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Yes, COPPA is real.

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In Season 4, Episode 2 of HBO’s Silicon Valley, the startup team Pied Piper is surprised to learn that a majority of their user base is under 13. They are even more surprised when they learn that they could face fines of $21 billion. So, what exactly is COPPA? The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) basically says that if Read More

Perception versus reality: A brief insight into Australia’s foreign investment regulatory framework

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When the Australian Government overhauled the foreign investment framework in late 2015, it had at least three key objectives in mind: (i) to better regulate foreign investment in agriculture and residential real estate (no doubt to address a prevailing public perception that foreign investment was ‘buying up the farm’ and driving up the cost of housing in Australia’s major cities); Read More

Doubt cast over the importance of serving notices strictly to contract provisions

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Over the years a strict approach to the interpretation of contractual terms has been favoured, particularly in the context of notice provisions in commercial contracts. However, the Court of Session recently ruled on the interpretation of a notice given in terms of a commercial contract in Hoe International Ltd v Andersen [2017], holding that the notice was valid, despite the Read More

Dubai International Finance Centre Courts enforce a US judgment for the first time

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The DIFC Courts have, for the first time, enforced a US judgment. In the recent case, Barclays Bank PLC & others vs. Essar Global Fund Limited, the Claimants, a consortium of foreign lenders, had obtained judgment against the Defendant in the courts of New York, and sought to enforce this judgment in the UAE against the Defendant’s UAE assets. The Read More

The expanding scope of European data protection obligations to non-EU businesses

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The changes The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") will, with effect from 25 May 2018, introduce a number of changes to EU data protection regime.  One of the more significant changes will be the expansion of its territorial scope. The current EU data protection legislation applies only to businesses established in the EU.  Under the GDPR the reach of data Read More

Security. Compliance. Enforcement – Countdown to the GDPR

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Laura Myles, Head of Intellectual Property at Flynn O’Driscoll Business Lawyers, Ireland, outlines some of the key legislative changes proposed in relation to the processing of personal data which are due to come into effect in May 2018. The laws relating to the processing of personal data will change in Europe on 25th May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation Read More

High Court Rulings Hinder Patent Enforcement

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In this article, published on Law360.com, David Newman, chair of Gould & Ratner’s Intellectual Property Practice, writes about how innovation of small companies and startups could be at risk due to these three rulings, each having a detrimental effect on patent enforcement efforts by those small companies and startups. The full article can be found here (registration and/or subscription may Read More

Arbitration and “Appellate” Review: Competing Legal Principles

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In this article, published in the American Bar Association’s Construction Litigation magazine, Gould & Ratner partner Eric Sparks discusses how arbitration has begun to mimic litigation by including discovery, motion practice and even the possibility of merits-based review of awards. The full article can be found here (registration and/or subscription may be required). Read More