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    08/04/2024
    Hungary

    Hungary proposes ex-ante competition tool to regulate essential companies

    On 2 April 2024, the Hungarian Ministry of Justice submitted an omnibus act to the Hungarian parliament proposing the amendment of several Hungarian laws, including the Competition Act. This Proposal’s most noteworthy element is – based on the German example – expanding the Hungarian Competition Authority’s (HCA) toolbox by introducing a new ex-ante regime enabling the HCA to impose obligations on certain companies without first having to demonstrate a violation of the law.This following article summarises the Proposal’s new rules, potential consequences and next steps.PROPOSED...
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    03/04/2024
    Ukraine

    Register of Damage for Ukraine is open for claims submission

    On 2 April 2024, the Register of Damage for Ukraine opened the claims submission process for compensation for damage, loss or injury caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine. The launch took place as part of the Ministerial Conference "Restoring Justice for Ukraine" co-hosted by the Netherlands, Ukraine and the European Commission at the World Forum in The Hague.As a reminder, the official website of the Register of Damage for Ukraine was launched on 4 March 2024. The website contains the following:documents governing the work of the Register;answers to frequently asked questions on the Register’s...
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    21/03/2024
    United Kingdom

    Proposed UK consumer legislation now clamps down on drip pricing and fake reviews

    The draft Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill (the “DMCC Bill”) has recently been amended (on 13 March 2024) following the Report stage in the House of Lords to include measures that prohibit drip pricing and address fake and misleading reviews. The 3rd reading in the House of Lords will take place from 26 March 2024. The updated DMCC Bill now includes prohibitions on drip pricing, a practice that involves adding unavoidable hidden fees to the advertised price of a product or service. As the Government notes, drip pricing can mean consumers are ‘baited’...
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    19/03/2024
    Hungary

    Hungary adopts new regulations on occupational Safety and Health fines and administration

    The Hungarian parliament recently adopted amendments to certain government regulations on occupational matters, and new government regulations on the detailed rules for the amount and imposition of occupational safety and health (OSH) fines, which entered into force on 1 March 2024. The amendments to the government regulations were necessary to ensure consistency between the legislation.The following article summarises these changes.1. Government Decree No 24/2024 (II.14.) amending certain Government Decrees on employmentAmendment to Government Decree No. 320/2014 (XII.13.) on the designation of...
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    07/03/2024
    England and Wales

    Calvin Klein ad controversy: nudity, empowerment, and untargeted display

    The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has partially reversed its controversial ruling on a Calvin Klein ad featuring singer FKA Twigs, prompting questions about censorship, objectification, and the ever-evolving boundaries of advertising.The posters, displayed in April 2023, featured FKA Twigs wearing an unbuttoned shirt revealing part of her breast and buttocks. In January, the ASA banned the ad, citing concerns that it "centred on FKA Twigs' physical features rather than the clothing" and presented her as "a stereotypical sexual object." This decision sparked widespread criticism, including...
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    04/03/2024
    United Kingdom

    The building blocks of Lego’s registered Community design remain strong

    In a decision likely to be appreciated by design rights holders, the General Court of the European Union (“GC”) confirmed the Lego toy brick’s status as a registered Community design (“RCD”) in its judgment of 24 January 2024 - despite some aspects of the design being dictated by technical function.BackgroundIn 2010, Lego registered an RCD for “Building blocks from a toy building set”.In 2016, relying on Article 25(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs (the “Regulation”), German toy company Delta...
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