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Financial Services Regulatory Bulletin - December 2014

In this issue: - CFPB Issues Final Rule on Regulation P: Annual Privacy Notices Can Be Delivered By Posting Online - ‘It Takes Hutzpah!’: D.C. Federal Judge Issues Stunning Rebuke of HUD Disparate Impact Rule…more

Annual Notices, CFPB, Debt Collectors, Disability Benefits, Discrimination

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China Auditor Update: SEC and Chinese Audit Firms "Settle" for the Status Quo

In an Order of Settlement released February 6, 2015, the SEC agreed to stay the administrative action against the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms for refusing to turn over their audit work papers relating…more

Auditors, China, Deloitte, Enforcement Actions, Ernst & Young

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Court of Appeal provides useful reminder on narrow application of litigation privilege

In the case of Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v Akers & Another the Court of Appeal considered the parameters of litigation privilege, providing a useful reminder of how narrow the protection is and the care that must be taken…more

Appeals, Document Productions, Litigation Privilege, Litigation Strategies, Third-Party

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UPDATE – Indonesia’s New Draft Oil & Gas Law

Indonesia has recently made public a full copy of its draft oil and gas law for review and parliamentary discussion. By way of update to our client alert of 21 April 2015, we can now review the further revised and full version…more

Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Energy Sector, Expropriation, Foreign Investment

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Update on Opposition to ABA Hijinks

Last month, we described the proposal by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability concerning legislation on “defective medical products” and punitive damages for “patient harm allegedly…more

American Bar Association, Healthcare Professional Liability Policies, Healthcare Professionals, Patient Safety, PHRMA

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21st Century Cures Bill Includes Proposal to Broaden Sunshine Act Exclusions Related to Education

As we reported last week, on May 21, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a bipartisan, unanimous 51-0 vote. This major legislation is intended to accelerate the pace of…more

CMS, Congressional Committees, Medical Devices, Medicare, Prescription Drugs

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Indonesia’s Presidential Elections Dispute and Idul Fitri 2014 – Are You and Your Company Prepared?

On July 9, within just a few hours of the polls closing in the tightly contested presidential election in the world’s third-largest democracy – the Republic of Indonesia – the only two contestants running had claimed victory…more

Election Laws

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Iran: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed on 14 July 2015, but no immediate sanctions relief

On 24 November 2013, the E3/EU+3 (or the P5+1, comprising the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany), together with Iran, agreed the Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”), which relaxed some of the…more

Arms Embargo, Banking Sector, Energy Sector, Financial Services Industry, IAEA

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Using Pennsylvania Law to Defend the Heinz Merger with Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital

Over the past several years, shareholder litigation challenging mergers and acquisitions has become a virtual certainty in any sizeable deal. A recent decision from a state court in Pittsburgh illustrates how Pennsylvania law…more

Berkshire Hathaway, Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Governance, Derivative Suit, Fiduciary Duty

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Expo 2020 – Part 2: Sustainability

One of three main themes of Expo 2020 is sustainability. During the event, the participants will explore and discuss the development of sustainable sources of energy and water. However, sustainability is not just a theme…more

Energy, Green Buildings, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Water

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Courts in New York and Singapore Reach Opposite Conclusions on the Validity of Interpleader Applications Arising out of the OW Bunker Bankruptcy

On 7 November 2014, OW Bunker A/S (“OW”), a global supplier and trader of marine fuel, filed for bankruptcy in Denmark. Further bankruptcies of OW subsidiaries and affiliates swiftly followed, including the bankruptcy of certain…more

Anti-Suit Injunctions, Competing Liens, In Rem Jurisdiction, Interpleaders, Judgment In Personam

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OIG Partners with Industry Associations by Issuing Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight

On April 20, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released educational guidance designed to assist governing boards of health care organizations (“Boards”) in their…more

Chief Compliance Officers, Corporate Governance, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, New Guidance

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Financial Services Regulatory Bulletin - December 2014

In this issue: - CFPB Issues Final Rule on Regulation P: Annual Privacy Notices Can Be Delivered By Posting Online - ‘It Takes Hutzpah!’: D.C. Federal Judge Issues Stunning Rebuke of HUD Disparate Impact Rule…more

