Commentary & Analysis

In the Boardroom: Women win in Renzi’s corporate rejig

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has appointed 500 board members and senior management to over 70 state-controlled companies. Boardroom expert Lucy Marcus examines what impact it will have.

Escalating U.S.–Russia tensions lead to new sanctions, heightened money-laundering risks

By Lisa A. Prager, Esq., Betty Santangelo, Esq., Gary Stein, Esq., Peter H. White, Esq., and Nora Lovell Marchant, Esq., Schulte Roth & Zabel

From Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation: Lisa Prager, Betty Santangelo, Gary Stein, Peter White and Nora Lovell Marchant of Schulte Roth & Zabel analyze President Barack Obama’s executive orders signed in response to the growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine and discuss what the directives mean for banks and public companies going forward.

The United States and others have imposed economic sanctions and issued anti-money-laundering, or AML, advisories in the wake of the growing political tensions between the United States and Russia over the fate of Ukraine.  This analysis summarizes the actions authorities have taken to date and discusses compliance implications for U.S. businesses engaged in transactions with Russian or Ukrainian counterparties.  Firms are advised to continue monitoring developments in this rapidly fluctuating area of heightened sanctions and AML risk.

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In Japan, higher grocery bills add to a leader’s burden

As Japanese consumers contend with a tax hike, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is under more pressure than ever to deliver on a long-awaited new tranche of growth-boosting reforms. Yonggi Kang reports.

The Pricing & Reference Data Marketplace

Marion Leslie, MD, Pricing & Reference Services at Thomson Reuters looks at the impact of regulations, the need for transparency and what the future holds for the pricing and reference data marketplace.

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‘Taking confidential documents riskier for whistleblowers following New Jersey ruling,’ by Darren Nadel and Michael Roaldi, Littler Mendelson PC

 

 

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CTS Corp. v. Waldburger: An appeal worth watching

By Cal Burnton, Esq., Edwards Wildman

From Westlaw Journal Environmental: Cal Burnton of Edwards Wildman discusses an environmental case that has been accepted for review by the U.S. Supreme Court and how the high court’s decision will have enormous implications for toxic tort claimants across the country and companies with legacy obligations.

Pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is a case that could be worth millions of dollars to companies with legacy environmental liabilities and on the flip side to plaintiffs and attorneys who prosecute toxic tort actions.  On the surface, the appeal in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, No. 13-339, cert. granted (U.S. Jan. 10, 2014), addresses a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a provision of federal environmental law preempts a North Carolina statute of repose.

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Halliburton II: The end of securities litigation as we know it?

By Teresa Kimker, Esq., Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

From Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation: Teresa Kimker of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA discusses the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc. and analyzes the court’s possible approaches in reviewing the “fraud on the market” presumption used for securities fraud class certification.

On March 4 the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc., No. 13-317 (“Halliburton II”).1  The court is being asked to revisit the 1988 decision in Basic Inc. v. Levinson,2 which recognized a rebuttable presumption of reliance based on a “fraud on the market” theory in Section 10(b) securities fraud cases.

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Is doing good a good business?

Rob Cox and Efrat Peled, Chairman and CEO of Arison Investments, discuss the Israeli firm’s focus on projects that are both philanthropic and generate returns for shareholders.

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Fuel-fed fires: Recent case trends show motorists shouldn’t burn to death in today’s vehicles

By J. Kent Emison, Esq., Langdon & Emison

From Westlaw Journal Automotive: J. Kent Emison of Emison & Langdon discusses what plaintiff attorneys should look for when evaluating the potential merits of a vehicle fire case and what defects can cause such incidents.

The advances in technology that today’s new cars enjoy are nothing short of amazing.  Some cars are advertised as being able to do the driving for you, some identify upcoming hazards in the roadway, and some even remind you when you need a coffee break.1

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Kiwi policy the envy of other central banks

New Zealand has become the first advanced nation to exit record-low rates, boasting inflationary pressures that some powerful central bankers could only wish for, says Breakingviews’ Andy Mukherjee.

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