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EU & Competition Law Update – May 2016

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries? On 22 April 2016, the European Commission ("EC") invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited ("Paramount") in...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #5

Commission discusses crowdfunding in the CMU - The Commission has published a report on crowdfunding in the EU capital markets union (CMU). The report assesses national regimes, identifies best practice and presents the...more

China Supreme Court Has Spoken: Long Anticipated Decision on OEMs and Trademark Use

China has been the factory of the world for the past few decades. Countless foreign brand owners have taken advantage of the low-cost manufacturing environment and have flocked to the middle kingdom to source their goods –...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is...more

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries?

On 22 April 2016, the European Commission (“EC”) invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited (“Paramount”) in response to concerns raised by the EC. The EC’s concerns were...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 1 [Video]

In this initial This Week in FCPA, Episode 1, Jay Rosen and I review this week's happenings in the world of FCPA. Today we discuss the 4th anniversary of the New York Times story about Wal-Mart in Mexico, the Harder guilty...more

India Relaxes Rules on Foreign Direct Investment in E-Commerce

In Press Note No. 3 released on 29 March 2016 the Government of India (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) announced that foreign direct investment (“FDI”) of up to 100% would be...more

Facebook Follows Google to the SCC

By Richard Stobbe A class action case against Facebook...is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada. ...more

Information Commissioner’s Office issues updated guidance on Direct Marketing

At the end of March, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued updated guidance on the law in relation to Direct Marketing. The ICO notes in its accompanying blog post that the law applies “equally to any and all...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

Clampdown on VAT avoidance on sales of goods through online marketplaces

The Chancellor has announced a package of measures to give HMRC stronger powers to collect VAT from overseas businesses who sell goods online to UK customers. Failure to pay VAT in these circumstances is estimated to have...more

China Imposes New Restrictions on Internet Content

Rules imposing new restrictions on the publication of online content in China came into effect on March 10, 2016. The new rules, the Online Publishing Service Administrative Rules, were jointly released by the State...more

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an attractive global business centre and gateway to the wider Middle East region for international companies seeking to commercialise and exploit their brands, products and...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.18.16

The Fed’s patience on rate hikes coupled with surging commodities prices (including oil over $40/barrel for the first time since December) helped push the Dow into positive territory for the year – WSJ... So apparently...more

According to the Paris Court of Appeal, the Jurisdiction Clause in Facebook’s Terms and Conditions Is Not Enforceable Against a...

References: Paris Court of Appeal, judgment rendered on 12 February 2016, docket # 15/08624 In a 12 February 2016 decision, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled that the jurisdiction clause provided for in Facebook’s general...more

New Labeling Requirements and Production Standards Apply to All Alcoholic Beverages Imported, Manufactured, and Sold in Mexico

Executive Summary - In response to the growing issue of alcohol abuse in Mexico and the related health problems associated with alcohol abuse, the Mexican government implemented revised labeling requirements and...more

U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Global Telecommunications Manufacturer ZTE Corporation

On Tuesday, March 8, the U.S. Department of Commerce placed Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, known as ZTE, on the Entity List, along with affiliates ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd., Beijing 8-Star...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.9.16

United Continental shareholders (two hedge funds in particular) are not pleased, and they’re looking to former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune to do something about it. Bethune is one of a slate of 6 director candidates put...more

Alert: US Restricts Exports and Reexports to Chinese Telecom Company ZTE

The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") has issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") and imposing trade restrictions against Zhongxing Telecommunications...more

Telecommunications Company Settles FCPA Charges With SEC in Apparent “Sons and Daughters” Case

The SEC announced on March 1 that it settled FCPA charges with a San Diego-based mobile chip maker. The company agreed to pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve charges that it violated the FCPA by hiring relatives of...more

E-Commerce: National Competitions Authorities Weigh In on Sales Restrictions Regarding Online Marketplaces

In May 2015, the European Commission launched a two-year, industry-wide inquiry into the e-commerce sector to gather data on the functioning of e-commerce markets, so as to identify possible competition concerns. This sector...more

Amsterdam-Based Telecommunications Company Pays $795 Million to Settle FCPA Charges Both in US and Abroad

On February 18, an Amsterdam-based telecommunications company and its Uzbek subsidiary reached a global settlement with the SEC, DOJ, and Dutch regulators Openbarr Ministerie (OM) and the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation...more

A Teaching Moment Inside VimpelCom’s Boardroom

The VimpelCom FCPA settlement underscored the importance of Compliance 2.0 and the need to reform board deliberations and governance. No one can read the facts without shaking their heads and asking – what was the VimpelCom...more

VimpelCom's Global FCPA Settlement - A Multinational Resolution

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands (OM) announced a coordinated criminal and civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

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