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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.
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 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.
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
Date: 24 January 2017