Amazon UK found guilty of trying to airmail dangerous goods – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2016 in carriage by air, electronic commerce, hazardous substances, news by sally

‘Amazon UK has been found guilty and fined £65,000 for breaking aviation safety laws after repeatedly trying to send dangerous goods by airmail.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2016


Amazon guilty of shipping dangerous goods to and from UK by air – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in carriage by air, electronic commerce, hazardous substances, news by tracey

‘Amazon has been found guilty of shipping dangerous goods by air. The items included lithium-ion batteries and flammable aerosols, which were flown in and out of the UK between January 2014 and June 2015.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2016


Amazon Dash button launch may run into problems with EU law, says expert –

Posted September 5th, 2016 in consumer protection, contracts, EC law, electronic commerce, news, sale of goods by sally

‘Amazon launched its Dash button service in Europe this week, providing users with Wi-Fi connected ‘buttons’ to order products such as toilet paper and washing powder.’

Full story, 2nd September 2016


Online retailer hit with six-figure fine for participation in online cartel –

Posted August 17th, 2016 in competition, electronic commerce, fines, news by sally

‘An online poster and picture frame seller has been handed a six-figure fine by the UK’s main competition authority over its participation in a cartel.’

Full story, 16th August 2016


Court of Appeal ruling ‘provides extra ammunition’ in fight against sale of counterfeit goods online, says expert –

‘A new ruling by the Court of Appeal in London “provides extra ammunition” to brands in their fight against the sale of counterfeit goods online, an expert has said.’

Full story, 7th July 2016


FCA gives green light to use of cloud computing in UK financial services –

Posted July 8th, 2016 in electronic commerce, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services companies operating in the UK can make use of cloud-based services without falling foul of regulatory obligations, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said. However, firms may be disappointed that some of the guidance is not more specific or prescriptive in some areas, an expert has said.’

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Bet365 faces legal action over delay in paying winning punter £54,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2016 in electronic commerce, gambling, news by sally

‘Bet365, one of the internet’s biggest bookmakers, is facing legal action from a customer over its failure to transfer a £54,000 balance to her bank account despite repeated requests over a period of months. While refusing to release the backer’s winnings on a series of horse racing bets, Bet365 also told her that she would be restricted to a maximum stake of £1 if she wished to bet with the balance but was welcome to gamble as much as she wished on gaming products, which have a guaranteed margin for the operator.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2016


Government rules that shoppers have the right to buy items online – as it shames major golf club brand – Daily Telegraph

‘Shoppers cannot legally be denied the right to buy goods online, the Government has ruled, as its consumer arm declared a major golfing retailers’ ban on shops selling its products online as unlawful.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2016


The Consumer Rights Act 2015: New rules for digital content – Henderson Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in consumer protection, contracts, electronic commerce, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The bulk of existing consumer rights legislation was enacted before the rise of the internet. Accordingly, it is hardly surprising that it is silent in relation to defective digital products. As the law stands, the legal status of digital content, particularly whether it can amount to “goods” within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979, is unclear. With the advent of theConsumer Rights Act 2015 this will all change – the Act introduces a new category of sales contract, namely contracts between a trader and consumer in relation to ‘digital content’ (as distinct from goods or services). The rights and remedies for digital content are found in Part 3 of the Act.’

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Henderson Chambers, 10th September 2015


Blindly Fumbling for Consent: PECR and Optical Express – Panopticon

Posted September 4th, 2015 in electronic commerce, electronic mail, enforcement, news, privacy by sally

‘PECR, long the runt of the information law litter, is beginning to take on a life of its own and, just as importantly, the ICO is beginning to really target spam texters and cold-callers. Recent changes to the enforcement provisions of PECR only assist in this task.’

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Panopticon, 3rd September 2015


Juncker’s Utopia: a virtual Europe without borders – RPC IP Hub

Posted March 13th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, electronic commerce, internet, news by sally

‘It is 2015 and the relentless appetite for consumption of content has never been greater. Consumers demand access to content that is immediate and available anytime anywhere in Europe without restriction. Binge viewing is the new norm. The desire for a virtual Europe without borders is palpable. But how does all this sit with Europe’s copyright laws? ‘

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RPC IP Hub, 6th March 2015


Website operators can prohibit ‘screen scraping’ of unprotected data via terms and conditions, says EU court in Ryanair case –

Posted January 16th, 2015 in airlines, database right, EC law, electronic commerce, internet, news by sally

‘Online aggregators that engage in ‘screen scraping’ face a threat to their business models following a ruling by the EU’s highest court, an expert has said.’

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Injunctions against ISPs Part VIII: Cartier International AG and Others v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and Others – NIPC Law

‘In Cartier International AG and Others v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and Others [2014] EWHC 3354 (Ch), [2014] WLR(D) 464 three of the subsidiaries of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA applied to Mr Justice Arnold for injunctions against the five largest internet service providers.’

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NIPC Law, 6th January 2015


Consumer Rights Bill: new rules on liability proposed for digital content suppliers –

Posted December 12th, 2014 in bills, computer programs, consumer protection, contracts, electronic commerce, news by sally

‘Businesses that supply digital content to consumers would be able to insert contract terms that would exclude them from liability for damage caused by their content to consumers’ devices or other digital content, under proposed new consumer protection laws backed by UK law makers.’

Full story, 11th December 2014


Do me a favour! – New Law Journal

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in competition, contracts, EC law, electronic commerce, hotels, news, publishing by sally

‘Does price parity mean price increase when it comes to most favoured nation clauses? Rebecca Owen-Howes reports.’

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New Law Journal, 20th October 2014


Skyscanner: CAT quashes commitments in the online booking sector – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘In a judgment handed down on Friday, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has quashed the Office of Fair Trading’s decision to accept commitments in the online hotel booking sector. As the first case to consider such commitments, Skyscanner Ltd v CMA [2014] CAT 16 contains some helpful guidance, albeit that Skyscanner’s success actually hinged on a fairly narrow point of regulatory law.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 28th September 2014


Competition watchdog bans deals between motor insurance and price comparison websites –

Posted September 29th, 2014 in competition, consumer protection, electronic commerce, insurance, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Exclusive pricing deals between car insurance providers and price comparison websites (PCWs) will be banned, the UK’s competition watchdog has confirmed, as part of its plans to increase competition and reduce the cost of insurance premiums for drivers.’

Full story, 26th September 2014


Cartier launches legal attempt to block websites selling counterfeit goods – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2014 in counterfeiting, electronic commerce, injunctions, internet, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Cartier International, the luxury watch and jewellery company, is attempting to block websites allegedly selling counterfeit goods in a test case that could have far-reaching consequences for the internet. Lawyers for the Paris-based company launched their claim at the high court in London on Thursday. It is believed to be the first time online service providers have been asked to close down websites on the grounds that they feature pirated trademark logos.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014


Man sentenced for eBay tax evasion totalling almost £300,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 5th, 2014 in electronic commerce, guilty pleas, internet, news, sentencing, tax evasion by tracey

‘John Woolfenden was sentenced yesterday at Bolton Crown Court to two years imprisonment for two counts of cheating the public revenue and one count of concealing or transferring criminal property. Woolfenden evaded paying £299,752.93 in revenue whilst trading on eBay over a period of six years and pleaded guilty to the charges.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd September 2014


UK government to assess whether virtual currencies should be regulated –

‘The UK government is to review the trade in virtual currencies to investigate whether it should regulated.’

Full story, 6th August 2014