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A reminder on California #MeToo legislation

January 1, 2019 marked significant changes to California legislation. Among noteworthy changes are new sexual harassment training requirements, rules addressing the number of females serving on public company boards, and legislation concerning confidential settlement agreements. Learn more… Continue Reading

False Claims Act – Year in Review: 2018

One month into 2019, we can look back on 2018 as a year of shifting enforcement policies and continuing jurisprudential uncertainty in the wake of Escobar. In 2018, False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries by the Department of Justice totaled $2.8 billion – a considerable decrease in recoveries from the more than $3.4 billion in total … Continue Reading

Sharpen your pencils: California AG’s Office announces start of its important CCPA pre-rulemaking, schedule for its important CCPA rules

Businesses have until March 8 to file comments in an important pre-rulemaking proceeding for a critical California AG rulemaking that will clarify the requirements of the CCPA. The California AG will most likely not enforce the CCPA privacy requirements until July 1, 2020. As we have written before, the CCPA is both a landmark privacy … Continue Reading

VAT – Monthly Alert – October 2018

By Daan Arends, Dr Björn Enders and Richard Woolich For our October summary of important VAT developments with implications for cross-border business operations, please click here. In this month’s update, key developments include: Court of Justice of the European Union – where a VAT registration number has been deactivated, input VAT can still be deducted subsequently, when the number … Continue Reading

CFIUS pilot program mandates declarations for certain non-controlling investments in critical technologie

By Ignacio E. Sanchez and Christine Daya The US Department of the Treasury has issued interim regulations for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to conduct a pilot program, as authorized by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA). The pilot program is intended to regulate the conduct … Continue Reading

Global Tax Alert: Dutch tax proposals aim to improve investment climate

By Jian-Cheng Ku and Rhys Bane In September, the Dutch government published an initial round of tax proposals in connection with the 2019 Budget. One of these proposals, the Source Tax Act of 2020 (STA 2020), would, among other things, see the Dutch dividend withholding tax abolished and a source tax on dividends (as of … Continue Reading

SEC advises companies to publicly disclose cybersecurity risks and prohibit insider trading around cybersecurity incidents: action steps for public companies

On February 21, 2018, the SEC issued new guidance on whether public companies need to provide public disclosure of a “material” cybersecurity risk or event.  Although the guidance is nonbinding, it is instructive in understanding how the Commission may interpret alleged cybersecurity lapses, particularly with regard to enforcement actions in exercising its civil jurisdiction over public … Continue Reading