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Dry Times: How to Deal with the Impact of California’s Drought on Critical Commercial Agreements

On January 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a “State of Emergency” in California due to the severity of drought conditions across the State. Since then, the California drought continues to be severe and...more

Germany's Draft Bill on Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions: Potential Consequences for Businesses on Both the Legal...

On April 1, 2014, the German cabinet (Bundeskabinett) agreed upon a draft bill on combating late payment in commercial transactions in order to transform certain articles of the Directive 2011/7/EU1 into German law. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Reinstates $185 Million Arbitral Award - Placing New Focus on Clear Prerequisites to Arbitration in...

In an opinion issued in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina, 134 S. Ct. 1198 (2014), the United States Supreme Court found that a prerequisite to arbitration was a procedural issue to be decided by the arbitration panel and...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Application of Section 365(n) to Ensure Patent Licensees Sufficiently Protected in Granting Relief to...

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Jaffe v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Ltd., recently held that a U.S. bankruptcy court is not required under principles of comity to blindly apply foreign law to assets located in the...more

European Commission reduces notification burden for more mergers

SUMMARY - The European Commission ("Commission") has announced its plans to both reshape the simplified merger notification process within the framework of the EUMR1 in order to extend the option of simplified...more

Paris Energy Series No. 8: Beware of the Boilerplate – The Risks of Standard-form Clauses in Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions

1. Introduction - When commercial agreements are negotiated, certain key terms are generally the subject of intense discussion. Once these terms have been agreed, there is a risk the ‘boilerplate’ provisions1 at the...more

Is payment of hire a condition: a long-standing controversy resolved

Kuwait Rocks Co v AMN Bulkcarriers Inc (The Astra) [2013] EWHC 865 (Comm) - On 18 April 2013, Flaux J handed down his judgment in Kuwait Rocks Co v AMN Bulkcarriers Inc (The Astra). The judgment provides long-awaited...more

New Changes to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act

On 16 March 2013, new regulations came into force in relation to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act. Enacted to incorporate a recent EU Directive, these new regulations introduce a maximum payment...more

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