German gov't nominates Wulff as next president

BERLIN - (AP) Germany's government on Thursday nominated the 50-year-old governor of Lower Saxony for the nation's presidency, days after the previous head of state's suprise resignation. Chancellor Angela Merkel tapped Christian Wulff as her party's candidate to replace President...

FREE DOWNLOAD: Recent German copyright decision echoes the Perfect 10 and Parker cases, as well as ISP immunity

The case links below may be accessed by lexis.com subscribers. Non-subscribers may obtain research packages by the day, week, or month at lexisONE On April 29, 2010, in the case of I ZR 69/08, the German Federal Supreme Court examined whether Google thumbnail images violated German copyright law...

Critics slam new climate change proposal in Bonn

BONN, Germany - (AP) A new round of climate talks ended Friday with rich and poor countries both sharply criticizing a new text meant to pave the way toward a deal to halt global warming. Still, the United Nations said progress was made at the two-week meeting in Bonn. "This all in all is...

Germany setting up $500 million climate fund

BERLIN - (AP) Germany has set up a $500 million climate fund to micro-finance projects such as new supermarket freezers or biomass heating in developing countries to help cut greenhouse gases, Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said Tuesday. Roettgen said the purpose of the fund, inspired by December's...

Protests at seizure of German-owned Zimbabwe farm

HARARE, Zimbabwe - (AP) Germany's government said Friday it will cut off aid to Zimbabwe unless illegal and violent occupiers are removed from a farm owned by a German national. In a Friday protest note to the Zimbabwe foreign ministry, Germany noted the occupation of the eastern Zimbabwe property...

Germany cuts health care spending, raises premiums

BERLIN - (AP) Faced with a ballooning deficit in Germany's health care system, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government decided Tuesday to raise premiums and cut into the profits of doctors, dentists, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The decision comes after months of wrangling within...

Britain, France, Germany urge EU emissions cuts

BERLIN - (AP) Britain, France and Germany are urging European Union nations to agree to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 in an effort to combat climate change. Britain's climate secretary, along with the environment ministers of France and Germany wrote in a joint letter published...

Germany, China sign billions of dollars in deals

BEIJING -- (AP) Chinese and German companies signed deals worth billions of dollars to make trucks and power equipment Friday as the prime ministers declared their countries' economies had recovered from last year's global recession. German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought the heads of major...

German Court Rules Against YouTube Over Copyright

BERLIN - (AP) A German court ruled Friday that Google Inc.'s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay compensation after users uploaded several videos of performances by singer Sarah Brightman in violation of copyright laws. The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether...

U.S. Investors Sue, Seeking Pay For Pre-WWII German Bonds

MIAMI - (AP) More than 80 years ago, Germany sold tens of thousands of bonds to American investors in an effort to recover financially from World War I. Later, Adolf Hitler used some of the money raised by those bonds to build the powerful Nazi war machine that would ravage Europe. . . . Full version...

Western European Laws Toolbox

Western European Laws Toolbox Welcome to our Western European Laws Toolbox, our collection of laws and legal analysis for the nations of this important region. Please note that nations with an asterisk after their name are also members of the European Union and that you will want to visit our EU...

Civil Law & Mixed Jurisdictions Toolbox

For students of the law of all ages and lawyers faced with transactions involving foreign law in Civil Law or Mixed Jurisdictions perhaps for the first time, we at LexisNexis can provide you with fundamental tools and sources to enable you to grasp the concepts of non-common law based legal systems....

German Utility Suing Government Over Nuclear Power

BERLIN - (AP) A German utility will challenge the government's decision to take older nuclear power plants temporarily off the grid in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. RWE AG deems the legal basis of Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to shut down...

Spain Hints At Legal Action Over E. Coli Scare

Madrid - (AP) Spain is considering legal action against German authorities for saying that Spanish vegetables may be to blame for an E. coli outbreak that has killed more than a dozen and sickened hundreds, an official said Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said "we do not...

Pfleiderer Decision: Potentially Grave Impact on EU Cartel Enforcement

The ECJ Judgement in Pfleiderer : A Tension more Imaginary than real By Dr. Frank L. Fine Summary: On June 14, 2011, the European Court of Justice handed down a ruling which will have negative repercussions for cartel enforcement for Germany and for the EU as a whole. Pfleiderer dealt with the...

Germany, Sub-Prime Mortgage Backed Securities, and Scatology

Michael Lewis continues his around the world tour of the 2008 financial crisis from the view of Germany: It's the Economy, Dummkopf! . The story in the September issue of Vanity Fair seems to be all about excrement. We heard that there were big chunks of the mortgage securities business that...

Foreign Nationals Must Participate in China’s Social Security System

The Interim Measures for the Participation in Social Security of Foreigners Employed in China (Draft for Comments) 在中国境内就 业的外国人参加社会保险暂行办法 ( 征求意 见稿 ), drafted by Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security were released to public for solicitation of opinions and comments from the community. The...

Hans-Josef Vogel on Social Media Plug-Ins: Recent Court Decisions in Germany

By Hans-Josef Vogel Social media plug-ins, such as the Facebook "Like" button, have become ubiquitous on the internet. Their legal implications are yet not fully determined. Issues of both data protection law and fair trade matters are commonly disputed. Two recent German court decisions...

Fingerprint Match in Vegas DUI Stop Leads to Arrest of German Man Suspected of $100 Million Ponzi Scheme

A German man who had been a fugitive for the past five years following the accusation that he mastermnded a $100 million Ponzi scheme was arrested last week after a fingerprint match from a DUI stop in Las Vegas prompted the interest of American and German authorities. Ulrich Felix Anton Engler, 51,...

Malaysia summons German envoy over rights funding

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian authorities have summoned the German ambassador to explain why his country provided funds for a project linked to a Kuala Lumpur-based human rights group. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman says the funding could be "seen as Full version (available...

HP, the Failure to Listen to Employees or the Failure to Raise a Hand

The charging last week of three former Hewlett-Packard (HP) employees in Germany reminded me of some of the interesting underlying facts of the case. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported that at least one witness has said that the transactions in question were internally approved by HP through...

Common ancestor of Homo sapiens and Neandertals may have thrown spears, albeit at short range

The timeline related to when the genus homo used spears has been recently elucidated. Human ancestors were killing game about 3/4 of a million years ago in the Middle East, as evidenced by butchered deer carcasses. Until now, the earliest stone spear tips were found at a Neandertal site in France and...

Germany Approves "Group Action" Rights For Animal Protection Activist Organizations

By Ludger Giesberts, LL.M. and Thilo Streit Germany’s most populous state has adopted a law, already in effect, allowing so-called group actions in cases involving animal protection. The new act ( Gesetz über das Verbandsklagerecht und Mitwirkungsrechte für Tierschutzvereine ) will...

Estate Failed to Prove Museum’s Laches on Claim to a 3,000 Year Old Archeological Artifact Missing Since WWII

By John G. Farinacci, Esq. In a rather unique ceremony at the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court on December 4, 2013, Surrogate Edward W. McCarty, III ordered and presided over the physical return of an ancient Assyrian artifact from the possession of an executor of a decedent’s estate to...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Iran Nuclear Deal To Take Effect January 20, 2014

Deal provides Iran limited relief from sanctions By Stephen M. McNabb , Stefan Reisinger and Gwen S. Green On January 20, 2014, the Joint Plan of Action reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China) plus...