November 16, 2015
At the beginning of 2015, Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade issued a new regulation on the principles and procedures pertaining to advertising and abrogated and replaced the outdated regulation of 2003. The regulation ended the prohibition for comparative advertising and included a provision which allows using components related to competitors’ goods, trademarks, trade name and services in the advertisements. This provision will enter into force January 10, 2016. The comparative advertising by indicating the competitors’ names, trademarks, logos and titles will be legal in Turkey and this may yield to brand new legal disputes between competitors regarding their advertisements.
November 5, 2015
FRANKFURT – A German private-sector competition watchdog said on November 5th, 2015 it filed for an injunction against online fashion retailer Zalando, accusing the group of false advertising.
The Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition said in a statement that Zalando had in its online shop misrepresented how many pieces of certain items of clothing were still available, creating the impression that customers needed to act fast to buy them.
November 2, 2015
James Marshall and Karen Leung say Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance, which comes into force in December, 2015, could provide a vital boost to the so-called ‘sharing economy’
Hong Kong’s tech-savvy consumers expect personalised, convenient and cost-effective services, and the so-called “sharing economy” has developed to meet this demand. New technologies like Uber connect customers directly with suppliers – in this case, by linking passengers with self-employed taxi drivers in more than 300 cities worldwide.