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- France Seeks More Protective European Definition of Nanomaterials
As reported in our May 7, 2021, blog item, the European Commission (EC) recently held a targeted stakeholder consultation to update, test, and verify the preliminary findings of its review of the 2011 Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. According to a July 23, 2021, news item posted by the French Agency for Food,...
- Lyon, France- CCF decisions from 2021 Summer Session are being issued
INTERPOL’s CCF (the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files) has begun issuing its decisions from the most recent session. The most recent session was held from 28 June through 2 July, and we began receiving decisions last week. The new decisions show: The CCF is continuing to thoroughly examine the claims in the Red...
- Mainly children ill in French Salmonella outbreak
Almost 50 people are sick in France with Salmonella infections after eating a type of dry cured sausage from Spain. In total, 45 people have been affected including 27 children. All sick people interviewed so far mentioned eating fuet before onset of symptoms. Strains of monophasic Salmonella typhimurium sharing the same genetic characteristics were identified...
- C’est la vie: Nonresident must pay California tax on community income earned by resident spouse
On May 18, the California Office of Tax Appeals (“OTA”) issued a pending precedential decision holding that community income derived from nonqualified stock options (“NQSOs”) and restricted stock units (“RSUs”) granted to a resident in exchange for services performed exclusively in California and vested while a California resident is taxable California source income to a...
- New Early Access and Off-Label Use Rules in France
On 1 July 2021, the new French rules on early access to unauthorized medicinal products and off-label use of authorized medicinal products entered into force. The rules were introduced by the Social Security Financing Law for 2021 (LOI n° 2020-1576 du 14 décembre 2020 de financement de la sécurité sociale pour 2021 or “LFSS 2021”,...
- INTERPOL Red Notices and Antiquity Theft, Part 2 of 3- Member Country Activity in France, Greece, Italy, the Slovak Republic, and Spain
In the last post, we addressed illegal antiquity sales, thefts, and the manner in which different countries address those issues. Given that antiquity sales and theft often involve cross-border transactions, INTERPOL may be involved in furthering the prosecution of these transactions. Red Notice subjects who are wanted for antiquities theft or illegal antiquities sale may...
- Petition Summary: Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Rubber from France, Mexico, and South Korea
On June 30, 2021, Zeon Chemicals L.P. and Zeon GP, LLC (“Petitioners”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of non-latex, non-hydrogenated acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber from France, Mexico, and South Korea. SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION The product covered by this investigation is commonly referred to as acrylonitrile butadiene rubber or nitrile rubber...
- French Data Protection Authority CNIL Issues Cross-Border Data Transfer Framework
CNIL, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, which is France’s Data Protection Authority, publishes framework to deal with post-Schrems II cross border transfers following the European Data Protection Board’s final guidelines on supplemental transfer measures: Step 1 Inventory your transfers (involve: DPO, information systems department, purchasing department, operational managers of services, digital service...
- The French Court of Cassation authorizes the marketing of certain CBD-based products
The legal vagueness surrounding CBD is gradually resolving in France. The Court of Cassation recently rendered a judgment in the context of an appeal concerning the legality of the sale of CBD-based products in a specialist store in Dijon. (French read only: Arrêt n°655 du 4 juin 2021 (21-81.656) – Cour de cassation – Assemblée...
- Study finds HUS caused by E. coli infections often more severe in adults
STEC-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is rarer in adults than children but causes more severe disease and death in older people, according to a study. Researchers looked at HUS caused by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in 96 adults in France during 2009 to 2017. A total of 69 of the patients had underlying health conditions. HUS...
- 17 ill after eating meat contaminated with bacteria in France
According to Agence France Presse, minced meat sold in the popular Leclerc supermarket chain in France has left at least 17 people with severe gastrointestinal problems because of E. coli contamination. All but one of the victims were children. They were rushed to the hospital and some are being...
- Smith’s Bicycle Case Comes “Unchained” (Van Halen’s 1981 hit) to a Tune with Unusual Chord Functions and a Metre Change (4/4 to 3/4 and back).
Smith v. G. Joannou Cycle Co., Inc., no. 06-1577, (D. S.C. 2007) Michael Smith wanted what every other Tour de France enthusiast (do those really exist?) wanted: (1) a bicycle that performed and was in good working order; (2) a crisp clear day for riding; and (3) a song in his head to pass the......
- Ode to Le Tour De France
— Karen Brennan, Attorney Now that the Tour de France is over, it looks like the choices in evening television once again consist of several versions of the same reality show. I can’t complain, the Tour was phenomenal this year and I enjoyed every minute I was able to watch (thank you DVR). Last...
- Concorde Trial: Criminal Prosecution of Chief Engineer Not in Best Interests of Safety
Ten years ago, an Air France Concorde SST departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport ran over a strip of metal on the runway. One of the Concorde’s tires exploded. A chunk of the debris from the tire punctured the Concorde’s fuel tank. Fuel leaked from the tank, and into an engine. The ensuing fire ...
- French data protection authority CNIL narrows the scope of whistle blowing hotlines
The CNIL, the French data protection authority, has just published the conclusions of its deliberation on October 14, 2010 concerning its new approach of whistle blowing hotlines. Operating a whistle blowing hotline in France is subject to notification to the CNIL since personal data are collected...
- Letter From The Editor: Not Alone Anymore
Other U.S. media had not yet figured out that an epic food safety story was breaking on the other side of the world when Food Safety News writer Gretchen Goetz was told to break off her vacation in France and head to Hamburg, Germany. For about a week, including the long Memorial Day weekend, Food.....
- French Woman Dies From E. coli O145, a dozen sickened with E. coli O104:H4 in France
Non-O157 E. colis – What us worry in the United States? Hell, let’s stop testing produce! According to French news reports (via Google translator), a 78-year-old Bordeaux woman, unrelated to the group of Bordeaux E. coli O104:H4 cases, died Friday at the University Hospital of Bordeaux after being...
- Access to Cartel Settlement Documents for Plaintiffs in France
by Philipp Werner and Lionel Lesur A French court has added another layer of complexity to cartel cases in the European Union. The Commercial Court in Paris has ordered the French competition authority to disclose documents relating to an antitrust investigation. The order concerns non-confidentia...
- Continuing Efforts to Model the Risk Curve for Mesothelioma – Data from France
Researchers continue to refine models for the likelihood of developing mesothelioma after asbestos inhalation. Here is the abstract for a new European Respiratory Journal article with a model based on numbers drawn from mesotheliomas in France. The abstract states the following: Temporal patterns...
- Drunk & Naked Students Trash P & O Cruise – Ferry
College students, booze and ships are often a recipe for bedlam. Being “cruise drunk” can lead to violence. The media in the U.K. is reporting that around 200 college students headed to France on a skiing trip stripped naked, smashed glasses and overturned furniture during a drunken night of...