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- Plan launched to reduce risk of emerging zoonoses
A drive to prevent emerging zoonotic risks and diseases such as COVID-19 has been unveiled and is being led by France. The Preventing Zoonotic Diseases Emergence (PREZODE) initiative was announced at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity on Jan. 11. Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are caused by germs that spread between animals and people and can...
- OFAC Asserts Jurisdiction over French Bank’s Internal Transfers and Foreign Exchange Transactions
OFAC’s January 4, 2021 civil settlement with France-based Union de Banques Arabes et Françaises (“UBAF”) provides another case study of the agency’s expansive view of its jurisdiction over transactions occurring outside the United States, when the US financial system is involved even indirectly. This case is particularly noteworthy coming after OFAC’s recent settlement with British...
- Brexit – France clarifies the form and content of the information to be provided by UK insurers to their French insureds and policyholders following Brexit – Update
As mentioned in our previous post published in April 2019, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance passed a decree dated 22 March 2019 (the March 2019 Decree) implementing the provisions of the ordinance n°2019-75 of 6 February 2019, introducing a contingency plan for the financial services sector in connection with the withdrawal of the...
- Cookies: CNIL provides clarification on its position through three major decisions impacting worldwide online service providers
The French data protection authority (CNIL) rendered three major decisions impacting worldwide online service providers following online controls and investigations performed on the companies’ websites. These decisions highlight the obligations of data controllers when using cookies and other trackers, notably regarding the way the user’s consent shall be collected, and the level of information that...
- USTR Suspends Section 301 DST Tariffs on Handbags and Cosmetics from France
The U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) is indefinitely suspending the Section 301 tariffs on certain handbags and cosmetics from France resulting from the investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax (“DST”). These additional tariffs were announced by USTR in July 2020 and were scheduled to go into effect on January 6, 2021. USTR is suspending the tariffs...
- USTR Increases Tariffs on Aircraft Parts and Certain Wines and Distilled Spirits from France and Germany
As previously reported, since October 18, 2019 the U.S. has imposed additional duties on various European origin goods (including aircraft, certain textiles and wearing apparel, hardware, cheeses, and other agricultural goods) due the ongoing Large Civil Aircraft (LCA) dispute with the European Union (EU). On December 30, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that...
- L’accord national interprofessionnel du 26 novembre 2020 : « soft law » à la française
Le télétravail s’est largement développé en France au fil des années, et naturellement, ce mode de travail a été particulièrement utilisé, bon gré mal gré, par les entreprises au cours de l’année 2020, à la faveur de la crise sanitaire, et des recommandations (plus ou moins liantes) du Gouvernement. Les bases du télétravail ont été...
- Can French employers require their employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine?
Further to the approval by EU authorities of the vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, and further to the recommendations of the French Health authorities on the vaccination programme, the French vaccine campaign against Covid-19 was launched yesterday, at the same time as in all EU countries. In France, the Government established a specific strategy...
- Health officials warn of seasonal poisoning risk from certain plants
A French agency has warned people of the risks of eating berries or leaves from decorative plants. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) seasonal message focused on holly, mistletoe and poinsettia blooms, berries and leaves that can be used to decorate cakes, homes and gardens. Ingestion of berries or...
- Report details 2019 French STEC raw milk cheese outbreak
French health officials have published a report on a 2019 E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese. It was the third outbreak linked to raw milk cheese in the country in the past year, according to Santé publique France. It is also being considered a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) outbreak. HUS is a type of...
- MSN to launch its own sponsored links program
MSN announced yesterday it will launch its own self-service paid listing program similar to those run by Yahoo and Google. It will be tested in France and Singapore within the next six months. The date for a worldwide rollout has not been set. MSN, which has been using Yahoo’s Overture sponsored...
- Tour de France blogs for your Tour RSS feeds
Watching replay of Stage 1 tonight and realized the Tour was the perfect event to follow by RSS feeds from a blog. Sure enough. Found a couple good blogs right away. Cycloblog, a blog on professional road cycling published by Andrew Dunn, a 25 year old law graduate from the U.K. And Tour de France.....
- The Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act is Effective July 1
July is probably my favorite month of the year for many reasons – lots of warm weather ahead, my birthday, my daughter’s birthday and three whole weeks of the Tour de France. However, many home improvement contractors haven’t been looking forward to the onset of July this year because the...
- Discovering The American Balance: IP In Fashion From France To China
Partner, Ted Max will be speaking on a panel for Couture Counselor at Fordham University School of Law on April 22, 2010. For more information, click here....
- Reed Smith Employment Attorney Expands Social Media Advice to France in New Edition of White Paper
Nearly everyone has become a part of the social media phenomenon that includes Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other websites. The growth of social media has been staggering. However, along with that growth comes new legal risks, including employment issues, which we haven’t seen before. As you may...
- Brazilians Sentence American Pilots to Prison: Not in Best Interests of Safety
In many countries, criminal prosecution of those involved in aviation accidents is the rule, not the exception. For example, the French courts began a criminal investigation almost immediately after the crash of Air France Flight 447. The Indonesian legal system convicted a Garuda Airlines 737...
- Council of Europe Considers Amendments to Convention 108
The Council of Europe's T-PD-Bureau met June 28-30 in Strasbourg, France, to discuss amendments to the Council of Europe's Convention 108. This post provides highlights from the meeting....
- Tapenade Linked to Eight Botulism Cases in France
A French company, La Ruche, has recalled all Les Délices de Marie Claire preserves and has suspended operations after a production batch of its Tapenade verte aux amandes was linked to eight cases of botulism. L’Institute Pasteur reported finding botulinum toxin type A in a sample of the implicated ...
- EU Commissioner Reding Promotes Use of BCRs at IAPP Congress in Paris
On November 29, 2011, at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress, EU Commissioner Viviane Reding provided insight into some of the details of the proposals for the revised EU data protection framework. She focused on promoting Binding Corporate Rules as a solution for safeguarding international...
- European Mobile Operators Agree to App Privacy Guidelines
This week, the U.K.-based GSM Association unveiled voluntary app privacy guidelines, which are being implemented by several major European mobile telephone service operators for their own branded applications. According to the GSM Association, the companies adopting these guidelines includes Deutsc...