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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 4th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 4, 2017 is below. An important update on the status of rate parity in the EU leads things off in this week’s Update...more

CNIL Decision on Whistleblower Hotlines

by Bryan Cave on

France's data protection authority, the CNIL – the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés -- recently published a decision (n° 2017-191) setting out new guidelines with respect to whistleblower hotlines. The...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The UK Government’s Brexit strategy took another step forward on 13th July 2017 with the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, commonly referred to as the “Great Repeal Bill”. There was not much of a fanfare...more

A New Argument for Negotiating a Social Plan in France

A Plan de Sauvegarde de l’Emploi (PSE) is a mass redundancy or reduction-in-force plan that companies employing 50 or more employees in France must have in place before dismissing 10 or more employees in a layoff. Such a plan...more

Investigations in the Healthcare Sector by the French Competition Authority: Drugmakers’ Potential “Excessive Pricing” At Stake

by Reed Smith on

French competition authority to start investigations into potentially “excessive prices” in the healthcare market in the next weeks, following increasing scrutiny across Europe. On 3 July 2017, the president of the French...more

French Supreme Court: Internet intermediaries must pay for blocking measures against illegal streaming websites

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 July 2017, the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) confirmed a decision of the Paris court of appeal dated 15 March 2016 (RG No. 040/2016) which held that Internet intermediaries must bear the costs for implementing...more

France Introduces New Legal Regime for Security Agents in Debt Financings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Syndicated financings with French security will likely adopt the new regime for security agent appointment once it takes effect on 1 October 2017. Key Points... Please see full Alert below for more information. ...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: President Macron’s Election in France: Impact on the French PE...

by Dechert LLP on

President Macron announced his will to conduct meaningful reforms which could have a significant positive impact on the economy and the French M&A market. ...more

USAO Moves To Dismiss Charges Related To London Whale

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The saga of the London Whale appears to be drawing to a close. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss charges against two former JP Morgan derivatives traders who were colleagues of Bruno Iksil, the London...more

French Court Rules on Patent Revocation Interest to Sue, Statutes of Limitation

by Jones Day on

On April 28, 2017, the French tribunal de grande instance de Paris issued an interesting decision regarding both standing to sue and statute of limitations applicable to patent revocation actions....more

Online Terrorist Propaganda: France and UK Put Internet Giants in the Cross-Hairs

by Jones Day on

On June 14, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference to declare the implementation of a "very concrete" antiterrorist plan. One of the plan's three main...more

Paris and Nantes Civil Courts Reach Opposite Conclusions Regarding Challenges to CHSCT Experts’ Consultations

On June 18, 2017, and June 29, 2017, Paris and Nantes civil courts (les tribunaux de grande instance) respectively issued opposite rulings interpreting the provisions of Article L. 4614-13 of the French Labor...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered subprime auto yesterday. Today, it’s the other growing debt concern in the US—student loan obligations. Though here’s an unexpected take on it: due to missing or fake documentation, billions in defaulted student...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On the heels of Volkswagen announcing moves toward electrifying its vehicle fleet, and Tesla beginning its production run of its highly anticipated Model 3, several other recent developments show momentum continuing to build...more

Lessons From France’s “Right To Disconnect”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Summer is the time for vacations, and with that comes the stress of balancing work pressures while out of the office. Many employees prefer not to take vacations when the alternative is trying to conduct work from a cell...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Oh, Hadn’t You Heard? You’re Violating French Law Right Now! France Gets Serieuse about Anti-Corruption

Ok, ok, don’t panic. Maybe not all of the millions of dedicated readers of this blog are in violation. Nevertheless, as of June 1, if your company does business in France, it may be time to check your anticorruption...more

Banking, Finance and Insurance Letter - Mai-Juin 2017

Publication du règlement dit « Prospectus » abrogeant la directive Prospectus - Le 30 juin 2017 a été publié au Journal officiel de l’UE le règlement n° 2017/1129 du 14 juin 2017 concernant le prospectus à publier en cas...more

Religion in the workplace in France – Part 2

by Bryan Cave on

PART 2, Continued from PART 1, posted on June 26, 2017. What about wearing religious symbols at work? Is this subject to a specific legal framework?...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 23rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 23, 2017 is below. A variety of stories this week. Time to Take French Legislative Prohibitions Seriously [OTA/PARITY] ("Expedia fined in France...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June, 2017 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: What the Global Marketplace Can Teach US Entrepreneurs About the Future of Payments - Entrepreneurs already have a lot going on, but it pays to be on top of the...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

New French Decree Clarifies the Scope of Biomedical Research, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update, Vol. IV, Issue III

by Jones Day on

French Decree n° 2017-884 of May 9, 2017, was adopted to implement certain provisions of the Legal Ordinance of June 16, 2016, with respect to biomedical research. Such research should now be referred to as "research...more

Relocation of the European Medicines Agency – France shows EMA its smooth moves

by Hogan Lovells on

With Brexit under way, the European Medicines Agency is looking for a new home. France revealed itself as a serious contender when it considered offering not just one hosting place for the Agency, but five! Up until recently,...more

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