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Canadian Government Suspends Private Right of Action Under Anti-Spam Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In an order dated June 2, 2017, the Canadian government indefinitely suspended a key provision in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017. While CASL initially came into force in...more

Latest Reform of German Competition Law Brings Clarity

by Jones Day on

The German Parliament has adopted the 9th Amendment to the German "Act against Restraints of Competition" ("ARC") or "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" ("GWB"). The new law will enter into force after publication in the...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

Bavarian Data Protection Authority issues new guidance paper on sanctions under the General Data Protection Regulation

by Reed Smith on

On 1 September 2016, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) issued a new guidance paper on sanctions under the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in the course of a series of non-binding guidance...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 16:...

by White & Case LLP on

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Whereas the remedies and sanctions available to DPAs under the Directive are comparatively low (generally subject to a maximum of less than €1 million per infringement, with...more

One of the Largest Member Clubs in Singapore Is Liquidated

by Morgan Lewis on

California Fitness’s closure has left many consumers who have purchased prepaid packages without any remedies. On 20 July, California Fitness, which was once fronted by action movie star Jackie Chan, announced that it...more

Amendments Proposed to Enforce and Enhance Consumer Protection in Singapore

by Morgan Lewis on

The amendments to the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act allow more aggressive and invasive action to be taken against errant businesses engaging in unfair practices. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore,...more

Olympus Duodenoscope Recall: Lessons Learned on How to Manage a Class II Device Failure

by Cozen O'Connor on

Earlier this year Olympus Corp. (“Olympus”) announced that it would recall and redesign its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope following its link to deadly patient infections in the United States and abroad. This situation presents an...more

German Court orders WhatsApp to provide consumers in Germany with T&Cs in German language

by Reed Smith on

In a press release dated 17 May 2016, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv) announced that on 8 April 2016, the Court of Appeal Berlin (Kammergericht Berlin; “Court”)...more

Privacy Shield Update: A Recap of Recent Developments

by BakerHostetler on

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), an influential group of European data protection authorities, issued a non-binding opinion that criticized certain elements of the fledgling Privacy Shield framework....more

Digital Single Market Strategy Update: Europe Proposes Further Harmonisation of Consumer Protection Laws

The European Commission has published two draft directives on the supply of digital content and the online sale of goods that aim to help harmonise consumer law across Europe. In proposing these new laws, the European Union...more

New Decree defines the scope of Kazakhstan’s state electronic database

by Reed Smith on

At the end of February, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan enacted Decree No. 117, providing that the types of personal data to be stored in the state’s electronic database are...more

Breaking: CPSC Obtains Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty in Settlement Agreement with Gree

This morning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has obtained a record-breaking $15.45 million civil penalty in a settlement agreement with Gree Electric Appliances of China, Hong Kong Gree...more

Harmonizing B2C Online Sales of Goods and Digital Content in Europe

The European Commission has announced new draft laws that would give consumers new remedies where digital content supplied online is defective or not as described by the seller....more

BC Supreme Court Dismisses Applications for Certification of Consumer Protection Claims in Five Class Actions Against...

by DLA Piper on

On August 18, 2015, Madame Justice Adair of the B.C. Supreme Court refused to certify as class proceedings five separate actions against each of Air Canada, Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft, Delta Air Lines, Inc., United...more

CRA 2015 Briefing 06-15

by Locke Lord LLP on

The main provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) will come into force on 1 October 2015. The CRA consolidates key consumer rights covering contracts for goods, services, digital content and the law relating to unfair...more

Implementing EU Directive 2011/83 Into Belgian Law

by DLA Piper on

Belgium has implemented the Consumer Rights Directive by means of the Act of December 21, 2013 introducing Book VI of the Economic Law Code on Marked Practices and Consumer Protection, as published on December 30, 2013. The...more

Misleading and aggressive commercial practices: new rights of consumer redress

by Reed Smith on

Executive summary: ..From 1 October 2014, consumers will have a new right of direct action against traders who engage in misleading or aggressive commercial practices...more

SCC Weighs-In on Consumer Protection Remedies in Quebec Class Actions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released a trilogy of decisions examining the standing of representative plaintiffs and the availability of consumer protection legislation in the class action context....more

"European Parliament Approves Proposed Directive on Private Antitrust Damages Actions"

On April 17, 2014, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on private antitrust damages actions (the Directive). The Directive is intended to facilitate antitrust...more

European Parliament adopts legislation facilitating antitrust damages actions

Today, the European Parliament approved legislation governing antitrust damages actions brought in the national courts of EU Member States. The Parliament’s approval was the last significant hurdle and follows several years...more

Germany to Tighten Data Protection Laws: Consumer Protection Associations shall be Granted Right to take Businesses to Court

by White & Case LLP on

Germany's data protection laws, already known as one of the strictest in the world, are facing an even stricter approach when Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on February 11, 2014 announced a new draft bill that would...more

Is US-style class action litigation coming to the EU? European Commission calls for collective redress mechanisms in EU national...

by DLA Piper on

The European Commission is calling for European Union member states to introduce an injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanism to their national procedural rules by July 26, 2015. In many respects, the concept...more

Mandatory Data Breach Reporting Bill Introduced Into Parliament

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 was introduced into Parliament on 29 May 2013. Having been recommended by the Senate Committee report tabled on 24 June, it appears that Parliament intends to pass the Bill...more

UK Government Announces Proposals for an “Opt-Out” Collective Competition Damages Action

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 29 January 2013, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced new proposals designed to improve the ability for consumers and businesses to bring collective damages claims against competition...more

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