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- German Ministry of Economics and Energy publishes the draft Act on Digitalisation of German Competition Law
On 7 October 2019, the German Ministry of Economics and Energy published the draft Act on Digitalisation of German Competition Law (the “Draft Act”). The Draft Act proposes several key changes to the current competition rules in Germany, with an emphasis on what the proponents present as novel challenges that arise in digital markets and...
- First multi-million GDPR fine in Germany: €14.5 million for not having a proper data retention schedule in place
On October 30, 2019 the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit – Berlin DPA) issued a €14.5 million fine on a German real estate company, die Deutsche Wohnen SE (Deutsche Wohnen), the highest German GDPR fine to date. The infraction related to the over retention of personal...
- Money laundering prevention within the German real estate sector
In recent years, Germany has increasingly focused on implementing regulations and provisions linked to money laundering prevention. In doing so, Germany has followed EU requirements including the recently passed 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Directive [EU] 2018/843 of 30 May 2018). Whereas both EU and German legislation have been traditionally focused on the prevention of the...
- “Centros” and Defensive Regulatory Competition in the European Union
Centros, a landmark 1999 decision by the European Court of Justice (now Court of Justice of the European Union or CJEU), has profoundly transformed European company law. Previously, many EU member states used the “real seat theory” to hinder regulatory arbitrage. Under this theory, a company had to incorporate pursuant to the procedures of the...
- Real estate company fined € 14.5 million in Germany for violating GDPR principle of privacy by design
On October 30, 2019, the supervisory authority (“SA”) of Berlin issued a € 14.5 million fine against the real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE for storing personal data of tenants without a legal basis (Art. 6 GDPR) and for not implementing the GDPR principle of privacy by design (Art. 5 and 25(1) GDPR) (press release...
- Berlin Commissioner Issues Fine to Deutsche Wohnen SE
On November 5, 2019, the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information announced that it imposed a fine of €14.5 million on a major real estate company, which is the highest fine issued in Germany since the EU General Data Protection Regulation became applicable.
- Experts gather in Germany at foodborne outbreak meeting
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment discussed current trends and causes of foodborne outbreaks at a meeting this week. Experts from scientific institutions, food regulatory authorities and businesses discussed zoonoses and food safety during a symposium at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on Nov. 4 and 5. The two-day event looked at...
- Researchers find vibrio forms specialized cells to spread
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute have found out more about how vibrio spreads in the environment. Vibrio parahaemolyticus causes acute gastroenteritis in humans and is the leading cause for seafood borne illnesses in the world. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany, identified specialized adventurer cells that ensure the...
- Trade Practitioner Speaking at AmCham Germany’s Transatlantic Business Conference in Berlin – Nov. 6-7, 2019
The 13th Annual Transatlantic Business Conference will take place from November 6 to 7 in Spreespeicher Berlin. This year’s topic is “Building the Power to Compete in the 21st Century.” Our colleagues Jack Kingston and Frank Samolis will speak during the luncheon panel and a breakout session, respectively, on November 7. Luncheon Panel – How...
- PSD2: German regulator sets deadline for migration to SCA for online card-based payments
The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) will allow payment service providers with seat in Germany to execute card-based payments online without strong customer authentication (SCA) until 31 December 2020. Based on a communication dated 17 October 2019 (link; only available in German), BaFin thus takes into account the relating opinion of the European Banking Authority (EBA)...
- AM GmbH Settles Litigation With Chicago-Based Bankruptcy Trust
Multi-Year Litigation Seeking $17 Million in Damages Ends With $150,000 Settlement FRIEDRICHSDORF, Germany, Oct. 17, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) — AM GmbH, a privately held German company, today announced that a federal bankruptcy court in Chicago has approved a settlement between the bankruptcy litigation...
- New gene identified for condition that causes blood clots in brain
A study out of St. Paul, Minnesota recently reported that a new gene is linked to cerebral venous thrombosis, which is a condition that causes blood clots in the veins of the brain and can lead to stroke. The condition is most prevalent in younger and middle-aged females....
- Your Dream Cruise – The Perfect Place For The Perfect Crime?
A blockbuster story has been published in Germany tracking crimes and the “disappearances” of passengers and crew members from cruise ships over the past decade. Published in the popular German magazine “Wunderwelt Wisen,” the article discusses the cases of passengers James Scavonne, Dianne Brimble,...
- European Commission Seeks Germany’s Compliance with ECJ Judgment on DPA Independence
On April 6, 2011, the European Commission formally requested that Germany immediately comply with a March 9, 2010 judgment by the European Court of Justice concerning the independence of German data protection authorities....
- Spanish Cucumbers Linked to 5 Deaths and 600 E. coli Illnesses – 140 with HUS – in Germany
As of this morning, five people have died from infections with E. coli O104. 140 people have developed acute kidney failure, or Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Most of the 600 cases reported so far have been centered in northern Germany, particularly in the Hamburg area. More deaths are expected....
- Source of European E. coli Remains a Mystery
HAMBURG, Germany — To those hoping to know the cause of Europe’s mysterious E. coli epidemic, Tuesday brought only baffling news as German health officials announced that Spanish cucumbers were not the source of the outbreak. A few days ago, epidemiologists thought they had a promising lead when...
- Moment of Truth in E. coli Outbreak
I have been following the outbreak in Germany rather intensively for sustainable agriculture groups and local organic farmers, because of my past work on E. coli O157:H7 and spinach for CAFF (the Community Alliance with Family Farmers). This is the moment when there may be a breakthrough in the...
- E. coli O104:H4 Outbreak – 2330 Ill, 627 with HUS and 22 Dead
Canadian press reported Monday afternoon that the deadly E. coli O104:H4 outbreak has now sickened more than 2,330 people across Europe, most of them in Germany, over the past month. The first case has also shown up in Canada in an Ontario man who travelled to Germany this spring. Four cases have...
- Seeds the Source of the Sprout E. coli Outbreak?
As of today, new numbers in E. coli O104:H4 outbreak – Robert Koch Institute and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control – E. coli in Germany – 3228 Ill, 781 with HUS and 35 Dead. 102 Ill, 39 HUS in 14 other countries (including U.S.) and 1 death in Sweden. Today the German......
- Germany's E. coli Outbreak: A Global Lesson
The gradually diminishing E. coli outbreak in Europe – the deadliest in recorded history – has subjected Germany to a hailstorm of criticism from the EU and abroad for taking too long to identify its likely source — bean and seed sprouts. But the real concern, many experts say, is the fact that...