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Merger Control Regime in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

Many jurisdictions have put in place legislation to regulate merger activities. There have been discussions that it is high time for Malaysia to implement a general merger control regime under the Malaysian Competition Act 2010. As it presently stands, general merger activities which do not fall within two specific sectors (will be discussed below) are not regulated and no prior sanction is required from the Competition Commission before a merger transaction takes place...

Arbitration Expectations: Understanding the Process of Resolving a Dispute
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

Arbitration is one of the preferred mechanisms of dispute resolution in the construction industry. Understanding how an arbitration will unfold is useful in managing a dispute. Most domestic construction disputes are referred to arbitration through, and according to the rules, of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), but other organizations that follow different rules and processes do exist. For AAA arbitrations, the following steps provide a rough outline of a typical proceeding...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 13
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 13th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation brings new developments in everything from constitutional law to tort liability. Shutdown cases show no signs of slowing down, and it seems probable that more will follow as some states reverse reopening plans in response to coronavirus outbreaks...

OMG! Has Chinas Supreme Court Reversed its Position on OEM Trademark Infringement? The Implications of the HONDAKIT Case
Deacons, June 2020

Foreign brand owners have often questioned whether they need a trademark registration in the PRC when engaging PRC factories for Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) activities. Previously, a pure OEM arrangement with proper authorisation from the owner of a trademark registration in the exporting country, would generally not be considered infringement of identical or similar PRC trademarks...

Fed. Circ. Inserso Ruling Brings Bid Protest Considerations
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

In a split decision with far-reaching implications for both government contractors and the private bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Inserso Corporation v. U.S., recently addressed timeliness and waiver issues in the bid protest context. The facts of this significant case, the majority and dissenting opinions, as well as key takeaways for federal contractors and their attorneys, are discussed below. The Facts The U.S...

Federal Court Prohibits Prop 65 Warning on Glyphosate-based Herbicides
Buchalter, June 2020

On June 22, 2020, a US District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a permanent injunction against requiring a Proposition 65 warning on the labels of herbicides containing glyphosate, such as Roundup.  In National Association of Wheat Growers, et al. v...

Supreme Court Rules Against Termination of DACA
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow appropriate administrative procedures to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and, therefore, was unauthorized to do so. The decision was a 5-4 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor...

Health Emergency - BCRA Communication "A" 7048: Adjustments to the National Payment System
Beccar Varela, June 2020

Report of the Department of Banks and Financial Institutions Health Emergency - BCRA Communication “A” 7048: adjustments to the national payment system. Yesterday, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA) issued Communication "A" 7048 (the " Communication "), through which certain adjustments were established on the national payment system. The Communication was issued in accordance with the provisions of Decree No...

32 Years' Service Does not Provide Immunity from Dismissal for Poor Performance
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

In the recent decision of Abdul Malek Bin Mohamed v MISC Bhd dated 17 June 2020 [Award 840 of 2020], the Industrial Court recognised that the tenure of service of an employee in an organisation does not shield the employee from having to render satisfactory performance at the level required by the Company. The Industrial Court upheld the dismissal of an employee for poor performance after 32 years of service...

Forced Resignation Does Not Automatically Amount to Unfair Dismissal
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

A case of forced resignation does not automatically amount to an unfair dismissal. In the recent decision of Mohd Rizam bin Ibrahim v Prince Court Medical Centre Sdn Bhd dated 5 June 2020 [Award 716 of 2020], the Industrial Court ruled that although the employee was forced to resign, the same was with just cause and excuse...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 12
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 12th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation brings new developments in labor and employment cases, consumer protection cases, and civil rights litigation. Price gouging and fraud for personal protective equipment (particularly N95 masks) remain major focuses, with manufacturers, retailers, and governments all taking action...

COVID-19: Extension of Market Access to Life-Saving and Life-Extending Drugs - Issues Impacting the Life Sciences
YKVN LLC, June 2020

Vietnam, a country of 97 million people, has been widely recognized for its successful handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak. On January 27, as the country celebrated the Lunar New Year holiday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc declared war on the coronavirus, having said "fighting this epidemic is like fighting the enemy". The Prime Minister and his cabinet acted expediently in controlling the spread of the virus...

Catching Up To California: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Applicants and Employees
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The holding does not change currently-existing legal obligations for California employers as discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited under the FEHA. California employers should ensure they are complying with FEHA’s posting and training requirements. On Monday, June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court published a long-awaited opinion, Bostock v...

