Executive Summaries

 
 
  • Summary Disposition in Arbitration

    When we ask in-house counsel to explain why their companies don’t use arbitration clauses, the answer frequently includes the assertion that “you can’t get summary judgment in arbitration.” That has been true historically, but it is changing....

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  • Mandatory Arbitration Isn’t Always Mandatory in Canada

    Consumer protection laws vary from province to province in Canada. They limit and, in some cases, void mandatory arbitration clauses in order to preserve a consumer’s right to have a claim decided by the courts, typically by...

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  • Hidden Legal Risk of Open Source Software

    As much as half the code used in all software is comprised of open source software (OSS). Open source components are, by definition, free and available for anyone to use; but there are limitations, including licensing obligations...

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  • Recent Developments in Class Action Law

    The two most important unresolved issues in class actions are the standard by which plaintiffs must show an ascertainable class before a lawsuit can be certified for class treatment, and whether a class can be certified if...

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  • A Different Kind of Takeover

    Typically, clients are looking for the quickest and least expensive resolution of a case, and that frequently means an early settlement or dispositive motion. However, often the early settlement effort ends in an impasse and the motion...

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  • A Way for General Counsel to Drive Shareholder Value

    Progressive general counsel have adopted the view that their goal is the same as that of the CEO or CMO: to drive shareholder value. This is not simply a new way of managing the law department, but...

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  • Transfer Pricing Is Big Tax Risk for Multinationals

    Transfer pricing is a complex area of tax risk affecting multinational groups. It is a major focus for local tax administrations and supranational bodies. Non-compliance can affect reputation and result in significant financial liabilities in the form...

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  • FCC Poised To Open the Floodgates

    The recent change in presidential administrations may bring about a corresponding change in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulations, which protect consumers from unsolicited advertisements through telephone calls, text messages or facsimile transmissions. With a Republican...

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  • Your Patents May Not Be Safe

    Patents are running afoul of rigorous new U.S. standards on several important aspects of patent law. The trend started around 10 years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court made it much easier to label an invention “obvious,”...

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  • Federal Circuit Tightens Patent Venue Rules

    2017 has proven to be an important year in patent infringement litigation. One of the most noteworthy developments is the fundamental change to patent venue provisions that the Supreme Court introduced with its landmark decision in TC...

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