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June 6, 2019, Covington Alert

Last Friday (May 31, 2019), FDA hosted a public hearing on “Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds.” The hearing followed FDA’s notice in the Federal Register on April 3, 2019, announcing the public hearing and establishing a public docket to obtain information related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ...

May 17, 2019, Covington Alert

The U.S. Department of Commerce yesterday issued a Final Rule adding Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”) and 68 non-U.S. Huawei affiliates to the Entity List maintained by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”). While the rule will not be published in the Federal Register until May 21, it was effective immediately upon release ...

May 16, 2019, Covington Alert

On May 13, 2019, the Supreme Court (“the Court”) announced its 5-4 decision in Apple, Inc. v. Pepper, permitting iPhone users to proceed with an antitrust suit against Apple alleging that it monopolized the retail market for iPhone apps.

May 16, 2019, Covington Alert

We are writing to provide an update on two important developments in U.S. national security-based regulation of trade: (1) a new, potentially expansive Executive Order on information and communications technology supply into the U.S. market, and (2) the Department of Commerce’s action to add Huawei to the Entity List.

May 14, 2019, Covington Alert

On May 13, days after increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, the U.S. Administration proposed imposing an additional 25 percent tariff on a new list of $300 billion in Chinese imports. The Administration cited China’s “failure to meaningfully address” problematic intellectual property (IP) practices and its retaliatory responses to U.S. tariffs ...

May 13, 2019, Covington Alert

England’s Court of Appeal has decided that the Competition Appeals Tribunal (the "CAT") erred in rejecting certification of former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks’ class action against MasterCard, for £14 billion. As a result, the CAT will now reconsider whether to certify the class.

May 10, 2019, Covington Alert

On April 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Criminal Division released an updated version of the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (the “Guidance”), which serves as a reference for prosecutors in assessing corporate compliance programs in the context of DOJ investigations.

May 8, 2019, Covington Alert

On May 8, the U.S. Administration confirmed its intent to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, effective Friday, May 10, 2019, and establish a process for requesting exclusions from these tariffs. As justification for these actions, the Administration cites the “lack of progress in discussions with China” and ...