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United States Supreme Court to Review Ruling in Direct Marketing

On July 1, 2014, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl. The Court of Appeals held that federal courts lack jurisdiction under the Tax…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

The Admiral Sets A Good Course

Admiral Mike Rogers, the new leader of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command at the Defense Department, certainly has taken a different approach from his predecessor, General Keith Alexander. Right out of the gate,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Perspectives - Fall 2012 Volume 3, Edition 2: An Executive Compensation, Benefits & Human Resources Law Update

In this Issue: - Don’t “Moench”ion It: Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Prudence for ESOP Fiduciaries - Avoiding Claims of Excessive Fund Fees - Risk of ERISA Class Actions Can Be Reduced by Use of Plan…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Dell Joins a Growing List of Retailers Accepting Bitcoin

On Friday, Michael Dell, CEO of Austin-based Dell Inc., announced on twitter that Dell.com is now accepting Bitcoin as a direct payment option for consumers and small businesses in the U.S. Other major companies, such as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Gives QLACs the Green Light: Final Regulations Issued

On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued final regulations (“Final Regulations”) that permit employers and IRA providers to offer “qualified longevity annuity contracts” or “QLACs” under defined contribution…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

California Supreme Court Ruling Limits Commission Wage Allocation

On June 14, 2014, the California Supreme Court held that employers could not satisfy California’s compensation requirements for the commission sales exemption by attributing commission wages paid in one pay period to other pay…more
| Labor & Employment Law

English Contract Law: Has the Camel’s Nose of “Good Faith” Crept Under the Tent Flap?

Under the English Arbitration Act 1996 the grounds on which an English arbitration award can be challenged in court are very limited. Section 67 of the Act provides that a challenge may be brought on the basis that the arbitral…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

The UK Bribery Act, Three Years On: Can We Relax Yet?

The Bribery Act 2010 has now been in force for three years. Despite the announcements and commentary that it heralded a new and aggressive face toward corporate corruption, there have as yet been no corporate prosecutions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The Bifurcation Blues

In the last Letter from Europe, I looked at the potential financial impact a single judge could have on the economy. As I alluded to in my conclusion, the United Patents Court (UPC), a proposed common patent court open for use…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Copyright and Forum Shopping

Having been brought up at a time when the humour of Monty Python was influential on a young mind, I can’t help thinking of the ‘nudge, nudge, wink, wink’, sketch when reading about photographs. In the sketch, Eric Idle asks a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

California Supreme Court: Gentry is Gone. PAGA Lives On.

Compelled by U.S. Supreme Court precedent advancing arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (No. S20432, June 23, 2014) held that its…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law

Interior Designs: Is space the final trade mark frontier?

Sometime after I’d piloted Wagamama to victory against the awful Rajamama copycat Indian-themed restaurant, my late friend Paul O’Farrell, who was the COO, asked whether we could get additional trade mark protection by seeking…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Dictionaries and Trade Mark

Hello. My name is Paul Harris, and this is my ‘Letter from Europe’, the first in what will be a fortnightly communique of my thoughts on the commercial world, and IP in particular. After all, I have been doing this for more than…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Data Retention in the EU

I don’t often write about data protection, as it’s at the periphery of what I do. But two things prompted me to do so: First, there’s a new Banksy mural in Cheltenham that depicts spying. Second, the Grand Chamber of the CJEU…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Sudden Impact

I was once interviewed live on Bloomberg radio at some god-awful hour in the morning, following a 30% drop in the share price of Ely Lily resulting from a negative decision in a patent case by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the…more
| Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law
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