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Major Effects of Revised Common Rule on Regulation of Clinical Research in New York

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), together with 15 other federal Departments and Agencies, issued a final rule to revise and modernize the federal Policy for the Protection of Human…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Hong Kong Proposes Enhanced AML Obligations for Professionals and Beneficial Owner Registries for Hong Kong Companies

The Hong Kong Government has recently proposed to expand its anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws. This is expected to assist Hong Kong in keeping pace with AML developments in other financial centers, and to prepare for its…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Fifth Circuit Limits Reverse False Claims Act Liability

On December 13, 2016, in United States ex rel Simoneaux v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., No. 16-30141, 2016 WL 7228813 (5th Cir. Dec. 13, 2016), the Fifth Circuit rejected an expansive construction of “reverse” false claims and…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

The IRS Targets Thirteen Issues in Its New Compliance Campaigns

On Tuesday, January 31, the IRS announced the rollout of thirteen initial compliance campaigns that will be undertaken by its Large Business and International Division (“LB&I”). These campaigns are part of a broader IRS effort…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Taxation

The UK Modern Slavery Act – A Compliance Primer for Fund Managers

Starting this year, a significant number of fund managers based all over the world will be among the approximately 12,000 companies that will be required to publish an annual statement under the transparency provisions of the UK…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

CFDA Amends Medical Device Recall Rules

Recently China’s Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) released the Provisions for Medical Device Recall (“New Recall Rules”). The New Recall Rules, becoming effective on May 1, 2017, will replace the existing Interim Provisions…more
| Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

The GDPR – Possible Impact on the Life Sciences and Healthcare Sectors

Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and the Council of 27 April 2016, (the “GDPR”) came into force in May 2016 and introduced a number of changes to European data protection law. Such changes will impact upon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

CFTC Extends Deadline for Notice Filings under Amended Position-Limit Aggregation Rules

On February 6, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued temporary no-action relief from the notice filing requirements applicable to persons who rely on certain…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FCPA enforcement in the Trump administration [Video]

Alex Rene, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s anti-corruption and international risk practice, discusses likely FCPA enforcement activity under the Trump administration. Transcript: There’s been a lot of talk about the future of the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the Limited Scope of Conduct Protected by the FCA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit in…more
| Civil Procedure, Government Contracting, Health, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

President Signs Memorandum Requiring Further Review of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) to examine its new fiduciary rule. (For details on the fiduciary rule, see our prior Alert, and, for…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Outlook 2017: The New Administration and Changes in the Federal Judiciary

What impact could the new Trump administration have on the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics

Potential Intellectual Property Issues on the Table in the 115th Congress

Over the past decade, intellectual property issues have often taken center stage in Congress. The America Invents Act, passed in 2011, changed patent landscape in many ways, most notably by changing the U.S. patent system from…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Outlook 2017: Administrative Levers and Mechanisms for Policy Change (Transcript)

What impact will the incoming Trump administration have on potential levers of policy change that are available to the Congress and the Executive branch? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and as…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law

Treasury Releases Proposed Rules Implementing Partnership Audit Regime; Awaiting Publication in the Federal Register

On January 18, 2017, the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) released proposed regulations (REG-136118-15) (the “Proposed Regulations”) implementing the partnership audit provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation
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