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A right in Germany to sell through online marketplaces?

On 18 July 2016, Germany moved another step closer to enshrining a right for distributors in selective distribution systems to sell over online marketplaces. This is not sudden move by the German courts, in fact we have...more

EU Retail News - July 2016

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

Digital Single Market update - European Commission releases Proposal for updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive along with...

Since the European Commission announced its much vaunted Digital Single Market strategy in May 2015 to boost the EU's digital economy, it has had precious little to show, with major initiatives such as copyright reform and...more

Online Sales Restrictions Remain a Hot Topic: UK CMA Issues Statement of Objections

On 9 June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a statement of objections (SO) to Ping Europe Limited (Ping), a golf equipment manufacturer, alleging that Ping had breached EU and UK competition law by...more

New Rules (and Prohibitions) to Promote E-Commerce in Europe

Anyone who has gone through the experience of purchasing a product or a service online in Europe has gone through at least one of these experiences, or all of them: a message informs you that a product or service is not...more

European Commission moves to restrict geoblocking

On 25 May 2016 the European Commission published draft legislation aimed at restricting the use of geoblocking and similar practices by websites selling to into the European Union. The European Commission has published a...more

New EU e-Commerce rules are set to facilitate online buying and selling in the single market

On 25 May 2016, and following an in-depth sector inquiry and consultation period, the European Commission (“EC”) published proposals for a set of new e-Commerce rules. The EC believes that this three-pronged strategy will...more

Alert: European Commission Announces Initiative Package

As noted in earlier alerts from May and October, the European Commission is in the process of implementing a wide-ranging strategy to create a genuine 'Digital Single Market' across the EU. Essentially, the Commission's...more

Global VAT Guide 2016 - Cross border supplies of intangible services, rights and digital content

Focusing on supplies of intangibles, such as services, intellectual property rights and digital content, we consider this Global VAT Guide to be timely, given that revenue authorities throughout the world are increasingly...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

European Court of Justice to Rule on Legality of Online Sales Bans

An appeal court in Frankfurt has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the application of the competition rules to online sales. The Frankfurt court made its request in the context of a dispute between a leader in...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking

On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a widespread use of geo-blocking throughout retailers in the EU. The findings reaffirm the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

EU Commission Releases First Findings on Geo-Blocking in E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published its initial findings on geo-blocking in the framework of its ongoing antitrust sector inquiry into e-commerce. The findings are based on responses to questionnaires...more

European Commission's initial findings on geo-blocking practices in EU e-commerce

On 18 March 2016, the European Commission (Commission) released the initial findings of both its e-commerce Sector Inquiry (by DG Competition) and its consultation on geo-blocking and its effect on the e-commerce market...more

E-Commerce: National Competitions Authorities Weigh In on Sales Restrictions Regarding Online Marketplaces

In May 2015, the European Commission launched a two-year, industry-wide inquiry into the e-commerce sector to gather data on the functioning of e-commerce markets, so as to identify possible competition concerns. This sector...more

Can brands impose restrictions on key word advertising and online platforms?

Many retailers are faced with the question if and how they can restrict the ability of their re-sellers to purchase keywords in order to advertise and sell products online. A complete prohibition on keyword advertising may...more

Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

EU Customs Developments: December 2015

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments – Key Provisions Published - On 29 December 2015, the Implementing and Delegated Acts for the Union Customs Code (UCC) were published in the EU’s Official Journal...more

FinTech Focus: New European Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) Comes into Force

On 12 January 2016, the long-awaited revised Payment Services Directive (“PSD2”) came into force in Europe. This replaces the Payment Services Directive (“PSD”) that has been in place since 2007. The deadline for EU member...more

"Global Antitrust Enforcement in the Digital Age: Recent Developments in E-Commerce"

Competition authorities worldwide ramped up scrutiny of e-commerce business practices in 2015. The European Commission (Commission) launched an expansive sector inquiry in May 2015 aimed at identifying anticompetitive...more

Encouraging news for cross-border internet retailers (and shoppers) in the EU

The European Commission (the "Commission") has been investigating the European-wide parcel delivery industry for some time. With online retail becoming an increasingly important avenue for both consumers and retailers, the...more

Law a la Mode - Issue 18 November 2015

The Australian editorial team is delighted to bring you the 18th edition of Law a` la Mode, the quarterly legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design Group for distribution to clients and contacts of the...more

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