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- France’s Council of State Orders Lifting of COVID-19 Ban On Worship Services
Yesterday, France’s highest court, the Council of State, ruled that within 8 days the government must lift its COVID-19 ban on gatherings at houses of worship. Currently only funerals, with no more than 20 people in attendance may be held in houses of worship. Reporting on the decision, Euronews said: The judge highlighted that the...
- OTA & Travel Distribution Update: InterContinental Hotels Group opens its first flagship store on Ctrip’s platform; France plans to create an online booking engine; Hong Kong regulators accept parity-clause commitments from major OTAs
This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, May 15, 2020 contains a wide variety of stories – from the tried and true to the truly bizarre. I hope you enjoy. (“IHG Announces Partnership with Trip.com Group’s Ctrip,” May 14, 2020 via Hotel News Resource)For some time now, many of the largest hotel...
- Large Salmonella outbreak from raw goats’ milk cheese revealed
More than 150 people were affected by an outbreak of Salmonella from raw goats’ milk cheese in 2018, according to a recent report. France recorded 147 cases, of which 133 were confirmed, 13 were probable and one possible. Of 38 cases where clinical history was known, 13 were hospitalized. One person died but salmonellosis was...
- End of the lockdown in France: what are the precautions for employers operating in France?
On 7 May, the French Prime Minister announced the date chosen for the start of the “de-confinement” phase for France, namely 11 May 2020. The lockdown, which started on 17 March, lasted almost 2 months during which some shops and businesses were closed, and the vast majority of companies operated on the basis of remote...
- Salmonella prompts recall of more than half a million eggs
A number of supermarkets in France have recalled eggs sold under different brand names due to possible Salmonella contamination. According to the French magazine 60 Millions de Consommateurs the recall covers more than 500,000 eggs but there have been no official communications from authorities and no reported illnesses. Carrefour has issued three recalls. The first involved...
- La France sort du confinement : Quelles précautions pour les employeurs ?
Le 7 mai dernier, le Premier Ministre a annoncé la date retenue pour le début de la phase de déconfinement des Français dans le cadre du plan de lutte contre le Covid-19, à savoir le 11 mai 2020. Le confinement, qui a commencé le 17 mars dernier, aura duré près de 2 mois durant lesquels...
- Confronted by COVID-19, France Further Strengthens National FDI Screening
On 29 April 2020, the French Treasury announced additional emergency measures undertaken to strengthen its national foreign direct investment (FDI) screening mechanism. Currently, France makes subject to screening FDI in the following sectors: defense, energy, transport, public health, electronic communications, new technologies, aerospace, data center, and – as of 1 April 2020 – media and...
- How to process employees’ health data in France after lockdown: dos and don’ts for employers
A few weeks ago, we provided you with a summary of the rights and obligations of employers with regard to the personal data of their employees during lockdown. On 11 May, many employees will return to their workplaces. Below you will find answers to the main questions you may have ahead as the end of...
- Study finds chicken cooking advice ignored by vast majority of consumers
Consumer practices for monitoring doneness of cooked chicken are not always safe, according to a recent study. Researchers surveyed 3,969 households in France, Norway, Portugal, Romania, and the United Kingdom on their personal chicken cooking practices. They also interviewed and observed these practices in 75 additional households in the same countries to investigate how European...
- MOVIE REVIEW? A Must See Movie for Separating Couples. Just Don’t Watch It Now.
First, a confession. I watch very few moves and when I do, I frequently feel stupid because I don’t see all the nuances others do. So, don’t see this move on my say so. Truth is that since it was premiered in 2017, the movie won a number of awards in Europe. It was produced...
- 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...