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EU General Court opinion delivers boost to brands selling online

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You don’t need to be a PR guru to know that branding is all about image. This is never truer than for high-end or luxury brands, which strive to deliver a customer experience that is consistent with, and can be justified by, the price tag. This sensitivity to customer experience is borne out in distributor […]


The Competition Appeal Tribunal’s “fast track” procedure: evening the playing field

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Given that most high-profile competition law actions tend to involve the decisions of large-scale regulators following heavily-protracted investigations (such as the recent seven-year EU commission investigation into Google’s online shopping offering), small businesses and consumers could be forgiven for thinking that redress in competition law is not a realistic proposition. It was, however, with this […]


The Technosport case: use of “BMW” brand by independent dealer prohibited

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The UK Court of Appeal has recently provided some limited guidance on the fine line between using a brand legitimately to explain to the public the service that a company provides, and using a brand as a means of misleading the public into believing it is somehow linked to, or authorised by, the brand in […]


Fladgate advises on Amy Winehouse statue loan agreement

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Fladgate’s leisure team has acted for The Camden Market Management Company Limited on an agreement for the loan of the official Amy Winehouse statue, which is on display at Camden Market Stables. Winehouse (1983–2011) was a British singer and songwriter who had become strongly associated with Camden Town until her death in 2011.  The work […]


Fladgate advises on the acquisition of The Harpur Centre

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Fladgate has advised on the acquisition of a shopping centre known as The Harpur Centre in Bedford for Harpur Centre Bedford Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of a Jersey Limited Partnership) from Zurich Assurance Plc.  Tellon Capital LLP was the acting asset manager on the transaction. James Burchell of Tellon Capital commented: “Daniel and his […]


Launch of consumer-friendly EU online dispute resolution platform

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The EU Commission’s drive to encourage EU cross-border trade through increased consumer confidence took a step forward today (9 February 2016) with the operational launch of its online dispute resolution platform (ODR platform). The portal (which is accessible at the following link:  http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/) is specifically designed to help consumers who have bought goods or services […]


Fine for online pharmacy selling customer details

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If carried out properly, the sale of customer or user information offers a potentially lucrative revenue source for any data-rich company. However, get it wrong and – as NHS-approved online chemist “Pharmacy 2U” can now testify – it can be quite the reverse. Pharmacy 2U’s rude awakening took the form of a £130,000 fine from […]


Japanese Knotweed – what's the problem?

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Japanese knotweed was originally imported from Japan as an ornamental plant, admired for its attractive white flowers. The plant’s aesthetic qualities, however, have long been overshadowed by its reputation as an invasive and destructive species, which can outmuscle other vegetation and cause serious structural damage to buildings. In view of its possible impact on a […]