For foreign firms with U.S. operations, the prospect of U.S. litigation is increasing, along with a wide range of regulatory requirements in different industries. To manage the risk, businesses will need to start with a comprehensive legal strategy. In dealing with globalization, intellectual property issues, and policy uncertainty, both stateside and abroad, companies face a widening range of worldwide liability — hastened in some cases by the growth of litigation funding vehicles. In this environment, the threat of U.S. litigation is increasingly real for nearly any business with stateside operations. Full report.
Category Archives: Corporate Governance
Half of public company directors say their boards lack insight into emerging technologies affecting their industry, and they often rely too heavily on management to stay current, finds a new survey from Ernst & Young. Corporate general counsel are well positioned to get their boards up to speed and help guide the organization to tech investments that will advance efficiencies, as well as minimize the potential risk of hasty technology adoption. General counsel can bridge the divide by “[making] sure that not only the board, but management, is getting some type of external perspective so they can sufficiently address the […]
In a recent survey of nearly 7,000 attorneys, across 135 countries, one in three female attorneys polled by the International Bar Association stated they had been sexually harassed at work. Half the respondents said they had been bullied. Concurrently, the details of a sex discrimination suit against an international law firm have remained newsworthy, as reported by Bloomberg Law. The ripple effects extend as well to the larger corporate world. In a study of Fortune 1000 companies, most of nearly 400 respondents, across two dozen industries, said they had turned to outside counsel to assist in-house legal teams amid a […]
The apparel and footwear industry has long faced steep import tariffs. As general counsel for Columbia Sportswear Company, Peter Bragdon is accustomed to navigating similarly complex and often cost-prohibitive import regulations in the U.S. and around the globe. Here, Bragdon debriefs how the company has prospered for nearly as long as one still-extant tariff bill, dating back to the 1930s. In an industry where intellectual property fights are common, what measures help Columbia safeguard patented technologies? We have focused on developing an extensive intellectual property portfolio, such as patents and trademarks, across the globe that we believe distinguishes our products […]
As general counsel for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Daniel S. Farkas guided the company through a successful initial public offering. In addition to helping it grow its combined fleet to 26 ships, Farkas has assisted with navigating new markets. He reflects on the IPO process and how general counsel can get potential investors excited about a company’s growth prospects. As Norwegian sails into new waters, what regulations are you watching most closely, and how have you adjusted your daily operations to address them? Prior to beginning operations to Cuba in March 2017, we had to become well versed in all […]