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Travel to India during COVID-19
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2021

This article has been updated based on the available information until 20th February 2021. As Government notifications are constantly revised, it is advisable to consult your attorney or visit the website of the relevant Government agency prior to travelling. Further, in additional to the guidelines published by the Central Government, passengers are also requested to refer to State specific official websites to be well informed about any additional requirements...

Overcoming TM Maintenance Filing Hurdles Amid Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

As we near the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, trademark maintenance deadlines in 2021 create new obstacles for registrants. To maintain a federal trademark registration, registrants must periodically file an affidavit of use under Section 8, swearing that the mark is in use in commerce or that the registrant has an acceptable excuse for nonuse. Recent office actions show that the U.S...

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, February 2021

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee)...

What Changes Are in Store for the FDA Under the Biden Administration?
Dykema, January 2021

A change in administrations from Republican to Democratic usually ushers in increased enforcement, regulation and strategic initiatives. Most of the Trump regulations and initiatives will likely be scrapped where possible. They will be replaced by rules and guidance documents that have been held in abeyance during the previous administration, as well as numerous new initiatives...

Newsletter: The Latest Russian Legislative Intiatives in the TMT Sector
ALRUD Law Firm, January 2021

In recent years, Russia has focused on regulating its IT area. In particular, this has been needed due to the increasing number of cases, when prohibited information has been distributed on various large Internet resources, such as a social network. However, according to Russian government agencies, despite the risks of possible sanctions, many foreign companies still do not respond quickly enough to government requests, or ignore the demands to remove prohibited information...

Brexit Guidance – A Marine Update: VAT on Pleasure Craft
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The UK ceased to be part of the EU customs union at 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020. The UK is now considered by the EU to be a “third country” and as such VAT treatment of UK pleasure craft in EU waters and EU pleasure craft entering UK waters will be affected. This update seeks to outline the post-Brexit position on the payment of VAT for existing pleasure boat owners in the UK, and for those looking to dip their toes in the water this season...

Court Finds in Favor of Restaurants Seeking Coverage for Loss of Business Income
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

In a scenario that has played out across the country for nearly a year now, a group of restaurants based in Ohio were ordered by government authorities to close their on-site dining operations to abate the spread of the coronavirus. However, when the restaurants sought insurance coverage for their loss of business income, their insurer, Zurich American Insurance Company, denied coverage. Last week, the U.S...

Will Tennessee Make Restaurant Delivery Permanent?
Waller, January 2021

Tennessee state Rep. Bob Ramsey has introduced state legislation that makes delivery of alcoholic beverages by restaurants, hotels and other liquor by the drink licensees “permanent” — at least for three years. Download a copy of the legislation here...

2021 Predictions: Restructuring and Insolvency
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

There were big changes in 2020 in the world of restructuring and insolvency legislation with the introduction of two new restructuring tools: the Moratorium and the Restructuring Plan, as well as the reintroduction of Crown preference. However, due to the government-imposed moratorium while the pandemic runs its course, we have seen hardly any real effects of those reforms...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, January 2021

Read the latest news 1. Air travelers arriving to Colombia must provide evidence of a negative PCR test to be allowed entry On December 31st, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social) modified the biosecurity protocol for the international air transportation, adding the following measures: Airport operators must prohibit the consumption of food and beverages in immigration or emigration areas...

Studios and Designers: Are you Sure that you Own the Intellectual Property Rights to your Video Games?
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

The year 2020 will have been difficult for the vast majority of industries, and in particular for the arts, entertainment and recreation industry. The video game industry, however, is growing in leaps and bounds. For example, Nintendo and PlayStation have each set record sales for their games released in 2020, including Animal Crossing:New Horizons and The Last of UsPart II. Over the past few decades, the number of video game players has never stopped increasing...

Special Arrangement for Visa Extension Application from Overseas
Deacons, January 2021

In general, individuals admitted into Hong Kong under various types of visa may apply for extension of stay within four weeks before the date of expiry, and they must be physically present in Hong Kong at the time of submitting the application and the collection of visa label upon approval. Due to the ongoing pandemic across the globe, this restriction has brought extra hurdles to a lot of applicants who are employees of companies and/or members of families...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery through February 27
Waller, December 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. Lee extended the privilege through to 11:59 pm February 27, which brings welcome certainty to an industry battered by the pandemic...

