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With the adoption late February this year of three new directives on public procurement in the EU/EEA area, an exemption to the application of the procurement rules for public-public cooperation has been codified. This article explores to what extent the so-called In-house exemption applies in “horizontal” and “reverse vertical” constellations, meaning where a contracting authority awards a contract to an entity with which it shares an owner, or, as the case may be, to its owner itself.
Topics: Government Procurement / Government Contracting,
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The new income tax treaty between Hong Kong and Canada can provide key benefits for structuring Hong Kong or other Asian inbound investment into Canada, or Canadian outbound investment. The treaty therefore encourages cross-border business and investment, as well as providing safeguards against potential double taxation.
Topics: Taxation,
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The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved an innovative settlement agreement between the Bank of Nova Scotia and a class of bank branch employees for alleged unpaid overtime. It is predicted that class members will receive up to $95 million in total compensation in connection with the agreement.
Topics: Employment / Labor Law, Labor & Employment,
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Most of the amendments to the Romanian Unfair Competition Law in August 2014 are welcome and serve to clarify a number of outstanding issues, while the amendments to the Romanian Competition Law raise a number of questions regarding the manner of implementation, the timing of the change and the amendments themselves.
Topics: Antitrust & Competition Law/Unfair Competition,
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Four recent decisions of the federal appellate courts have all agreed that the FTAIA is not jurisdictional. However, there still are differences among the courts as to the correct interpretations of the exemption for import commerce and the exception for foreign conduct that affects U.S. commerce and gives rise to a Sherman Act claim. While those differences could be lessened or exacerbated by a pending Seventh Circuit decision, they may not be resolved without Supreme Court intervention.
Topics: Antitrust & Competition Law/Unfair Competition,
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Although environmental audits help companies evaluate their compliance with environmental laws, they also provide a roadmap to plaintiffs, citizens groups, or government officials who may want to file a lawsuit against the company.
Topics: Environmental Law / Protected Species, Criminal Law / White Collar Crime,
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Following the publication of the Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines by the European Commission, Mark Crichard, partner at RPC, comments on the impact of the Guidelines, and what they mean for users of cloud services.
Topics: Information Technology / Computer Law,
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The rest of the world does not need to lie entirely in fear of the cost of litigation or arbitration in the United States. But international businesses do need to appreciate what drives up the costs of U.S. proceedings and how to protect themselves. Whether in litigation or arbitration, mastering procedures can lead to fairer and more efficient resolutions of disputes.
Topics: Alternative Dispute Resolution,
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This article summarizes legal issues concerning the acquisition of mining rights in Brazil
Topics: Energy and Natural Resources Law,
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The Mexican Institute of Social Security has issued a communication explaining its internal regulatory criteria for the social security treatment of certain items paid to employees.
Topics: Employment / Labor Law, Labor & Employment,
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