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The French energy giant, Total S.A., recently announced that it would not seek to extend its expired license for the exploration of shale gas in Poland. The company justified the decision with the position that it was not economically viable to continue in the territory covered by its exploration license. A Total spokesman stated that, … read more

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Eleven doctors and a GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) regional manager have reportedly been charged with corruption for 2010-2012 promotional activities for the GSK asthma drug Seretide. A Polish public prosecutor in Lodz is saying he has found evidence to support corruption claims in which GSK paid doctors for promoting certain drugs under the guise that such payments … read more

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Further evidencing a shift in its Iranian policies, the United States just this week expanded the scope of authorized exports to Iran from certain food products to include exports of certain agricultural products.  In addition, the new U.S. regulations clarify those medicines, medical supplies, and medical device replacement parts that may be exported to Iran. … read more

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A long-awaited decision from the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) finally arrived yesterday in a case brought by Australia seeking a determination that Japan’s so-called “scientific” research program contravenes Japan’s obligations under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (“ICRW”). The ICRW, promulgated in the 1940s by the International Whaling Commission (“IWC”), governs whaling activities … read more