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Consumer Products

France

In a context of economic and technological change, there is a strong desire both in France and in Europe to re-balance power between companies and consumers. Hence consumer law is becoming increasingly important. The new regulatory framework in force - which in France is determined mainly by the Consumer Law - imposes greater vigilance. Whatever your sector and your field of activity, you must adapt some of your practices to the new rules before marketing or promoting your products or services to consumers. Apart from being a necessity, meeting all these obligations ensures a significant competitive advantage.

Our dedicated team comprises 12 lawyers who specialise in these issues and are familiar not only with specific French regulations but also the EU framework in which you operate. They advise and assist you with all your issues, having a wealth of experience in a variety of fields such as FMCG, telecommunications, agri-food and the pharmaceutical industry. They cover a very wide sphere of activity: sales promotions (games/competitions, lotteries, premium sales, self-liquidating premiums, price reduction announcements, loyalty programmes, specific regulations applicable to banking sectors, alcoholic drinks, tobacco, etc.); advertising regulations (untruthful or misleading advertising, comparative advertising, French language, authorisation prior to advertising, etc.); fraud regulation (product labelling, measurement control, deception, etc.) and specific regulations (dangerous products, nutritional allegations, etc.); regulation of consumer information (advertising of prices and information on products or services, drafting of notes to the consumer, etc.); regulation of abusive clauses; regulation of distance selling and other sundry regulations: abuse of weakness, product bundling, forced sales or shipments, sales, liquidation, etc.

Highly proactive, our experts will provide you with innovative and made-to-measure answers which take all your interests into account.

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28/03/2017
On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
06/03/2017
PIP-case: ECJ cla­ri­fies scope of no­ti­fied body’s re­spons­ib­il­it­ies...
In the PIP-case, a French man­u­fac­turer sup­plied thou­sands of wo­men with (al­legedly) de­fect­ive breast im­plants. Amongst oth­ers, pa­tients in Ger­many star­ted lit­ig­a­tion against the no­ti­fied body in ques­tion - TÜV Rhein­land (“Tuv”).
09/12/2016
Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.
05/12/2016
ABS Reg­u­la­tion - Draft Bi­otech Sec­tor Stake­hold­er Guid­ance
Views are be­ing sought from in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers on European guid­ance for the bi­o­tech­no­logy sec­tor con­cern­ing the EU’s ac­cess to ge­net­ic re­sources and shar­ing of be­ne­fits from util­isa­tion le­gis­la­tion – namely the ABS Reg­u­la­tion.
28/10/2016
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, re­launch­ing...
As part of a Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, the EC has pub­lished four pro­pos­als for Coun­cil Dir­ect­ives. 1. Pro­pos­als to re­launch the Com­mon Con­sol­id­ated Cor­por­ate Tax Base First, the European Com­mis­sion (“EC”) has an­nounced that it is re­launch­ing its pro­pos­al.
05/07/2016
Leg­al de­vel­op­ments in product li­ab­il­ity: With re­strict­ive le­gis­la­tion...
The med­ic­al in­dustry is un­der in­creas­ing leg­al pres­sure these days ow­ing mainly to a con­sumer-friendly risk en­vir­on­ment. This is evid­ent from re­strict­ive le­gis­la­tion and re­cent land­mark cases, such as the PIP case, con­cern­ing a French com­pany that sup­plied.