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Employers, imagine that your employees’ use of Facebook and Twitter is akin to being at the controls of a forklift. Consider the employee who is angry because he has not been adequately trained and is tired of having to be on call 24/7, or the employee who is upset because she believes overtime is being unfairly distributed among company personnel ...

North America -   Where does private equity find its energy? While the energy industry has always enjoyed the attention of investors and speculators alike, a confluence of global events has lead to an even greater focus on the industry and, in turn, is driving M&A activity globally ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2012

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2012

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2012

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2012

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Advances in digital technology have created a virtually limitless supply of content available in “byte-sized” forms, where original works are being increasingly “atomized” into smaller, digestible digital content pieces for consumers and content providers alike ...

A recent technical malfunction that knocked out websites and affected hundreds of businesses using Amazons cloud computing services offered high profile evidence of both the widespread popularity of cloud services and the potential consequences of storing company data in the cloud. The incident also drew attention to cloud service contracts, raising questions about performance levels and backups in the event of a service interruption ...

  Introduction   The Great Recession is producing unprecedented levels of foreclosures1¡ªdeeds©/in©/lieu of foreclosure, bankruptcies, receiverships and other transactions in which financial institutions acquire control of real estate assets that must then be managed and sold ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2011

Blissfully unaware that its customer, a merchant, is on the brink of filing a bankruptcy petition, your client has delivered goods on credit. The likely unhappy result: when the customer files, your client is left holding a general unsecured claim, with little chance to be paid until the conclusion of the proceeding. That may be years down the road, and when it finally takes place may amount to no more than pennies on the dollar. But all may not be lost ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | October 2010

  Hunton & Williams announced today the launch of its new website — the Hunton & Williams Health Care Reform Center,  huntonhealthcarereform.com ...

The White House issued a proposed 2010 budget which includes the Obama administration’s plan to reform sections of the U.S. Tax Code on international transactions. One proposal includes a change in how international and domestic banks with foreign clients withhold tax and report to the Internal Revenue Service. The rule change is aimed at improving collection efforts on taxes owed by foreign investors and reducing tax evasion by U.S. citizens and residents ...

On May 7, 2009, the White House issued its proposed budget for fiscal year 2010, which outlines the Obama administration’s plan to reform certain of the Internal Revenue Code’s provisions on the taxation of international transactions. Proposed changes to the rules on withholding taxes, which are aimed at reducing tax evasion by U.S. citizens and residents and improving collection efforts for taxes owed by foreigners investing in the U.S ...

On May 7, 2009, the White House issued its proposed budget for fiscal year 2010, which outlines the Obama administration’s plan to reform certain of the Internal Revenue Code’s provisions on the taxation of international transactions. Proposed changes to the rules on withholding taxes, which are aimed at reducing tax evasion by U.S. citizens and residents and improving collection efforts for taxes owed by foreigners investing in the U.S ...

In two separate opinions, five to two majority of the New York Court of Appeals ruled that an insured can assert a claim form consequential damages for an insurer’s alleged bad faith breach of a first-party insurance contract. Bi-Economy Market, Inc. v. Harleysville Insurance Company of New York, No. 14 (N.Y. February 19, 2008); Panasia Estates, Inc. v. Hudson Insurance Company, No. 15 (N.Y. February 19, 2008) ...

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Finds that Student Who Was Abused Multiple Times by Fellow Students Was Entitled to Multiple Per-Claim Limits Because Each Assault Was a Separate “Claim”.In Essex Insurance Co. v. Doe, No. 06-7163, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 94 (D.C. Cir. Jan ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2008

An Illinois intermediate appellate court found that the insured’s failure to comply with the notice conditions in   contract for general liability insurance barred coverage.  Board of Education of Township High School District No. 211, Cook County, Illinois v. TIG Insurance  Company, No. 1-05-1732 (Ill. App. 3d Div. December 26, 2007). The Board of Education of Township High School District No ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2008

The Florida Supreme Court has held that defective work performed by a subcontractor that damages a general contractor’s completed work constitutes “property damage” caused by an “occurrence” under a commercial general liability (CGL) policy. U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. J.S.U.B., Inc., No. SC05-1295 (Fla. Dec. 20, 2007) ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2008

Being the smartest lawyer in the room does not always guarantee success.  Rather, success in the field of law almost always results from an attorney’s determination and dedication ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | December 2007

A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania ruled that first-party property claims for damages due to  defective stucco arose from a single occurrence and, upon determining the date of loss, held that the coverage claims were barred by the insurance contract’s two-year suit limitations period. Smith, et al. v. Westfield Insurance Co., No. 06-3077; 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87431 (E.D. Pa. November 27, 2007) Case Background ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | December 2007

In Still v. Great Northern Insurance Company, No. 07-2425, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 26024 (3d Cir. Nov. 87, 2007), the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment to an insurer relying on the “business pursuits” exclusion in a homeowner’s policy. The Third Circuit found the exclusion was unambiguous and precluded coverage for a counterclaim brought by the insured’s former employer for malicious prosecution. Id. at *5-6 ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | December 2007

A Georgia intermediate appellate court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurer, holding that there can be no “advertising injury” coverage under a commercial general liability insurance contract where an underlying lawsuit concerning division of profits from a joint copyright work fails to allege a misappropriation of advertising ideas. James C. Shafe, et al. v. American States Insurance Co., No. A07A0879, 2007 Ga. App. LEXIS 1193 (Ga. App ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | December 2007

A Georgia intermediate appellate court has affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurer, holding that there can be no “advertising injury” coverage under a commercial general liability insurance contract where an underlying lawsuit concerning division of profits from a joint copyright work fails to allege a misappropriation of advertising ideas. James C. Shafe, et al. v. American States Insurance Co., No. A07A0879, 2007 Ga. App. LEXIS 1193 (Ga ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | November 2007

On certified questions from the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has decided that New Hampshire will allocate liability for long-tail environmental claims pro rata by years and limits among triggered policies. See EnergyNorth Natural Gas, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, No. 2006-745 (N.H. Oct. 18, 2007). BackgroundEnergyNorth Natural Gas, Inc ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | November 2007

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a primary insurer has no actionable right of contribution or subrogation against a co-primary insurer that declined to settle on terms agreed to by the first primary carrier. Mid-Continent Insurance Company v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, No. 05-0261 (Tex. October 12, 2007) ...

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