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- The Week in Weed: October 23, 2020
Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Missouri begins medical marijuana sales. Opponents of legalization in Montana speak up. The 9th Circuit releases an immigration opinion involving marijuana. Asylum seekers are disqualified by most cannabis offenses. And finally, medical marijuana is free in...
- Salmonella in horse meat linked to two deaths in France
Two people have died after eating raw or undercooked horse meat, according to French public health officials. Santé publique France has provided more details on two outbreaks linked to consumption of horse meat in summer and autumn. French authorities revealed the illnesses earlier this month. The first epidemic with 20 patients sick because of Salmonella Newport...
- French Supervisory Authority Releases Strict Guidance on the Use of Facial Recognition Technology at Airports
On October 9, 2020, the French Supervisory Authority (“CNIL”) issued guidance on the use of facial recognition technology for identity checks at airports (available here, in French). The CNIL indicates that it has issued this guidance in response to a request from several operators and service providers of airports in France who are planning to...
- French Highest Court Rejects Temporary Suspension of France’s Health Data Hub; Calls for Additional Guarantees Following Schrems II
On October 13, 2020, France's highest administrative court issued a summary judgment that rejected a request for the suspension of France's centralized health data platform, Health Data Hub.
- Authorities act against Spanish firm linked to Salmonella outbreak
Spanish health authorities have ordered the temporary suspension of some parts of a company linked to a Salmonella outbreak in France. The Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT) said the action concerning fuet and espetec sausage production at Embutidos Sola had been taken based on the precautionary principle. ASPCAT also ordered the withdrawal of all...
- Almost 50 sick in France after eating raw or rare horse meat
French authorities are investigating almost 50 Salmonella infections linked to eating raw or undercooked horse meat in the past few months. During this summer, Sante publique France identified 20 patients that are part of a cluster of Salmonella Newport cases. A total of 28 other people were linked to a second cluster of salmonellosis caused...
- “New farmers”: are they allowed to call their vegetable substitutes “meat”?
A Parisian start-up recently announced the opening of a ‘vegetable meat’ production site in France. The firm produces meat-free steak, wings and nuggets which are sold around the country. However, French law will soon prohibit the use of such terms for vegetarian meat substitutes in a bid to protect the interests of the country’s farmers and...
- Entry Into Force of Reinforced Anti-gift Rules in France
Today, October 1st 2020, the updated anti-gift scheme in France enters into force. The anti-gift rules impose obligations on pharmaceutical, medical device and cosmetics companies when interacting with healthcare professionals (“HCPs”) and healthcare organizations (“HCOs”) in France. The updated framework was foreseen in the adoption of Ordinance 2017-49 of 19 January 2017 and Decree 2020-730...
- Lack of inspections, heavy metals cited in FDA enforcement updates
The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Use the links to view the full alert modifications. Import Alert Description URL...
- Super-Agent Todd France Joins Athletes First
Athletes First has hired NFL super-agent Todd France to join their team as well as France’s long-time colleagues Jennifer Thatcher and Julie Voelker, all of whom will open Athletes First Atlanta based office. Todd France, recognized by Forbes Magazine as the most powerful agent in football, made headlines late this summer for mutually parting ways...
- Scary Technology?
Thanks to Rob Hyndman, a Canadian lawyer with a boutique technology practice, I have learned about a developing technology that should scare the heck out of law firms of any size. Rob refers to an article he found on developing research in France dealing with optical scanner technology moving to...
- Holistic health care fair
For Minnesota residents interested in complementary medicine, check out the upcoming holistic health care. Drs. Jay P. Wilson and Adam J. Burke of Wilson Chiropractic Center (www.WilsonChiropracticCenter.com) have announced an upcoming Holistic Health Fair. Scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd, 2007,...
- Podcast: Air France Crash Legal Issues
On May 31, Air France flight 447, out of Rio de Janeiro bound for Paris, seemed to vanish into thin air. A frantic search for passengers and the black boxes turned up some of the bodies and scattered parts, but no black boxes. This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we examine the...
- French Data Protection Authority Unveils 2010 Inspections Report
On March 17, 2010, the French Data Protection Authority published a report concerning on-site inspections and outlined its objectives for the coming year. The report indicated that the CNIL plans to conduct at least 300 inspections throughout France in 2010....
- Judge Thynge Requires Abbott to Produce a 30(b)(6) Witness to Testify with Knowledge of both Abbott and Its Foreign Subsidiary, Fournier
By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Mary Pat Thynge in Ethypharm S.A. France v. Abbott Laboratories, C.A. No. 08-126-SLR-MPT (D.Del., November 15, 2010), the Court granted, in part, plaintiff Ethypharm’s Motion to Proceed on Certain Discovery Matters under the Federal Rules of Civil...
- Developments in Private Antitrust Damage Claims – France
by Philipp Werner France may join the growing number of jurisdictions for class action style private antitrust damage claims in the EU. A judge from the French Cour de cassation, the highest civil jurisdiction, speaking at a conference yesterday, stated that class action style “assigned damages...
- Egyptian Fenugreek Seeds Source of EU Outbreak?
Fenugreek sprouts are “the most likely connection” between the outbreaks of E. coli O104:H4 in France and Germany, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported Wednesday. The reports implicate sprouts grown from seeds imported...
- France Implements EU Requirements for Data Breach Notification, Audits and Cookies Applicable to Electronic Communications Service Providers
On August 26, 2011 France implemented new EU provisions on data breach notifications for electronic communications providers, as well as new provisions requiring prior consent for cookies. The French measure also gives the government power to order security audits for electronic communications...
- Geolocation Services: A Five-Country Survey
Hogan Lovells privacy attorneys examine the challenges of deploying geolocation services in five jurisdictions, including France, Spain, Germany, the United States and Hong Kong....
- District Court in Vivendi Class Action Denies Plaintiffs’ Bid for Interlocuotry Appellate Review
In re Vivendi Universal, S.A., Securities Litigation, 02 Civ. 5571 (RJH) (S.D.N.Y. 2012), involves claims by non-U.S. persons — specifically persons in France, England, and the Netherlands (in addition to the U.S.) who purchased ordinary shares of American Depositary Shares of Vivendi stock. A...