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 »

President Obama issues executive order making it illegal for Federal Government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

President Obama issues executive order making it illegal for Federal Government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order that makes it illegal for federal government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, first issued in 1965, which prohibits federal government contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against ... Read More »

FRC proposes revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code

FRC proposes revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code

In April 2014 the UK’s Financial Report Council (FRC) published its consultation document on the proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code (the Code).  The consultation follows previous consultations in 2013 on directors’ remuneration and risk management, internal control and the going concern basis of accounting.  The consultation document ... Read More »

Physicians and teaching hospitals should register and review reporting of payments made and interests held before they are released to the public

Physicians and teaching hospitals should register and review reporting of payments made and interests held before they are released to the public

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will release information to the public relating to certain payments to physicians and teaching hospitals (collectively “Covered Providers”) from drug/device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations, as well as information on physician ownership and investment interests in certain drug/device ... Read More »

Reform to judicial review

Reform to judicial review

Judicial review is the procedure by which decisions of public law bodies and those of other bodies carrying out public law functions may be challenged through the English courts. With the growth of regulation, these decisions have increased in importance as has the use of the judicial review procedure to ... Read More »

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