Category: Consumer Rights

The New Consumer Agenda: public consultations on two new EU consumer law initiatives

Edward Turtle and Tracey Bischofberger

The EU is consulting on two important consumer law initiatives which would introduce new requirements for online transactions, information on repairability and the lifespan of products, and measures to curb premature product obsolescence. These changes would have lasting effects for products sold in the EU.

EU representative actions: do they represent a major consumer rights shakeup?

Edward Turtle and Tracey Bischofberger

We consider the implications of a new EU Directive to introduce representative actions for breaches of certain EU laws, including consumer rights, product liability and product safety legislation.

EU adjusted 2020 Work Programme: product safety and consumer rights remain on the agenda

Tracey Bischofberger

The European Commission published its adjusted Work Programme for 2020, following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Product safety and consumer law initiatives remain very much on the Commission’s agenda. However, some timelines have been extended and stakeholders will be given additional time to contribute to consultations to help shape future policy and law in these areas.

WEBCAST: Products & Consumer Rights: Global Hot Topics

Cooley’s international products law team is pleased to announce the third event in its webcast series looking at the latest consumer rights issues product manufacturers, suppliers and other stakeholders are facing in the rapidly changing global environment. This time we will be joined by Wendy Hederman, a partner at leading Irish law […]

The Circle of (Product) Life – EU Commission adopts new Circular Economy Action Plan

Tracey Bischofberger and Olivia Flasch

The European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan that will have wide-ranging implications on how products are designed, marketed and used in the EU.

COVID-19 and consumer rights in the UK

Jamie Humphreys and Carol Holley

Considerations for UK companies regarding the significant impact the ongoing restrictions will have on businesses and their consumers.

A New Deal for Consumers: a lot to think about for businesses – changes to EU consumer protection rules will come into force in 2022

Edward Turtle and Tracey Bischofberger

New laws to strengthen consumer protection have come into force and will apply across the EU from 28 May 2022. There is a focus on more transparency online, extending rights to “free” digital services and strong sanctions linked to annual turnover.

This is not a class action: proposed directive to introduce group actions across the EU gaining momentum

Jamie Humphreys and Tracey Bischofberger

The EU has been pushing ahead with proposed new legislation to introduce representative actions across the EU. The proposed new EU-wide rules will apply to infringements of a broad range of EU laws that harm the collective interests of consumers including in the areas of consumer rights, data protection, product liability and product safety.