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On Wednesday, a federal judge in Texas denied Factory Mutual’s Rule 12(c) motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that the plaintiffs adequately alleged that the presence of COVID-19 on their property caused covered physical loss or damage in the case of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Co., No. 4:21-CV-00011 (E.D. Tex. May 5, 2021) ...

An expansion strategy doesn’t always need to be M&A driven. Hunton & Williams LLP partners Robert Acosta-Lewis  and Susan Failla make the case for strategic alliances.  When considering expanding into emerging markets, companies often look to traditional M&A opportunities or explore possible distribution or sales representation relationships.  While both of these avenues may offer potential advantages, they also carry risks and limitations ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | February 2013

An expansion strategy doesn’t always need to be M&A driven. Hunton & Williams LLP partners Robert Acosta-Lewis and Susan Failla make the case for strategic alliances. When considering expanding into emerging markets, companies often look to traditional M&A oppor tunities or explore possible distribution or sales representation relationships. While both of these avenues may offer potential advantages, they also carry risks and limitations ...

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 ...

 On April 10, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, White House senior adviser Rand Beers, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of the antitrust agencies’ “Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing of Cybersecurity Information ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | November 2013

On December 2, 2013 the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in BG Group v. Argentina, addressing for the first time the applicable rules when a US court reviews an international arbitral award made under a bilateral investment treaty. This case has earned the attention of the international arbitration community, given its potential impact on future arbitral practice in the United States and abroad ...

The U.S. Supreme Court again unanimously reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, this time in two cases relating to attorney fees for patent infringement: Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness, No. 12-1184, and Highmark v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., No. 12-1163. The Federal Circuit is now 0-3 in cases before the court so far this term, and it has persuaded a grand total of zero justices to support affirmance in any of those cases. See Medtronic v ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | October 2020

What Happened: The US warns victims of ransomware and companies facilitating ransomware payments of potential Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) violations in light of rising ransomware attacks. The Bottom Line: Individuals and companies risk potential civil penalties based on strict liability if a ransomware payment involves a person or entity on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”) ...

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 ...

It is well known that insurance companies negotiate low attorney hourly rates for defense of their policyholders.1 When a conflict arises that requires policyholders to retain independent counsel, insurers frequently try to impose those same rates on the policyholders’ selected attorneys. The ensuing fight over billing rates can discourage policyholders from selecting the best attorneys for the job ...

Scope of this treatiseThe purpose of this discussion is to address those cases which are most likely to have a significant effect for those practicing in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech areas ...

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