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United States: Welsh Government Not Immune from Copyright Lawsuit for Using Dylan Thomas Photos in Tourism Ads

(June 23, 2020) On June 8, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that the Welsh government is not immune under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) from a private lawsuit alleging claims of copyright infringement because of the commercial-activity exception to the FSIA. (Pablo Star Ltd. […]

England: Coronavirus Regulations Restricting Overnight Stays Away from Home Amended

(June 16, 2020) As part of its efforts to slowly reduce restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, on June 1, 2020, the secretary of state of England introduced the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which contain a number of […]

England and Wales: New Powers to Prevent Knife Crime to Be Piloted Across London

(Mar. 25, 2020) On March 4, 2020, the government of England and Wales introduced new Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPO) under part 2 of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 as a pilot program to provide police throughout the London metropolitan area with greater powers to help prevent knife crime. KCPOs are preventive civil orders and […]

England and Wales: Draft Regulations Introduced to Ban Single Use Plastics

(Mar. 13, 2020) As part of its 25 Year Environment Plan, the government of England and Wales introduced draft Regulations, known as the Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020, on March 3, 2020. The draft Regulations would ban the supply of certain single-use plastics, including straws, cotton swabs (such as […]

England: Coronavirus Declared “Serious and Imminent Threat” to Public Health; Regulations Passed to Enable Detention and Isolation

(Mar. 3, 2020) On February 10, 2020, the secretary of state for health and social care of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, introduced the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which enable a number of public health measures aimed at reducing the public health risks in England arising from Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Regulations enable […]

England: Uber Faces Operating Ban in London

(Jan. 13, 2020) On November 25, 2019, Transport for London (TfL), the authority responsible for regulating London’s public transport network and taxi and private hire operators, and for managing the area’s main roads, announced that Uber would not be granted a new license to operate in London due to a “pattern of failures … including […]

England and Wales: Owner of Company Making Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls Banned from Running Businesses for Five Years

(Sept. 26, 2019) On August 20, 2019 business owner Jonathan De Sousa, whose UK registered company Xternal Property Renovations Ltd made almost 110,000 unsolicited phone calls for the purposes of direct marketing during a three-month period in 2015, was disqualified from owning, forming, or running a company for five years by the government’s Insolvency Service. […]

England and Wales: Members of Nigerian Organized Crime Gang Sentenced to Jail for Conspiracy to Money Laundering

(Sept. 24, 2019) On August 2, 2019, three Nigerian siblings were sentenced in Woolwich Crown Court in London to imprisonment for conspiracy to money launder almost £1 million (about US$1.2 million) in violation of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The offenders had laundered the money for the Black Axe organization, a banned organization in […]

England and Wales: Bill Seeks to Increase Animal Cruelty Prison Sentences

(Sept. 10, 2019) The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill was introduced in England and Wales on June 25, 2019, to increase the maximum sentence applicable to individuals who cause unnecessary suffering to animals. The aim of the bill is to deter cruelty to animals and ensure that judges have appropriate means to sentence individuals in the […]