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Does COVID-19 Signal the End of the Civil Jury Trial?
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2020

As courts cautiously resume in-person hearings across the country, there is looming uncertainty about when—or if—civil jury trials will ever resume. For instance, B.C. and some regions in Ontario have announced that civil jury trials are suspended until at least 2021—and Ontario is considering whether to abolish them altogether...

Startup Financing
Morgan & Morgan, September 2020

A company’s need for substantial amounts of capital is intensified when looking to grow quickly, or develop an innovative product that will disrupt the market in a meaningful way. This is true to any company, and is especially true to innovative and disruptive startups, which aim at creating new markets, revolutionizing existing ones and prevailing over traditional market participants...

Companies Still Permitted to Hold Meetings Without Physical Attendance Until 31 December 2020
Arendt & Medernach, September 2020

THE LAW OF 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 REGARDING MEASURES GOVERNING HOW COMPANIES AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES ARE PERMITTED TO HOLD MEETINGS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LUXEMBOURG OFFICIAL JOURNAL. This law enables companies and other legal entities (such as ASBLs) to hold general meetings and other meetings of the company’s corporate bodies without the need for physical attendance, even where this is not provided for in the company’s articles of association...

Dubai Family Ownership of Common Property Law
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

On 13 August 2020, the Ruler of Dubai issued Law 9 of 2020 to regulate family ownership of common property in the Emirate of Dubai (the Law). The Law aims to establish a legal framework for family ownership of common property in Dubai and to facilitate its transmission among successive generations. This concept of undivided family assets introduced by the Law also exists in other jurisdictions. There are many family run businesses in Dubai...

SEC Adopts Significant Amendments to Regulation S-K and Accredited Investor and Qualified Institutional Buyer Definitions
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted several significant amendments affecting disclosure requirements under Items 101, 103 and 105 of Regulation S-K and also expanded the definitions of “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” under Rule 501(a) and Rule 144A, respectively. As SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, announced in the press release, Items 101, 103 and 105 have not undergone significant revisions in over 30 years...

How Far will the Rainbow Stretch?
Deacons, September 2020

Since 2017, the courts in Hong Kong have recognised various rights of same-sex couples, including the right to be granted a dependent visa, spousal benefits, and tax benefits. In 2020, two more cases went before the court seeking determination on issues relating to foreign same-sex marriage...

‘Retire in Dubai’ Programme Announced in Dubai
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

Afridi & Angell was pleased to have advised Dubai Tourism on the testamentary and inheritance framework in Dubai in the process leading up to the much-welcomed announcement of the ‘Retire in Dubai’ programme. The announcement, made on Wednesday 2 September 2020 offers resident expatriates and foreigners aged 55 and above an opportunity to retire in the Emirate. As part of the programme, eligible applicants will be provided a Retirement Visa, renewable every five years...

DOJ Clarifies Guidelines on Settling Cases Based on Ability to Pay
Waller, September 2020

In early September, the Department of Justice issued additional guidance that the Commercial Litigation Branch can consider when settling cases for less than the full amount of the claim based on the defendant’s inability to pay. Under its statutory authority, the Civil Division has the ability to settle claims for less when an entity offers the maximum amount that it is able to pay and the federal government is acting as plaintiff...

Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2020

Businesses that open their doors to customers, guests, and other visitors during the pandemic must be vigilant, not only to keep their premises safe to those who enter, but also to avoid lawsuits by individuals who claim they contracted COVID-19 on business premises...

Ninth Circuit Sharply Curtails Excess Insurers’ Ability to Challenge Propriety of Primary’s Exhaustion in AXIS Reinsurance Co. v. Northrop Grumman Corp.
Buchalter, September 2020

When a company is faced with defending itself against a large claim, it often requires the availability of insurance proceeds from not just the company’s primary insurer, but also from its excess insurance layers.  In this scenario, however, excess insurers sometimes will refuse to step in after exhaustion of the underlying insurance layers, arguing that the exhaustion of those underlying layers was wrongful due to payments for uncovered claims...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Entrapment-by-Estoppel: A Potential Future Defense for Lenders in PPP Fraud Cases
Buchalter, September 2020

By: Joshua M. Robbins, Michael C. Flynn, and Robert S. Gillison The past decade has taught lenders much about regulatory enforcement risk.  In the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and collapse of the housing and related markets, the Department of Justice and other agencies aggressively stepped up investigations of lenders seen as complicit in the misconduct of borrowers and others...

Taxpayer Appeals Loss in Rare Constitutional Challenge to Composite Return Statute
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

Cases challenging the constitutionality of state pass-through entity (PTE) nonresident owner withholding or composite return statutes are extremely rare. However, a recent Alabama Circuit Court decision, Black Eagle Minerals, LLC v. Alabama Department of Revenue, Case No. CV-2018-900328.00 (Cir. Ct. Montgomery County, Ala., July 27, 2020), highlights why such challenges may be more common when PTE composite returns are mandatory...

