European Court of Justice delivers two recent judgments in relation to extraordinary circumstances under Regulation 261

Under Article 5(3) EU Regulation 261/2004 ("Reg 261") an air carrier is not obliged to pay compensation if it can prove that the cancellation is caused by extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been ...

23 July 2018

Plain packaging in Poland

Marta Koremba and Anna FiƂonowicz from Bird & Bird explore the eight-year-long trademark dispute over plain yogurt packaging trademark in Poland.

23 May 2018

Effective resolution of consumer disputes using alternative dispute resolution ("ADR")

The Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy ("BEIS") has recently published a research paper which assesses the impact and effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") and the court system in resolving consumer disputes with traders .

23 May 2018

Ad blocking services deemed compliant with competition law by German Federal Supreme Court

The German Federal Supreme Court has ruled in favour of ad blocking services, thereby ending a lengthy legal battle between Axel Springer SE and Eyeo GmbH. It was held that both ad blocking services and the practice of whitelisting ads in return for payment ...

22 May 2018

Arbitration SpeedRead: EU Court of Justice declares disputes clauses within intra-EU bilateral investment treaties incompatible with EU law

The Court of Justice of the European Union has delivered a landmark judgment, declaring investor-state dispute settlement clauses within intra-EU bilateral investment treaties incompatible with EU law.

20 April 2018