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Appellate Court Issues Opinion on SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 15, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in the challenge to the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule. We have reviewed the D.C. Court of Appeals decision and find that it leaves much of the SEC’s rule…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities,...

New Registration Requirements and Deadline for PRC Domestic PE Funds and...

Domestic Chinese private equity managers should take notice of new provisional regulations requiring registration of domestic Chinese private equity managers and filings with the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”). …more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law &...

Intent To Use – It’s Not The Thought That Counts

Bona fide intent, the sine qua non of non-use trademark applications, was given new meaning by the TTAB in a decision released unpublished February 21, 2014 but redesignated as precedent on March 26, 2014, thus placing at risk…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

French Court Supports Freedom of Authentication: A Win for Art Experts

Recently, the high court of appeals in Paris upheld an art expert’s right to refuse to authenticate a work of art. While this decision took nine years to come to fruition, it validates an art expert’s freedom to make an…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, International Law & Trade

Ninth Circuit Hearing on California Resale Royalties

Readers will recall that in 2012 the U.S. District Court struck down the California Resale Royalties Act, holding that the 1970s-era law violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual...

McSweeny Confirmed to Fill Vacancy at FTC

The Federal Trade Commissions will soon be back to having a full complement of five commissioners. Today, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 95 to 1, confirmed Terrell McSweeny to fill a vacancy at the agency created by the…more

| Antitrust & Trade Regulation

California Proposition 65 Caramel Coloring Suits

This January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report entitled “Caramel Color: The health risk that may be in your soda” detailing its investigation of the presence of 4-methylimidazole…more

| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Environmental...

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