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Enforcement Against Foreign Companies Arising from Amendments to Indonesian Competition Law Hinted at by Indonesian Business...

by Dentons on

The Chair of the Indonesian Business Competition Supervisory Commission (the KPPU), Syarkawi Rauf, has hinted at “taking action against foreign companies” that violate Indonesian Competition Law (Source: PaRR, 26 January...more

EU Retail News - February 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Do You Need to Appoint a Data Protection Officer in Your Organisation? Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any company that monitors individuals on a "large scale" or has "large scale" collections of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Digital Realty Trust this week, rejecting the SEC’s interpretation of the anti-retaliation provisions of Dodd-Frank. Specifically, the Court construed the provisions in accord...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Rejection of Inferences in Retiree Health Benefit Dispute

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision holding that that former employees of CNH Industrial N.V. were entitled to lifetime, vested healthcare benefits. The opinion, issued yesterday,...more

Infrastructure Series: Trump's Infrastructure Plan and the Future of Infrastructure Reform

by WilmerHale on

This is the inaugural issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. Over the next 10 weeks, our attorneys will share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United...more

GDPR Update: Sanctions (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR update, we address the sanctions supervisory authorities may impose on organisations that are non-compliant with the GDPR. ...more

Federal Circuit rules distribution agreement may be invalidating 'offer for sale'

by Dentons on

In a February 6, 2018, decision, a Federal Circuit panel reasoned that a pharmaceutical distribution agreement can qualify as an invalidating “offer for sale” under 35 USC section 102(b) when the terms of the agreement...more

Put It in the CBA: Supreme Court Once Again Finds Retiree Health Benefits Are Not Vested

On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States tackled another controversy from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding whether retiree medical benefits enjoyed by individuals who retired while a collective...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

US CFTC and UK FCA Sign Arrangement to Collaborate on FinTech Innovation - On February 19, The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") and the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") signed an arrangement that...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Public Companies’ Disclosure of Cyber-Attacks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated guidance to public companies this week on how and when they are to disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches. The SEC suggests that public companies should disclose...more

Deadline Looms for Companies to Meet GDPR Compliance

by Harris Beach PLLC on

The European Union’s (EU) comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) replaces the long-standing Data Privacy Directive 95/46-EC (Directive), regulates the collection, processing, and transfer of an...more

Revisions Proposed to the UK Corporate Governance Code: An Overview and Comparison with Aspects of US Corporate Governance

In December 2017, the UK Financial Reporting Council (the “FRC”) proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code. These revisions will impact companies with a Premium Listing of equity shares in the UK, which are...more

Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals

Back in the day--say, the last two decades of the twentieth century--we bankruptcy lawyers took it largely on faith that the right structural and contractual provisions purporting to confer bankruptcy-remoteness were...more

SEC Extends Deadline for Fund Compliance With Classification-Related Elements of Liquidity Risk Management Rule

This week, the SEC adopted an interim rule (the Interim Rule) delaying by six months the compliance dates for classification-related aspects of Liquidity Risk Management Program requirements pursuant to Rule 22e-4 (the Rule)...more

Issuers of Tokens Beware: Class Action Lawsuits Are Coming

by Polsinelli on

Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, were an extremely popular way of raising capital in exchange for crypto tokens in 2017 and have led to class action litigation in 2017 and 2018. While ICOs have been around since 2013, they...more

Wealth management: Meeting high client expectations

The wealth management landscape is constantly evolving. Today’s investors have high expectations, demanding anytime, anywhere access to accounts and information, while expecting frictionless speed of updates and requiring...more

Tax Reform's New Incentives for Investments in Low-Income Communities: Part 3 - Key Benefits for Investing Taxpayers and a Review...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Part 1 and Part 2 of this series of Holland & Knight alerts described a new tax incentive contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for investments in low-income communities designated as "Opportunity Zones." • In Part 3,...more

Holmes, Innovation & Compliance: Part V – The Digital Future

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my week-long exploration of the intersection of Sherlock Holmes, innovation and compliance by asking: is your compliance function ready for a digital future?...more

Recent Conference Highlights Cyber Risks and How to Protect Against the Same

On February 13-14, 2018, Advisen held a conference focused on exploring cyber risks and how companies can best move to address potential exposures. Below are key takeaways and trends discussed by the panelists....more

SEC Releases Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved the release of Interpretive Guidance relating to public company disclosures of cybersecurity risks and incidents. ...more

“Brother Thelonious” Monk’s Likeness Protectable Decades After Death

Earlier this month, a California federal judge kept alive a suit brought by the estate of famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk against North Coast Brewing Co. for trademark infringement and infringement of the right of...more

How to Avoid Litigation in Uncertain Times

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The shredding of the Cole memo last month leaves the cannabis industry in an uncertain regulatory environment. Industry-wide anxiety of this sort can sometimes breed business disputes that wind up in litigation. Besides...more

German Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Unfair Trading Practices

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Market-dominant and powerful companies in Germany are subject to a number of rules that are significantly broader and stricter than the European Union's, Article 102 AEUV, which prohibits the abuse of a...more

Mitigate Before you Litigate: Recovering Damages for Renovations Gone Wrong

by Field Law on

The Court will not always resolve a construction contract dispute against a contractor who clearly provided deficient work. If you have been wronged by a residential renovation that’s gone off the rails, or if you’re a...more

SEC Staff Grants a Closed-End Fund No-Action Relief Under Rule 486(b) Covering Securities Other Than Common Stock

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on February 14, 2018 issued a no-action letter (Letter) that would specifically permit the...more

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