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CSR and taxes: taxation is not only about money

At first glance, taxation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) appear to be distant fields, antinomic even. Yet they have come together over the past two years to form two sides of the same coin.

WhatsApp fined €225 million, second-largest fine under the GDPR

The investigation had three major components: transparency in the context of non-users; transparency in the context of users; and transparency in the context of sharing of user personal data between WhatsApp and its sister companies.

Universal taxation at 15%, let’s talk ethics, justice, and equity

For the past decade or so, the GAFAMA group has been the target of accusations and ignominies of all kinds: tax evasion, abuse, scandal, tax havens, usurpation. All kinds of slanders, insults and reproaches have been hitting the fan in the mainstream press as well as the daily media, and on the benches of the National Assembly, in France.

Everything from the pig goes…except cartels!

Fake notebooks, clandestine meetings, secret phone calls, destroyed documents, the list goes on and on. About fifty companies were ultimately targeted by the twenty-three months of investigation.

Why a call to boycott through social networks is illegal

When activist messaging turns into a call for boycott, the action becomes illegal in many countries of the European Union, as is the case in France.

Lack of transposition of Copyright Directive starts infringement proceedings

The letters of formal notice, the first step in the proceedings, were sent 23 EU Member States have yet to fully transpose the Directives into national legislation, which entered into force in June 2019 and for which the transposition deadline was on 7 June.

Corporate accountability laws coming to Europe

The legislations are a part of a broader push by the EU towards a mandatory EU system of due diligence for supply chains

Why Legal Professional Privilege is in the interest of all concerned

An opinion paper submitted by Eric Gardner de Béville, previously General Counsel at Coca-Cola
France, Spain & Portugal, consultant and member of the Cercle Montesquieu

European class actions expected to rise as opt-outs become more popular

These statistics are part of the findings from CMS’s European Class Action Report 2021 over the five year period from 2016 to 2020.

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