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August 20, 2019, Covington Alert

On August 19, 2019, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a Final Rule adding 46 non-U.S. affiliates of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”) to the Entity List and extended, through November 18, 2019, a revised Temporary General License (“TGL”) authorizing certain transactions with Huawei and listed Huawei entities.

August 16, 2019, Covington Alert

The new Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Employment Law (DIFC Law 2/2019) has now been published and will come into force on August 28, 2019. The new law contains significant amendments to the old DIFC Employment Law (DIFC Law 5/2004) and there have been revisions to the draft law published earlier this year.

August 8, 2019, Covington Alert

On August 5, 2019, President Trump issued Executive Order 13884 imposing comprehensive sanctions against the Government of Venezuela. Specifically, the Executive Order blocks all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in or that come into the United States or the possession or control of a U.S. person.

August 1, 2019, Covington Alert

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must adhere to public notice-and-comment procedures before it can relieve certain tax-exempt organizations of the burden of reporting the names and addresses of their donors to the IRS, a Montana federal court ruled this week.

July 30, 2019, Covington Alert

On July 29, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued its judgment in Case C-359/18 P, Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland v. EMA, dismissing the European Medicines Agency’s (“EMA”) appeal and reconfirming the position set by the General Court. Covington represented Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland (“Shire”), which was recently acquired by Takeda.

July 27, 2019, Covington Alert

In 1938, Congress enacted the Foreign Agents Registration Act ("FARA"), requiring "foreign agents" to register with the Attorney General. As amended over the years, it applies broadly to anyone who acts on behalf of a "foreign principal" to, among other things, influence U.S. policy or public opinion. Until recently, it was a backwater of American law—and a ...

July 26, 2019, Covington Alert

From April 2020, new rules will require all large and medium-sized private sector organisations to determine the employment status of their contractors and, where applicable, withhold tax and social security and pay employer social security on payments made to relevant contractors.

July 18, 2019, Covington Alert

This e-alert is part of a series of e-alerts summarizing publicly available FDA enforcement letters (i.e., warning letters and untitled letters) relating to the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs, medical devices, and biologics.

July 17, 2019, Covington Alert

On July 9, 2019, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) heard oral argument in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”). The primary question before the ECJ is whether the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”) are valid for transfers of personal data to the United States.1 Given ...