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    14/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - Navigating green claims without greenwashing

    Online second-hand retail is on the rise, with increasingly eco-conscious consumers considering how they can shop more sustainably to reduce their fashion footprint. The Ethical Consumer and The Co-operative Bank’s 2023 Ethical Markets report recorded a 15% increase in people buying second-hand clothes for environmental reasons. Accordingly, “green” and “sustainable” claims have fast become a hot topic for companies looking to demonstrate their green credentials. As we noted in our previous article here, however, these same claims have also attracted the attention...
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    13/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - The Resale Revolution: key legal watch-outs for the rise of recommerce

    Pre-loved, circular, second-hand: however you describe it, the resale industry has experienced huge growth in recent years, with opportunities for businesses and consumers alike. Particular growth has been witnessed for the fashion industry, with the global second-hand fashion market expected to grow three times faster on average than the global apparel market overall, and sales forecast to reach $350bn by 2027 (ThredUp, Resale Report 2023). Reselling is, of course, not a new concept, but the proliferation of second-hand sales online has pushed it closer towards the mainstream.At CMS, our lawyers...
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    13/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Recommerce Reads - Second-hand doesn’t mean second best: consumer rights in pre-loved goods

    Online second-hand retail is booming, driven by increasingly eco and cost-conscious consumers choosing to shop “second-hand first” for clothes, homewares, electronics, and toys. The second-hand fashion market, in particular, has grown by nearly 50% according to the Ethical Consumer and The Co-operative Bank’s 2023 Ethical Markets report. This growth is particularly driven by environmental concerns, alongside a need to save money, with second-hand apparel being one of the few ethical ways to shop that tends to be more affordable.Peer-to-peer players (“P2P platforms”),...
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    24/05/2024
    United Kingdom

    The DMCC Act becomes law

    The long-awaited Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (“DMCC”) Act is scheduled to receive royal assent today (24 May 2024), in the wash-up period just before the dissolution of the current parliament and following the announcement of a snap UK general election for 4 July 2024.It is a landmark piece of legislation that has been in the making for several years. It aims to regulate competition in digital markets; amend the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise Act 2002 and make other provision about competition law; and provide for the protection and enhancement of consumer rights.From...
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    22/05/2024
    Italy

    Digital nomad tax insights

    The new visa for digital nomads might become a particularly interesting option for workers who may benefit from the so called “impatriate” tax regime following their relocation to Italy. The Decree of February 29, 2024, in force since April 5th, has established the entry and residence permit issuance procedures for "digital nomads" and "remote workers".The provisions apply to non-EU citizens who perform highly skilled work using technological tools that allow remote work; more specifically this definition refers to self-employed foreign workers (digital nomads) or foreign employees...
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    14/05/2024
    Ungarn

    EU introduces criminal offences and penalties for sanctions violations

    Criminal offencesUnder the Directive, the following conduct constitutes a criminal offence when committed intentionally and in violation of restrictive measures or a national provision implementing restrictive measures:making funds or economic resources available directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, a designated person, entity or body;failing to freeze funds or economic resources belonging to or owned, held or controlled by a designated person, entity or body;enabling designated natural persons to enter into, or transit through, the territory of a EU member state;entering into or continuing...
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