Archive 2011


Mrs. Christine Flion
Mrs. Stessie Soccio

L’imputabilité d’une infraction anticoncurrentielle de la filiale à la société mère : développements jurisprudentiels en 2011
21/12/2011

 

Depuis l'Arrêt Akzo Nobel du 10 septembre 2009 , une société mère peut être tenue solidairement responsable des comportements anticoncurrentiels de ses filiales indépendamment de toute participation personnelle à l'infraction.

Pour cela il suffit que cette société et ses filiales constituent une unité économique unique et que la société mère exerce une influence déterminante sur ses filiales. Ce qui est présumé le cas lorsque la société mère détient 100% du capital de ses filiales  sans qu'il soit nécessaire de produire des indices additionnels permettant de démontrer l'exercice effectif d'une influence de la société mère . La société mère est présumée responsable des pratiques anticoncurrentielles de ces filiales.

 

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Mr. Gregory Vermaercke
Mr. Frederick Hallein

Milieuhandhaving: beroep bij het Milieuhandhavingscollege
21/12/2011

Het Milieuhandhavingsdecreet van 21 december 2007 trad op 1 mei 2009 in werking (B.S. 29 februari 2008). Hierbij verschoof het accent overduidelijk van een strafrechtelijke naar een meer bestuurlijke handhaving.

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Mrs. Sophie Jacmain
Mr. Jean-François van Drooghenbroeck

L' Arbitrage: Les Avantages D'Une Justice Privee
20/12/2011

Face aux pesanteurs de la justice étatique, voire de l’inaptitude de celle-ci à trancher certains litiges hors normes, l'arbitrage s'est considérablement développé ces dernières années tant sur le plan international que sur le plan national.

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Mrs. Anne Tilleux

Overview of Significant Deadlines for Listed Companies
20/12/2011

In previous issues, we highlighted new corporate legislation, in particular the Shareholders' Rights Act, the Corporate Governance Act and the Gender Equality Act. We would now like now to draw your attention to some approaching deadlines under these three acts. In addition, please note that a new act on the variable remuneration of non-executive directors was adopted on 7 November 2011.

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Mrs. Catherine Longeval

Severance Indemnity of Employee Working Part-time on Time-Credit Basis
19/12/2011

On 10 November 2011 the Constitutional Court ruled twice that the severance indemnity of an employee who reduced her/his working hours in the system of time-credit has to be calculated on the basis of the part time salary rather than the full-time salary which the employee had earned before starting to work part-time.

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Mr. Peter L'Ecluse

ECJ Rules on Exhaustion of Plant Variety Rights
19/12/2011

On 20 October 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “ECJ”) delivered its judgment in case C-140/10 Greenstar-Kanzi Europe NV (“GKE”) v Jean Hustin and Jo Goossens, addressing two questions referred to it by the Supreme Court (the “Referring Court”).

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Mr. Philippe François

New Notice Periods as from 2012: Is this the End of the Claeys Formula?
19/12/2011

When hiring new employees, it is important to keep in mind the new notice periods applicable to employees that effectively start to work after 1 January 2012.

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Mr. Michel Bonne

Supreme Court Rules on Joint Liability of Recipient Companies in Case of Demerger
17/12/2011

On 14 October 2011, the Supreme Court clarified the joint liability of recipient companies in case of a demerger (splitsing/scission).

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Mrs. Catherine Longeval

European Commission Proposes Incentives for Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution
17/12/2011

On 29 November 2011, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals in order to encourage consumers to solve their conflicts through out-of-court proceedings. To this end, the European Commission is taking measures to promote the use of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”).

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Mr. Peter L'Ecluse

ECJ Guidance on Scope of Protection of Registered Community Designs
17/12/2011

On 20 October 2011, the Court of Justice of the EU (“ECJ”) gave judgment for the first time on the interpretation of the scope of protection of registered Community designs under Regulation 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community Designs (the “Community Design Regulation”).

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