Global trends in anti-corruption: is the OECD levelling the playing field? | WilmerHale

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There can surely be few enterprises carrying on a business in the UK who remain unaware of the provisions of the UK Bribery Act 2010 (the Bribery Act). That such enterprises may be prosecuted in the UK courts for their failure to prevent bribery committed on their behalf, however far flung the location, has been …

Proposed changes to the EU merger control regime | Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

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In a recent speech on EU merger control, the European commissioner for competition, Joaquin Almunia, identified two areas where he considered changes were required to the current EU merger control regime. First he highlighted his intention to streamline the merger review system to enable the EU Commission to focus on those cases that:


Collateral security: assurances for comfort can give rise to legally enforceable rights | Cooley

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Commercial contracts will very often be the subject of negotiation between parties, and during those negotiations things will be said or recorded, often to assure or comfort one of the parties, that do not appear in the terms of the written contract. Difficulties will inevitably arise where a party relies on such statements and there …

A review of this year’s notable cases in the Scottish courts | Brodies

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For our review, we have considered ten notable Scottish cases decided this year in the commercial and public law fields, which include the action brought by the administrators of Rangers FC, a landmark decision striking down an Act of the Scottish parliament, and different approaches to contractual interpretation.


Italian Supreme Court rules mobile phones can cause brain tumours
 | Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Days after a trial court in Italy found six scientists guilty of manslaughter due to their failure to predict an earthquake, the Italian Supreme Court also hit the news after ruling in an employment case that mobile phones can cause brain tumours in heavy users. Sarah Croft, of Shook Hardy & Bacon International, assesses the …

Transfer of undertaking and changes to personnel and employment conditions within the organisation: not always a simple matter 
 | Boekel

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This article deals with two situations that occur frequently in connection with a transfer of undertaking, namely: i) dismissal of personnel and ii) harmonisation of employment conditions. TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKING In the case of a transfer of undertaking, the employees of the transferred undertaking will enter the service of the acquiring undertaking by operation of …

A recent trend in well-known mark litigation in Indonesia
 | Rouse

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Recent well-known trade mark cases in Indonesia have revealed a somewhat worrying trend: a number, not by any means insignificant, of first instance decisions of the Commercial Court have been erratic, suffering from questionable reasoning. Many have been overturned on appeal. This situation differs markedly from that which prevailed in the not too distant past, …

Clinical trials: a step towards ironing out regulatory ambiguities
 | Amarchand Mangaldas

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In 2005, India was the ‘go to’ destination for conducting clinical trials. However, recent articles indicate that, since then, the growth trajectory of the clinical trials industry 
in India has suffered due to the lack of clarity in the regulatory framework governing these trials. In order to resolve the ambiguity under the current regime and …