After Apple started selling its products directly on Amazon, a lot of external sellers were banned from the platform and prices have gone up. A US watchdog looks if this is legal.
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European Commissioner Margarethe Vestager is opening an official inquest into Amazon, which she believes is treating the sellers on its platform unfairly.
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South African holding Steinhoff International demands at least 53 million euros from its former CEO Markus Jooste. The group believes he personally shares responsibility for the accounting scandal that nearly destroyed Steinhoff.
German shoe giant Adidas has suffered a painful defeat against its much smaller Belgian competitor Patrick (owned by the Shoe Branding company), as the EU General Court decided three stripes in any direction are famous not enough to constitute a protected trademark.
VanHaren has lost its legal dispute with designer brand Christian Louboutin: the European Court has decided the Dutch shoe chain is not allowed to use red soles in its shoes as Louboutin holds the exclusive rights.
Amazon's Dash buttons, which allow customers to order toilet paper or powder detergent at the push of a button, are illegal in Germany. This is the verdict of a German court, but Amazon refuses to leave it at that.
Sneaker brand Vans has accused Primark of plagiarism. Since 2017, the Irish clothing discounter has been distributing two pairs of sneakers that look a lot like Vans' famous skaters' shoes.
American internet platform eBay has sued Amazon because the latter has allegedly tried to lure away professional sellers in an underhand way. Earlier this month, the former auction site had declared its competitor in default.
A few female former employees have sued American sports brand Nike, claiming they have received lower wages than male colleagues and they have suffered inappropriate behaviour.
Reebok, sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has released a clothing line with the name of the popular Irish fighter Conor McGregor. That is confusing, Dutch fashion chain McGregor complains.
According to the European Court of Justice, the shape of chocolate bar KitKat is not distinctive enough to warrant protection. It is the umpteenth statement in a dispute with competitor Leo that has been dragging on for 11 years. Nevertheless, the case is still not at an end.
Chocolate bar KitKat’s four “fingers” are not distinctive enough to give Nestlé sole ownership. With its statement, the European Court has now ended a long-standing legal battle between KitKat and Leo.
Aldi can sell its own beer Buval in the original red can again, even though there is no denying it looks very much like a can of Jupiler. AB InBev had filed a court case in 2015, but the ruling is that the discounter is not in the wrong.
The power struggle at Aldi Nord, which also runs the Belgian and Dutch stores, has ended following a court ruling. The founder family’s influence will be limited.
Luxury product manufactures can block retailers from selling their merchandise on online marketplaces like Amazon. The European Court of Justice has ruled on the matter after cosmetics manufacturer Coty filed a complaint.
Fashion label Gucci has decided to file a lawsuit against fashion chain Forever 21 in the United States. The case revolves around several pieces of clothing, all with a blue-red-blue or green-red-green ribbon.