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  • Motiva Enterprises LLC (“Motiva”) is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell PLC (“Shell”) and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (“Saudi Aramco”), through its subsidiary, Saudi Refining Inc.1 The joint venture was formed in 1998 and became a 50/50 joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell in 2002 when Chevron Corp. exited the venture as part of a settlement with regulators

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  • Fashion Designers Prematurely Cheer for Varsity Brands Case

    On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.1 The Court’s 6-2 majority held that the pictorial and graphic designs on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms were separable from the uniforms’ utilitarian functions, and therefore eligible for copyright protection.1 While many commentators

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  • German Prosecutor’s Raid Weakens DOJ Bargaining Power

    Sally Yates, the former Deputy Attorney General, released a memorandum on September 9, 2015, known as the “Yates Memo.”1 The Yates Memorandum made fighting corporate fraud—specifically, targeting individual, executive bad actors—a top priority for the United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) criminal division.2 As a result, large international corporations have increasingly hired third-party law firms to conduct internal investigations into

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  • Corporate Law in Post-Communist Countries: Changes in the Czech Republic

    Within every legal system, corporate law serves the immensely important function of regulating influential economic actors and economic affairs. It is therefore crucial that corporate law attracts the necessary academic and legislative attention to pursue perpetual development of an appealing framework that will not itself be an obstacle for economic activities and operations. For post-communist countries still transitioning from totalitarian

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  • Delaware Courts Should Add Meaning to Caremark’s Board Oversight Standards in the Cybersecurity Context

    A prior blog post on corporate governance and cybersecurity mentioned recent high-profile cyberattacks on companies like Sony, Home Depot, Target, and Yahoo, and discussed the growing role the board of directors has in overseeing a corporation’s cybersecurity risk management.1 That blog post ended noting that, given the complexity of cybersecurity, the severe consequences an attack can have on corporations, and

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  • Can the U.S. Improve Its International Competitiveness as a FinTech Hub?

    The nation’s challenging regulatory scheme may induce FinTech firms’ to do business in countries with friendlier regulatory environments like the United Kingdom. In an effort to be more accommodating to FinTech, the U.S. Federal Government is taking some steps to limit the regulatory burdens placed on FinTech firms.

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  1. Star Athletica, LLC. v. Varsity Brands., Inc., No. 15-866 (U.S. Mar. 22, 2017).