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UK Competition and Consumer Regimes Set for Shake Up
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The UK Government has this week announced what would be the biggest shake-up of the competition and consumer protection policy landscape for the last 20 years. On 20 July 2021 the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation document setting out its proposals for sweeping reforms of the UK’s competition and consumer protection law regimes and inviting responses by 1 October 2021...

Rural Businesses and Easing COVID-19 Restrictions in Scotland
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The Scottish Government has published its route map out of lockdown, legislating five levels, each imposing increasingly tougher restrictions. As at 19 July, the whole of Scotland moved to Level 0, with cautious optimism that most legal restrictions might be removed entirely in August. However, in the meantime, the move to Level 0 does not mean that everything returns to how it was pre-pandemic – there will remain a level of restrictions and compliance points that must be met...

Major Rehaul in the Customs Exemption Notifications
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, July 2021

The Finance Minister of India in the 2021-22 Union Budget had announced that the Government proposes to review 400 exemption notifications.  The exemption on more than 150 items, currently exempted under Notifications Nos. 14/2006-Customs dated 01.03.2006, 26/2011-Customs dated 01.03.2011 and 50/2017-Customs dated 30.06.2017 could be axed.  The Telecom, Information Technology, Wind Power, Textiles and Pharmaceuticals are a few of the affected sectors...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Updates July (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2021

Financial ServicesRuling of Shariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia on QardAt its 213th meeting of the Shariah Advisory Council (“SAC”) of Bank Negara Malaysia, the SAC ruled that the method under Malaysian Financial Reporting Standard (“MFRS”) 17 Insurance Contracts and MFRS 9 Financial Instruments may be adopted to measure qard (interest free loan) for transactions between shareholders’ fund and takaful fund...

Health Care Noncompetes Are Under Attack
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order entitled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” One key element of the executive order is to address noncompete covenants that the White House characterized as stifling competition between companies. Section 5(g) encouraged the FTC to draft rules which seek to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility...

Interstate License Compacts Arrive to Ohio for Physicians, Nurses, and Audiology/Speech-Language Pathologists
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Health care practitioners are seemingly subject to a constantly growing laundry list of regulatory requirements. However, the Ohio General Assembly has reduced the administrative burden on certain professionals seeking licensure in multiple states through the enactment of interstate license compact legislation...

End of the Lundbeck Saga and New Rules for Medical Devices in Norway
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

In 2013, the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, which at the time only held limited secondary patents related to certain antidepressants, was fined EUR 93.7 million by the European Commission for having entered into settlement agreements in 2002 whereby Lundbeck paid generic manufacturers for not challenging its patents. The payments corresponded to the profits that the generic manufacturers could have made if they had successfully entered the market...

Sports Governing Bodies: Competition Law and Regulation
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

From a competition law standpoint, the regulation of sport presents a difficult conundrum. On the one hand, sports regulations may limit the ability of economic actors (including sportspeople) to win business through unrestricted competition. On the other hand, without such regulations, the essential core of the sport (and the business interests built around it) may be undermined...

UK Government Sets Out its Strategic Approach to CPTPP Accession and Call for Evidence Reopened
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The parties to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have agreed to formally commence an accession process with the UK. Ahead of the start of formal negotiations, the UK Government has set out its strategic approach to accession...

Civil Proceedings: Questions Going Forward after the Pandemic
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

When the lockdown was a fact in March 2020, Norwegian courts demonstrated a great willingness to keep the wheels of the Norwegian litigation system going by rapidly transitioning to conducting court hearings through video meetings, and by resolving a larger number of cases through written proceedings. The question going forward is whether experiences gained through the pandemic should change how civil procedures are conducted, and if so, what these changes should be...

Ohio Introduces Data Privacy Legislation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 13, 2021, Ohio Lieutenant Governor John Husted announced the introduction of the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (OPPA), a comprehensive privacy framework following in the footsteps of recent legislative enactments in California (the CCPA as modified by the CPRA), Virginia (the CDPA), and Colorado (the Colorado Privacy Act)...

Texas’s Major Lien Law Makeover: What You Need to Know
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

Chapter 53 of the Texas Property Code just received major updates for the first time in years. On June 15, 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law HB 2237. This bill makes many notable changes to Texas’s lien laws. The construction industry and construction lawyers should take note of these changes to the complex and often confusing world of mechanic’s, contractor’s, and materialman’s liens in Texas...

