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  1. Legal news
    26 March 2020
    COVID-19: Hot Topics for the Retail & Consumer Industry in Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/germany/covid-19-hot-topics-retail-and-consumer

    Our lives have changed completely in a few days due to COVID-19 and the world’s response to it. Governments react with a multitude of regulations, which have a considerable influence on the economy especially for the ...

  2. Legal news
    26 April 2021
    Emergency Break: Legal Aspects on Store Openings and Restrictions after 13 Months of the Pandemic
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/germany/bundesnotbremse-gegen-covid-19

    The combination of federal minimum regulations and further state law tightening is making life difficult for many retailers as well as government agencies.

  3. Legal news
    25 March 2021
    German Federal Court: German merchants are allowed to surcharge Paypal and Sofort
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/germany/german-federal-court-german-merchants-are-allowed-to-surcharge-paypal-and-sofort

    On 25 March 2021, the German Federal Court (the highest civil court in Germany) ruled that German merchants are allowed to apply a surcharge on payments made via PayPal and Sofort.

  4. Legal news
    30 April 2019
    German Packaging Act 2019: higher hurdles for commercialization, lower environmental impact of waste?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/german-packaging-act-2019-higher-hurdles-for-commercialization-lower-environmental-impact-of-waste

    On 1 January 2019, the new German Packaging Act ("VerpackG") came into force. The act replaces the German Packaging Regulation ("VerpackV") and aims to further reduce adverse impacts of packaging waste on the ...

  5. Legal news
    13 September 2019
    ECJ Decision: The end of the Germany’s darling SEPA direct debit?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/eugh-urteil-das-ende-der-lastschrift

    The ECJ ruled on 5 September 2019 (Case C-28/18) that the acceptance of payments via SEPA direct debit by companies shall not be made conditional to the customer's place of residence.

  6. Legal news
    30 September 2019
    Hotel Market Spotlight: Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/hotel-market-spotlight-germany

    It's not a secret that the hotel industry in Germany is booming. The past years have seen top figures in terms of the number of guests and overnight stays. Moreover, the German hotel market has become one of the most ...

  7. Legal news
    15 April 2021
    DAC7 – Reporting obligations for digital platform operators
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/belgium/belgium-dac7-reporting-obligations-for-digital-platform-operators

    On 22 March 2021, the EU Council adopted a seventh Directive on Administrative Cooperation between EU Member States in the field of taxation (2021/514/EU) (“DAC7”). It imposes digital platform operators to collect and ...

  8. Legal news
    20 March 2018
    Talking Shop: Retail and Consumer Roundup March 2018
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2018/global/talking-shop-march-2018

    This newsletter focuses on key news and updates for retail and consumer-facing businesses around the world.