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Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US Authorities End Quarter Full of Enforcement Actions with $8.9 Billion BNP Settlement - US and EU Make Numerous Ukraine-Related Designations as Separatist Aggression Continues - US...more

Ontario’s New Human Rights Policy

In mid-June, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a new policy entitled “The Policy on Preventing Discrimination Based on Mental Health Disabilities and Addictions” (the “Disability Policy”), which builds on the...more

New York State Legislature Approves Use of Medical Marijuana; Users to Be Considered "Disabled" Under State Human Rights Law

On June 20, 2014, the New York state legislature approved a bill that would allow patients to use marijuana for limited medical therapeutic purposes. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will not...more

H.R. 4842: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

On June 11, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4842, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

General Assembly Approves New Laws for Illinois Employers

As the legislative session drew to a close at the end of May, the Illinois General Assembly approved several new laws that will affect Illinois employers beginning January 1, 2015. The laws are now awaiting approval by...more

European Court Establishes “Right to be Forgotten” Online

Today’s decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that individuals enjoy the right to have truthful yet unflattering information about them “forgotten” from online search results is generating a great deal of...more

Africa Update - May 8, 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..UCC developments ..Proposed EU Framework for Customs Infringements and Sanctions - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..EU reduces additional...more

The Effect of Egypt's Broken Justice System on INTERPOL

The Egyptian justice system continues to suffer from the absence of basic due process, and we continue to see example after example of cases wherein defendants receive no protection from unfair trial proceedings. First, a...more

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Responsible for the Situation in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13664 (“EO 13664”) related to the situation in South Sudan and targeting those responsible for the conflict in that country. EO 13664 allows the United States to impose...more

Act Now Advisory: Unpaid Interns Now Afforded Same Discrimination Protections as Employees Under the New York City Human Rights...

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL"), giving unpaid interns the same anti-discrimination protections under the law as is available to employees. The...more

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...more

Maine Human Rights Commission Changes Process to Weed Out Weak Cases

In response to significant concerns about the timeliness of handling claims and the often unnecessary drain of going through the full process of responding to meritless Human Rights Commission claims, the Commission has...more

Human Rights Damages on the Rise?

In the Report of the Ontario Human Rights Review 2012, Andrew Pinto recommended that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario “reconsider its current approach to general damages awards in cases where discrimination is proven. The...more

Violation of Human Rights May Now Yield Additional Remedies in Abuse Cases

Ontario’s human rights legislation underwent various amendments in 2008. For the first time, a court deciding a civil lawsuit was allowed to order remedies for violation of human rights protected under the Human Rights Code....more

US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Foreign Companies May Be Sued in US Courts For Claims Unrelated To Their Activities In...

The United States Supreme Court earlier this month issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place in the U.S. In...more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: The US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Companies May Be Sued for Claims Unrelated to Their...

The US Supreme Court last week issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place. In Daimler A.G. v. Bauman, the...more

Guilt by Geolocation? Bulk SMS Intimidation of Protesters in Ukraine

Reports that the Ukrainian government may be tracking the movements of anti-government protesters using their cellphones raises a number of difficult questions for telecommunications providers operating in that country....more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: Court Again Rejects a “Sprawling View of General Jurisdiction”

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman held that Argentinian plaintiffs could not sue a German car manufacturer in California for human rights violations allegedly committed in Argentina. The...more

Africa Update - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - South...more

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers to Take Effect on March 15, 2014

On Oct. 25, 2013, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (the “NPC’s Standing Committee”) promulgated the Amendments to the Law on the Protections of the Rights and Interests of Consumers (the...more

Proposed Anti-Human Trafficking Rule Could Significantly Affect Contractor Compliance Programs

U.S. government contractors and subcontractors may need to comply with two new federal procurement rules proposed by the Obama administration to prevent the use of forced labor. Affected companies should review and...more

INTERPOL Begins 2014 Facing Calls for Reform from Both Human Rights and Conservative Organizations

As 2013 drew to a close, two very different organizations released their own reports, both of which addressed the need for reform within INTERPOL and its independent review body, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's...more

Agricultural Sector Companies Face Increased Scrutiny on Human Rights-Related Risks

Agricultural sector companies, and companies with large agricultural supply chains, face new scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders concerning human rights-related risks in their corporate supply chains. Key issues...more

Human Rights Obligations on Companies: Important Legal Developments

Introduction - The requirement that businesses take steps to ensure respect for human rights is no longer simply a matter of good governance and “soft” law. Companies involved in international businesses must comply...more

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