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Four key takeaways from the Supreme Court’s decision in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, 583 U.S.___ (2018)

On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, 583 U.S.___(2018) resolved a split between the Second, Ninth and Fifth Circuits concerning whether the anti-retaliation provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) covers only persons who have reported alleged securities violations to the SEC or whether it also includes persons who have made internal complaints without making a complaint to the SEC. The Second and Ninth Circuits held that the anti-retaliation provision applied to both categories of persons while the Fifth Circuit restricted the provision’s coverage to persons who filed complaints with the SEC.
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After the Coty Germany decision, comes the Coty France decision: confirmation of a favourable environment for brand owners

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Coty France further confirms the shift initiated by the Court of Justice and the French Supreme Court following recent decisions under EU and French law in the Coty Germany and Caudalie cases. In doing so, the judgment generally favours the protection of brand owners over the development of e-commerce platforms.

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Using VPN Technology in the UAE: Awareness and Action

There has been much discussion in the media regarding the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), triggered by the recently announced Federal Law No. (12) of 2016 (the Amendment), which amends Federal Decree-Law No. (5) of 2012 on Combating Cybercrimes (the Law). The Amendment, which revisits the use of VPNs in the UAE, has raised potential concerns over the use of VPN technology in the UAE. In this alert we examine the legal and practical risks associated with using VPNs in the UAE.

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China initiates dumping investigation for phenol originating in the US, the EU, Korea, Japan and Thailand

China's Ministry of Commerce has announced that it is initiating an anti-dumping investigation with respect to imports of phenol originating in the United States, the EU, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Thailand. 
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10,000 Foot View

The Collaborative Decade

Welcome to the Reed Smith Conversations, a new podcast from Reed Smith, produced by Wf360 productions. Reed Smith Conversations is a four-part series, each a highly interactive discussion on a topic of importance to all of us, perhaps now more than ever. In each episode, you’ll hear from people who may shake up your thinking on issues you thought you already knew well.