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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...

Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event
Verrill, September 2020

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children or domestic violence will typically take precedence over those that do not. Even in cases involving children, the delays may be significant depending on the backlog of cases that exist from COVID-19 shutdowns...

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Location, Location, Location!
Verrill, September 2020

International transactions can generate international disputes. A party to a lawsuit in one country may believe that a non-party in another country has information that could be put to good use in the case. Someone being sued in Italy, let’s say, may have engaged the services of an investment banker in New York whose records the other litigant thinks could be used to its advantage in the Italian lawsuit...

COVID-19 and Unprecedented: Litigation Insights, Issue 22
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

In our 22nd edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, we see cases against employers continue to rise, and offer insight for employers to keep employees safe and simultaneously avoid lawsuits. In another notable update -- again for employers and business owners -- the Supreme Court of Virginia dismissed a case challenging the Governor's restrictions on businesses amid the pandemic...

Recent Amendments to the Commercial Agency Law
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

As many will know, Federal Law 18 of 1981 (the Commercial Agency Law; or CAL) regulates agency, distributorship and franchise relationships in the UAE, regardless of the nomenclature used to describe them...

Repeal of UAE Boycott of Israel Law
Afridi & Angell, August 2020

Following the announcement of the Abraham Accord with Israel, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Decree Law 4 of 2020, repealing Federal Law 15 of 1972 (the Boycott Law). Brief overview of the Boycott Law Pursuant to the Boycott Law, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined the Arab League boycott of Israel (the Boycott)...

UAE Foreign Direct Investment Law vs GCC Customs Exemption
Afridi & Angell, August 2020

As reported in our inBrief of 15 April 2020, Federal Decree-Law 19 of 2018 on Foreign Direct Investment (the FDI Law) permits majority foreign investment in certain business sectors and activities. Although majority ownership is attractive, it is not the only factor that a potential foreign direct investor should consider. One additional factor is whether the proposed business would qualify for the 5% GCC customs duty exemption that is discussed below...

Transgender Students Protected from Discriminatory Restroom Policies under Equal Protection Clause & Title IX, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

On August 26, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a Virginia School Board’s restroom policy constituted sex-based discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, and transgender people constitute a quasi-suspect class, entitling them to greater constitutional protections. Moreover, the court also held that the restroom policy violated Title IX, because it discriminated on the basis of sex in a public school setting...

State Council Promotes New Policies to Stabilise Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment
Deacons, August 2020

On 29 July 2020, the State Council held an executive meeting (Meeting) which centred on stabilising the main body of foreign trade, the industrial chain and the supply chain, and establishing four policies to stabilise foreign trade and foreign investment (Four Policies)...

China Announced Draft 2020 Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment
Deacons, August 2020

According to the annual study “Doing Business” released by the World Bank Group in recent years, China’s business environment has improved greatly during 2018 to 2020, with its global ranking moved up from 78th to 31st. In terms of investment policies, the Chinese government mainly uses the Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment to facilitate and guide foreign investment in specific industries, fields, and regions in China...

China Releases Circular on Further Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

On August 12, 2020, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (“State Council”) released theCircular on Further Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment(the “Circular”), in which the Chinese government announced 15 policies aiming to protect foreign trade entities and to keep supply chains stable against the economic fallout of the unabated COVID-19 pandemic. A few key points of the Circular include: 1...

Continued Uncertainty Clouds DOJ’s Dismissal Power Under False Claims Act
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled against the government on jurisdictional grounds in the False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam case, United States v. United States ex rel. Thrower, No. 18-16408, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 24621 (9th Cir. Aug. 4, 2020), holding that a district court’s denial of a government motion to dismiss an FCA action is not immediately appealable under the collateral order doctrine and dismissing the government’s appeal...

First Circuit Decision Underlines Risk of Criminal HIPAA Enforcement
Buchalter, August 2020

On August 6, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the conviction of Massachusetts gynecologist Rita Luthra for criminal HIPAA violations and obstructing a health care investigation. Although such HIPAA prosecutions are uncommon, the case underscores the risks health care providers and others run when handling protected patient information and when speaking with government investigators...

Crosmun v. The Trustees of Fayetteville Technical Community College Provides Much Needed Guidance to North Carolina Courts on How to Properly Craft eDiscovery Protocols
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina's decision in Crosmun v. The Trustees of Fayetteville Technical Community College, ___ N.C. App. ___, 832 S.E.2d 223 (2019) provides much needed guidance to North Carolina courts on how to properly craft eDiscovery protocols...

