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SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Franchise Law in force.

SAUDI ARABIA, 18 November 2019
After many years of drafting, discussions, negotiations and revisions, the Saudi Franchise Regulations (the "Regulations") have finally been approved by the Council of Ministers in its meeting on 8 October 2019; the Law was published in the official gazette (Um Al-Qura) as Royal Decree M/22 of 9/2/1441H. on 25 October 2019.

ITALY: Amendments to the Italian trademarks rules, with particular reference to agreements concerning the use of trademarks.

ITALY, 18 November 2019
On February 20, 2019 the Legislative Decree no. 15 was issued on the approximation and harmonisation of the laws of the Member States concerning trademarks implementing the Directive (EU) 2015/2436 and in order to render the laws of the Member States consistent with Regulation (EU) 2015/2424.

DENMARK: Franchisor did not breach franchise agreement by allowing the opening of a supermarket close to franchisee's supermarket.

DENMARK, 18 November 2019
The case concerned a franchise agreement regarding the operation of a supermarket.

AUSTRIA: The "service commission" is actually part of the regular commission for transmission of business (Austrian Supreme Court April 29, 2019 - 2...

AUSTRIA, 18 November 2019
In commercial agency contracts, there are sometimes breakdowns of the commission for conclusion, support during assembly, extensions, maintenance contracts and even for "support". A dispute arises when the principal wants to cut it because the support has not or has no longer been provided. The fundamental character of such "service commissions" must be questioned.

AUSTRALIA: Update - Report released on Senate Franchising Code of Conduct inquiry.

AUSTRALIA, 15 October 2019
This is an update to our April 2018 and October 2018 articles published in the IDI April and October newsletter on the Senate Franchising Code of Conduct inquiry.

PORTUGAL: Goodwill compensation in franchising contracts.

PORTUGAL, 15 October 2019
In Portugal, the possibility of seeking goodwill compensation in relation to franchising contracts remains controversial. This note summarises generally the framework as well as highlighting some recent court cases in Portugal which although not binding are persuasive.

INDIA: Supreme Court of India’s decision on stamp duty on underlying contract for a valid arbitration clause.

INDIA, 15 October 2019
The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“the Act”) is the regulation relating to arbitration law in India.

POLAND: Regarding that price is permissible or prohibited does not depend on how it is determined, but on whether the supplier gave the distributor possibility...

POLAND, 15 October 2019
The Court of Appeal in Warsaw in the judgment of 10 January 2018 upheld the decision of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection concerning imposition of fixed prices by the franchisor.

EU: The Nike decision of the EU Commission on competition law.

EU, 16 September 2019
The EU Commission’s decision of March 25, 2019 which fined Nike for 12.5 million Euros for violation of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 EEA Agreement, was finally published on June 21, 2019.