Annual Notices, CFPB, Debt Collectors, Disability Benefits, Discrimination

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Technology-Assisted Review: Please Show Me Your Seed Set

It has been three years since Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck issued his February 2012 decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), judicially accepting for the first time the use of…more

Da Silva Moore, Discovery, Electronically Stored Information, Popular, Predictive Coding

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IP/IT & Media Newsletter - Issue 1/2014

In this issue: - Apps and Data Privacy – New Guidelines from the German DPAs New Developments in Cybersecurity Regulation - Refer-a-Friend Functionality on the Internet – Federal Court underpins its view…more

Data Protection, ECJ, EU, EU Data Protection Laws, Mobile Apps

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Whole Foods’ Proposal for Proxy Access Is Sufficient to Exclude Shareholder Proposal

In a closely watched development, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Staff (Staff) granted no-action relief in early December to Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Whole Foods, or the Company) in response to the Company’s request…more

No-Action Relief, Proxy Season, Proxy Statements, SEC, Shareholder Proposals

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Landmark Supreme Court ruling on default clauses and damages: Bunge SA v Nidera BV

The decision has been long awaited. In its landmark unanimous ruling handed down on 1 July 2015, The Supreme Court laid down clear guidance on the assessment of damages arising out of a wrongful repudiation of a contract for the…more

Commodities, Contract Disputes, Damages, Exports, GAFTA

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U.S. Court of Appeals Provides Long-Awaited Guidance Regarding Whether an Entity Should be Considered an ‘Instrumentality’ of a Foreign Government under the FCPA

In a decision with significant implications regarding the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the framework for determining whether an…more

Appeals, DOJ, FCPA, Foreign Entities, Foreign Official

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Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds Validity of Forum Selection Bylaws

On June 25, 2013, in a judicial development that should ease the burden of multi-jurisdiction litigation, Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery held that forum selection bylaws adopted by the respective…more

Bylaws, Forum, Forum Selection Clause, Forum Shopping, Jurisdiction

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SEC Proposes Rules for Clawback of Incentive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the long-awaited proposed rules to implement section 10D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as added by section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Clawbacks, Comment Period, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Officers, Disclosure Requirements

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Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (3rd Edition)

In this edition: - Introduction - Advertising & Marketing - Brand Protection & Reputational Management - Copyright (EU) - Copyright (U.S.) - Data Privacy & Security -…more

Copyright, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, EU, FDA

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UK update - Type 2 diabetes controlled by diet is not automatically a disability

In Metroline Travel v Stoute, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) decided that employees with type 2 diabetes controlled by diet (rather than medication) are not automatically protected by disability discrimination…more

Disability Discrimination, UK, UK Employment Appeal Tribunal

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(US) Revised Phase I Environmental Standards Will Impact Property Acquisitions this Fall

The All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (the “AAI Rule”), set forth at 40 CFR Part 312, serves as a benchmark protocol for inspecting a property’s environmental condition. If the benchmark is met, a prospective purchaser can be…more

ASTM, CERCLA, Due Diligence, EPA, Vapor Intrusion

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IRS Overhauls Determination Letter Process for Individually Designed Plans

On July 21, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Announcement 2015-19, which significantly limits the circumstances under which the IRS will accept determination letter applications for individually designed…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Determination Letter, EPCRS, IRS, Retirement Plan

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What is your broker up to? Broker found to have authority to enter into a fixture and guarantee

Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd v Salgaocar Mining Industries Private Ltd (2015) (Unreported) - After extensive negotiations, London brokers fixed a 10-year charterparty on behalf of their principals, the Charterers. The Charterers…more

Arbitration, Charterparties, Maritime Transport, Mining, Shipping

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California ‘Under 2 MOU’ Demonstrates Ambition and Bottom Up Support for GHG Reductions in the Lead Up to COP 21

On May 19, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Subnational Global Climate Leadership (the “MOU”) with eleven other leaders from jurisdictions in North America, South America and…more

Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Jerry Brown, Memorandum of Understanding

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Foreign Investments in France Subject to the Prior Authorisation of the French Government

Since 2005, France has enacted various regulations in order to control foreign investments in French companies operating in specified sectors considered as being strategic or sensitive. As a result of these regulations,…more

EU, Foreign Investment, Investors

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UK power generation assets: optimisation and monetisation

