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US Courts Affirm Expansive Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782

International litigants continue to rely on 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in disputes with US-based parties. While the statute was considered relatively obscure not long ago, it is now an important and frequently-used tool to obtain...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Contribution Claim

This interesting decision both explains the conspiracy theory of jurisdiction and upholds an equitable contribution claim by the company required to advance fees to a director to have the director’s companies contribute...more

Employee Assigned to Charlotte Operation But Working in South Carolina Cannot File North Carolina Comp Claim

Employers in cities like Charlotte that straddle state lines sometimes face interesting questions about the applicability of which state’s laws to their employment decisions. An employee may live in South Carolina, commute to...more

FOS feeds back on complaints obligations for NFP

FOS has published its feedback statement to responses on its consultation on amendments to its standard terms affecting businesses subject to the voluntary jurisdiction (see FReD 21 August 2015). The responses received were...more

Ruling on UK Executive’s Lawsuit Involving U.S.-Based Stock Option Plan

English executives employed by multinational companies often have a contract of employment with the company’s UK subsidiary, but may also participate in a separate bonus or share option plan that contains foreign (e.g., U.S.)...more

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...more

Court Rules That Procedural Law Is Synonymous With the Law of the Seat Arbitration

A recent decision of the English Commercial Court (Shagang South -Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd v Daewoo Logistics [2015] EWHC 194 (Comm)) addresses a potential ambiguity in poorly drafted dispute resolution clauses. In...more

No Distinction to be Made Between Foreign Commercial and Administrative Law Awards for Exequatur in France

France has had a dual jurisdictional system since the 19th century. On the one hand, the administrative courts have jurisdiction to hear most disputes which involve public entities and, on the other hand, the judicial courts...more

Consumer Rights Act 2015: Private Actions for Breaches of Competition Law – Overview of the New Regime

The entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA15”) on 1 October 2015 sees the overhaul of the private enforcement regime in England & Wales. The CRA15, which amends both the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise...more

The New Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sports

The Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to become fully operational in October 2015. The CAS will have mandatory jurisdiction over all administrative disputes arising in relation to sports federations,...more

The Sofa Workshop v Sofaworks - Intellectual Property Enterprise Court considers requirements for genuine use of a CTM

The UK's Intellectual Property Enterprise Court recently handed down its judgment in The Sofa Workshop Ltd v Sofaworks Ltd. The case highlights the difficulties that the international nature of Community trade marks (“CTMs”)...more

Oregon Federal Court Finds Arbitration Agreement In CGL Policy Invalid

Plaintiff, Technical Security Integration, Inc., a Washington company, sold certain security and surveillance equipment and services. It hired Corey Tharp as a sales associate in Oregon, to tap his connections to that state’s...more

Federal Circuit Review | September 2015

Federal Circuit Remands Record Damages Award For New Trial On Extraterritorial Sales - In Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., Appeal No. 2014-1492, the Federal Circuit reversed a damages award...more

Illinois Supreme Court Says School District’s Subject to Municipal Zoning

On September 24, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court reaffirmed the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” in holding that Community High School District No. 155’s bleacher construction project is subject to and must...more

Illinois Federal Court “Sanctions” Fraudulent Joinder of Pharmacies

We learned a new word the other day while watching TV: Autoantonym. An autoantonym is a word that means one thing, but it also means the opposite. The word is its own antonym, and it is remarkably easy to think of examples...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19359 - Persels & Associates, LLC v. Banking Commissioner - Noting that it has generally been the policy of the Courts to defer to the Legislature, especially as to the...more

The CHRO Complaint Process Needs A Reboot

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities from both attorneys and clients. And I’ve come to one conclusion: The CHRO Complaint Procedure needs a...more

SEC Again Rejects Constitutional Challenges to Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

The Securities and Exchange Commission again rejected constitutional challenges to the use of administrative enforcement proceedings presided over by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”). The Commission’s September 17, 2015...more

Federal Circuit Enforces Arbitration Award, Rejects Foreign Sovereign’s Immunity Challenge

In 1973, Chevron and Ecuador signed an agreement allowing Chevron to develop oil fields in Ecuador. Years later, litigation ensued and eventually Chevron commenced an arbitration action before a tribunal in the Hague. Ecuador...more

Practical guidance on drafting and negotiating commodities contracts: Focus on Chinese counterparties with emphasis on successful...

It is inevitable that some commodity trades end in dispute, particularly in current markets where prices are generally low and have been falling. This may happen in any jurisdiction, although this article focuses on China and...more

NLRB Ruling on Northwestern Football Players Highlights Need for Congressional Action on College Sports

In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or "the Board") unanimously ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to decide whether college football players at Northwestern University are "employees" under the National Labor...more

Transfer Motion Is Denied

Instead of applying admittedly neutral Jumara factor arguments, Defendants urge the court to transfer instead based on the singular fact that the Maryland court had rendered a decision on a related patent and, thus, any forum...more

Back to school – the last year in patents: September 2015

The vexed question of how to enforce second medical use patents has dominated the headlines in the last half year. The case of Warner-Lambert v Actavis1 in the English High Court highlighted the serious difficulties...more

FATCA Update: Treasury Relaxes September 30 Deadline for Model 1 IGA Jurisdictions to Exchange Tax Information

With less than two weeks remaining until many countries are required to exchange tax information with the U.S. pursuant to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the U.S. has agreed to provide partner jurisdictions...more

Is It Time To Revisit One's Estate Plan?

It can be hard enough to realize the value of an estate plan. Those who realize such value can still fall into the trap of believing that such a plan is a "one and done" proposition, a set of documents that only needs to be...more

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