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$5.3 million fine in Sunrise Propane case after joint prosecution under OHSA and EPA

Some cases illustrate very well the principle that “the more dangerous your operation, the more careful you must be”.  This case, involving a joint prosecution by the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Environment, is one of...more

General Court of the EU Upholds Cartel Fines of €131 Million Imposed on Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric, Dismisses Arguments Based...

By two judgments of January 19, 2015 (Case T-404/12 Toshiba v. Commission and Case T-409/12 Mitsubishi Electric v. Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) upheld the fines of €131 million imposed by the...more

Airfreight cartel decision grounded, sky-high fines annulled

On 16 December 2015, the General Court of the European Union overturned the European Commission’s 9 November 2010 Airfreight decision (Case C.39258) and, in doing so, annulled one of the largest fines imposed in EU...more

Global Cartel Enforcement 2015 Year in Review

Developing trends: Auto parts and financial services penalties dominated global enforcement fine totals in 2015. And while financial services will remain a focus for enforcers in 2016, several new antitrust...more

High Fines Continue to Provide “Additional Motivation” for I-9 Compliance

Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool...more

Regulatory Enforcement in the UK - A Retrospective on 2015. Can the Fines Get Any Bigger?

When the UK Financial Services Authority became the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in April 2013, we were told that this would herald a tougher and more intrusive style of regulation. The FCA’s enforcement record in the...more

Violation of ITC Consent Order Can Be Based on “Infringement” of Invalid Claims - DeLorme Publishing Co. et al. v. Int’l Trade...

Reviewing the International Trade Commission’s (ITC or Commission) finding of a violation of a consent order, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that a subsequent finding that the...more

GDPR Text Approved

On December, 17, 2015, following the announcement that European officials had agreed on the language of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR” or “Regulation”), the EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee...more

Agreement Reached On New EU Data Protection Laws and Major New Fines

European Union officials finally reached agreement this week on a new European data protection regulation (Regulation) that will essentially tear up existing European laws, introduce a brand new statutory regime and...more

Agreement reached on the GDPR

Earlier this month, we reported the progress of trilogue discussions on the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On 15 December 2015, almost four years after the legislative proposal was originally tabled...more

At long last . . . the EU General Data Protection Regulation negotiations have wrapped up

The EU has announced that the Commission, Parliament and Council have reached agreement on the final shape of the General Data Protection Regulation. The official version will be available early in 2016, but we will be...more

The CMA will see you now

On 3 December 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) wrote an open letter to private medical practitioners in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning against...more

SHE Matters: Swingeing Fines for Large organisations: Can they be avoided? - The Court of Appeal Decision in the Thames Water Case

In early June, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in an appeal against sentence brought by Thames Water Utilities Ltd. The company had been fined £250,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Environmental...more

FCA fines Barclays £72 million for poor handling of financial crime risks

FCA has fined Barclays Bank (Barclays) £72,069,400 for failing to minimise the risk of being used to facilitate financial crime. Barclays arranged and executed a £1.9 billion transaction which involved several ultra high net...more

LeBlanc Responds to Criticism of the FCC’s Enforcement Process

On November 25, FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc penned a blog post outlining the Commission’s enforcement process and touting the upward trend in recent years in collecting fines issued for violations of the...more

OSHA Fines May Increase More Than 80% In 2016

The recent budget Congress passed included a provision that allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to raise its fines, which has not been adjusted since 1990....more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Poland

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Upon a transfer of (or part of) an undertaking to another employer, employees are automatically transferred thereto. Consequently, the...more

June 29, 2015 Amendments to Article 183 of the Russian Criminal Code: Increased Liability for Disclosure of Trade Secrets in...

While Russia has long protected trade secrets through the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection and the Trade Secret Law, amendments to the Russian Criminal Code on June 29, 2015 now...more

OSHA Fines to Increase Dramatically

For the first time in 25 years, OSHA fines likely will be increasing. The change will take effect no later than August 1, 2016, and each year thereafter. A relatively obscure provision in the 2015 budget bill passed by...more

OSHA Penalties – After 25 Years There Will be an Increase

The new two-year bipartisan budget, signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, allows (in fact requires) OSHA to raise its citation penalties for the first time in 25 years. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three...more

The FAA (Re)Acts: Drone Registration, a Federal Task Force, and Hefty Fines

On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or “drone”) users to register...more

Focus on China - October 2015

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

Quick Guide to Trade Secrets

An overview of trade secrets, the critical business information that provides companies with a competitive edge. What are Trade Secrets? - Technical Information - Product formulas - Product designs ...more

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are: How Employee Movements Cause Major E-Discovery Risk

We lose things. Keys, phones, remotes. When I was a kid, if I told my mom that I couldn’t find something, she’d reply, “If I go in your room and find it, you’ll be in big trouble,” so I’d rush back in and look everywhere...more

New Abu Dhabi Real Estate Law - Abu Dhabi Law No 3 of 2015 Concerning the Regulation of the Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of...

The long-awaited real estate law aimed at regulating the real estate industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been released amid much enthusiasm with industry participants hoping it will give impetus to the real estate...more

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