Archive 2012


Mr. Michaël Lambert

Recent case law regarding the terms of a commercial lease
03/01/2012

A recent decision of the Belgian Supreme Court brings to an end a controversy as to whether revision of the rent can be requested after tacit renewal of the retail lease. The Court responded negatively.

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Mrs. Stacey Smits

Large repair works provided by articles 605-606 of the Belgian Civil Code: a strict interpretation?
03/01/2012

In een vorige editie van deze nieuwsbrief (maart 2011) werd reeds kort ingegaan op de verschillende regimes die men in huurovereenkomsten vaak terugvindt voor wat betreft de onderhoud- en herstel plichten van de huurder en verhuurder.

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Mrs. Philippine de Maere

A low occupation percentage in a shopping centre: a hidden defect?
03/01/2012

The Commercial Court of Brussels considered that a partially vacant shopping centre loses a great deal of its attractiveness, which constitutes a “hidden defect” for the tenants. A tenant won a compensation for sustained damages.

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Mr. Bruno Duquesne

Eurozone crisis : planning for all eventualities
03/01/2012

The public debt crisis is putting the Euro under severe pressure and some even predict the inevitable end of it, at least in the most exposed countries.

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Mr. Pierre Willemart

DE BELASTING OP DE OMZETTING VAN EFFECTEN AAN TOONDER KAN NOG VERMEDEN WORDEN
02/01/2012

Er werd van alles geschreven in de pers over de belasting die vanaf 1 januari 2012 van toepassing wordt op de omzetting van effecten aan toonder.

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Mr. Olivier Gilard

SABAM/Tiscali : ISP win against copyrights holders
02/01/2012

The Court of Justice of the European Union rejects the move to order Internet Service Providers to install filtering software in order to prevent copyright infringement.

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Mr. Tom Heremans

The Court of Justice on blocking counterfeit goods by customs
02/01/2012

On 1 December 2011, the European Court of Justice rendered its decision in the cases of Philips (C-446/09) and Nokia (C-495/09). The court set the conditions under wich customs can block the transit of counterfeit goods. The owners of intellectual property rights can only ask customs to block goods if these goods are presumed to be brought on to the European market and to infringe IP rights. Goods that are not destined for the European market, but are merely in transit, cannot be blocked by customs.

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Mr. Alexis Hallemans

The marketing of Ice Watch is too similar to Lego
02/01/2012

The marketing material of Ice Watch is too similar to Lego and therefore constitutes a misleading commercial practice . The Commercial Court of Brussels condemns Ice Watch to cease the use of its marketing material.

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