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HTMLAG 48 and the (Modest) Transformation of Life Reserve Financings
David W. Alberts, Lawrence R. Hamilton, Colin Scagell, Nicole Zayac; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
After three full years of regulators compiling data, reading legal documents, studying actuarial models and consulting with outside advisors related to the life insurance industry’s use of captive reinsurers for so-called AXXX and XXX reserve financing transactions, year-end 2014 was...

 

HTMLCourt Certifies Class for Narrow Liability Claims in Environmental Contamination Case
Sarah E. Reynolds, Evan M. Tager, Mark R. Ter Molen; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015
Traditionally, federal courts have been reluctant to certify class actions in environmental contamination cases because of inherently unique issues raised by plaintiffs’ personal-injury claims. In other contexts, however, class plaintiffs have been able to overcome atypicality arguments at...

 

Adobe PDFNorth Sea Oil & Gas Tax Breaks Announced
Robert Hamill, James Hill; Mayer Brown International LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 2015
In the Budget 2015 delivered on Wednesday 18 March 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set out several significant tax breaks for the UK oil and gas sector. Set against the background of a maturing UK basin, albeit one with significant resources as yet unexplored, the Government...

 

HTMLThe Internet of Things
Lei Shen, Howard W. Waltzman; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 8, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
The proliferation of smart phones raised novel privacy and security concerns due to the unprecedented amounts and types of personal information that these devices and their applications could collect, use, store and share. Many aspects of our lives-communications, social interactions, shopping,...

 

HTMLEmployer Vicariously Liable for Assault by an Employee on Another
Duncan A. W. Abate, Marina O. K. Fung, Hong Tran; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
April 8, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015
In Yeung Mei Hoi v Tam Cheuk Shing and Another [2015] HKCA 109, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision from the Court of First Instance and held that the employer was vicariously liable for an assault committed by its employee to another employee.

 

HTMLWith New Net Neutrality Rules, FCC Asserts Sweeping Jurisdiction Over Broadband Internet Access Services
Angela E. Giancarlo, Howard W. Waltzman, Brantley Webb; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 8, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “the Commission”) released its Open Internet Order (“Order”) and rules. Based on the FCC’s finding that “broadband providers hold all the tools necessary to deceive consumers, degrade...

 

HTMLTip of the Month: Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain: Tips for Handling Terabytes of Data
Michael D. Frisch, Kim A. Leffert; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
A medium-sized company is a defendant in a putative class action lawsuit. Outside counsel negotiated the scope of the plaintiffs’ document requests as much as possible, agreed on a list of custodians, and sent an e-discovery vendor to the client’s headquarters to collect email and copy...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Upholds Substantial Punitive Damages Award in Sexual Harassment Case Despite Award of Nominal Compensatory Damages
Ruth Zadikany, Lori A. Zahalka; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
Decision: In State of Arizona v. Asarco, an en banc Ninth Circuit panel held that a $300,000 punitive damages verdict in a sexual harassment case in which only nominal damages were awarded comported with due process. The plaintiffs in the underlying case successfully established liability for...

 

HTMLFederal Revenue Ordinance No. 1
Carolina M. Bottino, Roberta P. Caneca, Celso Grisi, Ivan Tauil, Eduardo Maccari Telles; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015
On February 18, 2015 the Federal Revenue Ordinance no. 1 was enacted, which regulates the federal tax installment program, applied to companies and shareholders that are under judicial reorganization, instituted by the Law 13.043/14 (derived from the conversion of Provisional Measure 651/14).

 

HTMLNLRB Holds that Employees Have Right To Use Employers’ Email Systems for Non-Work Purposes
Ruth Zadikany, Lori A. Zahalka; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
Decision: In Purple Communications, the NLRB recently held in a 3-2 decision that employees have the right to use their employers’ email systems during non-work time for non-work purposes, including for the purpose of union organizing. Noting that “the use of email as a common form of...

 


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