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10. March 2017
Änderungen im Gewährleistungsrecht – Aus- und Einbaukosten trägt zukünftig der Händler

Commercial and Distribution

In der Nacht auf den 10.03.17 hat der Bundestag eine Änderung des Gewährleistungsrechts bei Kaufverträgen beschlossen. read more

02. March 2017
BFH: Entwarnung für Produzenten und Dienstleister – hohe Hürden für gewerbesteuerliche Hinzurechnung von Mietzinsen

Tax, Media and Entertainment

Der BFH hat sich in seinem soeben veröffentlichten Urteil vom 25. Oktober 2016 (Aktenzeichen R 57/15) mit der Frage der gewerbesteuerlichen Hinzurechnung von Entgelten für die Überlassung von Ausstellungsflächen in Messehallen befasst. read more

21. February 2017
Verpflichtungserklärung zur Einhaltung von Sanktions- und Embargoregelungen – ein Risiko für deutsche Unternehmen

Commercial and Distribution

Viele Unternehmen mit US-Bezug verlangen von Ihren Geschäftspartnern die strikte Einhaltung der US-Vorschriften hinsichtlich Sanktionen und Embargos. Solche Verpflichtungserklärungen deutscher Unternehmen zur Beachtung von US oder anderen Nicht-EU Sanktions- und Embargoregelungen stellen jedoch für deutsche Unternehmen ein Risiko dar. read more

03. February 2017
Extended information duties for websites – a never ending story

IT & Digital Business

Companies that do business with consumers in Germany already have to comply with numerous information duties. The German Consumer Dispute Resolution Act recently added another one to this list. As of February 1, 2017, companies now also have to provide certain information in relation to dispute resolution proceedings. This makes it necessary for companies to adapt their websites and general terms and conditions if they do not want to risk injunctions by consumer protection associations. read more

02. February 2017
Liability in the event of a collision with a drone

Commercial and Distribution, Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Mediation

Last weekend, a drone collided with a car on the German highway A 99. While the car was severely damaged, no one was injured, apparently. According to press reports, the drone pilot stated that the drone had unintentionally started, got out of sight and landed on the highway, probably due to a technical defect or an operator error. read more

01. February 2017
German Cabinet adopts first data protection adjustment to EU General Regulation

IT & Digital Business

The German government fired the starting shot for the necessary adjustments of national law to the EU General Data Protection Regulation: The German cabinet adopted a respective law on February 1st, 2017 as beginning of the formal legislative process. This makes clear, how the German government intents to make use of the scope left by the EU directive for Europe’s largest national economy. read more

01. February 2017
Urheberrechts-Reform 2017

Media and Entertainment

Am 23.12.2016 hat der Gesetzgeber das „Gesetz zur verbesserten Durchsetzung des Anspruchs der Urheber und ausübenden Künstler auf angemessene Vergütung und zur Regelung von Fragen der Verlegerbeteiligung“ verkündet. Damit wird in das Urheberrechtsgesetz eine Reihe von Neuregelungen aufgenommen, die die Stellung des Urhebers gegenüber den Werkmittlern stärken und verbessern sollen. read more

31. January 2017
Microsoft does not have to release emails to U.S. authorities that are stored on EU servers

IT & Digital Business

According to the January 24, 2017 order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan, 14-2985, Microsoft Corp. v. United States (available online at www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions.html), technology company Microsoft does not need to grant U.S. authorities access to email and user data stored abroad. This upholds a July 14, 2016 judgment, which had already been considered an important milestone in defending the privacy rights of European cloud customers and U.S. providers of cloud services. Originally, a U.S. authority, referring to Section 2703(a) of the U.S. Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), had requested access to emails of a suspected drug trafficker who maintained an email account at Microsoft. In 2013, Microsoft had already denied the request for data access on grounds that the data was stored on a server in Ireland rather than in the U.S. ... The U.S. government as complainant had argued, however, that Microsoft continued to have access to the contents, which consequently had to be considered as remaining in the U.S.. The court ruled in favor of Microsoft.

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27. January 2017
IT security: Higher requirements for cloud providers, search engines, and online marketplaces

IT & Digital Business

On January 25, 2017, the Federal Government adopted the draft law for the transposition of the NIS Directive. In addition to adapting requirements introduced by the IT Security Act for critical infrastructure operators, the draft law also provides for new security requirements for providers of digital services. These services include online marketplaces, online search engines, and cloud computing services. read more

25. January 2017
Requirements for a B2B website

IT & Digital Business

Hamm Higher Regional Court (November 16, 2016 – 12 U 52/16, final) described requirements for a website only intended for B2B business, which does not have to meet obligations for consumer transactions. read more

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