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Mason Hayes & Curran wins Irish Law Firm of the Year 2013 & Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2013

Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2013 The 'Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence' are presented annually and recognise outstanding law firms and legal professionals. The "Client Service Law Firm of the Year” is based on feedback and recommendations made by clients. This accolade is particularly coveted as awards are only presented to select firms and we were one of only eight firms in Europe to receive this honour. Feedback from clients included: “The firm gives great strategic input and wants to...

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$45 Million Cyber-Attack Is Object Lesson from Verizon Study Showing No Business Is Safe, but Financial Institutions Bear Big Data Breach Risk

Newspapers around the world recently reported that a sophisticated and well-coordinated cyber-attack resulted in the theft of $45 million from thousands of ATMs worldwide. The incident accentuates the conclusions of Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), compiled by a global team of government and private organizations analyzing computer security incidents over the past year. This annual report shows that companies of all sizes and types are likely to experience some sort of data breach - if they haven't...

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“Entrepreneur visas” and Other New Measures in France to Support Enterprise

Following the “Assises de l’entrepreneuriat” – an entrepreneurship round table initiated by Ms. Fleur Pellerin, France’s Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy – a wide range of enterprise-friendly reforms are to be introduced, most of which will take effect in 2014. The principal aim of these measures is to help SMEs grow and to support founders of innovative startups. “Innovative new companies” and funding for companies in disadvantaged areas Six hundred “innovative new companies” (jeunes entreprises innovantes– JEIs)...

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Pepper Hamilton Financial Services Alert: Virtual Currency: Recent Federal Regulatory Considerations

Bitcoin is a virtual currency – it has no physical form in paper or metal and is not connected with any central bank or governmental authority. It is freely tradable via the internet or other electronic means. Transactions in bitcoin can be largely anonymous – making them difficult to track and nearly impossible to tax – and bitcoin transactions also raise potential consumer protection issues. Bitcoin and other virtual currencies that have either an “equivalent value in real currency”...

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European Union To Assess Increased Duties On Imports Of Certain U.S. Products On May 1st

The European Union (“EU”) has announced that it will impose an additional 26% ad valorem import duty on certain products of U.S. origin, effective May 1, 2013, as part of its ongoing dispute with the United States over the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”, also commonly referred to as “the Byrd Amendment”). The scope of the goods covered by this announcement are defined in terms of EU tariff numbers: 0710 40 00 (Frozen Vegetables: Sweetcorn) 9003 19 30 (Frames and...

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U.S. investment projects in France 2012 results – a record year, again

In a very challenging global economic environment, France has confirmed in 2012 its strong appeal for foreign investors. France attracted 693 projects, just slightly less than in 2011 (698). While Europe remains the main regional destination in the world for job-creating foreign investment projects (29% share), France is the second most attractive European country after the U.K. With 22.5% of all foreign projects in France, the United States are again in 2012 the first country of origin for the French...

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CPSC Seeking Information Regarding Third Party Testing for Lead, Phthalates and the Solubility of Certain Chemicals

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has issued a request for information on whether there are materials used in children’s products which do not contain certain prohibited elements (e.g., lead) or chemicals (phthalates), and whether there are any materials that do not contain such elements or chemicals above the applicable maximum limit. Based on the information collected, the CPSC may consider exempting certain materials from the third party testing requirements. Comments must be submitted by June 17, 2013. The request for...

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The OCC’s New Stance: FDIC Insurance Required for ‘Trust-Only’ National Banks

Traditionally, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) did not require a national bank seeking to engage in non-depository, trust-only activities (a "trust-only bank") to obtain Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance as a prerequisite to granting it a charter. Recently, however, the OCC changed its position; today, a trust-only bank must obtain FDIC insurance in order to be granted a charter. This change in policy, which is designed to ensure that the OCC is not forced...

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Customs Broker Assessed $8 Million in Damages for Trademark Infringement

A jury awarded $8 million dollars in damages against a Customs Broker found to have engaged in a conspiracy to import fake Coach® handbags and wallets in the case of Coach v. Celco Customs Services and Celine Wang, Ct. No. 11-cv-10787 (Central District of California). On June 24, 2009, CBP seized a shipment of “catalogs” which actually contained 22,040 handbags and 10,300 wallets. Entry was attempted utilizing a fraudulent Power of Attorney (“POA”) allegedly issued by a biochemical company. Coach...

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Reminder: Late Shipment Clauses

The United States Court of International Trade recently denied a request to deduct certain freight charges that the importer argued were included in the transaction value of the goods as a result of the vendors’ late shipment. In Cutter & Buck, Inc. v. United States, Slip Op. 13-45 (April 3, 2013), the court primarily found that because the terms of the purchase order did not specifically provide for a change in negotiated price and a change in the terms of...

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