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Don't Lien on Me: Identification and Mitigation of Maritime Lien Risks in Marine Lease/Loan Transactions

by King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC on

Due to their increasing size, specialization and technological sophistication, today’s vessels present attractive “big-ticket” financing opportunities. However, commercial vessels, regardless of type, will inevitably incur...more

Alberta’s Balancing Pool Confirms Right to Terminate Keephills Power Purchase Agreement

Following ENMAX Energy Corporation’s (ENMAX) successful application to obtain a mandatory injunction against the Balancing Pool of Alberta (as reported in our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench...more

Government Actions are Not Protected Speech Under California Anti-SLAPP Law - Appellate Opinion Stems from Disputed Construction...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a government entity issues a construction permit, that is government action not protected by California’s anti-SLAPP law — which extends only to constitutionally protected exercises such as “free speech” — the California...more

Regulation in 2018: What’s your compliance approach?

Even by recent standards, 2018 should be quite a year for regulation. How will those on the data management front-line ensure compliance with EU Benchmarks Regulation, MiFID II, FRTB, GDPR or PRIIPs in a cost-efficient way?...more

When Does A Business Dispute That Involves A Third Party Remain “Internal” For Purposes Of An Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practice...

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The North Carolina Business Court has issued several opinions this year that examine the contours of the “internal business affairs” doctrine. As we have explained in prior posts, North Carolina courts have recognized that...more

Third Circuit Continues the Marathon Battle Over Delaware’s Escheat Law

by Alston & Bird on

On December 4, 2017, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Delaware federal district court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims in Marathon Petroleum Corp., et al. v. Cook. The court held that the plaintiffs did in...more

eDiscovery and the GDPR: Ready or Not, Here it Comes, Part Four: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...In preparing for GDPR, all companies should start by doing the following: Determine Their Role Under the GDPR: Any organization that decides on why and how personal data is processed is essentially a “data controller”,...more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Top Considerations for Companies Engaging in Political Expression

by Perkins Coie on

We all know to avoid the topic of politics with family and friends at the holidays, but in recent months, American companies and the CEOs who lead them have spoken publicly on social and political issues like never before....more

Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China has had strong anti-corruption laws for many years. On 1 January 1980, the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC Criminal Law”), containing the criminal offences of bribery and corruption, came into...more

Article 29 Working Party Publishes Privacy Shield Review: Better, But Needs Work

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy released the results of their first review of the EU-US Privacy Shield on Wednesday (6 December 2017). The WP29 has...more

When the Well-Intentioned Holiday Gift Crosses the Line

Sending the wrong gift to the wrong person could leave a company facing bribery charges. During the holiday season, we naturally want to acknowledge and thank our clients and vendors. Today, however, with stricter...more

Does Coty really mean that I can ban sales through online marketplaces?

by Bryan Cave on

In what is being hailed as landmark case in distribution law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the ‘CJEU’) on 6 December 2017 gave a judgment confirming that luxury goods suppliers can ban sales through online...more

Tax Reform Passes The Next Hurdle -- The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

Blockchain & Transportation: Home Run or Hype?

by Benesch on

Technology has increasingly served a critical—and sometimes transformational—role for providers and commercial users of transportation and logistics services. Automation, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, mobile...more

La Rupture Conventionnelle Collective

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

L’ordonnance nº 2017- 1387 du 22 septembre 2017 introduit la « rupture conventionnelle collective » dans le Code du travail qui entrera en vigueur dès la publication des décrets d’application, et au plus tard le 1er janvier...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds that Former Employee Breached Non-Compete Agreement Through Actions of His Subordinates

by Butler Snow LLP on

In November 2017, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a Nashville trial court’s determination that a former employee violated his noncompete agreement by managing employees who solicited competing business in the restricted...more

Prop. 65 Point-of-Sale Warnings Expiring for BPA in Food and Beverage Products

by Bryan Cave on

The California Proposition 65 regulation allowing a point-of-sale warning for bisphenol-A (BPA) in food and beverage products expires on December 30, 2017. After that date, retailers and manufacturers likely cannot rely on...more

InterConnect - Fall 2017

by Benesch on

Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

Year-End Public Company Reporting Update

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

With Halloween and Thanksgiving, thoughts naturally turn to year end reporting obligations. Here’s a brief summary of some changes in reporting requirements that will affect U.S. public companies in the coming year, as well...more

Operating Agreement Defeats Statutory Buyout Rights Upon LLC Member’s Withdrawal

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the tsunami of LLC enabling statutes swept the U.S. in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including New York in 1994, many included a default rule authorizing as-of-right member withdrawal and payment for the “fair value” of...more

Less Than Two Weeks Before Trial, District Court Judge In Utica V. Fireman’s Fund Rules On Motions In Limine

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerns an action filed by Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica) against its reinsurer, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (FFIC) seeking to enforce certain reinsurance contracts against FFIC with respect to...more

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