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Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Increase

Beginning February 20, 2015, transactions valued at more than $76.3 million may require a Premerger Notification and Report under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“the HSR Act”). This number…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Overview of UK Real Estate Structures and Transactions

This Overview provides a general summary of the different corporate structures that may be used to hold, and transact in, UK real estate (such as special purpose vehicles, property unit trusts, partnerships and REITS), the key…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Securities Law, Taxation

Teva and Its Potential Impact on Patent Litigation

The Supreme Court recently handed down its 7-2 opinion in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. The case involved a Federal Circuit review of a district court’s determination that Teva’s patent claims were not…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Final Rule Sets Out Detailed Requirements for Charitable Hospitals

On December 31, 2014, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published a final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing the requirements in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) for tax-exempt hospitals…more
| Health, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

SFC Guidance on Corporate Professional Investors Assessment and Description of Services in Client Agreements

On 22 January 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) issued a set of frequently asked questions to provide practical guidance on the criteria and application of the new principles based assessment for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

EU Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments from 2017 Onwards

The European Commission has recently issued a supplementary regulation relating to regulatory technical standards on disclosure requirements for structured finance instruments. The disclosure requirements cover structured…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Speakers Only: Governmental Entities Must be Engaged in “Communicative Activity” to Qualify for Anti-SLAPP Protection

On January 22, the Washington Supreme Court decided Henne v. City of Yakima, its first decision interpreting Washington’s anti-SLAPP statute (SLAPP is short for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). This case has…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

The Sixth Circuit Holds That an Arbitration Clause in an Expired Contract Still Applies

Does the duty to arbitrate survive the expiration of a contract? The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit recently held “yes.” The Sixth Circuit became the first federal appeals court to examine whether a contract’s…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Energy & Utilities

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 Extended as First Legislation of 2015; 114th Congress

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed important legislation extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (“TRIA”), which lapsed December 31, 2014, through December 31, 2020. During the lapse, policyholders…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Financial Institutions in Poland Under Great Pressure of the Antitrust Authorities - Is There Help Available?

Commercial banks in Poland fell under detailed scrutiny of Polish antitrust authority after some of them refused to cut interest rates on mortgage loans in Swiss francs, despite the currency’s rapid appreciation. Seeking to ease…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

A Harsh Winter Thus Far for Plaintiffs in “All Natural” Food Labeling Class Actions

Two recent decisions by Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern District of California have strengthened the position of defendants facing “all natural” food labeling class actions in California by making it even harder for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Policyholders May Assign Their Statutory Right to Recover Punitive Damages Arising from Insurer’s Bad Faith

In an issue of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe that a policyholder may assign statutory bad faith claims under Pennsylvania’s bad faith statute, Section…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Dodd-Frank Act Changes Are Coming

For over four years after enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”), President Obama and the Democratic Senate successfully blocked any changes to that act. For example, in the 113th Congress, the House passed 26 bills…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Insurance

New Jersey Supreme Court Opens Door for More Challenges to Independent Contractor Classifications

On January 14, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court opened the door for a likely uptick in challenges to the classification of workers as independent contractors. Answering a question of law certified to it by the Third Circuit,…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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