Archive 2019


Cybersécurité : un hôpital admis aux urgences …

Cybersécurité : un hôpital admis aux urgences …
30/12/2019

Pas un jour ne passe sans que les données d’une entreprise ne soient la cible d’attaques informatiques. Ces victimes vont des petites entreprises aux grandes structures, parfois essentielles au fonctionnement de la société.

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ECJ rules that the Belgian dividend exemption was in breach of the Parent-Subsidiary Directive

ECJ rules that the Belgian dividend exemption was in breach of the Parent-Subsidiary Directive
27/12/2019

In a 19 December 2019 judgment, the EU Court of Justice ruled that the method of exempting dividends applied in Belgium is an infringement on the EU's Parent-Subsidiary Directive.

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The new law of evidence: what does it mean for your company?

The new law of evidence: what does it mean for your company?
27/12/2019

The new evidence legislation will come into effect on 1 November 2020. This may seem like a long way off, but it's interesting to be aware of the best way to manage your evidence and to what you will have to lend attention in specific cases. Be careful! This may mean the difference between knowing you are right and being told you are right.

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Mrs. Sophie Jacmain
Mr. LĂ©onard Maistriaux

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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Commission opens preliminary investigation against Google and Facebook in relation to data-gathering practices

Commission opens preliminary investigation against Google and Facebook in relation to data-gathering practices
26/12/2019

The Commission has opened a preliminary investigation into potential anticompetitive datagathering practices, addressing requests for information to Google and Facebook. 

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Mr. Tanguy de Haan
Mrs. Diane de Mûelenaere

And if we installed surveillance cameras at work?
26/12/2019

Can an employer that wishes to verify the productivity of its employees, that notes damage to its property and would like to find out the cause or that wishes to ensure that safety measures are being correctly implemented install surveillance cameras on its premises? May it use the images thus obtained in order to fire an employee for just cause?

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CJ rules on restriction of eligibiltiy of energy tax rebate scheme

CJ rules on restriction of eligibiltiy of energy tax rebate scheme
26/12/2019

On 14 November 2019 the CJ issued a preliminary ruling in the (second) Dilly’s Wellnesshotel case (C-585/17). Austria decided to limit an existing energy tax rebate scheme to the manufacturing industry as of 2011.

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The use of (electronic) identity cards

The use of (electronic) identity cards
24/12/2019

(Electronic) identity cards are an easy means to identify people. However, their use is not without risk.

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Mr. Philippe PĂ©ters
Mr. Tanguy de Haan

Are Your Trade Marks Adequately Protected?
24/12/2019

Every business uses signs to distinguish its goods or services on the market. These signs may take the form of words, names, designs, letters, numbers, colours, the shape of a good or its packaging, or even sounds.

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Mr. Tanguy de Haan
Mrs. Sien Vandezande

Are Saint Nick and Santa Infringers?
20/12/2019

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us have begun searching for the perfect presents. Recent figures from the Belgian e-commerce association, BeCommerce, show that at least half of all toy purchases are now made online. Local toy stores no longer serve as the sole purveyor to Saint Nick or Santa Claus, as far-flung web shops increasingly deliver to Belgium. 

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