Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Common European Sales Law and a certain kind of beer

In the early 1860’s William McEwan, the Scottish brewer, found that his ordinary beer was not entirely suitable for export to the further outposts of the British Empire. So he developed McEwan’s Export, a brand more suited to the export … Continue reading

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Common European Sales Law – try this simple experiment

A review of the reactions on the web to the proposed optional Common European Sales Law suggests that it has been generally well-received. However, there are occasional references in the blogs to the argument that the law would not be … Continue reading

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Consumer Rights Directive approved by Council

The EU’s Council of Ministers approved the new Consumer Rights Directive on 10 October 2011. Member States now have two years to implement the Directive. The UK government has already indicated its intention to introduce a consolidated consumer rights Bill which … Continue reading

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Proposal for a European Sales Law published

The European Commission published its proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Sales Law optional instrument on 11 October 2011, a day earlier than expected (apparently to avoid the announcement being overshadowed by other Commission statements to be published on … Continue reading

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Press conference on European Contract Law 11 October

Commissioner Reding (below) has called a press conference for 12.30 on Tuesday 11 October on which she will announce a proposal to bring more coherence to European contract law.  It is thought that this will be the long awaited proposal … Continue reading

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How reliable is cross-border online shopping in Europe?

In an experiment recently carried out by ‘mystery shoppers’ from the EU-supported European Consumer Centres' Network , the so-called shoppers attempted to make 305 cross-border purchases in 28 countries from websites which were pre-selected as being apparently friendly to cross-border purchasing. 94% … Continue reading

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