Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

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Thomas De Meese

Thomas De Meese

Thomas De Meese is a partner in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring and has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1993. He specializes in competition, telecommunications, media and technology law and gambling regulatory matters. Thomas’ experience includes day to day counseling on distribution issues, technology licensing, patent pools, joint bidding, standard setting, dominance issues, the activities of trade associations, etc. He has developed and implemented pan-European antitrust compliance and training programs for multinational companies. He represents complainants and defendants in competition investigations with both the Belgian Competition Authority and the EC Commission. Thomas regularly litigates competition cases before national courts. He has also worked on several merger filings with the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission.

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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

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