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New Guidance for Adverts Promoting In-Game Purchases Released by CAP and BCAP
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

This month the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) released new guidance for advertisements used to promote in-game purchases. This guidance applies to providers of online gaming services that offer users the opportunity to purchase virtual items in real-time, such as virtual currencies or extra lives...

Can You Inherit Digital Assets?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  Every day, our digital footprint gets larger as we continue to rely more heavily on technology in our day-to-day lives. From an inheritance and succession point of view, this poses an important question: What happens to our digital assets when we die? Often when writing a will, people will consider any physical property they own as well as any investments and sums held in bank accounts...

Panel Speaker at the Legal in Action on Facebook Live organized by ?????? Thai Business and TLCA
Kudun and Partners, October 2021

Kongkoch Yongsavasdikul, partner and co-head of Startup Practice was invited to speak on the legal landscape of Startups in Thailand in the session “FinTech, AI & Fundraising – In Action: Series A & Beyond” by Legal in Action, hosted by Khun Peangpanor Boonklum with other speakers; Dr. Sutapa Amornvivat, PhD and Dr. Nattavut Kulnides. Thanks to Legal in Action and host Khun Peangpanor for inviting our partner as a speaker...

Enhanced secured creditors in France after cornerstone reform of security Law and collective proceedings of September 15, 2021.
Jeantet, October 2021

October 2021 Ordinances n°2021-1192 and 2021-1193 of September 15, 2021, respectively reforming security law and amending Book VI of the French Commercial Code, implement mandates of the PACTE Law of May 22, 2019[1] to: modernize security law[2], improve the articulation of security law with collective proceedings law[3] and transpose the (EU) Directive 2019/1023 of June 20, 2019[4], known as the "Restructuring and Insolvency Directive"[5]...

Brown Act in a Time of Pandemic: the Governor Vetoes AB 339
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

Key Points Governor Newsom vetoed AB 339. AB 361 will continue to operate as currently construed. On October 7, 2021, Governor Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 339 (Lee), a bill aimed at addressing Brown Act teleconferencing requirements for large public entities. AB 339 sought to add special rules for meetings of city councils or county board of supervisors that govern jurisdictions containing at least 250,000 people...

 Enactment of SB 164 and Changes to Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax          
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2021

Although Oregon’s 2021 legislative session turned out to be relatively quiet from a tax perspective, we did experience some changes to Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax (“CAT”). Those changes were primarily in the form of SB 164. The enactment of SB 164 ushers in the following CAT changes. Fiscal Year Filings...

Class Deviations
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2021

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) have both issued new Class Deviations from the FARs that implement Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (i.e., the federal contractor vaccine mandate)...

El Salvador ´s Crypto Ecosystem and next steps to implement
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, October 2021

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu.   On Wednesday, June 9, El Salvador published in its Official Gazette a historic event worldwide, the first law in the world that provided a digital asset, specifically the bitcoin with unrestricted and unlimited clearance power in any transactions that natural persons, public or private legal entities carry out in any capacity, therefore, bitcoin became a legal tender in El Salvador...

El Salvador: Bitcoin Law
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, October 2021

Preliminary concepts:   Prior to conducting an analysis of the Bitcoin Law (hereinafter “BTC Law”), it is important to clarify two fundamental concepts regarding this type of digital assets:   – What is bitcoin?   A bitcoin is a decentralized digital asset created in 2009 by one or more people under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, with the mission of being a virtual currency or an instrument of electronic exchange to acquire products and services

California Signs Police Reform Legislation Into Law
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

On September 30, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom approved and signed SB 2 and SB 16.1 SB 2 created a decertification procedure for peace officers and removal/denial of qualified immunity for claims or actions brought under Tom Bane Civil Rights Act (Civil Code section 52.1). SB 16 impacts retention of peace officer employment records and access to employment records...

AML/CFT Act statutory review – Ministry of Justice calls for submissions
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

Today, the Ministry of Justice (Ministry) released the consultation document for its statutory review of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act). The Ministry has asked for submissions, or feedback through an online questionnaire, by 5pm on 3 December 2021. This consultation is a keystone component of that statutory review, which commenced on 1 July this year as required under s 156A(1) of the AML/CFT Act...

Adoption of Bill 64: what do public bodies need to know?
Lavery Lawyers, October 2021

Bill 64, also known as the Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information , was adopted on September 21, 2021, by the National Assembly of Quebec...

