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SWEDEN: Distribution – Supreme Court Case T 85-17, 14th February 2018.

SWEDEN, 18 April 2018
The Supreme Court of Sweden rules that, normally and typically, (i) a notice period of six months will be reasonable and sufficient in long-standing distribution relationships, and (ii) a distributor will not be entitled to an indemnity by means of analogies from what applies to commercial agents

ITALY: Termination of distributorship contracts: abuse of right and violation of good faith.

ITALY, 18 April 2018
On 5 February 2018 the Court of Appeal of Rome issued an important case regarding distributorship contracts (Decision No. 691/2018).

AUSTRALIA: Report on the Senate Franchising Code of Conduct inquiry.

AUSTRALIA, 18 April 2018
The operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct

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

SPAIN, 12 March 2018
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 2018
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 2018
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 2018
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 2018
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 2018
The Provincial Court of Barcelona as issued a judgement in October 20, 2017 regarding an agency/distribution agreement with an arbitration clause.