SPAIN: Agency agreement - limitation action. Relevant dates for the interruption.

SPAIN, 12 March 18
The Provincial Court of Barcelona has issued a judgement in November 9, 2017 on the limitation period in a claim for goodwill compensation in an agency agreement.

ITALY: Prohibition of unilateral contractual modifications - applicability to agency contracts.

ITALY, 12 March 18
The Italian Jobs Act on self-employment (Law 22/05/2017, No. 81 - Measures for the protection of non-entrepreneurial self-employment and measures to encourage flexible articulation in the time and place of subordinate work) introduced some limitations to the contractual freedom, including the ineffectiveness of unilateral contract amendment clauses.

INDIA: Relaxed foreign direct investment restrictions in single brand retail.

INDIA, 12 March 18
The Government of India has decided to open up the Single Brand Retail sector for foreign investment to up to 100% foreign investment through the automatic route subject to fulfilment of prescribed conditions.

NORWAY: Franchisor right to evolve its brand and consumer offerings.

NORWAY, 12 March 18
As in any well-crafted contract, the Franchise Agreement is designed to balance the needs of the franchisor to protect its concept and ensure consistency in how each of its licensees operates under the brand.

UK: Caspian Pizza Limited v Mr Shah [2017] EWCA Civ 1874, 2017 WL 05632399

UK, 15 February 18
The Court of Appeal handed down judgment at the end of November in relation to a dispute between a franchisor and an ex franchisee which highlights the dangers of failing to enter into properly drafted franchise agreements.

SPAIN: Agency and distribution agreements - arbitral clause - validity and enforceability.

SPAIN, 15 February 18
The Provincial Court of Barcelona as issued a judgement in October 20, 2017 regarding an agency/distribution agreement with an arbitration clause.

HUNGARY: Recent judgement in a franchise related matter.

HUNGARY, 15 February 18
The Hungarian Supreme Court (Curia) has brought a judgment regarding a franchise agreement. According to the judgment, the plaintiff operated a real estate agency franchise chain, and had a franchise agreement with the defendant.

CANADA: Ontario introduces amendments to franchise legislation.

CANADA, 15 February 18
Life may soon get a little easier for franchisors doing business in Ontario. The Ontario government recently introduced Bill 154, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 (Bill 154), which includes amendments to the Ontario franchise legislation – the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (the AWA).

EU: European General Court rules on selective distribution in relation to EU antitrust rules.

EU, 15 January 18
The European General Court (EGC) rendered a judgement on 23 October 2017 in which it was confirmed that a selective distribution system can be in conformity with EU antitrust rules in case specific requirements are met.