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Australia: WTO Appellate Body Rejects Appeal Regarding Plain Packaging of Tobacco

(June 18, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body issued its reports on cases brought by Honduras and the Dominican Republic against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging requirements. (Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (DS435 and DS441).) The […]

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 […]

Sweden: Consumer Ombudsman Sues E-cigarette Vendor over Illegally Advertising Online

(Feb. 27, 2020) On February 24, 2020, the Swedish Consumer Ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen (KO)) sued an online e-cigarette vendor for illegally advertising e-cigarettes in violation of the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products. (Lag (2008:2088) om tobak och liknande produkter.)  The KO monitors compliance with marketing rules and may sue companies on behalf of Swedish consumers […]

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 […]

China: Government Tightens Regulation of E-Cigarettes

(Dec. 27, 2019) On October 30, 2019, China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA, also known as China Tobacco) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) jointly issued the Circular on Further Protecting Minors from the Harm of E-cigarettes, which urges the industry to stop selling and advertising e-cigarettes online to prevent minors from obtaining […]

Iran: New Copyright Law to Be Submitted to Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2017) Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced it is working closely with the Parliament Research Center and other relevant agencies to formulate a new copyright bill for submission to Parliament. (Minister of Communications and Information Technology: Copyright Law Is Outdated; New Copyright Law to Be Sent to Parliament, IRANIAN LABOUR […]

Paraguay: New Law Prohibiting Unauthorized Advertising on Cellular Phones

(Aug. 1, 2017) On June 30, 2017, the President of Paraguay promulgated Law 5830 on prohibiting unauthorized advertising via cellular phones.  The Law gives users the power to decide whether they want to receive such advertising.  (Rige la Ley que Prohibe Publicidad No Autorizada en Telefonos Celulares, LA NACION (July 12, 2017).) Law 5830 creates a […]

Israel: Court Decision Protects Political Advertising

(July 19, 2017) On June 26, 2017, Israel’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected an appeal against a decision by the Court for Administrative Matters (CAM) to void a decision by the Givat Shmuel Municipality to remove politically oriented outdoor billboard advertisements in areas designated by the municipality for commercial advertising. The paid advertisements were intended “to […]