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Addressing competing interests in the groceries sector

Large supermarkets must act to address the anti-competitive effect of restrictive covenants and exclusivity agreements in the groceries sector, following a Competition Commission Order that will also have a longer term impact on the terms of property deals.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 June 2010 | Practice Area: Competition Regulators and enforcement

New Coalition Government’s “radical reform” of the planning system

The “programme for government”, published by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, contains plans to “radically reform” the planning system. The proposals reflect the coalition parties’ pre-election promises.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 27 May 2010 | Practice Area: Air

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Retail industry legal and commercial update

This briefing from Eversheds looks at recent legal and commercial industry-wide developments in the field of retail, including competition law and distribution agreements.

Law Firm: Eversheds | Published: 27 May 2010 | Practice Area: EU Member State Competition Law

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Comparative advertising causes a stink in the Court of Appeal – much to the Judges' regret

Using a famous brand to compare a characteristic of your otherwise legitimate copycat product has been held unlawful by Lord Justice Jacob, as the Court of Appeal found itself bound by the ECJ’s ruling on trade mark and comparative advertising in the smell-alike perfume case L'Oreal v Bellure.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 26 May 2010 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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Retail Briefing – Shop Talk

This briefing from Shoosmiths provides a closer look at what's going on in the UK retail sector and features news, comment and a round-up of key issues. It also contains an update on the OFT, which has published an updated version of its statement of consumer protection enforcement principles.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 May 2010 | Practice Area: Remedies and Enforcement

International trade update: US customs developments

This comprehensive update from White & Case covers the latest developments affecting international trade with a particular focus on US Customs regulations. It includes briefings on US import policy, tariffs and import restrictions, preferential duty programmes and consumer product safety.

Law Firm: White & Case | Published: 11 May 2010 | Practice Area: Central Government

When actions speak louder than words: the dangers of commencing works under a letter of intent

A brief analysis of the Supreme Court judgment in RTS Flexible Systems Ltd v Molkerei Alois Muller Gmbh & Company. The Court found that the parties were bound by the terms of a draft contract which was not signed and despite a subject to contract provision.

Law Firm: Hammonds | Published: 10 May 2010 | Practice Area: Sale and Supply of Goods and Services

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Go ambush marketing, stay legal

The term “Ambush Marketing” was invented by the advertising business in the US in the 1980s. It stands for a special kind of marketing campaign where companies cleverly connect their goods or brands with a popular, often athletic, event.

Law Firm: Schoenherr | Published: 03 May 2010 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement

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General election manifestos and supermarket regulation - a blow for democracy?

The Labour Party, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats last week rolled out their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 6 May 2010. Each alludes to the Grocery Supply Code of Practice, which came into force in February through The Groceries Market Investigation Order '09 but how far do they go?

Law Firm: Gowling WLG | Published: 28 April 2010 | Practice Area: Non-EU Competition Law

EU Vertical Restraints Regulation: Navigating the Vast Seas Beyond Safe Harbours

In April 2010, the European Commission adopted a new Regulation exempting certain supply and distribution agreements from the EU’s prohibition against anti-competitive arrangements. Companies involved in the distribution of goods or services in the EU will need to consider the effects.

Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 27 April 2010 | Practice Area: EU Competition Law

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