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March 23, 2021

Mexico Amends its Electricity Industry Law

On March 9, 2021, a Decree amending and adding various provisions to the Electricity Industry Law (the “Amendments”) was published in the evening edition of the Official Journal of the Federation (“DOF”). The Amendments became effective the day after publication.  The government agencies responsible for implementing the Amendments have 180 calendar days to do so. These Amendments are the first legislative measure taken by the Mexican federal government to advance its energy agenda following the suspension or invalidation of several regulatory attempts by Mexico’s Federal Judiciary. Following the trend of recent regulatory changes, which have been mostly ineffective, the Amendments tend to unjustifiably favor the Federal Electricity Commission (“CFE”, for its acronym is Spanish) as a State-owned company and hinder … read more

February 22, 2021

Mexican Authorities Implement Digital System for Federal Transportation Licenses

On February 15, 2021, a Decree was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation establishing general rules for the regulation of Federal Digital Licenses applicable to various modes of transportation (the “Decree”). The Decree will enter into force on April 1, 2021. In accordance with the Decree, Mexican transportation authorities will issue digital federal licenses for the various modes of transportation, e.g., motor carrier, air, rail and maritime, to facilitate the processing of drivers’ and pilots’ licenses. Administrative, medical and other qualifications required to obtain the various types of licenses will remain the same. The only change is to the means of application for and issuance of such licenses, which will now be conducted through electronic means. Once the … read more

December 1, 2020

Mexico Enacts New Federal Protection of Industrial Property Law

By Antonio Campero

Mexico’s new Federal Protection of Industrial Property Law (“LFPPI” for its initials in Spanish) was published in the Official Journal of the Federation on July 1, 2020 and entered into force on November 5, 2020.  The LFPPI repealed its predecessor statute, the Industrial Property Law (“LPI” for its initials in Spanish), and contains numerous changes as compared to the LPI. Below are the most relevant changes set forth in the LFPPI: The Mexican Industrial Property Institute (“IMPI” for its initials in Spanish) is granted the authority to impose fines, to determine the amounts of the fines it imposes for infringements in administrative proceedings, and to collect payment and any other corresponding amounts due. Likewise, it grants the IMPI the authority … read more

March 9, 2017


NAFTA Political leaders in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. continue to review the possibility of either renegotiating or withdrawing from the North America Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Businesses in all three countries are doing their best to try to predict what could happen if the NAFTA were to be renegotiated or terminated. Uncertainty arising from such questions continues to affect their current operations, as well as their future trade and investment plans. The Mexican government has announced that it has entered into a 90-day consultation period during which it will liaise with Mexican business and industry to develop a sensible course of action to take in a proposed NAFTA renegotiation. In addition, Canadian and US leaders have recently met … read more

August 17, 2008

New Law for the Fostering of Book Reading

While the media in the United States (The New York Times) debates on whether teenagers should spend more time reading books rather than obtaining information off the Internet, on July 24, 2008, the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF) published a new Law for the Fostering of Book Reading. With such law, Mexico joins other countries with great editorial tradition with laws on book reading, such as Spain, France, Germany and Argentina. This new law provides for a dual approach to foster and promote the reading of books and designates the Department of Public Education, the National Board for Culture and Arts, the National Board for the Promotion of Reading Books and the state and municipal governments, as well as … read more

August 24, 2007

Recent Legal Decision

A recent decision of the Mexican Supreme Court holds that public authorities not designated as responsible parties in a constitutional amparo lawsuit are obligated to take all actions necessary to enforce the terms of an amparo lawsuit judgment. In this manner, even though a governmental authority has not been included as a party in an amparo lawsuit, such authority will be obligated to follow the amparo decision. The change yields significant practical value and efficiency. This important decision must be taken into consideration by those individuals and companies who file amparo lawsuits, or who are enforcing amparo judgments, as this decision confirms prior Supreme Court holdings and interpretations in this area. Such prior interpretations sought to provide more complete remedies … read more