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Federal Cabinet Approves Legislative Package Limiting Future Fracking Operations in Germany

On April 1, 2015, the German Federal Cabinet (Bundeskabinett) approved a legislative package introducing broad restrictions on the use of hydraulic fracturing technology (fracking)...

Compliance Benchmark: Quantifying the Fundamentals

Various countries and their compliance-enforcing agencies request that companies have "adequate" compliance programs and organizations. But what does that mean? One option to determine...

EU Commission to open extensive probe into e-commerce market

European Union regulators plan to open a year-long extensive investigation into e-commerce as part of their efforts to remove online sales barriers and boost...

German competition authority takes stand on radius clauses

The German competition authority (German Federal Cartel Office) issued a prohibition decision on 3 March 2015 regarding radius clauses imposed by an operator of...

European Court of Justice: “Defect” and Recoverable Damages – Implications for Manufacturers

Boston Scientific Medizintechnik GmbH v AOK Sachsen-Anhalt - Die Gesundheitskasse. Joined Cases C-503/13 and C-504/13 This is a rare example of a major...

EU: Update on the REACH “article in article” debate

On 12 February 2015, Advocate General (AG) Kokott published her non-binding opinion in a preliminary ruling referred to the Court of Justice of the European...

MedTech Europe recommends phasing out conference sponsorship for Healthcare Professionals by 2018

In late 2014, the trade associations for the Med-Tech and Diagnostics industries in Europe have recommended phasing out by 1 January 2018 all direct...

EU Foreign Affairs Council reaffirms willingness to strengthen Libyan sanctions

At today's meeting of the European Foreign Affairs Council ("FAC"), the EU reiterated its readiness to designate "spoilers of the dialogue process in line with the...

Germany: Draft law to expand provision on commercial bribery and bribery of foreign public...

On January 21, 2015, the German Government accepted the draft of a new law combatting corruption which aims at implementing international guidelines to combat...

EU to counter money laundering – company owners required to be listed on national...

On December 17, 2014, EU law makers within the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have reached political consensus on tougher anti-money laundering...

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