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"Transparency: where art thou in consumer protection?" – workshop

A final reminder that tomorrow a workshop "Transparency: where art thou in consumer protection?" will take place at the University of Exeter, building LAVER LT3. The workshop is organised by Joasia Luzak, director of the Centre for European Legal Studies at the University of Exeter. The programme is as follows: 10:00-10:45 – E. Terryn (KU Leuven): "Transparency in the UCTD: time...

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If scientists quarrel whether a vaccine caused a disease, it’s left to the courts – CJEU in W and Others (C-621/15)

On June 21 the CJEU decided in the case of product liability related to a potentially defective vaccine – W and Others (C-621/15). Mr W was vaccinated against hepatitis B in the years 1998-1999 with a vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur. He was diagnosed with MS in November 2000, which first led to his disability from work, then needing round-the-clock care, and finally his death in October...

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Mediation may be mandatory but should be free to withdraw from and of lawyers – CJEU in Menini and Rampanelli (C-75/16)

Yesterday the CJEU issued also the first judgment on the new ADR Directive in the case of Menini and Rampanelli (C-75/16). We have previously commented on the AG Saugmandsgaard Øe’s opinion (First case on new ADR Directive…) and the CJEU agreed with the AG’s assessment that the new ADR Directive does not preclude Italy to prescribe mandatory mediation procedure, as long as parties retain...

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CJEU in TofuTown: if it doesn’t come from a cow, it can’t be milk

Soy milk, soy cream, soy cheese: all these names come forward relatively frequently on European markets.  According to a decision issued by the the CJEU yesterday (C-422/16, BSV v GMBH), however, all these products are currently being marketed under names that do not meet the requirements of EU law. To understand why, let us take a step back.  In the main proceedings, a...

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General nutrition and health principles for reduction of sugar consumption – CJEU in Dextro Energy (C-296/16 P)

In anticipation of more directly consumer law-related judgments of the CJEU (tomorrow the judgment will be given in the first case pertaining to the ADR Directive), it might be interesting to bring our readers’ attention to the judgment of 8th of June in the Dextro Energy case (C-296/16 P). The CJEU dismissed the appeal against the General Court’s judgment, upholding its decision. The...

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REFIT report of EU consumer law: exciting times ahead

Readers of this blog will know that 1,5 years ago the European Commission published a ‘roadmap’ for an evaluation and fitness check of EU consumer law (as a part of its ‘Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme’; REFIT). Today, the Commission presented an analysis which is intended to "serve as a basis for further improving the legal framework of consumer and business" (click here for...

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Towards a true European Market for retail financial services

In December 2015 the Commission commenced a comprehensive consultation on steps to take to create ‘true European market for retail financial services’. Stakeholders, including consumers are invited give their views on the ways to improve choice, transparency and competition in retail financial products and services, and ways to facilitate the cross-border provision of these products and...

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Transparency of energy offers

Yesterday we reported about the Commission’s study on vulnerability, which, among other things, called for more transparency, so that consumers could easier compare offers and make choices. This week also the BEUC reported on the need for more transparency in one consumer sector – energy.   BEUC, EUROGAS and EURELECTRIC issued a joint statement urging energy suppliers to simplify their...

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