use of customer account statements to require that member firms use more accurate per…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Federal Circuit to Consider Whether Delay in Filing Suit Can Bar Damages or Injunctive Relief in Patent Case

Speed Read - The Federal Circuit has granted an en banc rehearing in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products to revisit whether and to what extent a patent owner’s unreasonable delay in filing an infringement…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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