A new law allowing groups of EU consumers to launch collective actions against traders has passed through the final stages of the legislative process and will enter into force soon.
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.
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.
The EU has confirmed agreement on its proposal for a directive on contracts for the supply of digital content and services. This covers a whole range of digital media – from streamed and downloaded music and movies to apps, games, computer programmes and cloud services.
Product manufacturers risk a significant increase in European-style “class actions” if proposals to amend the draft “New Deal for Consumers” are adopted.