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Haynes and Boone | August 2018

View the PDF version of the August 2018 IP Beacon. Squarely Decided: The Fifth Circuit Sides with Spongebob On May 22, 2018, inViacom Int’l, Inc. v. IJR Captial Invs., LLC, 242 F. Supp.3d 563 (2017), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment in favor of Viacom International Inc. (Viacom) on its trademark infringement and unfair competition claims against IJR Capital Investments, LLC (IJR) ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2018

Legislation to update US controls on foreign investment has been signed by the President and enacted into law. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”) expands the scope of review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) of foreign investment in critical and foundational technologies that impact US national security, broadly defined ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2018

The courts in busy art capitals of the world like London are often called upon to determine disputes over title, provenance, authenticity and attribution of valuable art and artefacts ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2018

On July 24, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) voted to propose rule amendments aimed at simplifying certain financial disclosure requirements for guarantors, issuers and pledgors in registered debt offerings ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2018

It has been announced that a new flagship court designed to tackle the legal issues of the future will open on Fleet Street, a short walk to our London offices. The new 18 court room legal centre providing world-class legal services focussing on cybercrime, fraud, economic crime, business and property crime and civil cases is expected to be completed in 2025 ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2018

On 6 July 2018 the Government published a statement following on from Theresa May’s Cabinet meeting and Brexit debate at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence. The statement outlined the Cabinet’s collective stance and the next steps to be taken in respect of the Brexit negotiations. However, many critics have already called the Chequers statement a “compromise” position and argued that the statement seems to be advocating a “soft Brexit ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2018

2018 Summer Associate Taylor West contributed to this alert. On June 28, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to require the use of Inline Extensible Business Reporting Language (“Inline XBRL”) for operating company financial statement information and mutual fund risk/return summary information.1The amendments to the current XBRL requirement are effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. View the final rule ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2018

In the latest ruling from the contentious Gloria’s Ranch case (Gloria's Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., 2018 La. LEXIS 1694), the Supreme Court of Louisiana reversed the lower courts’ decisions that held Wells Fargo Energy Capital, Inc ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2018

Proposition 65 is a 1986 California right-to-know law requiring businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings of potentially harmful exposures to chemicals appearing on the growing list maintained by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2018

The English High Court issued its judgment in the case ofSeadrill Ghana Operations Limited v Tullow Ghana Limited1on 3 July 2018 in respect of a dispute under a long-term drilling contract between Seadrill and Tullow regarding the use of the semi-submersible drilling rig “WEST LEO” for operations offshore Ghana. The contract was signed in 2012 and its term was due to continue through to June 2018 ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

Download the June 2018 edition of the Haynes and Boone OSHA Newsletter PDF. No Time Limit on Look Back Period for Repeat Citations InTriumph Constr. Corp. v. Sec’y of Labor, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a look back period for a repeat violation beyond the Commission’s “general” policy of three years to determine a repeat violation. InTriumph, an employee was injured in a cave-in at an excavation site ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

2018 Summer Associate Molly Barham contributed to this alert. Two years ago, right after crude oil prices hit rock bottom in the middle of the worst downturn for U.S. producers since the 1980s, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) revised its Handbook for Examination of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Lending (“E&P Handbook”) ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., held that a state can now require companies not physically present in that state to collect tax on internet sales made to its residents. The explosive growth of e-commerce combined with the states’ eroding tax base convinced the Supreme Court to turn back a half century of jurisprudence ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

On June 21, in its much-anticipated decision inLucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the SEC’s Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) are officers under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. The decision requires that, moving forward, SEC ALJs be constitutionally appointed rather than hired like other employees ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

For years, corporate policyholders lacked a clear path to recovery against their insurance companies under the Texas bad faith statute. The reason for this uncertainty was that some courts required a showing of an injury independent from the loss of policy benefits as a means of recovery under the bad faith statute ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

On June 14, 2018, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy (Secretaría de Economía) published in the Official Federal Gazette amendments to Articles 73 and 129 of the General Law of Commercial Companies (Ley General de Sociedades Mercantiles) (the “Law”), imposing a new requirement to provide notice in the Ministry of Economy’s electronic system regarding entries made in the Shareholder and Member Registry Books of Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (t

Haynes and Boone | June 2018

The business world continues to be a multinational place, with marketplaces and supply chains that cut across national borders. Global expansion efforts have also spawned a growing desire for cross-border deal making. These mergers and acquisitions, however, are easily complicated by language and cultural differences, in addition to local politics and regulatory regimes ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

Getting the Deal Through – Shipbuilding is part of the series of Getting the Deal Through law guides published by Law Business Research that provide an overview of specialist areas of the law in a variety of international jurisdictions. It is published annually and the seventh edition, covers 13 jurisdictions. Leading practitioners from each jurisdiction answer the same key questions ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

In a landmark victory for employers, the Supreme Court of the United States held that agreements requiring employees to arbitrate claims on an individual basis are enforceable. The case, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis,1 consolidated three different cases on appeal from the Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit and Ninth Circuit ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

In a landmark victory for employers, the Supreme Court of the United States held that agreements requiring employees to arbitrate claims on an individual basis are enforceable. The case,Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis,1consolidated three different cases on appeal from the Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit and Ninth Circuit ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

Barry Buchman, Adrian Azer and Greg Van Houten have joined Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office in the Insurance Recovery Practice, expanding the group’s presence coast-to-coast. Partner Barry Buchman brings more than 20 years of experience and looks forward to helping the practice flourish in Washington, D.C., and the East Coast ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

In Praxair Distrib., Inc. v. Mallinckrodt Hosp. Prods. IP Ltd., 2016-2616, -2656, in a decision authored by Judge Lourie, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the printed matter doctrine is properly applied during claim construction and can include not just printed matter, but also mental steps ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

As Lord Sumption’s leading judgment of the Supreme Court inRock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited[2018] UKSC 24 states, it is rare that modern litigation raises truly fundamental issues in the law of contract. This case, however, raisedtwosuch issues, although as a result of the Court’s decision on the first issue, it was not necessary to decide the “difficult” second issue ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

Fox News v. TVEyes Shows Fair-Use Defense Remains Risky Business “It seems to me that if there were any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2018

Healthcare Hazards Involving Medical Records During Bankruptcy Companies in the healthcare industry face many unique challenges when undergoing a bankruptcy, including challenges arising due to the federal and state law framework governing the use and disclosure of medical information. In February 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had reached a settlement with the receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of Filefax, Inc ...

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