Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in January 2016

Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in January 2016

Sticking to detox diets and resolutions takes time and focus. Therefore, you may not have had time to stay on top of the commercial developments that occurred in January.

Luckily for you, we ditched our resolutions a long time ago and so are able to provide you with a brief summary of what you missed ….

Supply of goods and services: Groceries Code Adjudicator issues report on Tesco investigation

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) published her report on the investigation into Tesco plc, which was launched following the Tesco announcement on its profit over-statement and the receipt of information from the retailer and the sector.

She has found that Tesco breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice and Tesco must introduce significant changes to practices and systems.

Her investigation covered the period from 25 June 2013 to 5 February 2015 and found that Tesco often unreasonably delayed payments to suppliers during that time. The report sets out three key issues of concern: Tesco made unilateral deductions from suppliers; the length of time taken to pay money due to suppliers and in some cases an intentional delay in paying suppliers.

The GCA has made five key recommendations and Tesco has four weeks to say how it plans to implement those recommendations.

See our recent blog for further information.

Consumer protection: European Commission issues link to ODR platform

The European Commission has publicised a link to the new online dispute resolution (ODR) platform, which will be operational from 15 February 2016.

Under Regulation (EU) 524/2013 (the Regulation) the European Commission will establish a European ODR platform. The ODR platform will be an interactive website, which can be accessed free of charge in all the official languages of the EU (art 5(2) of the Regulation) and is specifically designed to help consumers who have bought goods or services online and subsequently have a problem with that online purchase. It allows consumers to submit their contractual dispute and conduct the alternative dispute resolution procedure online .

See our recent blog for more background.

Intellectual property: European Commission consults on due diligence and supply chain integrity

The European Commission has l

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