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NAIC Adopts Insurance Data Security Model Law

On October 24, 2017, during a joint meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Executive (EX) Committee and Plenary, the NAIC officially adopted the Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model Law) to...more

Residuals Clauses in IP Agreements and NDAs

A residuals clause is a provision in an IP agreement or non-disclosure agreement stipulating that if a party learns some general information regarding the other party’s IP while working with the other party, the party...more

NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act Passes in the House

On October 11, 2017, the House of Representatives passed bill H.R. 2105, the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act (NIST Act), which would require the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology...more

10/19/2017  /  Cybersecurity , NIST , Small Business

House Passes SELF DRIVE Act

The US House of Representatives passed the ‘‘Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act,’’ or the ‘‘SELF DRIVE Act’’ on September 6. As stated in the act, the purpose of the law is to...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Case: Carpenter v. United States

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in Carpenter v. United States, a case in which the court will assess and decide the extent of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against a warrantless...more

Potential Legislation on the Horizon Following Major Data Breaches

In the wake of several major data breaches over the last several months, new data security and data breach notification bills have been introduced in the US Congress, and others may also be in progress....more

India: Foreign Investment Promotion Board Abolished

The Union Cabinet approves abolition of the FIPB—a move consistent with the Indian government’s ongoing efforts to increase the ease of doing business in the country....more

Reserve Bank of India Further Relaxes Rules on Foreign Direct Investment in LLPs

The RBI Second Amendment removes certain restrictions regarding LLP activities. On 3 March 2017, the Reserve Bank of India notified the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident...more

IP Agreements: Don’t Forget the Feedback Clause

A feedback clause generally gives the recipient of feedback ownership or license rights to ideas, know-how, improvements, or suggestions that the recipient might receive from another party. Feedback clauses are typically...more

Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act Introduced in US Congress

On February 15, the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act) was introduced by a bipartisan group of US Congress members. Designed to enact comprehensive rules for both government agencies and commercial service...more

How to Comply with the Consumer Review Fairness Act

In January 2015, we wrote about California’s ban on nondisparagement clauses in consumer contracts under the “Yelp” Bill. A new law, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, covers nondisparagement clauses in a similar vein at the...more

FTC Case Will Test Its Power in IoT Space

A recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against an internet of things (IoT) device manufacturer in the Northern District of California is a significant development in the IoT space and data security law. The...more

Update: Email Privacy Act Passes House, Again

By voice vote on February 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act that would, among other things, require the federal government to obtain a warrant before compelling service providers to hand over...more

Amendment Protocol to the India-Singapore Tax Treaty Inked

Capital gains on alienation of shares to be taxable by India. The India-Mauritius tax treaty was amended by way of a protocol signed by the two countries on May 10, 2016—marking a landmark shift in India’s taxation...more

1/6/2017  /  Capital Gains , India , Singapore , Tax Treaty

It’s a Wrap – The Year in India That Was

Key developments in the Indian legal landscape in 2016 - From the Startup India campaign launched in January 2016 to the coming into force of substantial provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in December 2016,...more

California Bans Nondisparagement Clauses in Consumer Contracts

The “Yelp” Bill impacts any entity or person doing business with consumers in California. Those who are fans of writing product or service reviews for sites such as Yelp will be pleased that California law just made it much...more

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