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Are you ready for the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation?

Are you ready for the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation?

On 25 October 2011 the Council and the Parliament of the European Union (hereafter: the EU) adopted Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (hereafter: Regulation 1169/2011). This Regulation has major consequences for anyone who supplies food to large caterers and consumers (‘end users’). This article discusses ... Read More »

European Commission starts consultation on exemption for insurance sector

European Commission starts consultation on exemption for insurance sector

The Block Exemption Regulation (the Exemption) which exempts certain agreements between insurers and reinsurers from the ban on cartels expires on 31 March 2017. The European Commission recently started a market consultation to investigate whether the insurance market still needs a sector-specific exemption from the ban on cartels. Based on ... Read More »

OLG Schleswig-Holstein: prohibition of sale via online platforms at odds with the ban on cartels

OLG Schleswig-Holstein: prohibition of sale via online platforms at odds with the ban on cartels

The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Schleswig-Holstein, the appeal court of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, ruled in a judgement of 5 June 2014 that Casio Europe (Casio) may not prohibit approved specialist photography shops from selling digital cameras via online platforms like eBay and Amazon. The OLG said the prohibition was at ... Read More »

European Commission: Car hire companies discriminate among customers

European Commission: Car hire companies discriminate among customers

The European Union attaches a great deal of importance to the equal treatment of EU citizens. In Directive 2006/123/EC the European Union published regulations for the provision of services on the internal market. An important point of departure of the Directive is that no distinction may be made between customers ... Read More »

Personal injury payment in the case of divorce (division of matrimonial property)

Personal injury payment in the case of divorce (division of matrimonial property)

If two persons are married in community of property and these two persons are divorced, the joint (matrimonial) property has to be divided between the (former) spouses. That property includes in principle any personal injury payment that was made to one of the (former) spouses during their marriage. Assets that ... Read More »

Financing property in Germany – a market with risks and opportunities for Dutch banks and consumers

Financing property in Germany – a market with risks and opportunities for Dutch banks and consumers

Penalties for accelerated repayment of mortgages The number of Dutch citizens who buy a house just across the border in Germany has continued to increase in recent years. The favourable housing prices and the low cost of living are the main reasons for moving to Germany. The influx of Dutch ... Read More »

Board of Appeal of Dutch Advertising Code Committee: Booking.com misleads customers with promotional texts

Board of Appeal of Dutch Advertising Code Committee: Booking.com misleads customers with promotional texts

The notice ‘We have only 1 room left!’ on the booking website Booking.com is misleading, according to a decision by the Board of Appeal of the Dutch Advertising Code Committee given on 4 July 2014. Booking.com misleads customers by suggesting that hotel rooms are nearly sold out, while rooms are ... Read More »

Sport & the law: Luis Suarez’s bite and other wrongful acts on the football pitch

Sport & the law: Luis Suarez’s bite and other wrongful acts on the football pitch

Kicking an opponent when he’s down, head butting, elbowing, a vicious kick and even a biting incident by a top footballer like Suarez, we are seeing it not only from recreational and professional athletes in the Netherlands, but also from footballers during the World Cup in Brazil. But where (under ... Read More »

The national government unilaterally terminates the Protocol expansion guarantee structure social housing (1999)

The national government unilaterally terminates the Protocol expansion guarantee structure social housing (1999)

On 4 June 2014, the government further explained its vision concerning people with care needs living independently for longer in a letter to Parliament. This letter also includes a passage concerning the status of the Protocol expansion guarantee structure social housing from 1999 (the Protocol). The passage is not very ... Read More »

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