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Are you ready for the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation?

Are you ready for the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation?

On 25 October 2011 the Council and the Parliament of the European Union (hereafter: the EU) adopted Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (hereafter: Regulation 1169/2011). This Regulation has major consequences for anyone who supplies food to large caterers and consumers (‘end users’). This article discusses ... Read More »

Mari Männiko´s article in a book called “Regulating Technologies in the European Union, Normative Realities and Trends”

Mari Männiko´s article in a book called “Regulating Technologies in the European Union, Normative Realities and Trends”

Law Firm LEXTAL Attorney at Law Mari Männiko has published an article “Intermediary service providers’ liability exemptions- where can we draw the line?” in a book called ”Regulating Technologies in the European Union, Normative Realities and Trends” by Publishing house Springer. The role of e-services has rapidly developed in recent ... Read More »

European Commission starts consultation on exemption for insurance sector

European Commission starts consultation on exemption for insurance sector

The Block Exemption Regulation (the Exemption) which exempts certain agreements between insurers and reinsurers from the ban on cartels expires on 31 March 2017. The European Commission recently started a market consultation to investigate whether the insurance market still needs a sector-specific exemption from the ban on cartels. Based on ... Read More »

Amendments on Estonian tax legislation

Amendments on Estonian tax legislation

1. Value Added Tax Act On 1 November 2014, a new and already much-criticised obligations comes into force requesting legal entities to submit data about purchase and sales invoices to the tax authority in addition to a regular VAT returns. According to the new regime, Estonian VAT liable companies shall ... Read More »

OLG Schleswig-Holstein: prohibition of sale via online platforms at odds with the ban on cartels

OLG Schleswig-Holstein: prohibition of sale via online platforms at odds with the ban on cartels

The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Schleswig-Holstein, the appeal court of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, ruled in a judgement of 5 June 2014 that Casio Europe (Casio) may not prohibit approved specialist photography shops from selling digital cameras via online platforms like eBay and Amazon. The OLG said the prohibition was at ... Read More »

Return of unwanted goods in the EU – Business in Germany

Return of unwanted goods in the EU – Business in Germany

One of the key legal concepts underlying e-commerce and distance distribution is the consumer’s right of withdrawal from the contract within a “cooling off” timeframe of 14 days. In Germany on June 13, 2014, a new legislation implementing the European Directive on Consumer Rights (2011/83/EU) became effective. The new legislation ... Read More »

Russia/Ukraine sanctions

Russia/Ukraine sanctions

On July 29, 2014, President Obama imposed tough new sanctions on Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. These “Level 3” sanctions followed two previous rounds of sanctions that targeted individual persons and companies. Now the United States and the European Union (“EU”) have imposed sanctions against key sectors of ... Read More »

Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order severely increases compliance and obligations for federal contractors

Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order severely increases compliance and obligations for federal contractors

President Obama warned during his State of the Union speech in January that this would be the “Year of Action” where he unilaterally implements laws on behalf of workers. The creation of new laws is a power generally reserved for Congress, and Republican members of Congress have threatened to sue ... Read More »

Hospital pays $150,000 in penalties and fees for violating HIPPA and state data breach laws

Hospital pays $150,000 in penalties and fees for violating HIPPA and state data breach laws

The Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently agreed to pay the Massachusetts Attorney General $150,000 in penalties, attorney’s fees, and contributions to funds for education and data security litigation. The hospital’s settlement demonstrates the risks that health care entities face from aggressive state attorneys general, even those across ... Read More »

Federal Government continues to target bank compliance programs

Federal Government continues to target bank compliance programs

The U.S. Treasury Department announced yesterday that Bank of America Corp’s banking unit agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed hundreds of transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reported that the bank processed about 200 transactions totaling ... Read More »

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