Opening the Golden Door: The Fourth District Shines a Light on CEQA Compliant Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points The third Golden Door iteration resulted in a common refrain: San Diego County has not yet reached the high bar for greenhouse gas mitigation (GHG) measures under CEQA Enforceability is a significant component of a CEQA compliant GHG mitigation measure In a nod to the recently approved Newhall Ranch plan, the Court of Appeal outlined the contours of acceptable carbon offset programs, both within and outside California In Golden Door Properties, LLC, v...

5 Ways Healthcare REIT Sector will Change because of COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

Amid the unprecedented changes wracking the business world in 2020, one certainty remains: many industries will look very different in future years as strategic responses to COVID-19 gain traction and become permanent. In the healthcare REIT sector, we are beginning to see trends that may shape industry norms long after the dust has settled from the chaos of 2020. 1...

Ninth Circuit Decision Solidifies the Importance of Adhering to Registration Formalities
Buchalter, June 2020

A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is likely to have a significant impact on both copyright infringement matters and copyright registration practices in the Ninth Circuit, if not nationwide.  The case, Unicolors v. H&M, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS U.S. App. LEXIS 17097 (9th Cir. May 29, 2020) involved claims for copyright infringement brought by Unicolors, Inc. (“Unicolors”) against retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz, L.P. (“H&M”)...

FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19
Verrill, June 2020

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines key factors and procedures that Institutional Review Boards (“IRBs”) should consider when reviewing such non-emergency requests...

English Court Confirms that an Injunction to Restrain Adjudication will Rarely be Granted
Deacons, June 2020

In the recent case of MillChris Developments Ltd v Fiona Selski Waters [2020] 4 WLUK 45, before England’s Technology and Construction Court, a party to an adjudication applied for an injunction to prohibit the adjudication continuing on the grounds that due to COVID-19 it had insufficient time to comply with the adjudicator’s directions and would be unable to attend a site visit. The Court declined to make the injunction and ordered that the adjudication proceed...

Impact of Medical Device Regualtions (MDR) Postponement on Swiss Medtech Industry
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2020

  MDR postponement On 17 April 2020 the European Parliament decided to postpone the transition timeline to implement the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which was set to expire on 26 May 2020, until 26 May 2021. The EU MDR postponement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and entered into force on 24 April 2020...

FAQs: Employment Ministry's and DPA's New Positions on Checking Employees' Temperatures
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

The controversial issue of whether employers can check their employees' temperatures has been much debated. Both the Employment Ministry and the Data Protection Authority (DPA) have recently changed their positions in this respect...

Fast-Changing Whisky Industry Can Keep Lifting Spirits in Scotland's Economy
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2020

Hand sanitiser production is just one aspect of business that's altered for £5bn industry, writes George Frier of Shepherd and Wedderburn The whisky industry continues to captivate consumers and entrepreneurs. Record exports continue and, within the sector, the emergence of new brands and the rejuvenation of existing brands demonstrate a vibrant sub-set of the Scottish food & drink economy...

COVID-19: Main Amendments made by the Conversion Law to the Liquidity Decree with Respect to the Measures Aimed at Ensuring the Going Concern of Companies
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, June 2020

1. Introduction Pursuant to Law no. 40 of 5 June 2020, published in the Official Gazzette no. 143 of 6 June 2020 (the “Conversion Law”), Law Decree no. 23 of 8 April 2020 (the “Liquidity Decree”) was converted into law with amendments. Below is a summary of the key amendments made to Chapter II (Urgent Provisions to Ensure Going Concern) by the Conversion Law. 2...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 11
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 11th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, identifies news reports placing the number of COVID-19 filings at around 2,700, with insurance coverage disputes former the single largest category. And so unsurprisingly, one of the matters we report this week is the dispute over whether those insurance coverage disputes should be consolidated into multi-district litigation...

Breaking: US Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects LGBTQ Employees
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

In a highly anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The opinion, released on June 15, 2020, was a consolidation of three federal appellate court decisions—Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express v. Zarda; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

The FCC Funds the COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

  The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) established the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the “Telehealth Program”) on April 2, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Telehealth Program provides $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the CARES Act,[1] to assist certain non-profit and public healthcare providers in making telehealth services available to patients who cannot be seen in person...

 

 

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