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UK: Government announces International Sanctions Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government has set out plans in this week’s Queen’s Speech for a new International Sanctions Bill (the “Bill“) that aims to ensure that the UK will continue to meet its international sanctions policy obligations and...more

Our Cuba Sanctions Predictions: How Did We Do?

In our last post, we made a few cocky predictions about the new Trump Administration’s Cuba policy. We correctly asserted that the President would try to chart a narrow course between the Scylla of conservative Cuban-American...more

Obama to Trump: Before and After on Cuba

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, 16 June 2017, President Trump made his first major foray into U.S. - Cuban relations since assuming office. While it was a radical departure in tone from his predecessor, the changes he announced appear to leave...more

OFAC Enforcement Trends in the Health Care, Agriculture and Tech Industries

by Baker Donelson on

The United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. governmental agency tasked with administering and enforcing economic sanctions against hostile targets in furtherance of U.S....more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 8 – Joni Mitchell Lyrics from 40 Years Ago Foreshadow ESI Spoliation Battles of Today

by Butler Snow LLP on

While it is possible that with four decades of music, Joni Mitchell’s lyrics have been referenced in a court opinion before, I’d venture a guess that Ms. Mitchell has never made an appearance in an ESI case. That is, until...more

President Trump Announces Rollback on Obama-era Cuba Sanctions Easing

by Morgan Lewis on

Changes to unwind will not take effect until new regulations are issued. On June 16, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to revoke some—but not all—of the relaxations in Cuba sanctions initiated under former...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Policy Restricting Travel and Business with Military-Owned Entities

by Reed Smith on

On 16 June 2017, speaking to a crowd in Miami, Florida, President Trump announced a presidential policy directive strengthening sanctions against Cuba. President Trump stated the imposition of these sanctions was necessary to...more

New Russia Sanctions Legislation

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Senate passed this week a measure to codify, strengthen and expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its activities in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, interference in the U.S. Presidential election, and...more

Trump Recasts U.S.-Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, June 16, President Trump announced policy changes towards Cuba while speaking in Miami. Trump’s new policy directive reverses many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba. ...more

Senate Votes In Favor Of Russia Sanctions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to impose additional sanctions on Russia. The bill passed by an overwhelming majority, 98-2, with only Senator Rand Paul and Senator Bernie Sanders voting against it. ...more

Court Grants Motion for Terminating Sanctions Against Defendants for Intentional Spoliation: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Omnigen Research et. al. v. Wang et. al., No. 16-00268 (D. Oregon, May 23, 2017), Oregon District Judge Michael J. McShane granted the plaintiffs’ Motion for Terminating Spoliation Sanctions and agreed to issue an Order of...more

Qatar – Sanctions and Restrictions: What Has Happened, and What It Might Mean for You

by Reed Smith on

On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (the Blockading Countries) severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar. Since then, a number of other countries, including the Maldives and...more

Senate Bill Expands Sanctions on Russia and Iran

On June 15, 2017, the Senate passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) by a vote of 98-2. Included with the bill is a significant Russia sanctions amendment, the Countering Russian Influence...more

Supreme Court Says Attorney Fees Must Be Causally Linked to Misconduct

by Zapproved Inc. on

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406 (U.S. Apr. 18, 2017). The Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion resolving a split in the circuit courts about what attorney fees courts can award for misconduct...more

Secondary Sanctions Against North Korea Place Global Financial Firms at Risk

by WilmerHale on

As North Korea continues its provocative missile tests and nuclear activities, the United States appears poised to adopt secondary sanctions that would target Chinese and other firms conducting business with Pyongyang. Global...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities - June 2017

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between February 2017 and April 2017. The cases address developing trends in class actions, ERISA, fiduciary duties,...more

Just get on with it: more reasons to mediate (and a look at some of the excuses people use to avoid ADR)

by Dentons on

The courts can sanction parties who unreasonably refuse to mediate their dispute or who fail to mediate where it is appropriate. So why do some parties still plough on with litigation or arbitration proceedings? In this...more

Despite Parties’ “Significant Animosity”, Court Orders Them to Meet and Confer: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Elhannon LLC v. F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co., No. 2:14-cv-262 (D. Vermont, Apr. 18, 2017), Vermont District Judge William K. Sessions, III granted in part and denied in part the plaintiff’s renewed motion to compel,...more

A Federal Court’s Award Of Attorneys’ Fees As A Sanction For Bad-Faith Conduct Cannot Be Punitive

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Most practitioners are familiar with the federal sanction powers as codified in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (i.e., Rules 11, 26, 30 and 37). However, all federal courts also possess inherent sanction power that is...more

Court Orders Specific Discovery After Complete ‘Breakdown’ Between Parties

by Zapproved Inc. on

In Bird v. Wells Fargo, the Court Orders Specific Discovery After Process Breaks Down - Bird v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 16-1130 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2017). In this case, the discovery process broke down so completely...more

The Road Ahead for Cuba Policy

Questions continue to swirl around the future of U.S.-Cuba policy as recent reports of a Trump Administration plan to strengthen Cuba sanctions surfaced over the weekend. These reports should be assessed against the backdrop...more

Summaries of All Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases Decided Since Jun. 1, 2016

This paper is based on reports on precedential patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit distributed by Peter Heuser on a weekly basis. Please see full publication below for more information....more

A “Virtual” Home Is Not a Home: Court Sanctions Plaintiffs for “Reckless Disregard” in Deciding the Proper Forum for Their...

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Usually, one benefit of being a plaintiff is deciding in what forum to pursue litigation. Generally, even a foreign-based plaintiff may pursue litigation in a U.S. forum where a defendant may be found or in which there is a...more

Sanctions Penalty Reviewed By The D.C. Circuit Reversing $4M Penalty

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (“OFAC”) wide latitude to impose Iran sanctions, but it set aside a $4.07 million penalty against car accessory seller...more

Is the NCAA Out of Bounds on Academics?

An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question: Who is responsible for...more

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