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New deal for online deals - EU consumer protection adapted to the digital era

New deal for online deals - EU consumer protection adapted to the digital era
16/01/2020

As part of the New Deal for Consumers, aimed to strengthen EU consumer protection in light of the digital era, a new Directive 2019/2161 of 27 November 2019 has been adopted. The Directive contains modernised rules in view of digital market developments such as the rise in online platforms.

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Mrs. Sophie Jacmain
Mrs. Sophie Jacmain

Do Businesses Still Have Freedom of Contract?
27/12/2019

On 21 March 2019, the House of Representatives adopted legislation modifying the Code of Economic Law with regard to the abuse of economic dependency, abusive clauses and unfair trade practices between businesses. The stated objective of the law is to contribute to "fairer markets and better protection for vulnerable economic players". 

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Consumer protection also applies to sophisticated investors

Consumer protection also applies to sophisticated investors
19/12/2019

In the context of determining the competent jurisdiction in respect of a consumer contract, Article 18 of Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 (the “Brussels Ia Regulation”) states that a consumer may either sue the other party to a contract (i) 

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Buying alliances in Europe are under threat

Buying alliances in Europe are under threat
09/12/2019

On Monday 18 November 2019 the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets ("ACM") announced that the regulator had dawn raided several large traders in the agriculture sector. These dawn-raids follow a European trend in which regulators across Europe focus on buying alliances and cartels in the agricultural and retail sectors. In this blog we will discuss this trend.

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La fin du courrier sous film plastique ? Pas si vite…

La fin du courrier sous film plastique ? Pas si vite…
03/12/2019

Il y a quelques mois, nous vous annoncions que le Gouvernement wallon avait adopté, le 28 février 2019, un arrêté visant à diminuer certains déchets et favoriser la propreté publique

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Belgian Competition Authority issues guidelines for professional associations on exchanging information

Belgian Competition Authority issues guidelines for professional associations on exchanging information
02/12/2019

The guide, published on 6 October 2019 and available in French and Dutch, aims to provide professional associations with guidance on the type of information that can lawfully be exchanged between their members and the tools that can be made available to members of associations in order to help them set their prices.

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Criticizing your competitor on its blog could cost you EUR 1,500!

Criticizing your competitor on its blog could cost you EUR 1,500!
27/11/2019

Recently, the Antwerp Enterprise Court had to decide whether a Dutch undertaking was liable for criticizing a Belgian competitor on that competitor’s own blog. The court held the Dutch undertaking liable and ordered it to pay EUR 1,500 in damages.

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Contrats de vente aux consommateurs : nouvelles clauses obligatoires

Contrats de vente aux consommateurs : nouvelles clauses obligatoires
06/11/2019

Il devient de plus en plus difficile pour les consommateurs d’acheter un quelconque produit n’étant pas, d’une manière ou d’une autre, « connecté ». Lampes, frigos, voitures, four : tout y passe.

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Les consommateurs “online” protégés par le Parlement européen

Les consommateurs “online” protégés par le Parlement européen
17/10/2019

En date du 17 avril 2019, le Parlement européen s’est prononcé en faveur d’une meilleure application et modernisation des règles de protection des consommateurs de l’UE. Plus précisément, le Parlement a adopté une résolution législative sur une proposition de directive.

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Wat goede webshops moeten weten: vier veelgestelde vragen

Wat goede webshops moeten weten: vier veelgestelde vragen
11/10/2019

Op kantoor merken we dagelijks dat veel aanbieders van webshops met veel vragen zitten. Het is niet altijd even duidelijk wat echt verplicht is, wat eerder facultatief is, en wat zeker niet mag. 

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