Korea Legal News for the Week of August 18, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media Hyundai union to stage partial strikes again  Top conglomerates invest more in R&D this year  Naver to list free messenger subsidiary in US  Seoul lifts development ban on Insa-dong  Chun Doo-hwan won’t follow successor’s example and pay up  Park unlikely to meet Abe Seoul taxi fare to rise by Oct. Prostitution, drug abuse spread in N.Korea Saenuri Party works on bills to regulate Naver Korea-U.S. alliance faces next crucial shift Most Recent

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Korea Legal News for the Week of August 11, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media Park urges Japan to take responsibility for past wrongs 11th-hour agreement saves Kaesong Industrial Complex Energy-saving drive damages productivity U.S. court rejects Dongguk Univ.’s appeal in suit against Yale Ministry to overhaul elite private schools Ssangyong back in the black S. Korea to hold military drills for Dokdo Over 100 detained for street protests Hyundai recalls quarter of a million cars in U.S. Samsung, LG win top prizes in Europe Most Recent

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Korea Legal News for the Week of July 28, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media Former tax chief arrested for receiving bribes from CJ Group Japanese firm appeals Korean Court order to pay victims Foreigners like Park’s reforms Huge development plan near Incheon Airport collapses N.Korea asks Hong Kong firm to redesign airport in Pyongyang Punishing Park for breaking embargo Taking pictures at beaches could lead to punishment Tourism deficit grows as more Koreans travel overseas SoloPower Korea to draw $100m investment Government to introduce ‘church taxes’

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Sanctions for Illegal Fishing Increased in Korea: Korean Environmental Law

Korea has been criticized from domestic and local environmentalists for its fisheries law.  In reaction to criticism, the Korean government has amended the Water Fisheries Act to impose a maximum fine of three times the value of the catch.  In limited cases imprisonment is possible.    The amended Water Fisheries Act of Korea, also, imposes the potential sanction of losing of a companies commercial fishing license if catches are not reported or are unreported. Korean laws in the English language

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Korea Legal News for the Week of July 21, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media S. Korea extends anti-dumping duties on Japanese, Indian steel bar imports Samsung will continue patent war Celebrity soldiers to be put in brig S. Korea, France vow to expand trade, investment Hyundai chairwoman’s aide slapped with overseas travel ban Korea-U.S. Talks on Troop Handover to Start This Month Ruling party boycotts hearing on spy agency scandal Former spy chief to stand trial over graft charges JYJ wins battle with SM Entertainment For

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South Koreans Ask U.S. to Reconsider Timing of Military Handoff by Tom Coyner

Since 1978, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) has been accountable to a joint military committee that gets its authority from both U.S. and South Korean national command authorities. The Korean units assigned to the CFC are designated by the Korean side and can be withdrawn by South Korea at any time simply by notification. The CFC commander cannot refuse such notification. All he can do is point out the impact it may have on the performance of his mission. These

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Korea Legal News for the Week of July 14, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media Panama charges North Korea weapons ship’s crew Japan, S.Korea try conciliatory approach to mend ties Asiana crash passengers plan to sue Boeing, Asiana CJ chairman indicted over slush funds, tax evasion Defense Ministry scraps ‘ Soldier-Entertainer’ system South Korea launches second LTE-Advanced network South Korea accuses North of cyber attacks Korea to ease path for foreign tourists Mobile carriers slapped with penalties Ex-vice justice minister booked on rape charges Most Recent Posts

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Korea Legal News for the Week of July 7, 2013

This Week’s Korean Legal News Reported by Media Korean expats to get ID cards Feud surfaces between old, new governments Military will set up security cams at women’s barracks 40% of CEOs graduated from top 3 Korean Universities Luxury brands’ sales suffer slide in Korea Capital requirement toughened for interracial marriage brokers 2 Koreas agree to reopen Kaesong Complex Police to step up probe over sex bribery scandal South Korea, Honduras launch high-level policy consultation Korean-American environmental activists to visit

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Annulments Possible in Korea? Intention of the Marriage Potential Factor in Korean Court’s Annulment Decision

Annulments have been nearly impossible to obtain in Korea when parties have voluntarily married and the marriage was properly registered.  However,courts have been, recently, willing to entertain colorful arguments in some cases. Recently, a young married couple obtained an annulment based on some interesting facts.  The couple lived together with the sister of the husband prior to marriage.  They were living, according to the couple, just as friends.  Thus, the couple were not having sexual relations.  The employer of the

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You can Succeed in Korea without Resorting to Bribery?

The following is a post by Tom Coyner a Senior Adviser to IPG. Perhaps in a few warped ways, I have a bit of affection for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars American companies from bribing officials overseas. From a nostalgic perspective, I recall when this act was made into law while I was at my first “real job” at The Chase Manhattan Bank in Seoul. The immediate reactions around me in the US business community were those of

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