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Presentation
13-14 May 2014
Newsletter
22 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Transport; Future of Europe
Legal Update
22 April 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 15 April 2014, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) of the People's Republic of China issued a notice detailing the transitional arrangement for handling trademark cases between now and 1 May 2014 when the new PRC Trademark Law will become effective.
Legal Update
22 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Zachary Fardon, the recently appointed US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, has announced the creation of a new Securities and Commodities Fraud Section in Chicago. The new Section will specialize in investigating and prosecuting crimes relating to the operation of the country’s securities and commodities markets.
Legal Update
18 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a recent decision, a federal judge concluded that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the power to regulate data security and thus rejected a company’s challenge to the FTC’s authority. If the decision stands, the FTC is likely to continue its scrutiny of businesses’ data-security practices.
Newsletter
18 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Legal Update
18 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The European Parliament (EP) adopted proposals for a Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (CPSR) and for a Regulation on the Market Surveillance of Products (MSR) during the plenary session of 15 April 2014.
Legal Update
17 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Plaintiffs increasingly rely on questionable expert testimony to fill gaps in their proof, trusting that the imprimatur of an expert will overcome otherwise insuperable deficiencies in their cases. In employment cases, where dubious expert testimony frequently is offered to show disparate impact or to bolster claims of disparate treatment, the success or failure of the defendant’s efforts to exclude expert testimony may determine the outcome of the case.
Legal Update
17 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On April 16, 2014, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) released a draft solicitation for loan guarantees of up to $4 billion for innovative renewable energy and efficient energy projects located in the United States to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing.
Newsletter
17 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Legal Update
16 April 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
In our legal update "Vietnam's New Decree on Work Permits" of 16 December 2013, we summarised the provisions of the government's Decree 102, dated 5 September 2013, regarding work permits for expatriate employees working in Vietnam. To provide guidelines on the provisions of Decree 102, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs issued Circular No. 03/2014/TT-BLDTBXH (Circular 03) on 20 January 2014, which took effect from 10 March 2014.
Newsletter
16 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affaris; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Book
April 2014
(January 2013)
The Trustee Guide is a user-friendly summary of the pensions law and regulatory framework within which trustees of occupational pension schemes in the UK operate. 
Legal Update
16 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Division of Corporation Finance of the US Securities and Exchange Commission has updated its frequently asked questions regarding its conflict minerals rule, providing guidance on nine conflict minerals topics.
Legal Update
15 April 2014
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
A Law Bill protecting individual rights and freedoms on the web has just been passed by the Brazilian Chamber of Representatives (Lower House of Congress).
Newsletter
15 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Finance & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Legal Update
15 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In closing a recent investigation, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced for the first time that an individual’s participation in a social media contest may constitute a product endorsement under FTC regulations.
Newsletter
14 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Medias; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Legal Update
11 April 2014
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On April 1st, 2014, the Vienna Convention for the International Sales of Goods (CISG) entered in force in Brazil. It is a result of the Legislative Decree No. 538/2012, enacted by the National Congress in March 2013, which incorporated the CISG into the Brazilian legal framework.
Legal Update
11 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has a significant history of using its Section 5 authority to enforce promises that companies make to consumers in privacy policies. When one company acquires another, however, the companies’ existing privacy policies may be inconsistent.
Newsletter
11 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Finance & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Medias; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Newsletter
10 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Intellectual Property; Finance & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
Legal Update
9 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The staff of the US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued no-action letters to certain foreign issuers that are subject to the SEC’s proxy rules.
Legal Update
9 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The revised World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) entered into force on April 6, 2014. The overarching principles of the GPA continue to be nondiscrimination and transparency, and many of the Agreement’s procedures and requirements closely resemble those used in the United States.
Newsletter
9 April 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Finance & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Maritime; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Accession & External Relations

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