New regulations related to Covid-19 come into force in Chile
Carey, October 2021

Due to the non-renewal of the constitutional state of exception of catastrophe, the health authority modified the Covid-19 regulations. The main changes are mentioned below: A. STEP-BY-STEP PLAN MODIFICATION On October 1st 2021, Exempt Resolution No. 994 was published in the Official Gazette, which regulates and establishes a new version of the “Step-by-Step Plan”...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates September 2021 (2)
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2021

Financial Services Malaysia Overnight Rate as Alternative Reference Rate Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) announced on 24 September that the Malaysia Overnight Rate (“MYOR”) is an alternative reference rate for Malaysia. The MYOR: will be administered and calculated by BNM as the volume-weighted average rate of unsecured overnight Ringgit interbank transactions, including BNM’s overnight monetary operations (excluding Standing Facilities)...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 10/5/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2021

In re: Vivint, Inc., Appeal No. 2020-1992 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 29, 2021) In an appeal from the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit addressed whether a party may challenge the validity of an issued patent by ex parte reexamination when the challenger has repeatedly tried to use inter partes review (“IPR”) to forward the same argument. The Federal Circuit held that, when applying 35 U.S.C...

AB 701 Continues the Recent Trend in California to Regulate Warehouse Distribution Centers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

In 2021, warehouse distribution centers were at the forefront of California law, regulations, and environmental initiatives. These efforts seek to regulate labor practices of warehouse operators and the environmental impacts caused by the expansion and concentration of distribution centers over the last decade. This article summarizes AB 701 and other initiatives in California targeting warehouse distribution operations...

How to Transfer Personal Information out of China under the Personal Information Protection Law
Deacons, October 2021

The Personal Information Protection Law (the “PIPL”) will take effect on 1 November 2021. It follows the fundamental rules on protecting personal information under the Cybersecurity Law and Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). We highlight below the key points in the PIPL on processing personal information within China, and outbound transfer of personal information, which may impact businesses whether they are operating in or outside the PRC. 1...

CJEU confirms software constitutes goods
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Is the sale or purchase of software by an agent on behalf of its principal a sale or purchase of ‘goods’ for the purposes of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the “Regulations”) within the technology sector? Following the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) preliminary ruling in The Software Incubator Ltd v. Computer Associates UK Ltd case, we move a step closer to a much-needed consistent answer...

Amendments to Privacy Laws: What Businesses Need to Know
Lavery Lawyers, October 2021

Bill 64, also known as the Act to modernize legislative provisions respecting the protection of personal information , was adopted on September 21, 2021, by the National Assembly of Quebec...

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements and Government Scrutiny
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2021

[!<CDATA[ The federal government established many new funds in 2020 to assist health care providers with the financial burden of COVID-19. One such fund, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Provider Relief Fund (PRF), is a $178 billion federal appropriation to health care providers impacted by COVID-19. Since its inception, the CARES Provider Relief Fund has consistently changed and its guidance evolved...

International data transfers – where are we now?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  Executive Summary For organisations transferring personal data from the EEA, the new form of model clauses must now be used for any new transfers agreed as of 27 September 2021. Existing arrangements using the “old” European model clauses have until December 2022 to be replaced with one of the new versions...

How to apply for a UK spouse or partner visa from the USA
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  On Monday the White House announced that the COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed on passengers from the UK and most of the EU would be eased, allowing fully vaccinated passengers to enter the country from early November. This will be welcomed by families that have been kept apart as a result of the ban first imposed by President Trump 18 months ago. The UK moved to end similar restrictions on US travellers in July, and both sides of the pond are once again open for business...

Bitter pill for the ICO to swallow as fine on pharmacy reduced
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

  In a recent appeal by a pharmacy, Doorstep Dispensaree Limited (“Doorstep”), against a Monetary Penalty Notice and an Enforcement Notice issued against it by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”), Doorstep was partially successful, specifically against the level of fine imposed by the ICO under the Monetary Penalty Notice...

Suspension of PCC’s Motu Proprio Merger Review Powers Ends
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2021

On September 15, 2021, the one-year-long suspension of the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) power to review mergers and acquisitions motu proprio under Republic Act No. 11494 (the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or the Bayanihan 2) ends. This means that starting September 16, 2021, the PCC may again review mergers and acquisitions motu proprio...

Watch out for that “doxxing” post – what businesses need to know
Deacons, September 2021

On 29 September 2021, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed a bill to reform the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) (PDPO) by introducing a two-tier offence to criminalise doxxing acts, conferring new enforcement powers on the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner to prosecute doxxing offences and issue cessation notices with extra-territorial effect to demand the removal of doxxing contents by both Hong Kong persons and non-Hong Kong service providers...



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