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European Commission releases results of pan-European survey regarding the effects of remedies taken by Online Travel Agencies over parity clauses.

On 6 April 2017, the European Commission released its report outlining the results of a questionnaire sent to the main players in the online travel industry last summer. The report...

Written on: 24 May 2017

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E-commerce sector inquiry: Commission publishes its final report

On May 10 2017, the European Commission published its final report on its e-commerce sector enquiry. As we have highlighted in previous updates (see the following links for updates: Competition...

Written on: 16 May 2017

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The energy industry needs a ‘grand bargain’ on flexibility

The future of European energy depends on flexibility. This calls for a regulatory rethink based on a grand bargain between all players, says Simon Hobday, partner at Osborne Clarke If...

Written on: 7 Apr 2017

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E-commerce platforms heavily sanctioned for unfair commercial practices

In 2016, the DGCCRF concluded transactions with e-commerce platforms for a total amount of € 2 million as a result of non-compliance with the rules on unfair commercial practices. What...

Written on: 3 Apr 2017

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France, Germany and the UK complete the implementation of the Damages Directive

We have previously reported on the EU Commission’s efforts to harmonise the rights of cartel victims seeking damages.  Access to these rights was being hampered by slow implementation of the...

Written on: 24 Mar 2017

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The GDPR: 10 things adtech businesses need to know

Insights from Osborne Clarke’s legal experts on the business impact of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation for the online advertising industry. The new General Data Protection Regulation is...

Written on: 22 Mar 2017

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Private copy levy system: how do recent developments in Spain compare with other EU jurisdictions?

In a judgment given on 10 November 2016, the Spanish Supreme Court annulled the existing private copy levy system which replaced the previous “fee” system on all suitable devices. We...

Written on: 9 Mar 2017

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Has the new French Anti-Bribery law become the most stringent regulation in the world?

On 9 December 2016, following recommendations made two years previously by Transparency International, the Sapin II law on the transparency, fight against bribery and modernisation of the economy was enacted...

Written on: 14 Feb 2017

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French Public Authorities given new image rights over national estates

French case law has consistently held that the owners of buildings or historical structures do not have any exclusive right over the image of such building, and cannot prevent the...

Written on: 7 Feb 2017

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