NETHERLANDS: Royal decree confirms effective date of 1 January 2021 for new Dutch Franchise Act.

NETHERLANDS, 18 January 2021
By royal decree of King Willem-Alexander of 25 November 2020 the new Dutch Franchise Act enters into force per the 1st of January 2021.

FINLAND: An arbitration clause in an agency contract to be assumed expressly by the buyer in a sale of a business.

FINLAND, 18 January 2021
The Finnish Supreme Court has, on 1 December 2020, issued a judgment about the binding nature of an arbitration clause in an agency agreement after the business, to which the agency related, had been sold to a new owner.

POLAND: Decision of the President of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection regarding minimum prices of Yamaha music equipment agreed between...

POLAND, 18 January 2021
Yamaha Music Europe is a producer of music equipment sold under the Yamaha , Line 6 and Steinberg brands, which is marketed, among others, on the territory of Poland.

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IDI, 17 December 2020
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POLAND: Statutory possibility of breaking the non-competition agreement by the principal (due to COVID-19).

POLAND, 17 December 2020
During the period of an epidemic emergency or a state of epidemic caused by SARS-Cov-2 virus in Poland, a provision is in force that allows the principal to terminate the non-competition agreement in force after the termination of the agency agreement with a short 7-day notice period (Article 15 gf of the Act on special solutions related to the prevention, counteraction and combating of COVID-19).

NEW ZEALAND: Water Babies International Limited v Williams and Others.

NEW ZEALAND, 17 December 2020
I have recently been involved in the important case of Water Babies International Limited v Williams and Others and I acted for Water Babies of the United Kingdom.

UK: Winkworth Franchising Limited v Callum Mason.

UK, 17 December 2020
This case was heard in the High Court in London in July 2020.

EU - IRELAND: No "negotiation" for the Court of Justice of the European Union on commercial agent status.

EU - IRELAND, 16 November 2020
On 24 December 2018, the Tribunal de commerce de Paris ( Commercial Court ) referred the following question on the interpretation of Directive 86/653/EEC on the coordination of the laws of the Member States relating to self-employed commercial agents ( Directive) to the Court of Justice of the European Union ( CJEU ):

SPAIN: International agency with decrease of sales. Clientele indemnity includes lost clients. Applicable law and competent courts.

SPAIN, 16 November 2020
International Agency Agreement. The Court has analyzed the Agent obligations regarding minimum sales when not contractually foreseen, not paid commissions and clientele compensation including commissions paid to clients already lost. The Court also makes some remarks about evidences and time-limit to claim past commissions. In this multi-million judgement Spanish law was of application and...