China Releases Draft Measures for the Administration of Imported and Exported Food Safety
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

On June 11, 2020, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) released the Measures for the Administration of Imported and Exported Food Safety [draft] (General Administration of Customs of People's Republic of China, 2020) (“Draft Law”) to solicit public comments until July 11, 2020...

Cross-Border Marriages: Connection Substantial Enough to Divorce in Hong Kong?
Deacons, August 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has been reshaping many personal relationships. Cracks in some family relationships have been exacerbated due to high-pressure confinement under the same roof in lockdown. Such rise in marital conflicts has inevitably caused more breakdown of marriages. Amongst these cases, are families who have homes or businesses both in Hong Kong and Mainland China, who need to consider whether the divorce proceedings should be instituted in Hong Kong or Mainland China...

Fed. Circ. Inconsistent On Bid Protest Waiver Precedent
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a split decision in Inserso Corporation v. U.S. that we argued had far-reaching implications for both government contractors and the private bar, relating to timeliness and waiver issues in the bid protest context. The Federal Circuit recently issued another decision, The Boeing Company v. U.S...

Does the Cloud of Vaping-Related Injuries Portend a Storm of Litigation?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Electronic cigarettes and vaping have been heralded by many as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. An outbreak of illnesses last fall allegedly related to vaping, however, ignited public hysteria and will almost certainly lead to substantial mass tort litigation aimed at manufacturers of e-cigarette devices and vaping liquids...

A Procedural Gamble: Board Prior Art Rejection Did Not Violate the Administrative Procedure Act
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

In FanDuel, Inc., v. Interactive Games LLC, No. 2019-1393 (Fed. Cir. July 29, 2020), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) did not violate the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by rejecting the prior-art combination on which it instituted inter parties review (IPR). The relevant patent claims related to a method of gambling on a mobile device...

Angola New Rules for Exchange Operations
PLMJ, August 2020

Banco Nacional de Angola (“BNA”) continues to be very active in producing foreign exchange legislation. It recently revised the rules on foreign exchange operations of current invisibles, goods and capital, carried out by resident and non-resident individuals, through Notice 17/20 of 3 August (the“Notice”). The main change made by this notice concerns non-resident foreign workers (“expatriates”)...

Court of Appeal Clarifies Rules for Retaining Emails That are Included in CEQA Records
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

Key Points Public agencies must retain emails that would be required for inclusion in an administrative record pursuant to CEQA. Agencies must retain “[a]ll written evidence or correspondence submitted to, or transferred from” them “with respect to” CEQA compliance or “with respect to the project.” This includes emails that fit this description...

EU Recovery Prospectus - Planned Facilitation of the Equity Issuance through an Abridged Securities Prospectus
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In order to tackle the effects of the Corona crisis, it is planned at EU level to temporarily facilitate the raising of equity capital for companies. This will enable certain issuers to publish a shortened prospectus with only 30 pages instead of a full prospectus to issue shares. Through this, issuers will have the option to issue shares at short notice, without bureaucracy and inexpensively, thereby improving the debt-to-equity ratio in their balance sheets...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Court Decision Expands Families First Coronavirus Response Act Coverage
Buchalter, August 2020

A recent New York federal court decision has called into question whether businesses may safely rely on Department of Labor guidance regarding the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA provides employees of businesses with fewer than 500 employees with two temporary forms of paid leave—Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave...

First Class: Litigation and Arbitration in London
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

Recent statistics from London’s Commercial Court and major arbitration institutions confirm London’s reputation as an international hub for dispute resolution, with English law remaining the most popular choice for the resolution of international disputes...

Non-US Financial Institutions may Address Risks of Secondary Sanctions in Contracts
Deacons, August 2020

In the recent English case of Lamesa Investments v Cynergy Bank [2020] EWCA Civ 821, the Court of Appeal (“CA”) affirmed the High Court (“HC”)’s ruling that non-US financial institution borrower Cynergy’s (a) refusal to pay Lamesa did not constitute a default where the ultimate beneficial owner of Lamesa remained a blocked person under US sanctions law based on a clause in the facility agreement that Cynergy would not be at fault if a sum was not paid



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