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Caveat contractors: Under new California law, general contractors will be on the hook for unpaid subcontractor wages

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Enacted by California state legislators in September and effective for contracts entered on or after January 1, 2018, A.B. 1701 makes direct contractors (defined as those with a direct contractual relationship with a project...more

Group liability for Data Protection Failure – A New Threat for Private Equity Firms?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As European data protection regulators prepare to enforce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from May 2018, private equity firms must act to minimise the risk of becoming financially liable for the data protection...more

Retroactive Corporate Liability for Human Rights Abuses

New UK asset forfeiture law empowers prosecutors to seize assets held by companies that have unknowingly benefited from, or assisted, gross human rights abuses—even in the past. The new law creates potential corporate...more

Insuring Autonomous Vehicles in the Fabulous New

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Blade Runner 2049, Nexus-9 replicant Luv asks the LAPD’s Lieutenant Joshi, “In the face of the fabulous new your only thought is to kill it? For fear of great change? You can't hold the tide with a broom.”...more

Does Your U.S. Company Pull Data From European Citizens? Fall In Line with GDPR by May 2018 or Suffer Substantial Fines

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

The European Union (“EU”) has enacted a strict, comprehensive framework of security regulations aimed to protect its citizens. These regulations, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), provide a blueprint...more

More than just new warnings: important changes in Prop 65 liability allocation take effect August 2018

by DLA Piper on

Companies that sell products, foods or beverages in California or that manufacture, supply or distribute products sold in California should review important new Proposition 65 regulations carefully and be sure to examine...more

Significant Revisions to China’s Commercial Bribery Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China clarifies the scope of its commercial bribery law, which has important implications for companies and individuals doing business in China. Key Points: The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has...more

A binding treaty on business and human rights? Still a way to go.

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week (23-27 October 2017), the third round of negotiations on a binding international treaty on business and human rights concluded.  In this post we consider what (if any) progress has been made and what the sticking...more

Alternatives to prosecution in an age of global enforcement - Global alternatives to prosecution when a corporate is facing a...

by White & Case LLP on

Businesses are increasingly becoming global, and so are enforcement actions in response to alleged corporate wrongdoing around the world. The harsh reality is that wherever there is potential corporate criminal wrongdoing,...more

New corporate criminal offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion

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A new criminal offence of corporate failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion came into force on 30 September 2017. Having reasonable prevention procedures in place is an organisation's only defence to the offence....more

Jurisdiction and parent company liability – Court of Appeal keeps door ajar for extra-territorial human rights related claims

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The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in a landmark case on jurisdiction and parent company liability (Lungowe and Ors. v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1528). The judgment...more

Jesner v Arab Bank: corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute?

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All eyes are once again on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as it turns its attention to the application of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to companies accused of complicity in human rights violations committed...more

Corporate Liability and the Alien Tort Statute: Highlights from the Oral Arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank

On Wednesday, October 11, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank. The case may once and for all determine whether companies are appropriate defendants in cases filed pursuant to the Alien Tort...more

Doing Business in Canada

This Guide provides non-Canadians with an introduction to the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada and, in particular, in the province of Ontario. In some cases, this Guide also identifies issues...more

Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations

by Polsinelli on

Following recent precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court limited the circumstances in which a non-resident corporate defendant can be subject to suit in Illinois on claims with no connection to the...more

Data Processor GDPR Checklist

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A major change with the GDPR is that data processors now have direct legal obligations under EU privacy law. This is a significant shift from the current EU Directive which only directly obligates the data controllers....more

Financial crime and investigations update for UK corporates

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The law and practice relating to financial crime and investigations is evolving fast. In the past 18 months we have seen two new Acts aimed at combatting financial crime (including the creation of two new corporate criminal...more

Sixth Circuit Expands Air Carrier Liability Under the Montreal Convention: How Should Air Carriers Respond?

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In Doe v. Etihad Airways, No. 16-1042 (6th Cir. Aug. 30, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit radically altered the scope of an air carrier’s liability under the Montreal Convention, the...more

Criminal justice: How best to stop economic crime

by WilmerHale on

Speaking at the 35th annual Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Robert Buckland QC MP, the Solicitor General for England and Wales, and David Green QC, Director of the SFO, addressed the question, “Preventing...more

Filed v. Furnished, What’s the Difference?

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When disclosing information in a filing with the SEC, it is important to know whether such disclosure and any related exhibits should be "filed" or "furnished". To non-lawyers, this may seem like semantics or another...more

Alert: Legislature Enacts Changes to Business Corporations Law

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Just before the end of its Spring 2017 term, the Connecticut General Assembly passed HB7311. After the Governor signed HB7311, it became Public Act 17-108 (“P.A. 17-108” or the “Act”). Among other things, P.A. 17-108 enacted...more

Indonesia – The Fight Against Corruption Targets Companies

by K&L Gates LLP on

Indonesia’s fight against systemic public sector corruption commenced in earnest following the Asian Financial Crisis and the subsequent fall of President Suharto’s reign. As a condition of the bail out package received in...more

Municipalities Can Be Held Liable for the Actions (and Words) of Their Officials

Much like a business corporation, a municipality can only act through its employees. A municipal official may inadvertently (or advertently) make representations regarding municipality business, leading to unintended...more

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Holds Management Companies of Long-Term Care Facilities May Be Vicariously Liable for Corporate...

On August 8, 2017, nearly twelve years after Plaintiff Robert Scampone initiated suit against skilled nursing facility Highland Park Care Center (Highland Park) and its management company Grane Healthcare Company (Grane)...more

The Corporate Offences of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion – What It Means for You

by Reed Smith on

The United Kingdom’s Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) creates two new corporate offences of failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion (the “Corporate Offences”). These new Corporate Offences will be committed where...more

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