Week in Review

Font Size:

Emission regulations, a proposed carbon tax in Australia, patent and trademark suits, and more.

Font Size:
  • Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard proposed a carbon tax that would apply to the continent’s largest carbon dioxide producers.
  • Apple filed a second complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) alleging patent infringement by Taiwanese smart phone manufacturer HTC. Apple requested that the Commission conduct an investigation in accordance with its authority to administer fair trade laws.
  • A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) found that eBay may be liable for trademark infringement caused by goods sold through its online auction site if eBay actively assisted in the sale.
  • The House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies investigated ways for the Federal Protective Service (FPS) to strengthen its protection of federal facilities. The FPS is under scrutiny after incidents such as when a bomb sat unchecked for weeks at the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit last March.
  • In response to the Dodd-Frank Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order revising the client asset and net worth thresholds for exempting investment advisers from the normal prohibition on charging performance-based fees.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) solicited comments on draft guidance for the Egg Safety Rule, which was promulgated in July 2009 to prevent salmonella from contaminating eggs on the farm and during storage and transportation.