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A new UK merger control regime affecting transactions with implications for national security comes into force on 11 June 2018. It will result in many smaller deals than previously becoming subject to the risk of investigation by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS).
There remains no guarantee that, from the intended Brexit day of 30 March 2019, the current tariff-free movement of goods between the two territories will not cease. Various models for future relationships are in debate, but the UK is currently ruling out the simplest (and least change) model of remaining in a customs union with the EU.
The article informs on the outcome concerning the lawsuits for EU Commissions`s failure to act concerning the evaluation of about 2,000 botanical health claim applications since 2010. The current regulatory limbo for food manufacturers concerning the on-hold claims continues.
The FCA has published its terms of reference (ToR) for a market study into the wholesale insurance broker market to assess how effectively competition is working in the wholesale insurance broker sector, as well as how brokers influence competition in the underwriting sector. This article was written for Thomson Reuters Accelus Regulatory Intelligence.
The common use of order references and model names in the textile business industry is often subject to trademark litigation. The Regional Court of Hamburg, Germany, held (again) that these are likely to infringe better IP rights by competitors.
Concerning mandatory provisions of the EU Textile Regulation, the Higher Regional Court of Munich, Germany, clarified by judgment that business operators should avoid even minor differences from the required wording when designing new labels for textiles and marketing clothing.
The European Commission's decision to fine Google €2.42 billion for breach of EU competition law is significant for Google – but also exposes failings in the Commission's processes.
Date: 13 February 2017