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Court Confirms Power to Partially Enforce a Foreign Arbitration Award

The recent decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Aircraft Support Industries Pty Ltd v William Hare UAE LLC [2015] NSWCA 229 ('Aircraft Support Industries') confirms that Australian courts have power to partially...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues First-Ever Guidance on “Unfair Methods of Competition”

Section 5 of the 1914 Federal Trade Commission Act declares that “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” are unlawful. The Act also empowers the Commission to prevent persons, partnerships, and corporations...more

China’s International and Domestic Climate Change Policies: An Overview Leading up to Paris

In June, China submitted its climate policy pledges to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC” or “Convention”) for the December 2015 Paris Climate Conference (“COP 21” or the “2015 Paris...more

FTC Issues First Statement of Enforcement Under Section 5 in 101 Years

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), by a 4-1 vote, approved a bipartisan “Statement of Enforcement Principles” (“Statement of Enforcement”),[1] which purports to shed light on the...more

"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods...more

Whistleblower Must Identify the Law, Rule, or Regulation Violated by the Employer Prior to the Summary Judgment Stage, District...

The U.S. District Court of New Jersey recently reaffirmed that under New Jersey’s whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), a plaintiff asserting that her employer’s conduct is incompatible with a...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Franchisee Keeps Case in Home Court Despite Forum Selection Clause

Rob & Bud's Pizza ("R&B") is a Papa Murphy's franchisee and owns and operates multiple Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza restaurants in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. In April 2014, R&B and other Papa Murphy's franchisees...more

Antitrust Development: FTC Releases New Statement of Enforcement Principles for Unfair Methods of Competition Under Section 5 of...

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Statement of Enforcement Principles for “Unfair Methods of Competition” claims brought under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Section 5 empowers the FTC to challenge...more

What Does the Trademark Registration Say?

Remember a while back when many were humming to the tune “What Does the Fox Say“? Today, I’m asking, what does the trademark registration say? Not, what does the trademark say — that is a different and more complicated...more

California Supreme Court Permits Restitution Claim By Insurer Against Independent Counsel

In its recent decision in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. J.R. Marketing, L.L.C., — (Cal. Aug. 10, 2015), the Supreme Court of California had occasion to consider an insurer’s right to reimbursement from Cumis counsel for...more

"Wake up, England!"* - The UK’s 2015 Productivity Plan

*The title usually given to a speech by the Prince of Wales (later King George V) on 5 December 1901, when just back from a tour of the British Empire, as the Empire’s clarion call to England, the "mother country". In July,...more

Retaliation claims can sink an employer

Retaliation claims of any variety are potentially explosive for employers. Nothing angers jurors, courts or governmental agencies like an employee’s accusation they were fired in retaliation for exercising their rights or...more

Court Declines To Declare “S” Corporation Shareholders’ Agreement Unenforceable

In general, shareholders of a corporation that has elected to be taxed under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code are taxed on corporate profits regardless of whether the corporation makes any distribution of those...more

Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial...

On June 9, 2015, six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) in accordance with...more

Liberalization of Policy on E-Commerce from Shanghai Free Trade Zone to All of China: Allows Complete Foreign Ownership in...

On June 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated a new policy, Opinions on Lifting Restrictions on the Foreign Equity Ratio for Online Data Processing and Transaction Processing...more

July Congressional Committee Hearings on Health Policy Issues

Congressional committees continue to hold hearings on various health policy topics, including the following: ..A Senate Finance Committee hearing today focused on “Reviewing HealthCare.gov Controls.” ..The House...more

Employment Flash - July 2015

The July 2015 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including: the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that job applicants need only show that a religious accommodation was a factor in denying employment to...more

Standing in the Shoes or Freeing Evil Zombies? The Public Policy of Applying the In Pari Delicto Defense to Actions Brought by a...

In pari delicto is an equitable defense asserted when a defendant claims that a plaintiff is equally at fault for the wrong that has befallen him. The doctrine is “rooted in the common-law notion that a plaintiff’s recovery...more

Australian Court Follows International Best Practice in Enforcing Commercial Arbitration Award

Australian courts have now overwhelmingly adopted a pro-enforcement approach to commercial arbitral awards, both international and domestic. Two recent decisions of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Colin Joss & Co...more

New York Court Enforces Voluntary Payment Provision

In its recent decision in SI Venture Holdings, LLC v. Catlin Specialty Insurance, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89925 (S.D.N.Y. July 10, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to...more

Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Bid to Curb Insureds’ Assignments to Contractors

Many property insurance policies contain terms that prohibit assignment, but Florida law has long deemed those terms inoperative once a loss has occurred. E.g., W. Fla. Grocery Co. v. Teutonia Fire Ins. Co., 74 Fla. 220...more

Alberta Announces More Stringent GHG Emission Regulations and Climate Change Policy Review Panel

In her first major policy announcement since taking office five weeks ago, Alberta’s Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced today that Alberta’s primary GHG regulation will be renewed and updated. The...more

Third Circuit Holds That Under Pennsylvania Law An Insured Against Whom Punitive Damages Have Been Imposed May Not Recover Those...

As a matter of public policy, Pennsylvania (like a number of other states) prohibits insuring against punitive damages. But what happens if an insurer refuses to settle a case against a policyholder within policy limits and...more

New York Rejects Florida Non-Competition Law As Against Public Policy

In a blow to New York employers who wish to enforce restrictive covenants under other state law, the New York Court of Appeals recently held that the Florida choice of law provision in an employment agreement was...more

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