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FRANCE: Resale price maintenance and ban on online sales: the French Competition Authority fines eyewear brands and manufacturers.

FRANCE, 15 November 2021
Following raids at the premises of several undertakings active in the sunglasses/eyewear sector, the French Competition Authority started proceedings challenging a vertical agreement aiming, on the one hand, at limiting the pricing freedom of distributors and, on the other hand, at prohibiting those distributors from selling the products online.

NORWAY: The definition of a commercial agent - part II.

NORWAY, 15 November 2021
In a previous article we presented the ongoing Norep-case, wherein the Norwegian Appeal Court ruled that Norep AS (Norep) was not entitled to indemnity in accordance with the Agency Act as it found that Norep did not qualify as an agent based on the definition of “agent” in the act.

NETHERLANDS: ACM imposes fine of almost 40 million euros on Samsung for influencing (resale) prices.

NETHERLANDS, 15 November 2021
On 14 September 2021 the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets ( ACM) imposed a fine of almost 40 million euros on Samsung Electronics Benelux B.V. ( Samsung ).

TURKEY: Lack of franchisee’s independence against the franchisor shall lead the franchise agreement to be called as invalid.

TURKEY, 15 November 2021
The Turkish Supreme Court’s decision of 25.02.2021 (11th Circuit, E. 2019/1158 K. 2021/1715) states that lack of franchisee’s independence against the franchisor shall lead the franchise agreement to be called as invalid.

IDI Website: The essential tool for your practice.

IDI, 18 October 2021
Now that online information is becoming more and more important, IDI offers a useful tool for improving the day by day practice of professionals working in international distribution.

UK: New case on enforcing post termination non compete covenants in the United Kingdom.

UK, 18 October 2021
Dwyer (UK Franchising) Ltd v Fredbar Ltd - [2021] EWHC 1218 (Ch).

POLAND: An attempt to regulate the franchise market in Poland.

POLAND, 18 October 2021
Currently in Poland there is a discussion on introducing a separate regulation of the franchise agreement in Polish law, as well as at the statutory and at the self-regulatory level.

ROMANIA: The Romanian franchise law and the online Franchise Registry.

ROMANIA, 18 October 2021
Explanations related to the main updates to the Romanian franchise law, especially with regard to the online Franchise Registry.

Revision of EU VBER: IDI's position on the draft

EU, 16 September 2021
The International Distribution Institute (IDI) submitted its contribution in the framework of the public consultation launched by the EU Commission on the draft revised VBER and Vertical Guidelines.