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EU Consumer Protection Law Developments – Impact on the TMT Industry Webinar

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On Monday 15 June 2020, our Baker McKenzie TMT industry group experts hosted a virtual webinar session on the EU Consumer Protection Law Developments...

United Kingdom: COVID-19 and consumer law issues – refunds and cancellations, the holiday accommodation...

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The CMA has begun to take action against businesses operating in the holiday accommodation sector that it considers are failing to comply with the law.This follows the CMA guidance in late April on consumer cancellations and refunds, and the announcement that it would be focusing on the sectors against which it had received the most complaints. On 9 June the CMA press release stated that "following CMA action, a major holiday lets company is now offering refunds for cancelled bookings, while others are facing further scrutiny over their policies".

EMEA: COVID-19 Life Sciences Survey

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What measures have EMEA governments taken in the life sciences sector to fight COVID-19?As COVID-19 rapidly spreads to every corner of the globe and...

Italy: The enforcement activity of the ICA protect consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The coronavirus outbreak, which hit Italy at the end of February 2020, recorded an exponential increase in the demand for some "essential" goods to cope with the emergency (e.g., protective masks, disinfectant gels, sanitizing products and so on), as well as a simultaneous proliferation of commercial initiatives, especially implemented by online operators, concerning the sale and marketing of these products, not always promoted correctly or under "fair market conditions."

United Kingdom: New UK standards for digital health – NHSX’s draft Digital Health Technology...

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NHSX, the technology and digital unit of the UK's National Health Service (NHS), recently published its draft Digital Health Technology Standard.The standard aims to accelerate how digital health technologies (DHTs) are reviewed, commissioned and scaled for use across the wider health and care system, and provides guidance to support digital health technology developers.

Singapore: Health Sciences Authority of Singapore clamps down on products making false COVID-19-related claims

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The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore (HSA) has been clamping down on the sale of products with false and misleading claims that purport to diagnose, prevent or treat COVID-19. Through intensified surveillance on online marketplaces and local retailers, the HSA has taken down more than 1700 listings of such products online, and issued more than 1600 warning letters to sellers and companies marketing such products.

Switzerland imposes prior licensing requirement for exports of medical protective equipment

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On 25 March 2020, the Swiss Government, as part of its COVID-19 regulatory framework, adopted a Regulation, which took effect on 26 March, 12:00 AM, requiring a prior license for any exports of medical protective equipment to third countries, except for exports to EU and EFTA Member States.

USA: FEMA implements export restrictions on certain PPE products with immediate effect

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On 7 April 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency filed a temporary final rule (Rule) in the Public Inspection issue of the Federal Register to establish export restrictions on certain types of personal protective equipment products (PPE Products) used in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rule became effective immediately upon filing in the Public Inspection issue and will remain in effect for 120 days from its publication, i.e., until 8 August 2020.

Global: May 2020 International Trade Compliance Update

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Read publicationWelcome to the May 2020 edition of Baker McKenzie's International Trade Compliance Update.This issue's highlights:WTO: Covid-19 trade related matters, 19 Members come...

Global: Force Majeure Tracker

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This guide has been prepared to address the substantial business and operational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the unexpected nature of the...
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