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Second Circuit Provides Businesses with a Powerful Defense to TCPA Revocation Claims

In a watershed ruling for businesses facing the recent onslaught of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that consumers cannot revoke their consent to receive automated or prerecorded cell phone calls if they previously consented to receive those calls as part of a binding contract. See Reyes v. Lincoln...… Continue Reading
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FCA guidance on tackling cyber crime

The Financial Conduct Authority recently released guidance regarding cyber resilience (in the form of new webpages) which FCA regulated firms should take account of. While many larger regulated firms have substantial cyber resilience systems in place, the FCA is well aware that all firms are still vulnerable to attack, and that cyber attacks can impact...… Continue Reading
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Qatar – Sanctions and Restrictions: What has happened, and what it might mean for you

On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (the Blockading Countries) severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar. Since then, a number of other countries, including the Maldives and Mauritius, have followed suit or expressed support for the measures. The shipping industry must carefully monitor this situation as it develops.

In this alert, we explain the position to date and take a look at what shipping companies trading Qatar need to be mindful of to limit and manage any potential impact on their business.

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To be or not to be in China?

The China market continues to entice new overseas participants as well as new investment from existing foreign investors in China in many sectors, including in the commodities and energy and natural resources sectors. One of the key strategic decisions to be made when contemplating entering the China market is whether or not to do so by establishing a presence onshore. This decision will be determined by a host of factors including the nature and scale of the business, the regulatory regime for the relevant industry sector as well as cost and tax implications.
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Data Breach Incidents: What you need to do now

Nearly every state in the United States requires notification when certain personal information is lost, stolen, or misused. However, the many state laws vary in subtle but crucial respects, making it difficult to get to a bottom line quickly. Reed Smith is has released a first-of-its-kind tool designed to help companies clarify their notification strategy in response to a data loss incident. Breach RespondeRS guides companies through a series of basic factual questions and shares immediate initial assessment reports as to the likelihood that notification is required.