Alistair Maughan

Alistair Maughan

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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PUE, CUE and DCeP. Can Metrics Rescue Green IT?

Businesses’ technology estates consume ever-greater amounts of energy and, at the same time, the cost of that energy continues to escalate. Green IT initiatives seem to have little effect despite the fact that, on paper, the...more

4/16/2014 - Energy Energy Efficiency Green Technology Utilities Sector

The Internet of Things Part 2: The Old Problem Squared

Cisco estimates that 25 billion devices will be connected in the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Analyst firm IDC makes an even bolder prediction: 212 billion connected devices by 2020. This massive...more

4/3/2014 - Corporate Counsel Internet of Things Mobile Devices Young Lawyers

The Umpire Strikes Back: European Court Rules That ISPs Can Be Forced to Block Pirate Websites

On March 27, 2014, the highest court in the European Union—the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU)—decided that copyright owners have the right to seek injunctions against Internet service providers (ISPs)...more

4/1/2014 - CJEU Copyright EU Internet Internet Service Providers Piracy

The Internet of Things Part 2: The Old Problem Squared

Cisco estimates that some 25 billion devices will be connected in the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Analyst firm IDC makes an even bolder prediction: 212 billion connected devices by 2020. This...more

3/20/2014 - Internet of Things

The Internet of Things Part 1: Brave New World

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of everyday physical objects which surround us and that are increasingly being embedded with technology to enable those objects to collect and transmit data about their use and...more

3/20/2014 - Internet of Things Technology

Review of the European Union’s proposal for a new directive on payment services (“PSD2”)

The European Union is in the process of updating its regulatory regime for payment services to reflect the developing nature of the payment services market. The European Commission’s proposed revised Payment Services...more

2/18/2014 - EU Financial Regulatory Reform Payment Systems

European Procurement and Government Contracts Digest: New European Procurement Directives - European Union Overhauls the EU Public...

On 11 February 2014, the EU took the final step in its latest overhaul of its public procurement regime. As well as a new directive dealing for the first time with the award of concession contracts, the EU has issued new...more

2/13/2014 - Contractors EU Public Procurement Policies Utilities Sector

European Procurement and Government Contracts Digest: New Threshold Values for 2014 & 2015

New Higher Procurement Threshold Values to Apply Across Europe from 1 January 2014 - From 1 January 2014, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise across Europe have been...more

1/7/2014 - EU Procurement Guidelines

Socially Aware - Volume 4, Issue 2 - December 2013

In This Issue: Peering Into the Future: Google Glass and the Law; Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts; Two Circuits Address the First Amendment Status of Facebook Activity; Collaborative Consumption –...more

12/23/2013 - Advertising Behavioral Advertising First Amendment Google Google Glass Internet Technology Terms of Use

Collaborative Consumption – Is It Good to Share?

Peer-to-peer (“P2P”) business models based on the Internet and technology platforms have become increasingly innovative. As such models have proliferated, they frequently result in clashes with regulators or established...more

11/8/2013 - AirBnB Car Sharing CPUC EU FTC Lyft Peer-to-Peer Sharing Economy Social Media Uber

Commercial Agreements in Europe: REFIT in progress

The European Union has a reputation in many quarters for creating red tape and bureaucracy that help to stifle business growth. The European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (“REFIT”) aims to review...more

10/24/2013 - Environmental Policies EU Financial Regulatory Reform REFIT

Out of the Box - Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry: Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2013

In This Issue: From Flying Robots to Logistics Bliss: A Case Study; FCC’s New TCPA Rule; and Consumer Rights Set to Change in Europe. Excerpt from From Flying Robots to Logistics Bliss: A Case Study - The...more

10/2/2013 - Consumer Rights Directive EU FCC Internet Retailers Retailers Robocalling TCPA Telemarketing Texting Warehouses Websites

Good Faith Obligations in English Law

Unlike many civil law jurisdictions in Europe, English law has generally not recognised an implied obligation that contractual parties should perform their obligations in good faith. English courts take the view that parties...more

7/9/2013 - Contract Drafting Contract Formation Good Faith UK

European Commission Plans to Change Consumer Product Safety Rules

The European Commission plans to introduce new rules to improve the safety regime applicable to non-food consumer products distributed in the EU. The Commission has put forward a new package of measures to provide more...more

4/26/2013 - Consumer Product Safety Commission Distributors European Commission Importers Manufacturers Proposed Regulation Safety Precautions Surveillance

UK Public Procurement Law Digest: In-house Tender Rules for Mutuals and Shared Services

Many government entities across Europe deliver services through municipal or public-owned companies. Such entities are less common in the UK, although the issue is increasingly on the agenda, with a strong preference...more

12/24/2012 - EU Public Procurement Policies

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