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Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

European Commission Antitrust Inquiry Set to Create Level Playing Field in E-Commerce

On May 6, 2015, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission (EC) competition directorate plans to conduct an 18-month "sector inquiry" into e-commerce. The inquiry will...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends - April 2015

In This Issue: Megatrends and Developments, Business Activity Taxes, Transaction Taxes, Other Issues... ...more

Europe’s Antitrust Investigation into Google Could Change the Cellphone Industry

In a long line of European regulators taking aggressive stances against American tech companies, Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s (EU) antitrust chief, is determined to pursue antitrust claims against Google....more

Brazil Bribery Scandal Reaches Advertising Agencies

Humans are good at avoidance and can even reach a state of blatant disregard. The corruption news coming out of Brazil is so far-reaching that it is almost numbing....more

Alert: How businesses can prepare for the Russian data protection law

In July 2014 President Putin approved Federal Law No. 242-FZ ("On Amendments to Certain Laws of the Russian Federation in Order to Clarify the Procedure for Personal Data Processing in Information and Telecommunications...more

IT Services with Chinese Characteristics

The "Amazon of China" is following Amazon's playbook yet again with their investment in the cloud. Aliyun, Alibaba's technology arm, already operates five Chinese data centers supporting 1.4 million customers. They cite high...more

The WTO Work Programme on Electronic Commerce

At the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in December 2013, Ministers adopted a Decision that the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce should be “substantially invigorated.” The Work Programme merits attention in light of...more

International IT Companies Face Continuing Headwinds in China

Our September 16, 2014 client alert, “Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China,” discussed efforts by the Chinese government to enforce heightened network security standards, with a particular...more

One Less Carrot for Business:  Council of European Union Limits the “One-Stop Shop” Mechanism in the Draft Data Protection...

The draft Data Protection Regulation doesn’t offer many carrots to business – and a recent announcement by the Council of the European Union takes away one of the biggest carrots, the “One-Stop Shop” mechanism....more

EUROPE: New Provisions on Customer Protection in the Proposed EC Regulation

The Legislative Resolution of the European Parliament dated April 3rd, 2014 relating to the telecom sector, following the European Commission’s proposed “Connected Continent Legislative Package” dated 2013, includes a wide...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 137, interview with Loren Steffy [Video]

In this episode I visit with Loren Steffy, former business columnist from the Houston Chronicle. ...more

Companies Should Consider Cuban Trademark Protection – Now

In December 2014, President Obama made an unexpected announcement signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. The changes to U.S. sanctions and export policy under the Cuban...more

EBA Opinion on Regulation of EU Lending-Based Crowdfunding

On February 26, 2015, the European Banking Authority (“EBA“) published an opinion on lending-based crowdfunding. The opinion notes that certain Member States (France, Italy, Spain and the UK) have created specific regulations...more

Russia: Navigating the new Russian media law

On 14 October 2014 the Russian president signed a law incorporating important amendments (“Amendment”) to the federal law “on the mass media” (“Law”). The Amendment, which comes into force on 1 January 2016, introduces strict...more

Do You Really Know Your China Telemedicine Partners? China Anti-Corruption Effort Focuses on Major Medical Institutions

This post is the fourth in Foley’s blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the Chinese telemedicine market....more

Cuba Sanctions: 10 Important Changes

Ten key changes to US sanctions and export regulations for Cuba. On January 15, 2015, the Departments of the Treasury and Commerce revised the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration...more

China’s New Policy for Foreign Investment in E-Commerce - Shanghai Free Trade Zone Opens Door for Complete Foreign Ownership in...

Further to the early 2014 policy that relaxed the restrictions on the foreign equity ratio in value-added telecommunications business in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ”), on January 15, 2015, the Ministry of...more

U.S. Sanctions Update

Recent actions by the U.S. Congress and several executive branch agencies have resulted in changes to sanctions related to various countries and regions, including Cuba, North Korea, Crimea, and Venezuela....more

Applying Canadian Securities Laws To Social Media: A Square Peg In A Round Hole (OWTTE)

The time has come for Canadian securities regulators and stock exchanges to revisit the application of securities laws and policies to the use of electronic communications for the disclosure of material information. Existing...more

The new Italian patent box is also a trademark & design box

In November 2014 we said that the Italian patent box is also a copyright box. The patent box regime, adopted at the end of last year with the 2015 Financial Bill, was recently modified by the so called “Investment Compact...more

Shifting Course: Expanding the Scope of Permissible Cuba Transactions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has issued its first set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) to begin implementing a major policy shift in United States–Cuba...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Obama administration recently announced the most significant changes in years to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, allowing expanded travel, trade, and exchange in targeted areas....more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

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