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U.S. Ramps Up Criticism of China’s Enforcement of Its Antitrust Laws Against Foreign Companies

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I.  Introduction For some time, many in the antitrust community have expressed concerns about how China is enforcing its antitrust laws against foreign companies. The past several months have seen a steady stream of criticism from the United States that Read More

Central District of California: Patent Blog

Courtroom Decorum and Trial Preparation

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Gregg Klang v. D. Russel Flueger, et al., Case No. SA CV 13-01971-JVS (DFMx) (Judge James Selna) In this recent detailed set of Orders, Judge Selna gave several key hints as to the “do’s and don’ts” of jury trials in Read More

Derivatives in Review

Extension of Certain Dodd-Frank No-Action Relief

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On May 1, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) established a phased compliance timeline for the implementation of the trade execution requirement[1] currently applicable to certain interest rate swaps and credit default swaps executed as part of a “package Read More

Employment Law and Litigation Blog

Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

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On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (discussed in detail in a prior Orrick Employment blog post here), one of many new laws imposing significant new Read More

Financial Industry Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR

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On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the central clearing of interest rate swaps (IRS) under EMIR. The four IRS classes that will be subject to central clearing Read More

NorCal IP Blog

Give Them An Inch: When Some Patents Stayed by Concession, Court Favors Staying More Patents Pending IPR

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Order Granting Motion To Stay, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. GSI Technology, Inc., Case No. 13-02013 (Judge Jon Tigar) Judge Tigar’s recent decision to stay portions of the case between Cypress and GSI reinforces ND Cal judges’ inclination to grant stays Read More

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Circuits Split on When to Impute Employees’ Knowledge to Corporation for Section 10(b) Claims

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One of the most significant challenges facing plaintiffs in pleading a violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is sufficiently alleging that the defendant company possessed scienter, or an “intent to deceive.”  Because a corporation can Read More

Orrick Total Access

Startup Institute: “Don’t hire the best people, hire the right people”

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As entrepreneurs, we don’t always have the time to focus on the bigger picture, which is why something as crucial as company culture can seem so elusive. Hiring good people is easy, hiring people that are right for your company Read More

Trade Secrets Watch

WORLD SERIES EDITION: These Trade Secrets Are Going, Going, Gone

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Ah, October: the time of crisp fall air, brightly colored leaves, and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. And, of course, the World Series quest that can unite a city—or, in the case of Orrick’s San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices, give rise Read More