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Last few days of the Public Consultation on the Motor Vehicles Block Exemption

In July 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation on its draft proposals for the future of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (‘MVBER’) regime. The proposals include (i) a draft Regulation prolonging the validity of the existing MVBER for five years and (ii) a draft Communication introducing targeted updates to the Supplementary Guidelines. Comments may be submitted by the 30 September 2022. The draft rules follow a review process launched In December 2018 and provide that the MVBER expires on 31 May 2023. This was done with the aim of gathering evidence on the functioning of the rules…
Annalies Muscat
27th September 2022
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

The Action of Unjustified Enrichment

The action of unjustified enrichment, also known as the actio de in rem verso, dates back to Roman Law and despite the fact that it was formally included in the Maltese Civil Code in 2007 by means of Article 1028A, it has always been accepted by the Maltese Courts. The notions of equity and fairness serve as the foundation of this action. One should be compensated for the benefit gained by an individual without a just cause to the detriment of the former. Owing to its quasi-contract nature, the obligation does not arise from a contract and therefore, in line…
Klara Cachia
22nd September 2022
Employment and Industrial RelationsWebinars

Employment Issues – A Virtual Conference by Society Education

Society Education shall once again be organising the yearly employment law seminar, which shall be held online on the 25th and 28th of October. Dr Christine Calleja and Dr Erika Taliana, from the firm’s employment law department, and Dr Warren Ciantar, from the Data Protection and Privacy Department, shall be participating in this year’s seminar with the following topics: data processing in employment; occupational health and safety and whistleblowing legislation. The seminar will be moderated by Dr Christine Calleja. Registration can be done via Society Education’s website.
Mamo TCV Advocates
19th September 2022
Intellectual Property & Anti-Counterfeiting

The Rise (and Fall) of NFTs from an IP Perspective

While their advent was initially hailed as a revolution for the creative industries, non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) appear to have lost significant steam over the past months with the Wall Street Journal reporting that NFT sales have dropped by 92% over September 2021 figures. But, what, exactly are NFTs? Are they eligible for protection under intellectual property laws? Or are they merely the foremost Veblen good of the crypto era? NFT is an acronym for “non-fungible token” and within the realm of blockchain technology it refers to a unique digital identifier composed of a string of characters (“hash”) which is created…
Timothy Spiteri
15th September 2022