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Executive Order Requires Disclosure of Labor Violations

Employers doing business with the federal government must now jump through additional hoops. In yet another example of the executive branch pursuing its agenda outside of the legislative process, President Obama signed Executive…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Lessons Learned from the Fourth Circuit’s Decision to Vacate Class Certification in Coalbed Methane Royalty Underpayment Cases

As oil and gas production continues to increase domestically, the possibility for class action exposure is an increasing concern. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently issued its decision in EQT v…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Is the RQFII Program En route to Australia?

Bank of China's Renminbi Settlement Service in Sydney - In late July this year, the Bank of China unveiled its Chinese Renminbi (RMB) Settlement Service in Sydney. The Settlement Service utilises the Australian Stock…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Decree “Sblocca Italia”: News On The Matter Of Lease

Following its publication in the Official Gazette on September 13, 2014, the Law Decree September 12, 2014 no. 133 “Urgent actions for the opening of construction sites, the realization of public infrastructures, the digital…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for exempt…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Last Call for Liner Exemptions in Australia?

The Competition Policy Review Panel (the Panel) has recommended the repeal of the current statutory exemptions for the liner shipping industry, potentially exposing conference agreements to the full rigour of Australia's…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Transportation

District of New Jersey Decision Denying Class Certification in Paulsboro Train Derailment Case Highlights Increasing Importance of Ascertainability Requirement

The District of New Jersey’s recent decision in In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases, No. 13-784 (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2014), demonstrates the increasing importance of the implied requirement of ascertainability and provides guidance on…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Update on U.S. Sanctions Relating to Ukraine

U.S. Sanctions - On September 12, the United States, in coordination with the EU, imposed additional sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine. Specifically... - the Office of Foreign Assets…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Military Law

Supreme Court of Texas Clears the Path for Future Real Property Damage Calculations

In Wheeler v. Enbridge Pipelines, the Supreme Court of Texas provided guidance to midstream companies on the proper calculation of damages to real property stemming from the breach of a pipeline right-of-way agreement (“ROW”)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

The Burden of Corporate Probation May Follow an Antitrust Conviction

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “Division”) has announced a major policy shift. When a company has been convicted for a criminal antitrust offense, the Division may seek to impose the significant burdens…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Earthquakes: Are You Covered, and If Not, Should You Be?

The earthquake that struck Northern California in August 2014 serves as a reminder of how quickly business policyholders can face devastating losses. In the aftermath of an earthquake, businesses may face pressing challenges,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Regulation AB II: Second Time’s the Charm?

On August 27, 2014, following years of preparation, speculation and comment, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation AB II (Reg AB II). Reg AB II represents a response to requirements of Sections 939A and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Overriding Interest

In This Issue: - Islamic Real Estate Finance: Getting The Deal Done - Announcements & Events - Government Consultation on Energy Efficiency Improvements to the Private Rented Sector - K&L Gates…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential

FERC Issues Declaratory Orders in Shell and Pivotal Proceedings Related to LNG Production Facilities

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued declaratory orders in response to two petitions, each seeking a jurisdictional determination under the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”)…more
| Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Maritime Law, Transportation

The European Commission 2014-2019

President-elect Jean Claude Juncker announced on September 10 the allocation of responsibilities in his team and the way work will be organised in the European Commission once it takes office. The most important change,…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade
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