Federal Funding for Computer Games 2nd Phase
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, December 2020

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is providing EUR 50 million annually until 2023 to promote computer games in order to strengthen Germany as a location for developers. In the now launched second phase, large-volume projects are being funded...

Cambodia Monthly Legal Update – November 2020
DFDL, December 2020

Law on the Management of Commercial Gambling, Royal Kram NS/RKM/1120/031 dated 14 November 2020 Overview On 14 November 2020, the Law on the Management of Commercial Gambling (“Gambling Law”), the first comprehensive legislation to regulate casinos and commercial gambling centers in Cambodia, was promulgated...

Invoking Copyright to Block the Submission of Evidence? Nice Try, But No Cigar!
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

The Court of Justice of the European Union delivers judgments regarding the concept of “communication to the public” faster than legal scholars can read and dissect them. While we are eagerly awaiting the Court’s analysis of different types of hyperlinking, it has taken less than two months to follow Advocate General Hogan’s opinion regarding the emailing of evidence containing copyrighted works to a court in legal proceedings...

Fine Practices of the Data Protection Supervisory Authorities Under Scrutiny
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2020

The German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) sees the decision as a success: On November 11, 2020, the District Court of Bonn reduced the fine imposed on 1&1 Telekom GmbH for a data protection breach from an original EUR 9.55 million to EUR 990,000.00, thereby fundamentally calling into question the fine practices of the German supervisory authorities...

Lessons for Technology from COVID-19: M&A Transactions for Digital Assets
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Disruptive events tend to accelerate existing trends, and COVID-19 is no exception. Technology is transforming the way businesses operate, the products and services they offer and is reshaping the global M&A landscape – and the speed of adoption is significant...

Distressed Debt and Special Situations
MinterEllison, October 2020

Facing Australia's first recession in 30 years, Australian businesses are attempting to steer a course not only for survival but for the growth needed to be a viable long term. But alongside uncertainty comes opportunity. Our new report, prepared in partnership with Acuris, explores the key steps for companies and investors to take advantage of the opportunities – and decisive, informed and proactive action is critical...

COVID-19 Legal & Tax Resource Center: Moving Forward Together
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, October 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to put pressure on the public and private sectors alike. As we are entering new phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to switch our focus towards safely and gradually reopening our businesses and economies while continuing to implement prevention measures...

Revised Data Protection Act Approved
Walder Wyss Ltd., October 2020

On 25 September 2020 Parliament approved the final draft of the revised Data Protection Act (rev-DPA).(1) The rev-DPA is expected to enter into force in 2022. However, it is subject to a facultative referendum and the corresponding ordinance will be adapted accordingly – thus, the rev-DPA is still a work in progress...

Equitable Remuneration for Performers and Producers: Has the CJEU Hit the Right Note?
Lawson Lundell LLP, October 2020

In a judgment of 8 September 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled that Member States are not allowed to exclude performers who are nationals of States outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) from perceiving the equitable remuneration provided by Article 8(2) of the Rental and Lending Rights Directive...

Hotel Bankruptcies: 8 Key Issues for Hospitality Advisors
Buchalter, September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many hospitality professionals and their clients to confront bankruptcy, insolvency, and loan workout issues for the first time since the Great Recession.  Chapter 11 presents a host of unique issues for hotels and other hospitality businesses...

COVID-19 Liability: Practical Guidance on Risk Management for Horse Shows and Competitions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

As COVID-19 continues to alter our daily lives, many of us have found comfort in barn time spent with our four-legged friends. With so many spring and summer events cancelled, we are eager to get back in the saddle and into the show ring. However, the legal implications facing horse show boards and competition venues are complex and ever-evolving...

Advertising Standards Authority Releases Formal Guidelines for Instagram Influencers
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Yesterday, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issued a set of guidelines for social media influencers to follow when posting advertorial content. The document, titled ‘Influencers: Making it clear that ads are ads', has been developed to support the identification of influencer advertising content and highlight the collective responsibilities of influencers, agents, and advertisers in ensuring ad content is labelled for consumers...

 

 

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