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Mitfahrgelegenheitsapp UberPop kann in EU-Ländern verboten werden

April 26, 2018

Verbot von UberPop in Europäischen Ländern ist rechtmäßig gemäß einem Urteil des Europäischen Gerichtshof. UberPop ist eine App für Smartphones, die Mitfahrgelegenheiten bei privaten Autofahrern vermittelt. In Deutschland musste der UberPop-Dienst eingestellt werden, und Frankreich startete gegen UberPop ein Strafverfahren, welches die Personenbeförderung durch Privatleute über UberPop in Frankreich verboten hatte. In der nächsten Instanz entschied der Europäische Gerichtshof, dass UberPop in den Verkehrsdienstleistungsbereich falle, und…

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What is the Golden Visa?

April 3, 2018

Like many other European countries, Italy has joined in on the “Golden Visa” conversation. Similar to the investor visa available in the United States, Italy is providing a prime opportunity to invest in its economy and society. Italy is situated as the third largest economy in the Eurozone and eighth largest in the world, but aims to add more…

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Google and the “Right to be Forgotten”

March 20, 2018

The “Right to be Forgotten” (RTBF) is a landmark European ruling that establishes a right to privacy that governs and regulates how one can delist their personal information from online search results. Individuals can request that search engines, such as Google, delist URLS from across the Internet which contain “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive” information.…

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Germans vs. Americans: Battle of the Euphemisms

March 1, 2018

Germany and America have experienced great economic prosperity that has led to inevitable business encounters of all kinds. When both sides meet, there is great chance for miscommunication beyond a potential language barrier.Germans are known for saying what they mean and meaning what they say, which can lead Americans to think their counterparts are off-putting. Americans cautiously tap dancearound…

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Nuernberg Higher Regional Court Rules that Wet Floors at Pools are Self-Evident Dangers

February 16, 2018

The High Regional Court of Nuremberg ruled in one of the cases presented, that wet floors in a public pool area are not an unforeseeable safety hazard for a visitor (Az. 4 U 1176/17).   In Nuremberg Germany, a woman visited a public pool with a sauna area. After using the sauna, the woman fell due to the wet…

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Just One Minute of Your Voice – Legal Implications of Lyrebird’s New Digital Voice Replication Technology

February 8, 2018

A program called Lyrebird promises to create a digital voice using your own voice, with just one minute of recording you. The startup company lists speech synthesis for people who have lost their voice as one of the possible applications of the program. The program, named after the Australian Lyrebird that is known for its ability to mimic…

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“Click Here to Agree” – Do DNA Websites Own Your DNA…Forever?

February 3, 2018

“Click Here to Agree” – Do DNA Websites Own Your DNA…Forever? More than 3 million people have utilized the groundbreaking technology provided by Ancestry.com’s DNA test for ancestry and genealogy, AncestryDNA, with an increase in use in the last couple of years. With the hopes of discovering forgotten family histories, ethnic backgrounds, and genetic predispositions, users have willingly…

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The Thriving Business of German Board Games

February 1, 2018

In the digital era where videogames are a multibillion dollar industry board games have surprisingly kept pace. Between Spring 2016 and Spring 2017, U.S. sales of board games grew by 28% and revenues are expected to rise at a similar rate into the early 2020s. Much of this growth is attributed to the change of targeted audiences…

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“Google” is not Generic

December 18, 2017

The case involved whether a trademark owner should lose rights in instances when the trademark is frequently used as a verb such as in the phrase “Google it.” The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that “googled” may have become synonymous for Internet searching, but that does not mean that the company cannot protect its name.

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Wage-Fixing, No-Poaching Agreements to be Prosecuted Criminally under new Antitrust Guidance

December 11, 2017

On October 20, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released important Guidance aimed at informing human resource professionals (and others involved in hiring and compensation decisions) on the topic of how the antitrust laws apply to the field of employment. The DOJ and FTC announced that agreements between companies not to hire each…

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