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Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China […]

Japan: Merchants to Be Required to Have IC Chip Readers for Credit Cards

(Jan. 18, 2017) An amendment to Japan’s Installment Sales Act (Act No. 159 of 1961) was promulgated on December 9, 2016. (Act to Amend the Installment Sales Act, Act No. 99 of 2016, KANPO Extra Edition No. 273 (Dec. 9, 2016), at 3, KANPO website (in Japanese).)  The amendment aims to enhance credit card security. […]

Japan: Act on Specified Commercial Transactions Amended

(Aug. 29, 2016) An amendment to Japan’s Act on Specified Commercial Transactions (No. 57 of June 4, 1976, Japanese Law Translation) was promulgated on June 3, 2016.  (Act No. 60 of 2016, KANPO (June 3, 2016) (in Japanese).)  Most of the amended provisions will become effective within 18 months of the promulgation date.  (Id., Supp. […]

Israel: Mandatory Period for Cancellation of Transactions by Certain Persons

(Aug. 17, 2016) On July 26, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Consumer Protection (Amendment No. 47) Law 5776-2016. (Amendment No. 47, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No. 2569, p. 1094, as amended, available online at RESHUMOT (the official gazette), Ministry of Justice website (search for Issue No. 2569, […]

Indonesia: Jakarta Court Bans Water Privatization

(Mar. 30, 2015) On March 24, 2015, the Central Jakarta District Court ruled that provision of water in the city of Jakarta could not be privatized. The decision came in a case filed by the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization (the Coalition) in March 2013; the Coalition comprised city residents, trade unions, and […]

Italy: Measures to Foster Banking System and Promote Investment

(Feb. 10, 2015) Italy’s cabinet has approved new measures, contained in Legislative Decree No. 3 (D.L. No. 3), aimed at bolstering the national economy, in particular the banking and investment sectors. (Legislative Decree No. 3 of January 24, 2015, Urgent Measures for the Banking System and Investment, GAZETTA UFFICIALE (G. U.) No. 29, NORMATTIVA (in […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Product Safety

(Sept. 25, 2014) In August 2014, it was announced that Mexico’s Federal Consumer Protection Agency (known as PROFECO) and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at reducing, through the exchange of information and cooperative activities, the risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. (Press […]

Belgium: Class Action Lawsuits Introduced

(June 26, 2014) On March 28, 2014, the Federal Parliament of Belgium enacted a law adding a new section on “collective compensation action” to the Code of Economic Law. The new title on collective compensation action will be part of Book XVII, Special Jurisdictional Procedures of the Code. (Loi portant insertion d’un titre 2 “De […]

Brazil: New Law on Travel Agencies Partially Vetoed

(May 28, 2014) Brazilian President Dilma Roussef vetoed one-half of the articles of Law No. 12,974 of May 15, 2014, which regulates the activites perfomed by travel agencies. (Mensagem No. 113, de 15 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO; Lei No. 12.974, de 15 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO.) According to Roussef, the vetoed articles represented […]

Brazil: Justice Tribunal of Rio de Janeiro Calls For an Institutional Pact to Reduce Litigation

(May 2, 2014) In an effort to reduce repetitive litigation, the Justice Tribunal of the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro invited the 30 Brazilian companies that have been sued the most to sign an institutional pact with the court for the purpose of making them aware of the need to avoid repetitive litigation. (Stephanie […]