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How Companies Address #MeToo Claims in Executive Employment Agreements Matter

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In a recent working paper, researchers at UCLA and the University of Amsterdam determined that a single sexual harassment claim can cause more damage to a company’s reputation than financial misconduct or fraud. In this #MeToo era, it’s no surprise that companies are nervous about sexual harassment. On the more positive side, the academic paper also found that how a Read More

5 Important Changes to North Carolina Business Corporations Law

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Some major changes to the North Carolina Business Corporation Act (the “Corporations Law”) took effect on October 1 of this year. These changes touch many aspects of the Corporations Law, from providing a statutory method to ratify defective corporate actions to rewriting provisions covering director and officer liability. Some of these changes were the result of corresponding changes to the Model Read More

Concern for employers as Court of Appeal uphold Morrisons data breach ruling

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Is an employer liable in damages to employees whose personal and confidential information has been criminally misused by another employee in breach of data protection laws and obligations of confidence? Yes, said the Court of Appeal in William Morrison Supermarkets plc v various claimants. Mr Skelton (S), an internal auditor with Morrisons, aggrieved by disciplinary action taken against him, posted Read More

We should all do our bit for trustee diversity

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Charities and employers both have a role to play in encouraging and supporting young trustees. A welcome aspect of this year’s Trustees’ Week on 12-17 November is the focus on youth - in particular the ‘Young Trustee’ campaign to get 250 charities to pledge to recruit a young person to their board. The need for an initiative like this was Read More

Employers Beware: Using Employee Non-Solicitation Clauses May Violate California Law

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A California Court of Appeal on November 1, 2018, affirmed a San Diego trial court’s judgment voiding post-employment non-solicitation of employee contract provisions and enjoining their enforcement. In AMN v. Aya Healthcare __ Cal. App. 4th __, 2018 WL 5669154, the Court also confirmed the award of attorney’s fees to the prevailing former employees and their new employer under California Code of Read More

Recent Growth in the Boston Area Life Sciences Ecosystem

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The life sciences ecosystem in Boston is flourishing at a prolific pace. Boston is the mecca of strong universities coupled with some of the top teaching hospitals in the country, producing imaginative, intelligent individuals with science and medical backgrounds. These researchers and entrepreneurs are driven to launch the latest groundbreaking ideas and devices to fight diseases, develop cures, and challenge Read More

Atiq Anjarwalla interviewed by Arabian Business: Why Africa is the world’s last frontier market

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Six of the top 10 fastest growing economies in 2018 are African countries. In comparison to other emerging markets, Africa has historically been regarded as a high-risk environment for trade and investment, and the continent has experienced an economic slowdown as slumping oil prices hit the global economy. This combined with increasing debt is potentially discouraging investment. However, for forward-looking Read More

Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies: regulatory framework in the UAE

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The terms “Blockchain” or “Bitcoin” were alien to the general public in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when Satoshi Nakamoto began the Bitcoin phenomenon in 2008. However, today with one of the world’s first cryptocurrency deep “cold storage” companies operating in Dubai, it is clear that tides have shifted. In a bid to become a pioneer in blockchain technology, the Read More

New Australian law to provide further protections for copyright owners to block offshore pirate websites

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The Australian Senate’s Environment and Communications Legislation Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 and is due to report on 26 November 2018. Given there is bipartisan political support for the Bill, which will expand the rights of copyright holders to obtain Federal Court injunctions to block offshore pirate websites, it is expected the Read More

Telecommunications Client Alert – November 2018

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Recent FCC Actions to Spur Wireless 5G Deployment The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has taken several actions in recent months to facilitate broadband deployment of next generation 5G networks. Below we highlight two recent FCC orders, one to speed the deployment of wireless small cell networks and another to introduce valuable mid-band wireless spectrum for use by 5G broadband networks. Read More