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Fulbright Alert : The United States Imposes Significant New Sanctions Against Syria; European Union May Soon Follow Suit

By Stephen M. McNabb , Marsha Z. Gerber , Stefan Reisinger and Gwen Shirl Green President Barack Obama yesterday signed an Executive Order imposing significant new sanctions against Syria that will vastly curtail the ability of U.S. companies to conduct any business in, or provide services to...

Keller and Heckman LLP: RoHS Recast Final and Official; Implementation Dates Abound

The Official Journal of the European Union has published Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (recast RoHS), following the European Council's formal adoption of the version we reported on earlier this year. As discussed...

The EU Directive On Alternative Fund Managers Is in Effect

The chaos around the Swiss Franc may be a sign of a coming crisis in the European Union. For private fund managers, a different crisis may be the new European regulatory regimes for private funds. With all of the flux in the United States over the regulation of private funds, it's been easy to...

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery: The EU Court of Justice Rules Certain Stem Cell Procedures and Products Are Unpatentable

By Rudy Kratz On October 18, 2011, the European Union's Court of Justice ruled that certain stem cell procedures requiring the destruction of human embryos are unpatentable. More specifically, the court ruled that under EU law, patents may not be obtained for processes that require a base...

Keller and Heckman LLP: EU Bans Exports to Syria for Oil and Gas, Electricity Production and Telecom

In response to the continued violence in Syria, today the European Union expanded its sanctions against that country by banning exports for critical sectors. The new sanctions provide a list of equipment, technology and software for the oil and gas industry and for electricity production that cannot...

Peter S. Vogel: EU Court Ruling Protects Social Media Site

By Peter S. Vogel The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) refused to order a Social Media site to prevent the unlawful use of copyrighted works. In 2010 SABAM (Société Belge des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs ), the Belgian collecting society for music royalties, lost a...

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP: European Union Makes Progress Toward Unitary Patent System

The European Union (EU) has long discussed the creation of a single "unitary patent" that would issue from a patent application filed in the European Patent Office. The unitary patent approach would depart markedly from the current approach in the European Patent Office. Under existing proposals...

DLA Piper: Paris: The Unified Patent Court - A victory all round?

By Claire Bennett and Philippa Montgomerie After days of negotiations between participating member states, a solution to the controversial issue of the location of the Central Division of the Court of First Instance of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was found. Previously, all EU member states except...

DLA Piper LLP: How the EU Has Implemented the New Privacy Directive on Cookies

The European Union's E-Privacy Directive has been in effect since May, and many jurisdictions across the EU are already tackling its implementation. Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands and Spain have all taken action regarding the Directive. Moreover, the Article 29 Working...

DLA Piper Data Protection Alert: How Much Has the Cookie Crumbled Across the EU?

By Paul McCormack What's new? Since our publication in March 2012, there has a been a number of updates in relation to the following jurisdictions: Belgium Cyprus France Greece Italy Malta The Netherlands, and Spain. Furthermore, on 7 June 2012, Article 29 Working...

Release of EU 'Implementing Regulations' Completes Chaotic Year for Hedge Fund Regulation

The US hedge fund industry faced a host of new US regulatory challenges in 2012 - but the icing on the cake came in December with the release of the EU 's "Level 2″ Implementation Regulations for the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive . The impact on many US hedge fund managers...

Participation Rights of Shareholders in Spanish Listed Companies

by Alicia Sánchez On 1 August 2011, Spain amended its companies law (Ley de Sociedades de Capital) to accord with European Union law. EU Directives aim to strengthen shareholder's rights in listed companies and to ensure cross border participation rights among EU countries. By transposing...

Do You Consider Hyperlinking to Be Copyright Infringement? The Question Has Come Up in Europe

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has been asked to provide a ruling on how EU copyright law applies to hyperlinks. Late last year, a Swedish court asked the CJEU : If anyone other than the holder of copyright in a certain work supplies a clickable link to the work on his website...

Cheap Shots: EU Privacy, the USA PATRIOT Act, and Cloud Computing

For the past year or two, foreign cloud providers -- particularly some based in the EU -- have been making claims and insinuations about the scope and use of the Patriot Act in an attempt to secure a marketing advantage over their US competitors. This effort has become so blatant as to provoke push...

The EU ETS’s Most Recent Challenges

Teresa Parejo, Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III University), Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System), the most important EU tool to fight against climate change, is now facing two challenges of great significance: 1. In...

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Marco Mazzeschi on the Status of Implementation of the Blue Card Directive

by Marco Mazzeschi Excerpt: The EU directive 2009/50 of May 29, 2009 (the so called "Blue Card Directive") was approved to improve the EU's ability to attract highly qualified workers from third countries.The aim was not only to enhance EU competitiveness in the global market but...

Norton Rose Fulbright: 10 Things to Know About EU Antitrust Enforcement and Regulation in the Energy Sector

Key industry sectors Energy Introduction EU antitrust rules apply to energy companies/projects both in and outside the EU EU regulatory regime applies in parallel to antitrust rules Access to infrastructure EU merger review rules differ significantly from rules applicable in...

DLA Piper: Is U.S.-Style Class Action Litigation Coming To The EU? European Commission Calls For Collective Redress Mechanisms In EU National Laws – 8 Points To Note

By: Dr Ludger Giesberts LL.M. and Andreas Tiedge The European Commission is calling for European Union member states to introduce an injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanism to their national procedural rules by July 26, 2015. In many respects, the concept of a European collective...

DLA Piper: EU: European Court Of Justice Rules Right To Be Forgotten Principle Applicable To Search Engines

By P:atrick Van Eecke and Anthony Cornette In a landmark ruling the European Court of Justice [on May 13] ruled that search engines, as a principle, need to remove the link between search results and a webpage if it contains information the individual deems should be “forgotten”. In...

New EU Consumer Contracts Legislation Came Into Force on 13 June 2014. Are You Ready For This Tsunami?

There has been a drastic change to consumer contracts legislation in each of the 28 member-states of the European Union, further to the coming into force, on 13 June 2014, of new national rules transposing Directive n. 2011/83/EU on consumer rights. Let’s have a look at how these changes will affect...

Cadwalader: REMIT: The Road to Enforcement

Following a number of recent developments, described below, the rules and regulations enacted under the European Union (EU) Regulation on Wholesale Energy Markets Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) are now close to being fully-implemented. Market participants must ensure they are now prepared for an...

Peter S. Vogel: EU Demands That Google’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ To Be Worldwide Searches, Not Just In The EU

By Peter S. Vogel Google is fighting a June 2015 order from the French CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés) that ordered Google to “delist links not just from all European versions of Search but also from all versions globally.” Google’s Global...

Peter S. Vogel: EU Laws May Change Google’s Power

By Peter S. Vogel Under new publishing rules the EU is consider “Google may eventually have to pay newspaper and magazine groups whenever links to their content are shown on Google’s European aggregation sites.” The New York Times August 29, 2015 story “European Publishers...