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SmartAir, a social enterprise that educates the public about air pollution, has been shortlisted for the “Powered by Pro Bono Award” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards. This award highlights NGOs or social enterprises that have used pro bono legal advice to scale up their operations, improve the delivery of their social mission or pivot their activities to make a greater impact on the businesses and people they support ...

PLMJ | January 2022

Law 8/2022 (the “Law”) was published on 10 January. This Law introduces important changes to the rules on horizontal property and to the mandatory documents that must accompany the deed or the certified private document for the sale of self-contained units. A. MAIN CHANGES TO THE CIVIL CODE 1 ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | January 2022

Media DNS-blocking of gaming sites proposal The Ministry of Culture submitted a proposal on 21 September 2021, which seeks to give the Norwegian Gambling Authority cause to force ISPs to enforce DNS blocking of unlicensed gaming sites that market their services to Norwegian players ...

DFDL | November 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (“TAT”) announced via the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 30 October 2021 that as of 1 November 2021, earlier COVID-19-related restrictions would be lifted in the case of four designated ‘Blue Zone’ provinces: Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Phuket ...

This month the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) released new guidance for advertisements used to promote in-game purchases. This guidance applies to providers of online gaming services that offer users the opportunity to purchase virtual items in real-time, such as virtual currencies or extra lives ...

DFDL | September 2021

On 8 September 2021, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Instruction No. 15024 on the obligation to install devices to measure the volume of beer and/or non-alcoholic beverages on the sites of local beverage producing enterprises ...

ENSafrica | August 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been dubbed the greenest Games to date. Despite some criticism levelled against the claims of their eco-friendly nature, it is notable that the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee has made significant strides to minimise the Games’ carbon footprint ...

Buchalter | August 2021

Petunia Products, Inc. owns the BROW BOOST ® trademark, under which it sells a “Billion Dollar Brows” eyebrow primer and conditioner. Petunia recently asserted trademark infringement claims against a skin care products company, which Petunia alleges infringed on its BROW BOOST mark in connection with the name of its product that competes with Petunia’s product, and by using the hashtag #BROWBOOST on social media to promote its product ...

Veirano Advogados | August 2021

The manufacturer of the official facemask for the Brazilian Football Confederation filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties. The manufacturer of the official facemask for the men’s and women’s teams of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | August 2021

When I was a young lawyer working for the Norwegian Competition Authority, a complaint was received that gave rise to some amusement among the staff at the authority. The complainant argued that the Norwegian football club Viking FK’s signing of the half-decent footballer Ragnvald Soma from rivalling club SK Brann constituted an infringement of Norwegian competition law. Nowadays, competition law in football is no longer a laughing matter ...

Carey | August 2021

On August 6th of 2021, Law No. 21,363 (hereinafter the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces modifications to Law No. 19,925 about expenditure, commercialization and production of alcoholic beverages, and other associated Laws, establishing different limitations to the advertising of alcoholic beverages, as well as the obligation of including warnings about harmful consumption in the container of these kind of products ...

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek | August 2021

Background In its ruling of June 15, 2021 (Case No. VI ZR 576/19), the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) for the first time took a comprehensive position on the scope of the right to access pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR. Article 15 GDPR standardizes the right of access of a data subject vis-à-vis a controller ...

ENSafrica | August 2021

A comment posted on social media last week in South Africa said, “It is only a Coup when it originates from the Coup d'état region in France. Otherwise it is just sparkling insurrection”. For those who are not aware, South Africa has had a few disruptive weeks with violent protests and looting. In-between the angst and sadness, there was still time for a dig at Geographical Indications (“GIs”) ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | August 2021

Dinsmore's Tarah Rémy wrote an article for Beverage Master titled "Legal Implications of Playing Music at Your Brewery," where she discusses the intellectual property considerations breweries should take when choosing music, whether played through speakers or live. You can read the full article by clicking the link at the bottom. Below is an excerpt ...

Shearn Delamore & Co. | August 2021

On 26 July 2021, the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”) issued a statement (“the Press Release”) that it is looking into the pricing practices of food delivery platform companies including but not limited to the “imposition of exorbitant commission fees” by the said companies (“the Inquiry”). The Press Release is accessible here ...

ENSafrica | July 2021

ossibly the most confusing issue in trade mark law is this: when are two trade marks confusingly similar? We’ll discuss two recent European trade mark judgments which hopefully don’t add to the confusion. THE MILEY CYRUS CASE Is the trade mark MILEY CYRUS confusingly similar to the trade mark CYRUS? That’s the issue that the European Union General Court had to grapple with recently ...

From a competition law standpoint, the regulation of sport presents a difficult conundrum. On the one hand, sports regulations may limit the ability of economic actors (including sportspeople) to win business through unrestricted competition. On the other hand, without such regulations, the essential core of the sport (and the business interests built around it) may be undermined ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2021

The school holidays are almost here and many of us are thinking about travelling abroad. If your surname is different from your dependent children, then the ever-changing COVID-19 travel restrictions aren’t the only concern to consider when making your holiday plans. The rise of ‘blended’ families and couples choosing not to marry means it is not unusual for a parent to have a different surname to their dependent children ...

ALRUD Law Firm | July 2021

We would like to inform you of several draft laws in the TMT area, that were adopted by the Russian Parliament, and finally signed by the President. We have prepared a short description for you below ...

ENSafrica | July 2021

A lot has been written about the Scottish case where William Grant sued the budget supermarket chain Lidl for trade mark infringement. The issue Lidl is selling a gin that one imagines was intended to look rather a lot like the well-established Hendricks gin. This Lidl gin is called Hampstead, although the similarity between the two products relates as much to get-up as to the (surely not coincidental) choice by Lidl of a nine-letter name that starts with the letter H ...

ENSafrica | July 2021

The magazine World Trademark Review (“WTR”) has published some interesting data about football trade marks. Given that we’re all watching the Euros, this might be a good time to discuss some of the links between trade marks and football. Football clubs have significant trade mark portfolios The club that arguably takes trade marks most seriously is Manchester United, with a trade mark portfolio of 586 marks. Next comes Barcelona with 440 ...

The popularity of wild camping following the easing of the first lockdown caused a number of problems for landowners and managers concerned about the impact on the countryside. Now, as we head into a summer of staycations, landowners may wish to familiarise themselves with the public’s right of responsible access afforded by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | June 2021

The ASA has taken further steps in their battle against influencers that fail to disclose when they are advertising to consumers on their social media channels. The ASA has taken further steps in their battle against influencers that fail to disclose when they are advertising to consumers on their social media channels ...

This week, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) released aguideto talking about money matters online. Discussion on a range of financial topics such as money, budgeting, investing and spending have been increasing over the years. However, the line betweentalkingabout these topics can sometimes cross into the territory ofproviding financial advice, which is a regulated area subject to strict rules in New Zealand ...

PLMJ | June 2021

The IVAucher programme was set up to stimulate private consumption in the sectors worst affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (catering, accommodation and culture). With regard to these sectors, “catering” is used in the broad sense to cover restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies providing food and beverage services, and “accommodation” refers to hotels and other short-stay accommodation for holidays and business travel ...

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