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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:
The Netherlands, and
Furthermore, on 7 June 2012, Article 29 Working...
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...
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
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
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...
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:
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by Marco Mazzeschi
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...
Key industry sectors
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...
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...
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”.
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...
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...
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...
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...