European Commission Fines Facebook US$122 Million for Providing Inaccurate Information in WhatsApp Merger Review

The European Commission has imposed a fine of EUR110 million (US$122 million) on Facebook for providing misleading or incorrect information to the European Commission when it filed the acquisition of WhatsApp for merger approval in 2014. In the notification, Facebook stated that it would be unable to establish a reliable automated matching between Facebook users’ accounts and WhatsApp users’ accounts. View Full Post
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Dubious Patent Trolls and a Crowdfunded Infringement Defense

By | DuetsBlog | May 19, 2017
Dubious Patent Trolls and a Crowdfunded Infringement Defense We’ve spent time discussing the patent troll phenomenon in the past.  Patent trolls are less pejoratively referred to as non-practicing entities, because they do not make or use the inventions covered by their patents.  Instead, these non-practicing entities operate by purchasing patents on various technologies, accusing companies of infringing those patents, and demanding the companies pay licensing fees.  View Full Post
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9 Traits of a Bang-up Workplace Investigation

9 Traits of a Bang-up Workplace Investigation What makes a workplace investigation so good that you just can’t wait to show the EEOC investigator what you did? And you’re like, “Plaintiff’s lawyer, take us to court — please!” All right, maybe nothing would make it that good, but here are nine things employers can do to ensure that they at least won’t be ashamed of their workplace investigations: No. View Full Post
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European Commission Goes Online with Final Report in E-commerce Sector Inquiry

European Commission Goes Online with Final Report in E-commerce Sector Inquiry The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital content markets. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, launched the Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry in May 2015, announcing that “European citizens face too many barriers to accessing goods and services online across borders”. View Full Post
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Divided FCC Begins Proceeding to Revise Internet Oversight Policy, Reverse Many “Open Internet Order” Decisions

Divided FCC Begins Proceeding to Revise Internet Oversight Policy, Reverse Many “Open Internet Order” Decisions On May 18, 2017, at the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) May Open Meeting, the Commission adopted, on a two-one vote, a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), titled “Restoring Internet Freedom,” that would negate and replace the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which the NPRM refers to as the “Title II Order.”  This action begins a process that re-ignites differences between the Republicans and lone Democrat on the Commission, and signals that the effort to repeal the rules will be bumpy.  View Full Post
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Senators Request GAO Review of CFIUS Oversight of Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Senators Request GAO Review of CFIUS Oversight of Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate Three senators – Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Sen. Ron Wyden, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, ranking member on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee – have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) examines U.S. View Full Post
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Latest Ransomware Attack: Is Your Arbitration Cyber-ready?

By | Latham.London | May 18, 2017
Latest Ransomware Attack: Is Your Arbitration Cyber-ready? The latest global ‘WannaCry’ attack has again brought to the fore the need for sovereign and private parties to have in place adequate cyber-security measures and response plans to deal with cyber-attacks, including in the context of international arbitration.  As attackers are becoming increasingly resourceful in their ability to exploit vulnerabilities, it is critical that participants in arbitration play their part in mitigating against this type of risk, particularly where sensitive information is involved and large sums are at stake. View Full Post
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A Harbinger for Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?

A Harbinger for Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas? On March 6th, President Trump issued a Memorandum Seeking Rigorous Evaluation of All Grounds of Inadmissibility. As a direct result of the March 6th Memorandum, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency review and approval of its intention to collect supplemental information from visa applicants, and they asked OMB to approve their request by May 18th. View Full Post
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