COVID-19's Lasting Impact on Long-Term Care Assets
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2021

COVID-19 came upon us all like a tsunami, leveling life as we knew it and causing an entirely new paradigm of behavior to be necessary. No segment of the population was hit harder than seniors, both in our communities and in senior care facilities. Long-term care facilities were on the frontlines of the battle, being one of the first industries to be required to wholly alter traditional behaviors to try to stop the inevitable spread of this deadly virus...

Data Export Compliance under China’s Data Security Law
Deacons, July 2021

On 10 June 2021, the Data Security Law (DSL), which will become effective as of 1 September 2021, was adopted in China. The enactment of the DSL marks the introduction of China’s first fundamental law in the field of data security, which, together with the Cybersecurity Law and the upcoming Personal Information Protection Law, will lay a legal foundation for safeguarding national data security, promoting data utilisation and mitigating the risks of data processing activities...

Amendment Bills on Hong Kong Re-Domiciliation for Foreign Investment Funds
Deacons, July 2021

On 2 July 2021, the Government gazetted the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Limited Partnership Fund and Business Registration Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2021 (Bills). These new laws aim to open up new channels enabling foreign investment funds to be re-domiciled and registered in Hong Kong as open-ended fund companies (OFCs) or limited partnership funds (LPFs)...

Pet Food Recalls: Here to Stay
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

Since April 2021, over 278 cases of feline pancytopenia, approximately 130 of which have proved fatal, have been detected amongst the UK’s feline population. This has now led to a recall of various cat foods, affecting large and small retailers...

Executive Order Targets Hospital Consolidation Non-Competes
Waller, July 2021

President Joe Biden is issuing an executive order today that aims to increase competition in the U.S. economy...

Don’t Be Caught by Surprise: HHS Issues First Regulations Related to Surprise Billing
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management issued the first interim final rule with comment period, in what is likely to be a series of rules, aimed at ending surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers...

How to Cover Multiple Facilities with a Single Loan under HUD’s Lean Program
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

The Multifamilly and Healthcare Facility divisions of HUD are a bit like two different dialects of the same language; both offer mortgage insurance under the Federal Housing Administration, but each has its own distinct rules and conventions on underwriting, closing and asset management. Being conversant in one dialect doesn’t necessarily equip you to get by in the other...

Ohio Adopts Hospital Licensure System
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Until now, hospital licensure was absent from Ohio’s regulatory scheme. However, Ohio’s final budget bill, which became effective on July 1, 2021, introduced a new hospital licensure system.[1] Under the final bill, Ohio hospitals have three years to become licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (the Department)...

Impermanent Residency
TSMP Law Corporation, July 2021

As Singapore’s economy gears up for the new normal, the government may need to relook at how it attracts foreign talent, and how it values those committed to setting up home here for the long haul. My friend P was born near Vladivostok, in what was then USSR. When he was 12, his shipping executive father uprooted the family and moved to Singapore on a two-year contract, which was then renewed over and over...

“Pro Consumer" Bill that Amends the Consumer Protection Act Moves Forward, After Being Approved by the Chamber of Deputies
Carey, July 2021

On January 24th, 2019, the Executive Power submitted to Congress a bill of law that establishes measures to encourage the protection of consumers' rights -Bulletin No. 12,409-03- (hereinafter, the "Bill"). The Bill is known as the "Pro-Consumer Bill", since it amends Law No. 19,496 Consumer Protection Act ("CPA"), seeking to reinforce the rights of consumers and incorporate new obligations for suppliers...

What Should Businesses Do About the Recommendation to Wear Masks in Indoor Public Spaces Until Fully Vaccinated?
Lawson Lundell LLP, July 2021

B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry,[1] and the Public Health Agency of Canada,[2] have recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated[3] continue wearing masks in indoor public spaces. At the same time, public authorities are providing little to no guidance on how or when businesses can continue mask requirements...

Phase 3: Has Your Workplace Transitioned its COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan?
Lawson Lundell LLP, July 2021

On July 1, 2021, B.C. moved into Step 3 of its COVID-19 Restart Plan. As part of this phase, B.C. employers are no longer required to maintain a WorkSafeBC approved COVID-19 Safety Plan. Instead, they are required to transition to a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan.  What is a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan? It is a plan that outlines the steps an employer is taking to reduce the risk to their workers from communicable diseases in their workplace...

Fail to Report your Money Laundering Suspicions: The Risk of Prosecution has Increased
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

On 2 June 2021 the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) revised their guidance and policy on the prosecution of regulated sector failure to disclose cases under section 330 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA’)...

 

 

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