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Media Minute Episode 29: Seizure of Counterfeit Products as a Civil Remedy for Infringement

In the latest episode of HB Media Minute, Haynes Boone Partner Ryan Patrick discusses how businesses can use civil enforcement procedures to investigate whether their trademarks and copyrights have been infringed --  and, if they establish an infringement, how they can go about seizing counterfeit products. The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas from 2018-2021, Patrick details the prevalence of counterfeiting, the significant costs it imposes on businesses, how civil investigations into counterfeiting are analogous to criminal investigations, the differences between grey market and black market good, and some of the methods businesses case use to police fake products and penalize counterfeiters. 

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On Track Episode 33: Sanctions Against Wealthy Russian Oligarchs

In the latest On Track, Houston Partner Brent Shultz and Dallas Partner Robert Bruner discuss how ongoing sanctions levied against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine have impacted hedge funds and private equity funds, which often count Russian oligarchs as investors. Brent and Robert discuss the impact of sanctions on subscription credit facilities; the sort of due diligence that fund managers and subscription lenders perform into investors of funds; the challenges of determining if a particular investor is in fact on a sanctions list; and the steps that funds should take if they determine that an investor is on a sanctions list. A partner in the firm’s Fund Finance Practice, Shultz has negotiated and closed billions of dollars of complex debt financings. Bruner, a partner in the Investment Management Practice, regularly advises private equity and hedge funds in connection with the formation and operation of the funds.

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Shipbuilding - Themes and Risks in a Changed Market

Haynes Boone and shipbrokers Affinity discuss significant legal and commercial themes that arise as the shipbuilding market adapts to changes in the markeplace.

Moderator
William Cecil, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Haynes Boone and co-author of the fifth edition of the Law of Shipbuilding Contracts, published May 2020 (Informa Law from Routledge)

Panelists
Mark Johnson, Shipping Partner, Haynes Boone
Amanda Larrington, Disputes Counsel, Haynes Boone
Nick Pugh, Broker/Analyst, Affinity Shipbuilding LLP
Nick Wood, Head of Newbuilding/Partner, Affinity Shipbuilding LLP

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On Track Episode 32: The Impact of China's Zero-Covid Strategy

Haynes Boone Partner Liza Mark, the head of the firm’s Shanghai office, discusses China’s zero-Covid strategy, both the impact it is having on citizens of the country and companies that do business in China. Mark, whose practice focuses on private equity investments, securities, and cross-border M&A, drills down on the challenges of completing cross-border transactions amid China’s aggressive COVID-19 response.  She discusses the extra steps required to keep deals on track and also some of the issues that companies need to think about if they plan to unwind their investments in China, including the steps involved in repatriating funds out of China.

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On Track Episode 31 - Economic Sanctions Against Russia in the Wake of its Invasion of Ukraine

The latest HB On Track podcast features Ed Lebow, Counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C, office, and London Partner Andreas Dracoulis discussing the economic sanctions levelled on Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.  The lawyers provide a brief history and regulatory overview of economic sanctions, from a US, and UK perspective, and then cover key issues in regards to the Russia sanctions, including their impact on US and UK companies that do businesses with Russian individuals and companies.

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HB Media Minute Episode 28: Texas Drone Law Held Unconstitutional

Haynes Boone Associate Michael Lambert appears on HB Media Minute to discuss the media’s increasing use of drones in news coverage and how drone usage might be impacted by a recent federal court ruling that Texas’ restrictive drone law is unconstitutional. Michael explained the Texas law at issue, which imposed civil and criminal penalties for the use of drones for certain purposes, such as to capture images of an individual or privately owned property with “the intent to conduct surveillance.” Michael analyzed why Texas federal judge Robert Pitman declared the law unconstitutional and how that ruling, which was issued in March 2022 and is currently on appeal, could provide Texas journalists great latitude to use drones. However the case is resolved, Michael explains, drone users still need to abide by federal laws and other regulations and other restrictions governing drone flights. 

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