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Cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance remain under scrutiny from federal agencies and commissions. The acting Comptroller of the Currency has publicly stated that cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance may be evolving into serious threats to the financial system, much like the way certain financial derivatives prompted serious concerns and…
 
In mid-2019, a group of corporate employees based in Silicon Valley launched a months-long campaign of online harassment, threats of violence and physical surveillance targeting a middle-aged couple in Massachusetts who ran an online newsletter covering eCommerce. The employees worked for eBay, one of the largest, oldest Silicon Valley companies. T…
 
In AMG Capital Management v. FTC, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Federal Trade Commission Act does not allow the FTC to seek, from violators of the Act, “equitable monetary relief” in the form of restitution or disgorgement. Jones Day partner David Morrell talks about how the Court’s decision could alter the FTC’s consumer-protection enforcement …
 
Cybersecurity threats remain a constant concern for every business and organization, regardless of size, location, or industry. The stakes relating to possible litigation, financial repercussions, and reputational risk, are high. In this second episode of “A False Sense of Security”, Jones Day Talks‘ series of programs focusing on legal issues that…
 
SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has left little doubt that his commission will closely monitor activity in the cryptoasset markets and the actions of decentralized finance, or DeFi platforms, as investor interest continues to grow. In prepared remarks delivered at an early August event, the chairman said, “We just don’t have enough investor protection in…
 
The United States Supreme Court has delivered its decision in U.S. v. Arthrex, which determined whether appointments of administrative patent judges to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) were constitutional. Jones Day’s Matt Johnson and John Evans talk about the background of the Arthrex case, how the decisi…
 
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston that the NCAA violated antitrust law by prohibiting member colleges from providing athletes with certain educational benefits. Specifically, the case dealt with the NCAA’s restrictions on providing athletes with non-cash, academic-related compensation, such a…
 
Signed into law in July of 1946, the Lanham Act has, for 75 years, governed U.S. trademark, servicemark, and unfair competition matters. In this edition of the Jones Day Talks Women in IP series, Meredith Wilkes, Anna Raimer, and Carrie Kiedrowski discuss how trademark laws have changed and evolved since the Lanham Act’s implementation, and talk ab…
 
Efforts by government agencies, companies, and investors to limit the effects of climate change continue to influence activity in the financial markets. Interest in carbon markets, where emission credits are purchased and sold─and also where derivatives on those credits are traded─is growing rapidly, and that trend is expected to continue. Some est…
 
Jones Day’s series on private enforcement actions relating to antitrust matters in Europe turns to significant developments in Spain. Raimundo Ortega and Antonio Canales explain why antitrust actions in Spain have increased, discuss how damages are disputed and quantified, and review the key takeaways from the high-profile Truck Cartel and Paper En…
 
The surging interest in cryptocurrency continues to raise new legal challenges for market participants and interested parties. This is largely uncharted territory, so there’s comparatively little case law. However, a recent federal court’s decision in United American v. Bitmain provided some insight as to how courts would apply antitrust laws to cr…
 
The energy markets are highly regulated, and producers, transmitters, and consumers of energy all use the highly regulated derivatives markets to hedge their energy risks. How do the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) respond when there are price disruptions, like with Winter Storm Uri, o…
 
As the infamous college admissions scandal unraveled, it became clear that aside from the illegal activities of the defendants – who included the principal of an admissions consulting firm, coaches and staff at certain universities, and the parents of college applicants – the case exposed potential problem areas for academic institutions related to…
 
Cybersecurity risk is evolving and expanding. Traditionally, cybersecurity risk has been equated with cyber attacks and associated legal consequences. That risk is undoubtedly real: All internet connected systems remain vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated, persistent threat actors, including nation states and well-funded criminal organizations…
 
The European Central Bank’s decision to establish a Climate Change Center and invest in a green bond fund launched by the Bank for International Settlements reflects the growing importance of climate change, and ESG more broadly, in ECB policy. The ECB’s focus on climate change and sustainable finance will only grow as the EU’s Sustainable Finance …
 
In an effort to uncover and prosecute unlawful actions in the derivatives and futures markets, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have in recent years engaged in unprecedented levels of cooperation. Jones Day partners Josh Sterling and Brian Rabbitt discuss the DOJ / CFTC commodities fraud …
 
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in NCAA v. Alston, a case that will determine the limits the NCAA can place on types of compensation received by college student-athletes. Jones Day’s Chris Pace and Marc Weinroth discuss how the case found its way to the Supreme Court, the arguments that the NCAA and student-athletes made, and what t…
 
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, has broad regulatory powers to monitor the U.S. derivatives markets, which include futures, swaps, and some options. Jones Day partner Josh Sterling, the former Director of the CFTC’s Market Participants Division, talks about how the Commission fits into the broader regulatory framework, how it mon…
 
In this recap of a recent Jones Day client-focused webinar, partners Harriet Territt, Eva Monard, Sean Boyce, and Rick van ‘t Hullenaar review 2020’s critical developments in U.S., EU and UK sanctions and export controls that directly impact EU, Middle Eastern and UK businesses operating in the global marketplace. These include: Expanded use of U.S…
 
Jones Day’s series on private enforcement actions relating to antitrust matters in Europe continues with a focus on recent developments in France. Partners Eric Barbier de La Serre and Ozan Akyurek discuss how proceedings typically develop in private enforcement matters, access to evidence under French law, class actions, and why French courts are …
 
Jones Day partners Rick Puente and Chris Pace talk about what affected parties need to know about the Helms-Burton cases moving through U.S. district and appellate courts. They also comment on the current state of U.S./Cuba relations, and discuss how the Biden administration might approach dealings with the Caribbean nation. Read the full transcrip…
 
Partners Matt Johnson and Sarah Geers talk about former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu’s impact on the PTAB, and what we might expect from a new director under the Biden Administration. They also comment on why patent litigation filings remained active during COVID-19, and explain the factors the PTAB considers when exercising its discretion to deny a…
 
Jones Day partners Lanier Saperstein and Jay Tambe talk about The New York Department of Financial Services’ recent guidance on Climate Change and Financial Risks, and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s annual January letter to corporations, which addressed similar issues. The conversation focuses on how regulators and asset managers are addressing investo…
 
In the fourth installment in our series of programs on the private enforcement of competition law in European jurisdictions, Jones Day partners Mario Todino and Lamberto Schiona discuss how private enforcement has evolved in Italy in recent years, the types of actions available, recent precedents, and the advantages and disadvantages of legal actio…
 
Takeaways from this discussion: Green bond issues are surging worldwide, eclipsing US$257 billion in 2019. Major corporates, including many not usually associated with climate initiatives, are bringing green bonds to market, spanning the investment grade and high-yield spectrum and including more exotic instruments as convertibles and covered bonds…
 
In the third installment in our series of programs on the private enforcement of competition law in European jurisdictions, partner Gerjanne te Winkel and associate Sophie van de Graaff discuss developments in the Netherlands, with particular attention to the effects of the 2014 EU Damages Directive, the actions available to victims of cartel activ…
 
In Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., the Federal Circuit has held that appointments of Administrative Patent Judges of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) were in violation of the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Jones Day’s Matt Johnson and Dave Cochran discuss the potential ramifications of this decision and talk about wh…
 
Proposed regulations, which will implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”) next year, revise the process for review of foreign investments and also reflect the U.S. government’s evolving view of what sectors of the U.S. economy (such as real estate, life sciences, and data collection or maintenance) raise national se…
 
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