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HTMLE-Commerce Sector Inquiry Finds Widespread Geo-Blocking in the EU
Bernard E. Amory, Charlotte Breuvart, Yvan N. Desmedt, Tristan J. Verminck; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 26, 2016, previously published on April 2016
In its ongoing sector inquiry into e-commerce in the European Union, the European Commission has published its initial findings on geo-blocking. Launched in May 2015 by the European Commissioner in charge of competition, Margrethe Vestager, this inquiry forms part of the Commission-wide Digital...

 

HTMLDawn Raids and Preparing for Surprise Government Competition Law Investigations: Jones Day Guide to Best Practices
Alan Davis, Matt Evans, Carsten T. Gromotke, Nicolas Taylor, Alexandre G. Verheyden; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 18, 2016, previously published on March 2016
As global antitrust enforcers increasingly focus on detecting and punishing cartel behavior, companies must remain vigilant in protecting against overreach during government investigations that precede prosecutorial operations. So-called "dawn raids," which are unannounced on-site...

 

HTMLOLG Düsseldorf: Advertising with distinction “test winner” permissible
Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 31, 2015
According to a judgment of the OLG Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf), a company is allowed to use the expression “test winner” in its advertising even if it has to share this distinction with other competitors (I-15 U 24/15).

 

HTMLWhile Marijuana Makes Headlines, Industrial Hemp Quietly Grows Legal
Richard M. Blau; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2015
Thanks to changes legislated in the U.S. Farm Bill of 2013, numerous land grant universities across America currently sponsor and conduct research into agricultural and industrial hemp. The legality of such research depends on whether the state in which the university resides has formally approved...

 

HTMLOfcom Consults on Proposed Shake-Up of UK Telecoms Market
Francesco Liberatore, Bruce A. Olcott; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2015, previously published on July 2015
Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, has published a discussion document on its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. The document outlines possible changes to the regulatory regime applying to all digital communications services in the UK, including broadband, mobile, landline and...

 

HTMLNew Product Safety Bills Address Child-Resistant Packaging for E-Cigarettes and Detergent Pods
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on February 23, 2015
Last year, we wrote about legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to require the CPSC to implement a rule requiring childproof packaging for liquid nicotine containers. Liquid nicotine typically refills the vials for e-cigarettes, which are rapidly gaining in popularity. Recently, Senator Bill Nelson...

 

HTMLAnd the Beat Goes On: NY State Assembly to Vote on GMO Labeling Law
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
Coming on the heels of the reintroduction of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, on March 3, 2015, the New York State Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection voted 9 to 6, with one abstention, to pass bill A.617, which would require food made with genetically modified...

 

HTMLDeja Vu All Over Again: Federal GMO Labeling Legislation Re-Introduced
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore)¿joined by chef-lebrity Tom Colicchio¿announced the reintroduction of The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, a federal bill that would mandate the labeling of foods...

 

HTMLFTC Tastes “Sweet” Victory: The Implications of POM Wonderful for Government Practice
Timothy J. Slattery; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on February 10, 2015
In part two of this two-part series, we explore two critical takeaways for those facing potential government intervention: (1) the implications of the Court’s deference to the Commission, and (2) whether a substantive disclaimer is a silver bullet to avoid agency scrutiny (or, at least, an...

 

HTMLCanada’s Anti-Spam Law
Bradley J. Freedman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 24, 2015
Canada’s anti-spam law (commonly known as “CASL”) creates a comprehensive regime of offences, enforcement mechanisms and potentially severe penalties (including personal liability for corporate directors and officers) designed to prohibit unsolicited or misleading commercial...

 


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