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Only When a Permit is Required: The Supreme Court Caps the EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Stationary Sources

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA et al. 573 U.S. ____ (2014) - On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act when…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Groundbreaking Cross-border Airport Terminal Linking Tijuana to San Diego Breaks Ground

Sheppard Mullin client, Otay Tijuana Venture, announced this week that a cross-border pedestrian bridge linking San Diego with Tijuana’s A.L. Rodríguez International airport will be set to open next year. The project, which…more
| Construction Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Shedding Light on CFIUS: Appeals Court Holds That CFIUS Review Lacks Constitutional Due Process

In a stunning ruling issued on July 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and the subsequent unwinding of the investment…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Second Circuit Finds Possible Pretext in Vague Justification for Non-Transfer

On July 14th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated an award of summary judgment for the defendants in Abrams v. Department of Public Safety, State of Connecticut, et al., Case No. 13-111, holding that…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Film Tax Incentives in Latin America

Distribution of audiovisual content is blooming at a very fast pace, and while the consumer is still demanding for more new content, producers are struggling with this new competitive era. While appetite for content is at its…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, International Law & Trade, Taxation

United States Imposes New Sanctions and Export Restrictions Against Russian Banks, Companies, and Individuals

On July 16, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed new sanctions against Russia, which target the country’s financial, energy and defense sectors. In a parallel action, the U.S…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

DOL Proposes to Amend FMLA Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed amending the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to expressly include individuals in same-sex marriages…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

California Supreme Court Limits Application of Commissioned Employee Exemption

On July 14, 2014, the California Supreme Court held in Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc. that employees qualify for the California “commissioned employee” exemption in a pay period only if they receive “earnings [that] exceed…more
| Labor & Employment Law

State Council Released Opinions on Promoting Fair Competition and Maintaining Regular Order in the Market

The Opinions put forward nine articles of guidelines: general requirements; broadening market access; strengthening market supervision; establishing credit basis for market supervision; improving supervision and enforcement;…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Ninth Circuit Thinks Inside the Bun, Applies Traditional Agency Principles To Dismiss Putative TCPA Class Action Claims Against Taco Bell Corp.

In Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp., No. 12-56458 (9th Cir. July 2, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Taco Bell, one defendant in a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?

Individuals and entities, including those from outside California, who invest in or do business through an out-of-state limited liability company (“LLC”) may be surprised to find out that they have filing obligations and tax…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Shelter from the Coming Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance in European Public Procurement

A red sky at morning is the traditional harbinger of ill weather. From our vantage point in Brussels, we’ve scanned the horizon for signs of the future of anti-bribery enforcement activity in Europe. We’ve identified four…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Don’t try this at Home or Abroad: Export Controls and Sanctions Violations Lead to $21 Million in Penalties for Dutch Company Fokker Services B.V.

We frequently discuss enforcement actions in this blog, because understanding enforcement is a key aspect of trade compliance. From a fifty-thousand foot view, each enforcement case serves as a cautionary tale about the overall…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Conan Doyle Estate’s Quixotic Attempt to Protect Sherlock Holmes

Led by Judge Richard Posner, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently refused what Posner called a “quixotic” attempt to extend copyright law. While the holding was perhaps to be expected, the opinion introduced a mystery…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Uganda Be Kiddin’ Me: United States Slaps On Sanctions in Response to Anti-Gay Law

Last month, the United States announced new sanctions against Uganda in response to human rights violations, targeted discrimination, and draconian criminal penalties. Specifically, on June 19, the Obama administration quietly…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade
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