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Limited easing of certain Iran sanctions

On 20 January 2014, as part of the Joint Plan of Action, the U.S. and EU have implemented “limited, targeted, temporary and reversible” relief from certain sanctions measures in return for Iran’s agreement to commence the winding down of certain aspects of its nuclear program. This limited easing is valid for a six-month period only,

EU Continues Move toward Stricter Network Neutrality Obligations

If new European Union proposals are implemented, European broadband providers may need to comply with expansive network neutrality obligations that are both similar to and different from earlier Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. Citing the need for harmonized regulation, European regulators have taken a number of steps this fall toward strengthening Open Internet protections.

The Global Antitrust Corner – Latest Developments in U.S. and EU Cartel Damages Claims

On 9 December, we are hosting a 60-minute webcast featuring Hogan Lovells lawyers from London, Munich, and Washington, D.C. who will address recent developments for businesses facing or contemplating potential antitrust damages claims in the United States and Europe, including the United Kingdom and Germany, as major jurisdictions for cartel damages claims. This is the fifth program in

Can US Attorneys Provide Privileged Advice In Europe?

The United States exported an all-time record high of $2.2 trillion worth of goods and services in 2012.  But while U.S. business has gone global, the attorney-client privilege has not always come along for the ride. In 2010, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Akzo Nobel Chemical Ltd. and Akcros Chemical Ltd. v. European

Shale gas exploration: European Commission launches stakeholder Consultation

The European Commission is completing a Consultation on the need for additional regulation of unconventional fossil fuel (e.g., shale gas) exploration and development in Europe. The Consultation period ends on 23 March 2013 and results will be made available on the Commission’s website and at a stakeholders’ meeting to be held by the Commission in

EU Agrees to First Energy Efficiency Directive

 Authored by Christopher Norton and Camilla Shires, Hogan Lovells London Office Against a background of growing dependency on energy imports and the recognition that the EU is currently not on track to meet its 20% energy saving target by 2020, European policymakers have finally reached agreement on the first-ever Energy Efficiency Directive.  The Directive is

EU Suspends Sanctions Against Myanmar/Burma until April 30, 2013

The European Union has formally authorized the one-year suspension of most of the restrictive measures imposed against Myanmar/Burma.  The EU’s May 14, 2012 regulation gives full legal effect (until April 30, 2013) to the suspension of sanctions (on which we previously reported), and means that only an embargo on arms and equipment that could be used against

EU Strengthens Sanctions Against Syria

The European Union (EU) has strengthened its sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad due to the “gravity of the situation” and ongoing human rights violations by the regime.  The new sanctions, which take effect on May 15, add three new individuals and two new entities to the initial EU asset freeze announced on January 18, 2012.  The EU

Be careful with rebate schemes – the recent EU judgment in Tomra

The Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued an important judgment on rebate schemes in the EU. It rejected an appeal by Tomra against a judgment of the General Court that upheld the European Commission’s decision that it had abused a dominant position through the use of contracts that included exclusivity provisions,

EU and US Privacy Officials Engage with Hogan Lovells Privacy Leader at Facebook HQ

Proposals are on the table in both the US and EU for major changes to the privacy law framework in each region.  On April 27th,  the Future of Privacy Forum think tank (which was founded and is co-chaired by Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Partner Christopher Wolf) hosted a trans-Atlantic policy dialogue at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo