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First Amendment Protects Hurtful Speech, Even Hurtful Trademarks
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2015

On Tuesday, December 22, 2105, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a much- anticipated opinion regarding the constitutionality of the prohibition against “disparaging” trademarks. In an 9-3 en banc opinion, the Federal Circuit held that the exclusion of disparaging trademarks under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment.Many of the marks rejected as disparaging convey hurtful speech that harms members of stigmatized communities...

Cuba: The Year in Review
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2015

One year ago, on December 17, 2014, President Obama announced a policy to increase contact and engagement with the people of Cuba with an ultimate goal of normalizing relations between the US and Cuba. The announcement generated immense press coverage of and commercial interest in Cuba. Since then, the US has removed Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism and the two countries have reopened their respective embassies, thereby formally re-establishing diplomatic relations...

Cuba Disputes: The Arbitration Option
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2015

Cuba’s stated goal of attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment combined with the United States’ effort to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba have sparked intensified interest amongst potential investors seeking to enter the Cuban market.As with any emerging market, potential investors must balance the potential risks faced in doing business with the potential return on their investment...

Trans-Pacific Partnership Calls for International Arbitration of Disputes
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP is a free-trade agreement among the members: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.On Nov. 5, the full text of the TPP trade agreement was released to the public for the first time. While, as reported, an agreement on the TPP was reached Oct. 5, each of the members must still enact it.An important component is the chapter on investments, which protects investors...

Trans-Pacific Partnership Offers Investors New Protections and Dispute Resolution Options
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) is a free-trade agreement among Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States (the “TPP Members”). While, as reported, an agreement on the TPP was reached on October 5, 2015, each of the TPP Members must still enact the TPP. On November 5, 2015, the full text of the TPP trade agreement was released to the public for the first time...

FCPA: One of the Risks in Transacting Business in Cuba
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2015

The amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) since January 16, 2015 have expanded the scope of transactions that persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States may undertake in relation to Cuba...

Why Partnerships Falter
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2015

Across Africa, investments in infrastructure have failed to keep pace with growth and demand, creating a tremendous infrastructure deficit. Less than 40pc of the population across the continent, and only 26pc of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, has access to electricity.Approximately, 34pc of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities, and 35pc lack access to clean drinking water...

Escándalo de la FIFA y Cobertura de Seguros
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2015

Empezaron las eliminatorias al próximo Mundial pero las investigaciones por sobornos de la FIFA continúan – tendrán cobertura bajo pólizas de seguros las compañías y altos ejecutivos siendo investigados?El Comité de Ética de la FIFA anunció el 8 de octubre la suspensión provisional por 90 días de Joseph Blatter, presidente de la FIFA, y de Michel Platini, presidente de UEFA y vicepresidente de FIFA, entre otras suspensiones que fueron anunciadas en ese mismo momento...

Current Topics in the Power and Energy Capital Markets
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2015

Getting a Make-Whole Premium Upon Bankruptcy?: Courts Say “Probably Not”. If repayment of debt is accelerated as a result of bankruptcy, are debtholders eligible to receive a make-whole premium? The answer from an increasing number of courts is, without specific language in the indenture, no...

Hunton & Williams LLP Unveils New Mobile-Responsive Immigration Law Blog
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2015

Hunton & Williams is pleased to announce the release of its newly designed and mobile-responsive Immigration and Nationality Law Blog, www.huntonimmigrationlawblog.com. “Our immigration law blog has been a valuable resource for US employers,” said Ian Band, who heads the firm’s immigration and nationality practice...

Second Circuit Permits Argentina to Skirt Collection on Sovereign Immunity Grounds
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2015

Argentina has thwarted debt security holders’ attempts to collect on their bond default judgments stemming from the nation’s 2001 economic collapse and subsequent repayment moratorium.EM Ltd. and NML Capital, Ltd...

Trademark Registration in Cuba
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2015

As the US diplomatic relationship with Cuba continues on itspath of normalization and the possibility for increased economic opportunitiesfor US companies with the island increase with the potential further looseningof restrictions prohibiting engaging in business in Cuba, US businesses lookingat the Cuban market have begun taking steps to register their trademarks inCuba...

ANNOUNCED: New Updates to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations Effective Monday September 21, 2015
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2015

In a continued effort to implement the policy changesannounced by President Obama on December 17,2014, OFAC and BIS have announced additional amendments tothe CACR and EAR, respectively, which will be published and effective on Monday,September 21, 2015.The regulatory changes discussed below are more in the lineof significant changes made to the regulations since December 17, 2014.Overall, the regulatory changes loosen restrictions on travel to and businessand investment in Cuba...

