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Legal Notice 22 of 2015 – Merchant Shipping (Ships Eligible for Registration) (Amendment) Regulations, 2015

Legal Notice 22 of 2015 – Merchant Shipping (Ships Eligible for Registration) (Amendment) Regulations, 2015

Legal Notice 22 of 2015 introduced an amendment to the definition of international owners of Ships Eligible for Registration under Subsidiary Legislation 234.23 (‘the regulation’) and its provisions for ownership of a Maltese ship. The definition of an individual international owner previously only included citizens of the European Union not ... Read More »

Backing off the black box – privacy issues and event data recorders

Backing off the black box – privacy issues and event data recorders

Since its introduction in the 1990s, the automobile’s event data recorder (EDR) or electronic control module (ECM), also known as the “black box,” has provided insight into vehicle metrics, driver behaviors and accident data. Depending on the design and designated settings, black boxes can capture data concerning driver habits, braking, ... Read More »

As of 2015 all Russian companies are to report on and prepare documentation on all cross-border related-party transactions

As of 2015 all Russian companies are to report on and prepare documentation on all cross-border related-party transactions

Since 2014, all cross-border related-party transactions are subject to transfer pricing regulations, notwithstanding their value. Before 2014, transfer pricing rules applied only to major cross-border related-party transactions, that is, transactions deriving income in the amount of RUB 100 million and RUB 80 million in 2012 and 2013, respectively. This means ... Read More »

Export controls

Export controls

United States export controls mainly fall under the jurisdiction of three federal agencies. First, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security administers the Export Administration Regulations, which control exports and reexports of a wide range of commodities, software, and technology. Second, the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense ... Read More »

2015 spending bill passes congress, suspends hours-of-service regulations related to 34-hour rest period

2015 spending bill passes congress, suspends hours-of-service regulations related to 34-hour rest period

In an unusual Saturday evening vote, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that the White House has indicated President Barack Obama will sign. The bill is about more than spending. It includes regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. It also includes an amendment to the hours-of-service rules ... 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 »

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