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Corporate Liability

New tax evasion facilitation offences in force 30 September 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Two new corporate criminal offences come into force on 30 September 2017. The new offences can make a company criminally liable if it fails to prevent the facilitation of UK or non-UK tax evasion by an employee, agent or...more

Cardiac Arrest: A CEO’s Story of Criminal Jeopardy

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When an executive becomes embroiled in a dispute with an employer, the executive tends to take it personally. And when the executive’s conflict is with the government, the executive’s sense of outrage ratchets up even more....more

Canadian Government Suspends Private Right of Action Under Anti-Spam Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In an order dated June 2, 2017, the Canadian government indefinitely suspended a key provision in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017. While CASL initially came into force in...more

Court Opinion on Liability for Re-Exports to Iran Spurs Practical Guidance for U.S. Exporters

by Perkins Coie on

A recent federal appeals court decision addresses a familiar issue for many companies: When can a U.S. exporter be liable for a product that is re-exported to a sanctioned country, such as Iran? This update summarizes the...more

US Supreme Court limits scope of venue for patent infringement litigation

by Dentons on

In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, 2017 WL 2216934 (May 22, 2017), the United States Supreme Court narrowed the choice of venue for patent infringement cases, overturning the Federal Circuit’s...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Venue in Patent Infringement Cases

In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC,1 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that "residence" for venue purposes in patent infringement cases...more

Indiana Enacts New Telemarketing Statute

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law a telemarketing statute that will significantly affect the way in which telemarketers conduct business within the State....more

Corporate criminal liability risk increases for financial services

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017, which received Royal Assent last week, contains the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010 and one of the most significant overhauls of money laundering...more

Shareholder Liability a Cause for Concern for Private Equity Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The global regulatory environment has become increasingly challenging for private equity in recent years. In our view, this trend will continue as politicians in the UK and elsewhere seek new tools to hold business...more

Kimpton Data Breach Decision Highlights Lingering Confusion on Standing Issues

When data thieves steal payment card data, consumers suffer no legally cognizable injuries. Card issuers absorb the fraudulent charges and replace the affected cards. Because fraudulent charges are not billed to consumers,...more

The Supreme Court Considers Whether Companies Can Be on the Hook for Human Rights Violations Under the Alien Tort Statute

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to address the question of whether companies can be liable in federal court for human rights violations under a 1789 law. Most appeals courts that have considered this question found...more

The Supreme Court - April, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248: Damiana Ochoa filed a discrimination charge against petitioner McLane Co. when she was terminated after...more

Alien Tort Case Development: The U.S. Supreme Court Will Review the Question of Corporate Liability

On Monday, April 3, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by plaintiffs in Jesner v. Arab Bank, No. 16-499. The case may once and for all determine whether companies are appropriate...more

Potential Liability for Design Defect in Use of Button Cell Batteries

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A recent Report and Recommendation by a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania may serve as a warning to companies that manufacture and supply products containing button...more

New Administrative Penalties Against Individuals and Private Companies as Part of Mexico's Fight Against Corruption

by White & Case LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Mexico's new General Law on Administrative Accountability will take effect, imposing serious penalties on individuals and private companies that violate it, and requiring companies to adopt and implement...more

Franchising and virtual reality and augmented reality – what legal issues you need to be considering now

by Dentons on

With predictions that Virtual Reality arcades may be a new trend, the time has come for franchisors to seriously consider the impact on franchising of the growth in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Although...more

[Webinar] Keeping Up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Update on Recent CPSC Developments - March 29th, 12:00pm EST

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

With the complexity of today’s product safety regulatory environment and the civil penalty amounts for failure to report safety hazards, it is more important than ever for manufacturers and retailers to identify and resolve...more

SEC Speaks 2017

by Morgan Lewis on

Commission staff highlight key developments and successes in the SEC enforcement program. As they do every year, senior officials from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission), including current...more

Incident Response: The Increasing Risks to Corporate Legal Departments

The consequences of a data breach reached new heights last week when Yahoo announced the resignation of its General Counsel in response to a series of security incidents the company suffered. A more fulsome explanation of...more

Important Changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Laws governing Michigan nonprofit corporations underwent an extensive facelift several years ago, the effects of which are still being felt today. Below is a summary of some key amendments to the Michigan Nonprofit...more

Bass, Berry & Sims Releases Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC announces the release of its annual "Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead," a high-level report that covers recent developments and offers best practices for the year ahead. The newly...more

Virtual legality: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - legal issues

by Dentons on

With Newsweek predicting that 2017 will be shaped by Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)1 Dentons, as part of its on-going TechTalk series, thought it was timely to examine the legal issues associated with this...more

Shareholder Liability For Corporate Income Tax?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Limited Liability - In general, the creditors of a corporation cannot recover the corporation’s debts from its shareholders—the shareholders enjoy the benefit of limited liability protection as a matter of state law....more

TC Heartland v. Kraft: Awaiting a 2017 Supreme Court Decision with Potentially Significant Implications for Patent Litigation

by King & Spalding on

Patent litigation continues to be concentrated in a small number of venues. Of the 4530 patent cases filed in 2016, for example, patentees chose the Eastern District of Texas more than one third of the time (1661 cases). In...more

Business and Human Rights in Foreign Operations: The Stakes Just Got Bigger

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canadian courts took another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. In a January 26, 2017,...more

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