The EU Should Wrest Back Leadership on Climate Change from the Courts
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

A recent judgment by a Dutch court signals a trend towards the judiciary getting involved in setting climate policy. Lucas Bergkamp argues that this confuses the separation of powers, and that the EU should restore the balance. In June, the district court of The Hague found the state of The Netherlands liable under tort law for failing to adequately combat climate change...

Retaining Insurance Coverage in the Face of Late Notice and Misconduct Exclusions
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

A Texas federal court recently ordered an insurer to reimburse an oil and gas company for costs and expenses incurred while defending against environmental claims. The court found that a duty to defend existed even though the insured failed to immediately notify the insurer of the occurrence, giving rise to the claim as required by the insurance policy, and despite alleged willful miscon- duct that was excluded from coverage under the policy...

Retaining Insurance Coverage in the Face of Late Notice and Misconduct Exclusions
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

Retaining Insurance Coverage in the Face of Late Notice and Misconduct Exclusions A Texas federal court recently ordered an insurer to reimburse an oil and gas company for costs and expenses incurred while defending against environmental claims...

Beware the SEC’s Sweeping Definition of Books, Records
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

The federal securities laws require public companies to make and keep detailed and accurate “books, records, and accounts.” One might assume that a securities law relating to books and records covers materials used in the preparation of financial statements. But in practice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission applies a much broader definition that seems to encompass every piece of paper and data in a company’s possession...

3 Ways To Trim Self-Inflicted Harm in Internal Probes
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

When not conducted carefully, internal investigations cancause more harm than good. Deciding to investigate a suspected problem is onlythe first of several key determinations. The responsible executive must planand execute the investigation deliberately to avoid self-inflicted harm. Anorganization can protect itself—while still conducting an investigation that isconfidential, full and fair—only by carefully thinking about how best touncover the alleged wrongdoing or compliance issues...

Examining Deflategate As A Discovery Dispute
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

The New England Patriots may play the first quarter of the 2015-16 season without quarterback Tom Brady, as he was suspended for failing to cooperate with an investigation related to footballs deflated below league standards being used in the 2014-15 season AFC championship game with the Indianapolis Colts...

Reopening of American Embassy in Cuba
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, July 2015

Following Cuba’s removal from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on May 29, 2015, the United States and Cuba took an additional step towards normalizing relations by announcing the reopening of embassies after more than five decades of their closure. The announcement of an agreement to reopen embassies, which was made today, is the first step in converting each country’s present “Interests Section” into formal embassies...

FIFA Kickback and Bribery Allegations & Insurance For Related Third-Party Investigations
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2015

FIFA Kickback and Bribery Allegations & Insurance For Related Third-Party Investigations Bribes of $40,000 stuffed in envelopes, a flight to Europe solely to retrieve a briefcase full of cash and a$10 million payoff to secure votes for choosing the World Cup host country are among the allegations in the recent indictment against FIFA representatives and related business associates...

Cos. In FIFA-Related Investigations Should Check Insurance
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2015

Bribes of $40,000 stuffed in envelopes, a flight to Europe solely to retrieve a briefcase full of cash, and a $10 million payoff to secure votes for choosing the World Cup host country are among the allegations in the recent indictment against FIFA representatives and related business associates. The indictment contains charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering arising out of alleged kickbacks and bribes that the defendants gave or received...

Cuba’s Removal from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2015

Following President Obama’s announcement on December 17, 2014 of a policy to normalize relations with Cuba,the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) on January 16, 2015, to implement the policy change...

Insurance May Be Available for Flood-Related Losses
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2015

Prolonged and torrential rains have caused widespread flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. It is important that policyholders remain mindful of the substantial benefits that may be available to them for resulting economic and physical losses under ordinary business insurance policies...

Navigating Cross-Border Coverage in the Bermuda ‘Choice Of Law’ Triangle
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2015

Because American courts have interpreted insurance policies in some unexpected ways over the past several decades, many insurance carriers and policyholders have shied away from U.S.-based insurance coverage and have flocked to Bermuda to use what are commonly referred to as “Bermuda Form” policies. The idea is that the use of these foreign policies can mitigate some of the perceived risks posed by the American court system...

 

 

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