A Milestone in Hong Kong-China Cross-Border Legal Cooperation

Hong Kong and China have taken a major step forward in legal collaboration, with a reciprocal deal to recognise and enforce judgments in certain types of cases. The historic move will bring clarity and reduce litigation costs. On 18 January 2019 in Beijing, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, and the Vice-President of the


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Waivers Barring Employee Class Actions

On 21 May 2018, in a split 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld workplace arbitration agreements that prohibit class and collective actions. The closely watched decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis actually involved three cases the Court consolidated for review. In short, the Court held that these arbitration agreements do not violate the National


Decline Of Trials In The American Judicial System: Does It Matter?

Jeffrey Q. Smith of Ally Law member firm Phillips Nizer, LLP states that “trials occur rarely, typically on in the most intractable disputes”, although they used to play a central role in the U.S. legal system. Smith’s article “Trials Continue to Decline in Federal and State Courts. Does it Matter?” appears in the periodical Juricature,


Executing Your Judgment In China

This year the Intermediate People’s Court in Wuhan (IPCW) became the first court in the People’s Republic of China (China or PRC) to recognize a United States judgment. In combination with previous recent developments in the PRC this could have a significant effect on the way foreign judgments are treated by PRC courts, and make


Ally Law Publishes Global Attorney-Client Privilege Compendium

The members of Ally Law’s Litigation Specialty Group have prepared a multijurisdictional compendium of the law of attorney-client privilege as it relates to in-house counsel: “Attorney – Client Privilege in the Global Context: Practical Guidance For In-House Counsel.” Links to the compendium appear throughout the Ally Law website and on the websites of Ally Law


Instant Messaging As Evidence In Spanish Judicial Proceedings

Phone calls and sms (text messages) are becoming less and less common and have, for the most part, been replaced by the use of instant messaging applications. Among these applications, WhatsApp® is the preeminent telecommunications network, although there are many others such as Telegram®, Line®, Hangouts® or Skype®, to name some other popular ones. While


Social Media Sales And Litigation Risks

Social media provides a flexible platform for companies and sellers to constantly connect with consumers and has revolutionized the direct selling industry around the globe. The goals in employing social media for direct selling are: to remain relevant, to convert passive responses into active engagement, and to drive brand recognition and loyalty. However, there are legal


U.S. Court Creates More Certainty In Enforcing Foreign Money Judgments

The U.S. Uniform Foreign Money-Judgments Recognition Act (UFMJRA) was intended to make enforcement of foreign country judgments more streamlined and predictable in this age of transborder disputes and multi-jurisdictional transactions. It also reassures foreign courts that their judgments are likely to be honored in the U.S. by removing the issue of comity and reciprocity from


Rugby And Contract Law

Kemp Strang, Ally Law member firm in Sydney, Australia, recently prevailed for its client in a contractual dispute in which Kemp Strang represented rugby league football player Jordan Latham against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Manly) team. Latham played for Manly in 2014 and 2015. Prior to the commencement of the 2016 season, Latham’s manager received



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