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Category Archives: EU Regulation

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EU Court Affirms Harmonization Laws Governing Price Reductions Offered to Consumers

Posted in EU Regulation
In its judgment of July 10, 20141,  the EU Court of Justice reaffirmed the consequences of the complete harmonization of the laws of the EU Member States resulting from EU Directive 2005/29/EC concerning unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices in the internal market2 (the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive or UCPD). The UCPD indeed fully harmonizes the rules relating to… Continue Reading

Sixth Round of TTIP Negotiations Concludes in Brussels

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation, International Trade
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations formally commenced on July 8, 2013. A little over a year later, the negotiators have held six rounds of negotiations. The most recent round of negotiations was held during the week of July 14-18 in Brussels, and the seventh round is now expected for D.C. in late… Continue Reading

EU Consumer Product Safety Law Update

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation
The European Commission has been active this summer in its efforts to advance consumer safety in the European Union. Here are highlights of recent notable events: In-app Purchases. The EU has moved to address consumer protection related to in-app purchases, particularly those made by children, which follows the announcement of similar enforcement actions in the… Continue Reading

EU Court of Justice Issues New Ruling on Website-Blocking Orders

Posted in EU Regulation, IP/Brand Protection
On March 27, 2014, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled in the UPC Telekabel Wien-case that national courts may impose website blocking orders to internet access providers (IAPs) requiring them to prevent their subscribers from accessing a website containing copyright infringing material, without specifying the concrete blocking measures to be taken. The Court also… Continue Reading

EU Food Labeling – Where Is the Beef From?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation, International Trade
Politicians and public interest groups in the European Union are showing renewed interest in expanded country of origin labeling requirements in the wake of February’s horse meat scandal, where lasagna and other products sold in the EU purportedly made from beef were found instead to contain horse meat. Specifically, attention is focused on Regulation (EU)… Continue Reading

Revised U.K. Green Claims Guidance

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Environment & Natural Resources, EU Regulation
Advertising the environmental benefits and attributes of consumer products has become an increasing trend in recent years as companies learn that consumers value “green” goods and services. To address compliance issues encountered in making these types of marketing claims, regulators are formulating guidance for businesses. While the U.S. is in the process of revising its… Continue Reading

EU Retailers Fail to Reply to “Right to Know” Requests from Consumers Under REACH

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, EU Regulation, International Trade
The new EU REACH Regulation establishes an integrated system for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances. It also provides “right to know” provisions allowing consumers to ask suppliers if their products contain Substances of Very High Concern (“SVHCs”) listed on an official Candidate List. Suppliers are obliged to reply within 45 days and free… Continue Reading