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Notify the ATO of Your Water Rights: Foreign Register of Water Entitlements is Now in Place

by K&L Gates LLP on

As of 1 July 2017, foreign persons must now register their interests in relevant water entitlements with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The Water Register has been combined with the existing register of foreign...more

Ride Sharing App Lyft Hit With TCPA Claim Based on Marketing Partner

by Reed Smith on

Lyft, Inc. was hit with a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) this month. The plaintiffs allege that Lyft is liable for text messages sent by Jobcase, Inc., Lyft’s marketing agency....more

The Reform On Tap Act of 2018…Making Maryland Craft Brewing Great Again!

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

After listening to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s press conference on November 20, 2017, at which he unveiled his newly proposed legislation, entitled “The Reform On Tap Act of 2018”, it seemed clear that the theme of...more

Facilitation payments no longer permissible under Canadian anti-corruption law

by DLA Piper on

Canada's repeal of the "facilitation payments" exception in its foreign anti-corruption law widens the rift between the United States, which permits such payments, and the majority of other countries, which prohibit them....more

GDPR Update: Transfer of Personal Data (outside the EEA) (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR update, we will address the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). ...more

Recoverability of adjudication costs: "Can't hear Lulu no more"

by DLA Piper on

In this series we have already looked at Lulu v Mulalley and Wes Futures v Allen Wilson, following which we predicted that, while parties to adjudication would attempt to use the Late Payment Act to recover their costs of...more

The Delta Report: Regulators begin Volcker Rule review, signaling potential for needed clarifications

by White & Case LLP on

Broadly, the Volcker Rule prevents insured depository institutions, their parent holding companies and foreign banks that have US subsidiary banks or US banking offices, as well as the affiliates or subsidiaries of any of the...more

Key Considerations in Maximizing a Celebrity Brand

A celebrity should maximize the value of their brand by strategically monetizing every aspect of it. For example, one who becomes famous through the recording industry would consider a career in front of and behind a...more

Wastewater Disposal for Craft Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last month, a local brewery was informed by the Water & Sewer Commission in its town that its wastewater contained more pollutants than was originally anticipated. Then last week, news broke that the brewery and the...more

Can I change the rules to my sweepstakes? 12 questions you should ask

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A few months ago, I received a call from the sponsor of a relatively standard sweepstakes. He told me that the sweepstakes had started a month ago and was to continue for another month. He then told me that during the first...more

Automotive Supplier Industry Experts Convene in Detroit and Share 2018 Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) held its 19th Annual Conference this week in suburban Detroit under the theme: “The Industry’s New Landscape.” And while much of the day was devoted to autonomous vehicle...more

Did you hear about the statistician who drowned in a lake with an average depth of two feet?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

I was reminded of this question, often posed by my dad to remind me not to become a slave to statistics, by two dramatic things that happened last week. On the one hand, at the IAM 2017 Patent Law and Policy conference in...more

Cannes Brick and Mortar Retail in the United States Make a Comeback?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

2017 MAPIC Conference in Cannes, France - Last week, a contingent from Goulston & Storrs attended the annual MAPIC conference in Cannes (pronounced “Can”), France for the seventh consecutive year. We expected to field...more

Indirect Purchasers Cannot Sue Qualcomm Under Federal Law, But State Law Claims Survive

A federal judge in California has refused to allow indirect purchasers of semiconductor chips—i.e., cell phone consumers—to bring claims against Qualcomm under federal antitrust law....more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: California Card Club Clubbed by FinCEN for AML Violations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Post at a glance: • FinCEN imposes $8 million penalty against California’s biggest and oldest card club • Club failed to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program and failed to detect,...more

The Delta Report: MiFID II/MiFIR – Outlook into 2018

by White & Case LLP on

Commodity Position Limits (Article 57 of MiFID II/RTS 21) - 28 September 2017 – ESMA and the national competent authorities ("NCAs") published an updated work plan for the opinions on pre-trade transparency waivers and...more

Federal Income Tax Alert - BIG Changes in IRS Partnership Tax Audit Rules Coming in 2018

by GableGotwals on

Changes in federal tax law taking effect in 2018 will change procedure and shift liability for federal income tax determined to be due in Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) audits of partnerships. Partnership agreements,...more

Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for October 2017. Please see full...more

Don't Ignore Privacy and Data Security: Pre-Deal and Negotiation Considerations for Buyers in Merger and Acquisition Transactions

Almost all parties are required to exchange personal data as part of a merger and acquisition transaction. With data breaches on the rise, any buyer in a M&A transaction cannot afford to ignore privacy and data security...more

The Hidden Risks of MOFCOM’s Simplified Procedure

Three years ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a simplified merger review procedure to reduce the review time for transactions that do not pose significant competitive or industrial policy concerns in...more

Sales Commission Agreements Can Limit Potential Liability

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A manufacturing company’s sales employee successfully convinces a new customer to purchase a commercial cooler. Under the employee’s sales commission plan, she receives a commission of 2% of the price of the cooler and any...more

Long-Time Reinsurance Attorney Ruled Not Qualified To Arbitrate 9/11 World Trade Center Reinsurance Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

An attorney with “considerably more than ten years’ experience of insurance and reinsurance law” has been deemed unqualified to arbitrate a reinsurance dispute stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the...more

Consumer credit – walking the regulatory tightrope

by White & Case LLP on

Subprime and near prime lending have been subject to intense regulatory scrutiny during the aftermath of the financial crisis. The global economic crisis that took hold in 2007 has largely been attributed to the widespread...more

Tasting Notes: When Alcohol Goods and Services Descriptions Matter

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On December 11, I will be presenting a CLE on Brewery and Distillery Law, discussing trademark issues affecting breweries and distilleries. One of the topics that I’ll spend some time on during that presentation – and one...more

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