In recent years, the UK power sector has seen owners and/or operators of generation assets increasingly reflect on their commercial strategies with respect to their operations. In the case of power plants, this has involved a…more

Energy, Power Plants, UK, Utilities Sector

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FinCEN and ICE Issue Geographic Targeting Order Against Electronics Exporters in the Miami Area

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) served a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) on about 700 electronics exporter businesses in the Miami area, in an investigation into cash…more

Cartels, Electronics, Export Controls, Exporters, FinCEN

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Amarin Pharma v. FDA – More Briefs Filed Regarding Off-Label Promotion And The First Amendment

Our prior posts looked at the Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food and Drug Administration lawsuit, which raises issues regarding the First Amendment and how it applies to speech by drug and device manufacturers regarding…more

Amarin, Amicus Briefs, Clinical Trials, Device Manufacturers, Drug Manufacturers

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Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - February 2015

In This Issue: - Minority Holders Gain Leverage Through Recent Interpretation of Trust Indenture Act - New Jersey Joins Number of States Creating Specialty Business Courts - Credit Bid Rights Bolstered in…more

Bankruptcy Code, Business Court Division, Commercial Bankruptcy, Construction Loans, Consumer Bankruptcy

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SEC Announces Enforcement Actions Relating to Section 16 Reporting Violations

On September 10, the SEC announced enforcement actions against 28 individuals and investment companies for failing to promptly report their holdings of and transactions in public company stock. The SEC also brought charges…more

Compliance, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Reporting Requirements, SEC

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Grexit: Grief or Gift?

On July 5, the Greeks voted emphatically against their creditors’ proposals. Earlier that week, the IMF released a report in which it recommended a comprehensive recover plan that included a debt relief or a debt moratorium for…more

Bailout, Debt Financing, Debt Relief, EU, Eurozone

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CMBS 2.0 – Quantum or Solace

Sunday marked the fourth anniversary since Deutsche Bank successfully brought to market Deco 2011-CSPK (“Chiswick Park”). As many market observers will testify, this was a defining moment for the European CMBS market as it not…more

CMBS, Deutsche Bank, EU, JPMorgan Chase, Mortgage-Backed Securities

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UPDATE – Indonesia’s New Draft Oil & Gas Law

Indonesia has recently made public a full copy of its draft oil and gas law for review and parliamentary discussion. By way of update to our client alert of 21 April 2015, we can now review the further revised and full version…more

Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Energy Sector, Expropriation, Foreign Investment

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Sickness absence management - employee rights, risks and recommendations

France - Under French law, the employment contract of an employee who is on sick leave is suspended. The employee is expected to inform his or her employer and the relevant social security organisations of the sickness…more

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UPDATE – Indonesia’s New Draft Oil & Gas Law

Indonesia has recently made public a full copy of its draft oil and gas law for review and parliamentary discussion. By way of update to our client alert of 21 April 2015, we can now review the further revised and full version…more

Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Energy Sector, Expropriation, Foreign Investment

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DOE’s New $55 Billion ESPC Solicitation - A Move from “Show me the Money” to “Share the Money”

On March 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at any U.S. federal government site worldwide. The intent is to…more

DOE, Energy Projects, Energy Sector, ESPCs, Federal Contractors

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The Capital Markets Union – a great race?

The Investment Plan, developed by the European Commission, has the potential to be one of the most important and radical changes to how the European Union operates in the last 25 years. Not only will it seek to harmonise the…more

Capital Markets, EU

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Crowded Skies: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Drones

In this paper: - Advertising & Promotion - Aviation - Regulatory - Copyright (EU) - Employment and Labor - Export Controls - Film and Television (UK) - Film & Television…more

Advertising, Aircraft, Airspace, Commercial Use, Copyright

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Enforced subject access requests now a criminal offence in the UK

In September 2014 we reported on the UK’s intention to stamp out a practice commonly known as “enforced subject access requests”. This concerned the previously dormant section 56 of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’),…more

Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Prosecution, Subject Access Request, UK

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UPDATE – Indonesia’s New Draft Oil & Gas Law

Indonesia has recently made public a full copy of its draft oil and gas law for review and parliamentary discussion. By way of update to our client alert of 21 April 2015, we can now review the further revised and full version…more

Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaties,