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A Torrent of Anti-SLAPP Motions in DC Federal Court Cases

by LeClairRyan on

After the DC Court of Appeals essentially invited a party to file an anti-SLAPP special motion to dismiss in a DC federal court diversity case, it took seven months for the Associated Press to accept the invitation. That...more

Superior Court Judge Grants Anti-SLAPP Special Motion to Dismiss

by LeClairRyan on

For the second time in ten months, Superior Court Judge Steven Wellner has granted a special motion to dismiss under the DC anti-SLAPP statute. Here’s the background of this case....more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — United Kingdom

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National security interventions have, with one exception, involved defense considerations - Unlike many other jurisdictions, acquisitions in potentially sensitive industries do not, as a matter of course, require parties...more

FCC Commissioners Debate Adjustments to Merger Review Standard

by Hogan Lovells on

In the first major transaction approval under Ajit Pai’s Chairmanship, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently approved, subject to targeted, transaction-specific conditions, license and authorization transfers...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: No Loyalty Program for Drugs: Court Confirms Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently confirmed that professional regulators have significant discretion to implement rules and policies intended to protect the public interest. Specifically, rules and policies may include the...more

New UK Regime for National Security and Infrastructure Investments

• The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a Green Paper consulting on amendments to UK merger control and public interest intervention legislation to cover gaps in the current framework for...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: Your Career May Be An Open Book: Privacy and Regulatory Investigations

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In dismissing an appeal by an Alberta lawyer who alleged that his Charter rights were violated by an order allowing a law society investigator to search his computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices, the Alberta...more

Do Constitutional Protections Allow for the Reduction of TCPA Statutory Damage Awards? A Closer Look at Golan

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Sometimes the toughest job a court faces is finding a way to do the right thing. When it comes to the crushing damages afforded by statute for violations of the TCPA, the “right” thing is often to reduce the award to...more

Employment Matters – UK - August 2017

ACAS Early Conciliation: Form Filling — Get the Name Right - Giny v SNA Transport Ltd. - Background - In Giny v SNA Transport Ltd., Mr Giny named Mr Ahmed, a director of SNA Transport Ltd. (SNA), as the prospective...more

Whistleblowing: the public interest test

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The Chesterton case has been doing the rounds for a number of years. The facts are relatively straightforward but the principles involved are highly important....more

Whistleblower Protection: When Private Turns Public

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Chesterton Global Ltd & Anor v Nurmohamed & Anor (Rev 1) [2017] EWCA Civ 979 the Court of Appeal provided some much needed clarity on the definition of “public interest” in whistleblower claims. Mr Nurmohamed was a...more

When whistleblowing is in the public interest… and it’s not just a question of numbers

by Dechert LLP on

This update reports on the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Chesterton Global Limited and anor v Nurmohamed in which it considered the public interest requirement of the UK’s whistleblowing legislation....more

Update on Canada's environmental and regulatory review process

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On June 29, 2017, the Government of Canada released its environmental and regulatory reviews discussion paper (Discussion Paper). The Discussion Paper follows from reports prepared by expert panels tasked with reviewing...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Associated Press Files Anti-SLAPP Motion in DC Federal Court Diversity Case

by LeClairRyan on

In January, I wrote about the DC Court of Appeals’ then-recent Mann decision, and specifically about the Court’s response to the DC Circuit’s Abbas decision, which held that the DC anti-SLAPP statute could not apply in a...more

ITC Issues Public Commission Opinion Clarifying Methodology for Allocating Domestic Industry Expenses and Issuing Exclusion Order...

On May 17, 2017, the International Trade Commission (ITC) reversed an ALJ’s ruling and found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof and Methods of using the Same (“Certain Air Mattress...more

When Law Enforcement and Community Meet

The divide between law enforcement and the African-American community is a hot topic, but what happens when the two meet? In her Daily Journal article “When law enforcement and community meet,” Partner Angela Powell discusses...more

Legislation Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images

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On May 1, 2017, the Alberta legislature passed Bill 202, which created the Protecting Victims of Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images Act (the “Act”). The Act seeks to protect individuals from having intimate images...more

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide...more

Superior Court Grants Trade Association’s anti-SLAPP motion

by LeClairRyan on

Last October, I wrote about the Personal Care Products Council’s interesting anti-SLAPP motion, filed in a DC Superior Court case. There, the plaintiff (Simpson) alleged that she developed ovarian cancer by using talcum...more

Maintaining confidentiality in fund documents: a realistic expectation?

by Dechert LLP on

In this context, the English High Court recently granted an interim injunction preventing the disclosure and publication by Reuters of information from confidential documents relating to a fund manager, Brevan Howard Asset...more

No Emergency Injunction Appeal in Chamber’s Challenge to DOL Rule

On March 20, 2017, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas denied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal challenging implementation of the Department’s conflict of interest...more

Does Whistleblower Protection Extend To Disclosures To Your Mom Or The Press?

by Allen Matkins on

California and federal law establish ample protections for whistleblowers. These protections can be found in numerous laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and Section 1102.5 of the California Labor...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

Rejecting Pendency of Related Cases as a Dominant Factor, Federal Circuit Orders ED Texas to Transfer Patent Infringement Case to...

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In re Google, Inc., Case No. 2017-107 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 23, 2017)(nonprecedential). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a writ of mandamus ordering the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...more

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