More than a year has passed since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Since then Brexit has rarely been far from the top of the news agenda and has almost replaced the weather as the go to conversation starter.
The EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, recently announced that the European Commission would be placing focus on exploitative conducts, in particular excessive pricing within EU competition law. This focus on excessive pricing is unusual as competition authorities have historically been reluctant to intervene in pricing issues as competition authorities generally lack the proper resources and expertise to define what a fair price would be in individual markets. The European Commission has also had limited success in this area, many of its attempts to regulate prices being overturned by the European Court.
Abolishing the well-established Postal Acceptance Rule is only one of the proposed changes put forth by the Scottish Law Commission in the recent Contract (Formation) (Scotland) Bill.
The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 came in to force on 4 October 2017 and inserted a provision in to the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 which removes the three year time bar period in actions where a person seeks damages for abuse suffered as a child.
The requirement to notify is gone, but you still need to pay fees to the ICO.
What does notification mean?
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), personal data must not be processed unless the data controller has registered with the ICO – this is of course subject to a few exemptions.
Today (10 October) is World Mental Health Day. To quote the CIPD: “Mental health issues have a significant impact on employee wellbeing and are a major cause of long-term absence from work. Employers are encouraged to promote good mental health and provide support for those employees who are experiencing mental ill health such as anxiety or depression.”
Picture the scenario; you own land (in particular, a field) next to a motorway (in particular, uphill from that motorway). For years water from your field has drained, perfectly naturally and without issue, over the land on which the motorway runs. All of a sudden, however, the natural drainage is stopped and you have a significant flooding issue.
What do you do? It’s seemingly a disaster- particularly as you have no drainage rights in your titles. Is that the end of the issue?
In short- no.
Earlier this year, the EU Commission announced that it was placing a renewed focus on stamping out cartel behaviour in EU markets. Since then, the EU has introduced many measures and policies aimed at uncovering and punishing cartel behaviour. The EU had previously issued its biggest cartel fine to date totalling €2.9 billion against five truck manufacturers involved in a price-fixing cartel – MAN, Daimler, Volvo, Iveco and DAF; with Scania the only company not to agree a settlement, leading to their being hit now with a fine of €880 million after a five year investigation.
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