Trade Law and Consumer Protection

We are Stibbe Trade Law and Consumer Protection specialists

We have expertise in representing our clients before the highest level of courts, guiding them through every stage of complex proceedings.

Trade Law and Consumer Protection

As one of the leading firms in this complex area of law, our broad expertise has successfully assisted many clients in disputes before the courts.

Our advice and litigation experience covers a diverse range of matters such as misleading and comparative advertising, loyalty schemes, joint offers, sales at a loss, seasonal sales, liquidation sales, (un)fair sales practices (refusal to supply, denigration, parallel trade), lotteries and games, product legislation, labelling, price reduction mechanisms and legislation regarding products.

We handle these complex matters across a variety of sectors including retail, toys, tobacco, hygiene products and food.

Through our interdisciplinary approach we assist clients with specific actions, drafting commercial conditions and rules of competitions, as well as representing them before the national courts, the Court of Justice and the EU Commission, in particular with regards to preliminary rulings and complaints.

Furthermore, we have essential experience with negotiations and procedures before various regulators and inspection authorities.


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Masterclass - Stibbe will host a masterclass entitled 'Alcohol and drug testing in the workplace' on 6 June in Amsterdam. During this masterclass, employment law expert Johan Zwemmer and privacy experts Frederiek Fernhout and Judica Krikke will discuss the Dutch Data Protection Authority's general prohibition of these tests and discuss whether and how employers should implement.

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06.06.2019 NL law
Masterclass: Alcohol- en drugstesten op de werkvloer

Masterclass - Stibbe in Amsterdam organiseert op 6 juni de masterclass 'Alcohol- & drugstesten op de werkvloer'. Tijdens deze masterclass bespreken arbeidsrechtexpert Johan Zwemmer en privacydeskundigen Frederiek Fernhout en Judica Krikke het algemene verbod van de Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens op deze testen voor werkgevers en leggen zij onder meer uit hoe hiermee moet worden omgegaan.

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24.05.2019 NL law
European regulatory initiatives for online platforms and search engines

Short Reads - As part of the digital economy, the rise of online platforms and search engines raises all kinds of legal questions. For example, do bicycle couriers qualify as employees who are entitled to ordinary labour law protections? Or should they be considered self-employed (see our Stibbe website on this issue)? The rise of online platforms also triggers more general legal questions on the relationship between online platforms and their users. Importantly, the European Union is becoming increasingly active in this field.

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Thirteen legal tips for start-ups and scale-ups -Takeaways from Stibbe's 'Scale Up Academy Accenture Innovation Awards' legal workshop

Articles - On Thursday August 30, Stibbe, in cooperation with Accenture Innovation Awards 2017 finalist Somnox, hosted a legal workshop as part of the 'Scale Up Academy of the Accenture Innovation Awards'. The purpose of the event was to make start-ups and scale-ups aware of the legal challenges that may arise in their infancy. 

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23.05.2018
Onafwendbaar Europees verbod op aantal pesticiden op basis van neonicotinoïden: wat doet België?

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04.06.2019 NL law
Dutch Supreme Court clarifies evidentiary rules concerning signatures and signed documents

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