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ECJ determines applicability of national data protection law and the power of national data...

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In a recent decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) determines how the term "establishment" used in the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC must be interpreted and thereby on the applicability of national data protection law in cases with a cross-border context as well as on the power of national data protection authorities in this regard. This has practical implications.

Corporate investigations: key issues for boards and in-house lawyers

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With the steady increase of global regulation and enforcement across all industries in today's commercial world, the conduct by companies of independent and credible internal investigations is swiftly being recognised as a standalone area of expertise

Germany: Tax Court prevents Tax Office from exchanging information with E6 countries in relation...

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On September 7, 2015, the local tax court of Cologne issued an injunction against the German Federal Central Tax Office to prevent the FCTO from conducting a coordinated exchange of information with the E6 countries Canada, Great Britain, France, Australia and Japan, which aimed at gathering intelligence on companies of the digital economy to develop more efficient counter measures against BEPS strategies.

Importers into the EU must know chemicals in product

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With a long-awaited decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) causes headache and turbulences to manufacturers, importers and distributors of all kinds of products to be placed on the market in the European Union.

Webinar invitation: The EU Commission’s first APA State aid decisions and the larger picture

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On 21 October, the European Commission issued the first two tax rulings State aid decisions finding the two rulings to violate EU...

EU: European Court of Justice confirms fines for cartel facilitators

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The EU Commission may fine companies merely for helping other undertakings run a cartel, the European Court of Justice held on 22 October 2015 - but under which conditions?

Adoption Day sees EU adopt legislative framework to lift nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions

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On 18 October 2015, Iran's Foreign Minister and the EU Foreign Policy Chief issued a joint statement announcing the official adoption of the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" between Iran and the EU/E3+3 (China, the EU, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA).

Frequently Asked Questions on the Judgment of the CJEU on the US/EU Safe Harbor...

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The Court of Justice of the European Union, following the opinion of the Advocate General, invalidated European Commission Decision 2000/520 dated July 27, 2000, which allowed transfers of personal data to US companies that self-certified under the US/EU Safe Harbor Program.

Germany Fines Two Companies for Unlawful Transfer of Customer Data as Part of an...

The Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) in Germany has fined two implicated companies – both seller and purchaser – for unlawfully transferring customer data as part of an asset deal.

Post Danmark II – EU Commission Guidelines on Economic Assessment of Rebates Under Article...

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The first Post Danmark case in 2012 brought about a modest antitrust revolution on Article 102 applicable to discrimination. Rarefied economic concepts were confirmed. Price discrimination as a standalone abuse was all but confined to a historical footnote in antitrust textbooks, to be replaced by a predation type test.
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