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Fladgate advises Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd on £12.9m fundraise

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Fladgate LLP has advised AIM and TSX-V listed Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd on a USD$17 million (£12.9 million) fundraise by way of an oversubscribed placing and subscription.


Property agreements in the Competition Law spotlight – again

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In September 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority issued its first ever fine (against Heathrow Airport Limited) in connection with a property agreement breaching the competition law rules . A recent “fast track” application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) looks to push the door further open to potential challenges to restrictions contained in property agreements.


Insta-infringement

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Famous fashion model Gigi Hadid is being sued in the USA for copyright infringement, and not for the first time. Hadid is widely considered to be one of the most well-known models in the world, and has appeared in all of the major fashion publications over the last year. However, Hadid has found herself in […]


Guess fined by EU Commission for blocking Internet sales

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The fashion retailer, Guess, has been fined by the EU Commission for a breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which prohibits agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the EU’s Single Market. Guess operates a selective distribution system across the EEA, which is […]


Amazon Marketplace in the EU Competition spotlight

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The European Commission has launched an initial probe into Amazon over how it uses third party sellers’ data. In the past weeks this has been closely followed by an antitrust probe from the German Federal Cartel Office. One of the reasons Amazon is unique as a retailer is that it operates as both a merchant, […]


ICO penalty for spam overturned

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A fine imposed by the ICO on a company accused of sending millions of unsolicited emails was overturned last month by the Appeal Tribunal[1]. The ICO had initially issued the fine against Xerpla Ltd, for a breach of regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) against unsolicited communications. In brief, this regulation […]


Fake online reviews: TripAdvisor leads the fight

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In June 2018 a criminal court in Lecce, Italy handed down a landmark ruling, convicting an individual of fraud for posting fake reviews online. The court passed down a sentence against the owner of PromoSalento, a company which sold false reviews to hospitality businesses, finding him guilty on the grounds of using a fake identity […]


Has the European Parliament put the internet into reverse?

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The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of a controversial new Directive relating, among other things, to use of copyrighted materials on the internet. The lead-up to the vote has been hugely divisive. Support for the approach adopted by the proposed Directive has largely come from artists, authors and creators of content. They argue […]