• LexBlog Germany

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LexBlog
Publication date:
2019-10-07

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  • Crypto Assets: Germany introduces new regulatory regime

    Germany has adopted a new regulatory regime for crypto assets in connection with the implementation of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5). On 29 November 2019, the second chamber of the German parliament (Bundesrat) approved the “Act on the Implementation of the Amendment Directive to the Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive” (Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Änderungs­richt­linie...

  • Digital Healthcare Act Takes Effect in Germany

    Digital health applications that meet certain requirements will be covered by the German state health insurance schemes from 2020. This is one of the elements of the Digital Healthcare Act 2019 (Digitale Versorgung-Gesetz), which we discussed in an earlier post this year and which was approved by the German Parliament in November and published on...

  • Austrian Listeria infections linked to German meat producer

    Austrian officials have linked six Listeria infections to a German meat producer. Products from Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren are suspected to be behind a Listeria outbreak in Germany involving 37 people and three deaths. One infection was recorded in 2014, three in 2016, four in 2017, 21 in 2018 and at least eight in...

  • IAFP deadline for student travel scholarship applications closes soon; abstract deadline this month also

    The deadline for applications to the 2020 IAFP European Symposium Student Travel Scholarship is coming up next week. IAFP is offering the scholarship to support the travel of two students to attend the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety in Munich, Germany, 7 to 9 April, 2020. The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) recognizes students are the...

  • Salmonella among issues at top of consumers’ awareness in Germany

    Salmonella in food is one of the issues that tops consumer awareness — coming in at 95 percent — but more than three quarters of Germans still consider food to be safe, according to a survey. Findings come from the latest consumer monitor, a representative population survey from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment...

  • Get your Update on IT & Data Protection Law in our Newsletter (Winter 2019 Edition)

    The Winter 2019 Edition of the quarterly IT & Data Protection Newsletter by Reed Smith Germany has just been released: English version German version In this edition we cover the following topics: ECJ decision on the use of cookies (“Planet49”) does not provide clarity ECJ: Global take-down duties of hosting providers ECJ on the territorial...

  • Recent Developments on Cookies – a Pan-European Overview

    In the last few months, there have been interesting developments concerning the use of cookies. Upon investigating 175 websites, the Dutch DPA concluded that half of those websites did not comply with cookie requirements. The Bavarian DPA initiated a similar investigation and the Spanish DPA has issued two fines for not complying with cookie requirements. In addition to these investigations and fines, various DPAs have published guidelines with very different interpretations. Cookie compliance seems to have become a high priority for DPAs. In this blog post, we help navigate through the EU cookie landscape by focusing on how European DPAs are approaching cookie consent and transparency in light of the Planet49 decision.

  • Cleary Gottlieb – M&A-Telegram Germany 2019

    The German M&A market has proved robust in 2019.  Please click here for the latest edition of the Cleary Gottlieb M&A Telegram for Germany.

  • Germany opens online sports betting market for private operators on 1 January 2020

    The third amendment to the German State Treaty on Gaming (GlüStV) will come into force on 1 January 2020. Private operators of online sports betting platforms will now be given the opportunity to apply for a licence for the operating of online sports betting in Germany.

  • German Supervisory Authorities Propose Changes to the GDPR

    On December 2, 2019, the German Supervisory Authorities issued a report evaluating the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in Germany.  The report describes the Supervisory Authorities’ experience thus far in applying the GDPR and lists the provisions of the GDPR they see as problematic in practice.  For each of these provisions,...

Featured documents

  • Liz Taylor to Keep Van Gogh Painting, Ninth Circuit Rules

    Self-Portrait (1888).  Mr. van Gogh cut his ear offbefore painting Ms. Taylor’s picture. Today, the Ninth Circuit held that actress Elizabeth Taylor needn’t part with a Vincent Van Gogh painting that she acquired at a Sotheby’s auction in 1963.  The court held that ancestors of Margarete Mauthner,...

  • German ‘Numbyism’

    Local opposition has put a stop to a carbon capture and storage demonstration project in Germany, according to this article in the Guardian.  It’s good to know that ‘numbyism’ – i.e., ‘Not under my back yard’ – isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon....

  • ECJ Blesses International Tax Arbitrage Transaction

    The European Court of Justice blessed international tax arbitrage in a VAT transaction by means of which taxpayer was able to obtain a credit for input VAT on purchases while avoiding payment of output VAT on sales. The result was obtained thanks to an inconsistent characterization of the...

  • E. coli Infections 'Scarily High' in Germany

    German health officials Tuesday continued to grope for clues to the source of an outbreak of non-O157 E.coli that has killed three German women and sickened hundreds more, many of them hospitalized with potentially deadly hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS.) The epidemic of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (E...

  • European E. coli O104 Outbreak 11th Death Announced, 329 with HUS, 1,200 Ill

    Veronika Oleksyn of the Associated Press reports from Germany that the E. coli O104 outbreak has taken its 11th victim. This time a 91-year-old woman (nine of ten deaths are women) from Germany. The number of people contaminated or suspected of having been poisoned has reached 1,200, according to...

  • Vilsack on Germany: 'We Have to Remain Vigilant'

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that while the E. coli outbreak unfolding in Europe poses no immediate threat to the U.S., the Department of Agriculture is monitoring the situation. The Hamburg, Germany-centered outbreak, caused by a rare pathogen, E. coli 0104:H4, has claimed at...

  • In the beginning there were not 2,330 Ill, 627 with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and 22 Dead in E. coli O104:H4 Outbreak

    On May 23 I was doing research on the internet about non-O157 E. coli and stumbled across an online article in Hamburg Germany – “Scientists hunt source of life-threatening bug.” Who would know at the time that as of late yesterday the number of dead would hit 22 and the number of ill would be......

  • E. coli O104:H4 Outbreak Update – 31 Dead, 3,086 Ill – 798 with HUS

    The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reports that Since 2 May 2011, 795 cases of HUS and 2287 non-HUS STEC cases have been reported from European Union Member States, including 759 HUS cases and 2229 non-HUS STEC cases in Germany. There are reports of 4 illnesses in U.S. (3 with...

  • Top EU Court Rules That Companies May Have Access to Leniency Statements Submitted to National Competition Authorities

    by Martina Maier, Philipp Werner and David Henry The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling of 14 June 2011 followed a case that originated in Germany.  Pfleiderer, a firm in the wood industry, was considering a damages claim against members of a paper cartel.  It sought access to the cartel files...

  • E. coli O104:H4 – As many as 48 Deaths, nearly 4,000 Ill, nearly 900 Seriously

    According to EU Food Safety Authorities, 878 HUS cases, including 31 deaths, and 3,039 non-HUS cases, including 16 deaths have so far been reported in Europe. The table below shows the distribution of reported cases per country. Germany reports seven additional HUS cases and one new HUS death since ...