On September 9, 2010, REDLIGHT, the powerful feature
documentary by filmmaker and anti-human trafficking activist Guy Jacobson, made its television debut on SHOWTIME. As the result of LexisNexis'
support of this project, the company received an...
Against the backdrop of a huge amount of domestic
liquidity from both state-owned and non-state enterprises, the launch of the
long-awaited Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) in Shenzhen at the end of 2009 and
the continued growth of private equity investment...
With this summer's passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act , it's Europe's turn to address financial regulation. This
morning, the European Commission released its Proposal for Regulation on OTC Derivatives...
This edition of GT's European VAT, Customs and Trade Alert will
WTO Panel issues reports on the tariff treatment of certain information
technology products by the EU and its Member States. On August 16, 2010, the WTO issued the
By John P.
Yung and Kamyar Daneshvar
In Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd. , an
important securities fraud case decided June 24, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court
dealt a significant blow to international investors by holding that the
by Giovanna T. Sparagna and Carol P. Tello
On August 10, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, P.L. 111-226, which provides funds to the states for teachers' salaries and Medicaid costs. To fund this...
The amount of damages awarded in 2009 Japanese securities
cases exceeded "the aggregate amount of securities litigation damages
determined by court decisions in Japan for the entire previous decade,"
according to a new study of Japanese securities...
When I saw there was a press release from the UK's Ministry
of Justice, I was expecting an announcement of what it meant for a commercial
organization to have "adequate procedures" to prevent bribery. That being the
only affirmative defense...
By Erik de Bie
The number of classification disputes regarding electronic
devices seems to keep growing. Companies continue to develop new products, and
existing products are constantly improved. As a result, customs classification
By Erik Zietse
In today's global economy, the number of international
transactions increases every year. Unfortunately, so do the number of court
proceedings relating to these cross-border transactions. For example, the VAT
By Martin Ouwehand
Recently, the European Court of Auditors ("the Court") published
a special report on their website concerning the effectiveness of controls on
simplified customs procedures for imports. Simplified customs procedures for...
By Martijn Kouffeld
The Dutch VAT legislation limits the right to deduct input
VAT with respect to certain goods and services that are principally for the
personal benefit of staff. The legislation essentially concerns the following
by Juliana Laurello and Erik Zietse
New European Web Portal on E.U. Customs Procedures
The European Commission has launched the first stage of a
new web portal that is designed to serve as a single Access point for
businesses seeking relevant...
One month following the promulgation of the Opinion of
the State Council Concerning Further Improving the Work of Utilizing Foreign
Investment (the "State Council Opinions") by the PRC State Council on April
6, 2010, the PRC State Administration...
by George Qi and Calvin Ding
On February 20, 2010, the State Administration of Taxation
(SAT) issued Guo Shui Fa  No. 18 - the " Measures for the
Administration of Taxation on Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises "
On April 13, 2010, the Chinese government published an
important policy document titled " Opinions of the State Council Concerning
Further Improving the Work of Utilizing Foreign Investment " (the
"Opinions"). On the whole, the...
On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed into law the
“Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act” (the “HIRE Act”). The HIRE Act included
the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which enacts new information
LEGAL ALERT July 2, 2010
orders published today in the Federal Register, the Commodity Futures
Commission (CFTC) designated the Mid-C Financial Peak (MDC) and Mid-C
Off-Peak (OMC) contracts traded on the IntercontinentalExchange...
Yesterday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
released a statement from Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) partners,
including U.S. and European Union member states, that participated this past
week in the latest round of ACTA negotiations...
On June 14, 2010, the Executive Office of the President
released a proposed law intended to "modernize" the existing statute governing authorial
and connected rights in Brazil,
Federal Law No. 9.610 of 1998 (hereinafter, "the Copyright...
High levels of fraud by trademark
agencies and applicants have prompted the PRC Trademark Office (TMO) to
impose new requirements for both domestic and foreign parties filing
trademark applications, oppositions, non-use cancellations, renewals and...
Fashion design is finally getting the protection it
deserves. In April, the European Union
renewed a selective distribution regulation,  set to
expire in May, which will allow makers of brand name goods to decide how their
products are distributed...
Insurers involved in the U.K. pensions market are reacting with caution to the new U.K. government's call for a simpler, more stable pension system, as some believe constructive reform is easier to talk about than to implement.
Paul Goodwin, head...
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On April 29, 2010, in the case of I ZR 69/08,
the German Federal Supreme Court examined whether Google...
The Financial Services Authority in the U.K. has been
aggressively prosecuting insider trading cases as part of its efforts to shed
its lackluster image. Until last week, the regulator had prevailed in four
successive insider trading trials.