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HTMLCourt Fee increases from Monday
Miles Robinson, Kate Wilson; Mayer Brown International LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
In January 2015, the Government announced a dramatic increase in the fee for issuing Court proceedings in money claims worth £10,000 or more. Following Parliamentary approval on 4 March, the new fees will come into force on 9 March. Until now, the highest issue fee for a money claim has been...

 

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...

 

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...

 

HTMLBrazil Issues Regulations Implementing the Clean Companies Act
Salim Jorge Saud Neto; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015
More than a year after Brazil enacted the Clean Companies Act (Law 12,846 of August 1, 2013) ("CCA"), President Dilma Rousseff signed Decree 8,420 (the “Decree”) to regulate the Act. The regulations came on the heels of massive protests against corruption.

 

HTMLBrasil: CADE Aprova Nova Regulamentação Sobre o Procedimento de Consulta
Eduardo Molan Gaban, Natali de Vicente Santos; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 27, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
On March 11th 2015, the Brazilian Antitrust Authority, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense - CADE, passed a new resolution on the enquiry procedure stipulated under Law no 12.529/2011. The new regulation came into force on March, 17th, 2015, when it was published in the Brazilian...

 

HTMLHas the New Patent Act Created a Mechanism for Investment Firms to Dramatically Alter the Value of Their Investments?
Michael Martinez, Brian W. Nolan; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created procedural vehicles for new market participants, such as investment firms, to challenge patents. These procedural vehicles include inter partes review (“IPR”) and post-grant review (“PGR”). Recent use of these procedures by...

 

HTMLUncertainty in the Trademark World in the Wake of B&B Hardware
Michael D. Adams, Richard M. Assmus; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court’s March 24, 2015, ruling in B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. will almost certainly change the use and importance of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, but there are many open questions about how significant the impact of the Supreme...

 

Adobe PDFU.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues No-Action Letter Relating to Insurance-Linked Securities
Richard K. Pan, Stephen G. Rooney, Richard B. Spitzer; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on December 31, 2014
On December 18, 2014, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a no-action letter (CFTC Letter 14-152) providing relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration for operators of certain insurancelinked securities (ILS) issuers.

 

HTMLGermany Introduces Rules on Female Quota for Supervisory Boards and Leadership Positions
Dr. Ulrike Binder, Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
Germany introduces a statutory minimum quota for female representatives on supervisory boards of co-determined (50/50), listed companies. In addition, the new law obligates numerous companies to observe rules regarding the composition of their supervisory boards and leadership positions.

 

HTMLPart 1: Competition Starts Now - Hong Kong Competition Law Series
Hannah C. L. Ha, John M. Hickin; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 11, 2015
The impending commencement of Hong Kong's first cross-sector competition law brings to Hong Kong businesses a fresh challenge of managing competition law risk.

 


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