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Antitrust and Competition Newsletter

A Comparison of 10 Key Issues in Civil Price-Fixing Cases Under the EU’s New Antitrust Damages Law and U.S. Antitrust Law

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In April 2014, the European Parliament approved legislation governing antitrust damages actions brought in the national courts of European Union Member States. The Parliament’s approval followed several years of debate, and was the last significant hurdle for developing a private Read More

Central District of California: Patent Blog

Court Halts Discovery Until Defendant Retains Counsel

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Forever Foundations & Frame, LLC, et al. v. Optional Products, LLC, Case No. SACV-13-1779-DOC (RNBx) (Judge Robert Block) Plaintiff Forever Foundations filed two discovery motions despite defendant lacking any counsel to properly appear on their behalf. Recognizing that corporations may 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

The German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) rejects doubtful discrimination complaints

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Even if a potential Employer does not know that an applicant is unsuitable for the offered job from an objective point of view, compensation claims based on discrimination would not be granted. The first comprehensive anti-discrimination law, regulated in the Read More

Financial Industry Review

Amendments to Offshore Fund Rules to Reflect Finance Act 2014 AIFM Partnership Tax Changes

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Regulations amending the Offshore Funds Regulations 2009 (the 2009 Regulations) to reflect the Finance Act 2014 changes to the taxation of alternative investment fund managers operating as partnerships (AIFM firms) were made on July 21 and have effect for disposals Read More

NorCal IP Blog

June 2014 Recap

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June 2014 was a busy month for this blog, and for patent law in other arenas.  Perhaps the biggest news was a trio of decisions on patents from the U.S. Supreme Court – Akamai (inducement and divided/joint infringement), Nautilus (indefiniteness), Read More

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Better Keep Your Opinions to Yourselves for Now: Second Circuit Doubles Down in Deutsche Bank Ruling in Advance of Supreme Court Review of Omnicare

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On July 16, 2014, a three-judge Second Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action against Deutsche Bank AG and several underwriters.  The case was brought on behalf of investors who purchased approximately $5.5 billion in preferred Deutsche Bank Read More

Orrick Total Access

NY Tech Industries and Trends – What Investors Really Care About

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The TOTAL ACCESS team was out in New York City last week, hosting events for some of the Big Apple’s most dedicated entrepreneurs.  Despite the cold and snow, we had a full house for our panel event discussing industries and Read More

Trade Secrets Watch

Federal District Court in San Francisco Sentences More Defendants in Trade Secret Cases

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The U.S. District Court in San Francisco was busy this month sentencing defendants in two of the year’s biggest trade secrets cases. First, on July 10, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White sentenced Walter Lian-Heen Liew to serve 15 Read More