Compliance with DIFC Data Protection Law 2020 – Deadline 1 October 2020
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

DIFC entities have until 1 October 2020 to ensure that their data processing activities are compliant with the new Data Protection Law (DIFC Law 5 of 2020) (the DP Law). Who is subject to the DP Law? • DIFC entities.• Non-DIFC entities that regularly engage with DIFC entities as part of a “stable arrangement”, which involve data being processed in the DIFC and/or transferred out of the DIFC. Practical Guidance 1. Maintain a record of Personal Data. 2...

Court of Appeal Reaffirms Three Core Requirements to Wind Up Foreign Company
Deacons, September 2020

Under section 327 of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 32), the Court can exercise its discretion to wind up a foreign-incorporated company. A recent case reaffirms the three core requirements necessary to enable the court to exercise that discretion...

When Can an Arbitration Award be Corrected?
Deacons, September 2020

In SC v OE1 & Anor, HCCT 48/2019 and OE1 & Anor v SC, HCCT 66/2019, the Court had to consider whether the arbitral Tribunal could make corrections to an arbitration award under Article 33(1)(a) of the Model Law (adopted in section 69 of the Arbitration Ordinance, Cap 609) because the award had failed to address two types of relief which had been claimed...

Court Held that Pre-Bid Agreement Appointing Sub-Subcontractor could not be Inferred
Deacons, September 2020

In the recent case of Redland Precast Concrete Products (China) Ltd v Permasteelisa Hong Kong Ltd, HCCT 35/2018, the Court had to decide whether a contract existed between the Plaintiff and Defendant whereby the Defendant agreed to appoint the Plaintiff as its subcontractor for works to be carried out on a project...

When will the Court Grant an Interim Injunction to Stay Arbitration Proceedings?
Deacons, September 2020

In the recent case of Atkins China Ltd v China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd, HCMP 1193 2020, the Plaintiff sought in its Originating Summons (i) a declaratory judgment that, as a matter of construction, a settlement agreement entered into between the parties had settled all claims and counterclaims arising under a Design Agreement; and (ii) a final injunction restraining the Defendant from taking further steps in the arbitration proceedings commenced in the name of the

COVID-19: Entry into the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

On 12 September 2020, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases in the UAE. With the number of cases rising both within the UAE and in most other countries, the UAE government has reiterated the importance of adhering to preventive guidelines and has further placed safeguards, particularly in Abu Dhabi, to ensure that those traveling to the UAE are confined to prevent the transmission of the virus...

Definition of Healthcare Provider Narrowed in revised FFCRA regulations
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Friday Friday that it had revised the Families First Response Act (FFCRA) in response to a recent ruling by a federal court in New York. The new regulations are effective September 16 and represent a significant change for healthcare entities who previously (and correctly) used “blanket” denials of FFCRA requests for all of their employees...

GAO Report on Abusive Tax Schemes Perpetuates Misunderstandings of Captives
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

A GAO report was intended to shed some light the use of captives as abusive tax shelters. Instead it only risks perpetuating misunderstandings, says Bradley’s Davis Smith...

Top 10 COVID-19 Employer Mistakes to Avoid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

COVID-19 has sent many employers into a workforce management tailspin. Laws, regulations, and recommendations change daily, and as the pandemic continues to affect the workplace, the risk of legal complacency increases. The list below identifies the top 10 mistakes for employers to avoid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mistake 1: Failing To Prepare and Update a COVID-19 Response Plan...

The Quetzal will Soar its Flight: The public + The private: the winning alliance By Ignacio Grazioso
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Ten years ago, the PPP Law was approved, the regulatory framework that seeks to make the Public Private Partnerships (“PPPs”) viable as a solution to the country's infrastructure deficit. For reasons beyond legal and economic facts, Guatemala has not yet seen its first PPP project born. However, the planets seem to be aligning to propitiate the possible detonation of investment in infrastructure and we see reasons for optimism on the horizon...

Disability and Remote Work
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Teleworking is a work tool that opens a world of possibilities for the reinsertion of sectors of the population that have not had free access to work opportunities. It is a feasible option to provide job opportunities to people for whom moving outside their homes is a limitation; limitations that could occur not only to people with family responsibilities – child and elderly care – or students, but also to people with disabilities...

Telework in Guatemala
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in TECHNOLOGY, in the innovative and efficient use of tools that allow us to be connected without being anchored to a specific place...

California Supreme Court Clarifies Bounds of Legitimate Competition Under Tort and Antitrust Law
Buchalter, September 2020

On August 3, 2020, the California Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc., clarifying the bounds of legitimate competition under California tort and antitrust law.  The Court’s ruling generally came down in favor of encouraging competition, reducing claims for tortious interference with contract, and decreasing the risk of litigation arising from normal competitive activity...

 

 

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