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Crypto Wars 2.0 – A US Perspective

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Encryption is not new. It was invented long before the internet – by 50 BC, the Romans had developed the “Caesar Cipher” to secure the written notes that Julius Caesar's messengers carried to and from the far reaches of the Roman Empire. Now, more than 2000 years later, we have “Crypto Wars 2.0.”

USA: New Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Recourse Against Trade Secret Misappropriation to Employers...

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President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law. The DTSA arms U.S. businesses with better weapons to combat trade secret theft by adding a federal civil cause of action to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, which, previously, only provided criminal sanctions.

The World Bank avoids peril in its efforts to foster International Anti-Corruption Cooperation

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The Supreme Court of Canada held that the World Bank Group cannot be compelled to turn over volumes of investigation materials in a Canadian prosecution.

Reflections on the Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting

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The ABA Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting provides an opportunity for review and reflection on recent antitrust developments. We summarize a few that may be of interest.

What every multinational company should know about the WP29 EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

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The Working Party of European Union Data Protection Authorities identified concerns with the Privacy Shield, and recommended clarifications and improvements to the text.

A Reminder of the Long Arm of US laws: Singapore and Malaysian Nationals Plead...

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In March 2016, the San Diego Federal District Court sentenced a Singaporean man to 63 months' imprisonment for knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to defraud the U.S. Navy by obtaining the payment of false and fraudulent claims.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): Anti-Corruption Principles

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In February 2016, 12 countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. We highlight in this post TPP standards on anti-corruption as well as the potential implications on Singapore and Malaysia,

Attorney-Client Privilege And A Law Firm Leak

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Earlier this month, reports emerged of a massive leak of documents that appear to have been stolen from a non-U.S. law firm. This is only the latest instance of confidential attorney files leaking into the public arena. The U.S. Department of Justice has already announced that it is investigating potential violations of law.

Global Human Rights Compliance & Litigation Update

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Hudbay Minerals Inc. lawsuit receives International media coverage.

The Rana Plaza Class Action – Is Canada the Next Frontier for Global Human...

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Canadian multinational corporations must take note that Candadian courts are revealing a new willingness to expand their jurisdictional reach in light of modern commercial realities and perceived corporate impunity.
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