Reed Smith

Overview of Primary Provisions of U.S. and French Sunshine Reporting...

2013 was a year of unprecedented scrutiny of financial relationships between manufacturers and health care professionals, such as physicians. Both the United States and France imposed sweeping new reporting and disclosure…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, International Law & Trade, Science,...

The DOMA Decision – IRS Guidance on Application to Retirement Plans

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) June 26, 2013 (U.S. v. Windsor), there have been many questions regarding the recognition of same-sex spouses for qualified retirement…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Family Law,...

Breaches of confidentiality must be the real deal – Wade v British Sky...

Despite the industry maxim “where there’s a hit, there’s a writ” and the numerous plagiarism allegations made in the TV business, it is well known in the copyright world that the English courts have refused to recognise a free…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, International...

EU makes waves by casting the net of neutrality

On Thursday 3 April 2014, the European Parliament voted to adopt net neutrality. The principle of net neutrality is that all data on the internet is to be treated equally, regardless of platform, application, source or user. The…more

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

The SEC Cybersecurity Roundtable: Indicator of Things to Come?

Starting with the Securities and Exchange Commission's January 2014 announcement that cybersecurity is a priority in its National Examination Program, SEC Chair Mary Jo White and others at the SEC have continued to stress the…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science,...

EU nears finalisation of new law to promote anti-trust claims

Member States’ ambassadors to the EU, known as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, have endorsed the agreement between the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on a proposed new EU Directive…more

| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law &...

Judicial review suspends LME implementation of warehouse queue rule

Following a judicial review action brought by the Russian aluminium producer, United Company Rusal plc (“Rusal”), the English High Court has decided that the LME’s consultation in relation to the introduction of a rule aiming to…more

| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Brownfield land in the UK: ‘baseline surveys’

In this third in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved with “brownfield” land, we focus on “baseline” contamination surveys…more

| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Liquidated Damages Provision in Texas Power Contract Found Void as...

The Supreme Court of Texas (“Court”) recently held that a liquidated damages provision in a contract for renewable energy was unenforceable because it operated as a penalty without having any reasonable relationship to actual…more

| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

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