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Legal Update
March/April 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Bulletin for Pensions Managers is a high-level summary of developments which may be of interest to pensions managers. This issue covers developments to the end of April 2015.
Legal Update
27 May 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Franchising is a distribution model where the franchisor grants a bundle of rights to an independent business (the franchisee), allowing the franchisee to trade in the name of the franchisor and adopt the franchisor's business model.
Newsletter
27 May 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Energy & Climate Change; Environment; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Newsletter
27 May 2015
Legal Update
27 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision granting reinsurance company Validus Re a refund of federal excise tax (FET) the company had paid on retrocessions of US-source risks to non-US retrocessionnaires.
Legal Update
26 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, No. 13-935 resolving yet another fundamental bankruptcy procedural issue that had arisen in the wake of Stern v. Marshall, 564 U.S. ___ (2011), with the Court’s majority holding that “Article III [of the US Constitution] is not violated when the parties knowingly and voluntarily consent to adjudication by a bankruptcy judge” with respect to a Stern claim.
Newsletter
22 May 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; IP Rights, Patents, Trademarks; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
We are pleased to present the May 2015 edition of our Trustee Quarterly Review.
In Brief
21 May 2015
On 15 May 2015, a notice was gazetted to appoint 1 August 2015 as the effective date of certain amendments to the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance.
Newsletter
21 May 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
21 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Expert testimony, while not a traditional component of evidence in international arbitration, has certainly become the norm—particularly with respect to damage calculations and issues of industry conduct. In recognition of that trend, the International Chamber of Commerce (the “ICC”) recently enacted new Expert Rules. These rules replace the ICC’s 2013 “Rules for Expertise.”
Legal Update
20 May 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
In the UK Supreme Court’s judgment of Plevin v. Paragon Personal Finance Limited UKSC 61, it was held that the failure to disclose a commission of 71.8 percent made the consumer contract unfair. This case may have wider implications for disclosure of commission in Hong Kong.
Newsletter
20 May 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Energy, Environment & Climate; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Data Protection; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
20 May 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
What is selective distribution?
Legal Update
19 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has issued its long-awaited report rejecting US efforts to modify meat labeling requirements. In the underlying dispute, initiated by Mexico and Canada, the Appellate Body held that US country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products violated US obligations under the WTO agreements. This latest decision is the United States' fourth adverse opinion in this dispute.
Legal Update
19 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Mayer Brown’s Global Directions is a summary of recent immigration and mobility trends arising in key jurisdictions around the globe. This high-level overview alerts recipients to select changes in law and practice that may affect their global mobility programs.
Newsletter
19 May 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Energy & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
18 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”) has amended the reporting requirements applicable to US persons (defined below) related to its 2014 BE-10 Benchmark Survey of US Direct Investment Abroad.
Article
18 May 2015
Article
18 May 2015
Legal Update
18 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Tibble v. Edison Int’l, No. 13–550 (previously described in the October 2, 2014, Docket Report)
Article
18 May 2015
Newsletter
18 May 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Competitiveness, SMEs; Energy & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
14 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled an administrative proceeding against a hedge fund manager, its 95 percent owner and chief executive officer, and its general counsel (who also served as chief operating officer), arising out of allegations that the fund manager improperly used fund assets to pay for adviser-related operating expenses.
Legal Update
13 May 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Exclusive arrangements are a type of vertical arrangement, whereby one party imposes restrictions on the other's ability to choose with whom, in what or where it deals. It is a common business practice and can take many forms. Often, it requires a buyer (whether a reseller or end-user) to deal exclusively with a seller. In most cases it will not harm competition.

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