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HTMLOnly ‘Whistleblowers’ Need Apply: District Court Concludes Simply Engaging in Protected Activity is Insufficient to Invoke Dodd-Frank Protection
Eric B. Sigda, Michael J. Slocum; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2015, previously published on November 19, 2014
Earlier this month, a district court ruled that an employee simply engaging in activity protected by the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision is insufficient to gain whistleblower protection. Rather, the employee must first qualify as a whistleblower within the Act’s definition....

 

HTMLPrivate Equity: Cross-Border Acquisition Structures in the Line of Fire?
Graham Iversen; Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2015, previously published on November 26, 2014
In a discussion document published on 21 November 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) has acknowledged an issue which has been causing increasing concern in the international private equity community.

 

HTMLCFPB Issues Proposed Rule to Regulate Prepaid Products
Peter L. Cockrell, Brett M. Kitt, Gil Rudolph, J. Scott Sheehan; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2014
On Nov. 13, the CFPB issued a proposed rule, which has been in development for over two years, that would impose new requirements on prepaid products. The CFPB issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on prepaid cards in May 2012 and also released a study of the prepaid market in conjunction...

 

HTMLThe FTC Amends Its Guides For Advertising Payments and Services
Irving Scher; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2014
On Sept. 24, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued revised Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services, effective Nov. 10. The original Guides were issued in 1969 in response to a Supreme Court recommendation a year earlier in FTC v. Fred Meyer, Inc....

 

HTMLEU Competition Law Compliance: An Altered Legal Landscape
Teresa Charatjan, Hans Urlus, Emilie van Hasselt; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2014
EU competition law prohibits the restriction of competition by agreements between competitors that may affect trade between Member States and have as their object or effect the restriction of competition (Article 101 TFEU). An agreement will fall outside this prohibition if it is not capable of...

 

HTMLSome Reciprocity Changes Announced by DOS
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on November 4, 2014
The Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the Country Reciprocity Tables for immigrant visa cases.

 

HTMLAction! South Africa and Nigeria Find Growing Opportunity in the Film Business
Alais L. M. Griffin; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on November 18, 2014
In recent years, both South Africa and Nigeria have seen significant growth in their film industries. Filmmakers from around the world are descending on South Africa, keen to take advantage of economic incentives and top-notch facilities. Nigeria’s film industry is more homegrown but, while...

 

HTMLMaryland Proposes Contamination Reporting Rules Triggered by Concentration (not Quantity): Routine Transactional Due Diligence Could Pose a Problem
David G. Mandelbaum; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2014
On October 31, the Maryland Department of the Environment ("MDE") published a proposed regulation calling for reporting of hazardous substances found in the environment - that is, site contamination. A routine investigation of real estate could trigger this obligation because the...

 

HTMLRealizing the Potential to Become the Breadbasket of the World
Vicky B. McPherson; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014
The commentary is well-known about the potential for Africa to become the breadbasket for the world amid the wide-spread need for food security. However, despite this widely regarded potential, not very many countries in Africa have addressed the equally well-known challenges to making this more...

 

HTMLUK Government Announces Expansion of 24 Hour Visa Service
Avani H. Patel; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on November 16, 2014
The United Kingdom government has announced a plan to expand The Super Priority Visa Service in April 2015. Currently, this service is available to Chinese and Indian business travelers, and provides decisions within 24 hours to individuals who need to travel to the United Kingdom urgently. The...

 


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