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On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") rendered an important judgement in case C-284/16, Slovak Republic v. Achmea. The CJEU declared invalid the investor-State dispute settlement ("ISDS") arbitration clause in the bilateral investment treaty between the Netherlands and Slovakia ("intra-EU BIT").
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)'s terms of reference for its wholesale insurance broker market study, published in November 2017, are clear on possible conduct by brokers which the FCA may intervene to regulate. They are much less clear on the dynamics of the market and why intervention should be the favoured route.
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