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James & Wells | Australia, New Zealand | 16 Jan 2023

Vodafone and ‘One New Zealand’ … new year, new problem?

In my last article of 2022, I wrote about how trade marks should be ‘distinctive’ - that is, capable of distinguishing one business’s goods or…
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Lexology PRO | European Union, Spain | 4 Feb 2022

Spanish data watchdog issues €5.81m in GDPR fines over SIM-swapping complaints

The Spanish data protection authority has issued a wave of penalties against 4 telecommunications companies – including a €3.9m fine against Vodafone España – for failing to adequately protect customers against identity theft through ‘SIM-swapping’.
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RK Dewan & Co | India | 28 Jan 2022

Mascot-ting Trade Marks!

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines 'Mascots' to be a person, Animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them…
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Lexology PRO | European Union, Portugal | 16 Dec 2021

Portugal accuses pay-TV providers of advertising collusion

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused three of the country's largest pay-TV operators and an information technology consultancy of colluding to force consumers to watch advertising clips on pre-recorded programmes.
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RPC | United Kingdom | 14 Dec 2021

Is your phone tracking you? Perhaps, but it is "mere witness" to your whereabouts according to Court of Appeal

Recently, a claimant insurance company sought a Norwich Pharmacal order for mobile phone records to prove that an insurance claim had been falsely made. The Court of Appeal found that even where the records sought were likely to prove whether the insurance claim was false, the service provider had been no more than a mere witness to the alleged wrongdoing and so it had no jurisdiction to make......
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Lexology PRO | European Union, Italy | 22 Nov 2021

Italian agency substantially cuts abuse fine after court ruling

The Italian Competition Authority has slashed an abuse of dominance fine it levied on a shipping transportation company from €29 million to €1 million after a first-instance court quashed half of the agency’s original infringement decision.
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Lexology PRO | United Kingdom | 28 Oct 2021

CMA panel member can be expert witness in standalone antitrust claim, UK court rules

A UK judge has permitted a panel member from the country’s competition enforcer to act as an expert economist in a defunct retailer’s standalone antitrust claim alleging that major mobile network operators colluded to force it out of the market.
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Lexology PRO | Italy | 17 Sep 2021

Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.
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Ploum | Netherlands | 2 Sep 2021

Cessie van niet of moeilijk te innen vorderingen

De Hoge Raad heeft onlangs een arrest gewezen (HR 9 juli 2021, ECLI:NL:HR:2021:1101) dat van belang kan zijn voor partijen die (periodiek)…
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Khaitan & Co | India | 17 Aug 2021

ERGO analysing developments impacting business: India nullifies retrospective application of indirect transfer (Vodafone) tax

On 13 August 2021, the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Act 2021 (Act) received the Presidential assent, withdrawing retrospective effect of the…
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