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Israel: Law for Compensation and Assistance to Passengers for Cancellation or Flight Changes Due to Covid-19 Adopted

(July 20, 2020) On July 13, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) adopted a temporary amendment that affects the consumer rights of air travelers whose flights were cancelled or changed during the period of March 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Aviation Services (Compensation and Assistance for Cancellation or Changing […]

Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed

(June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]

Sweden: Administrative Court Upholds Prohibition on Sale of COVID-19 Test Kits

(May 8, 2020) On May 4, 2020, the Administrative Court of Uppsala ruled that sales of Zandcell AB’s COVID-19 test kits were prohibited in Sweden because the producer had not proven that the product met the legal requirements for medical devices under Swedish and European Union law. (Uppsala Administrative Court, Decision No. 240-20 (May 4, […]

Brazil: Justice Tribunal Validates Rio de Janeiro State Law Suspending Interruption of Essential Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 11, 2020, the president of the Justice Tribunal of Rio de Janeiro, Justice Claudio de Mello Tavares, validated Rio de Janeiro State Law No. 8,769 of March 23, 2020 (Lei Estadual No. 8.769, de 23 de Março de 2020), which implements a series of measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

New Zealand: Bill to Regulate Vaping Introduced

(Mar. 12, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the New Zealand government introduced the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill into the Parliament. The government minister responsible for the Bill, Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa, stated that it “aims to strike the right balance between making sure vaping is available for smokers who want […]

France: Watchdog Agency Fines Apple for Deceitful Practice

(Feb. 28, 2020) On February 7, 2020, a French consumer protection agency fined Apple for 25 million euros (approximately US$27.4 million) for failing to inform consumers that updating the iPhone’s operating system may cause some older models to slow down. The Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes […]

European Union: New Directive Amends Consumer Protection Rules

(Feb. 10, 2020) On January 7, 2020, Directive (EU) 2019/2161 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 Amending European Union (EU) Consumer Protection Rules for Better Enforcement and Modernization (Directive) entered into force. The Directive updates the current EU consumer protection rules to incorporate technological developments and improve enforcement. An […]

Germany: Federal Court of Justice Rules on Legal Tech

(Dec. 23, 2019) On November 27, 2019, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH), Germany’s supreme court for civil and criminal cases, held that the services provided by the company Lexfox, which is registered as a legal services provider for collection services, did not violate the German Legal Services Act. The decision was highly […]

Germany: Court Prohibits Legal Contract Generator Platform

(Oct. 31, 2019) On October 8, 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Cologne held that the services provided by a legal contract generator platform violated the German Legal Services Act. It instructed the owner of the contract platform to cease its operations and stop advertising it. Applicable Law The Legal Services Act defines a legal […]

Liechtenstein: Parliament Adopts Blockchain Act

(Oct. 30, 2019) On October 3, 2019, the Parliament of Liechtenstein unanimously adopted the Token and TT-Service Provider Act (TVTG) (“Blockchain Act”), a “comprehensive regulation of the token economy.” The Act has been substantially revised since the conclusion of the consultation process that ran from August to November 2018. The Blockchain Act is subject to […]