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On July 10, 2024, the U.S. Senate passed the Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution (“SHIELD”) Act, which would criminalize the distribution of private sexually explicit or nude images online.  

Specifically, the legislation makes it unlawful to knowingly distribute a private intimate visual depiction of an individual that is obtained or created

July 10, 2024, Covington Alert

On July 3, 2024, Judge Ada Brown of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted the motions for a preliminary injunction—filed by Ryan LLC (“Ryan”) and several trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”)—to prevent the FTC’s rule banning non-compete clauses from going into

On May 30, 2024, the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) ruled that any button a consumer uses to order a service online must clearly indicate that the consumer commits to pay the price for the relevant service by affirmatively clicking on it. (Conny Case C-400/22) At issue was whether this requirement applies in cases

The second round of France’s snap parliamentary elections delivered a surprising result on Sunday: with 182 seats, the coalition of left-wing parties—the Nouveau Front populaire (“NFP”) emerged as the unexpected victor. Centrist parties supporting President Emmanuel Macron finished second with 168 seats altogether, whereas the far-right Rassemblement National (“RN”) and its allies—which in the first

  • Mexico’s new political configuration gives current president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president-elect Claudia Sheinbaum, and their party (Morena) ample margin to advance legislation (including constitutional reforms) starting in September when the new Congress is in place.
  • Sheinbaum will take office in October, leaving López Obrador a one-month window to use Morena’s new margin in Congress

On 24 June 2024, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) adopted a new package of economic sanctions against Russia. This 14th package of sanctions introduces a broad range of new prohibitions, including new export and import sanctions, new services restrictions, new sanctions designations and further measures targeting the Russian financial and energy sectors.

Executive Summary

  • President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration has pursued a vigorous effort to increase revenue as part of Brazil’s fiscal framework implementation.  At the same time, the administration has avoided spending cuts.
  • This strategy seems to be reaching its political limit, creating an incentive for the administration to weaken the fiscal framework approved

June 27, 2024, Covington Alert

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals”—have garnered significant attention in recent years, becoming a focus of government regulation and a deluge of civil litigation targeting a wide array of industries. As with any developing area of risk, it is critical that companies assess what insurance coverage they

June 27, 2024, Covington Alert

On June 25, 2024, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) announced that it has finalized Guidance for Industry (GFI) #276, Effectiveness of Anthelmintics: Specific Recommendations for Products Proposed for the Prevention of Heartworm Disease in Dogs (Final Guidance). The Final Guidance replaces CVM’s draft guidance issued

A recent decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals found the Navy liable to a commercial crane manufacturer for delay damages. In Konecranes Nuclear Equip. & Servs., LLC, ASBCA No. 62797, 2024 WL 2698011 (May 7, 2024), the Board reiterated the age-old lesson—you have to read the contract—and provided guidance about how