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Mamo TCV Advocates at the Annual Consumer Law Conference

Dr Annalies Muscat, a senior associate, gave a presentation entitled 'Protecting the consumer in the digital marketplace – where are we so far?' at the Annual Consumer Law Conference, which is held on World Consumer Rights Day, 15 March.The Conference is organised jointly by the Department of Commercial Law, within the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta, and the Malta Law Academy of the Chamber of Advocates, Malta. The theme of this year's conference was 'Consumer Protection: The Struggle Continues!'.Dr Muscat's presentation focused on how the consumer operating on the digital marketplace is at present protected by the…
Annalies Muscat
16th March 2018
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Social Networks: When are you a consumer?

In Case C-498/16 Maximilian Schrems v Facebook Ireland Limited (nyr, 25 January 2018), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had to decide when an individual who uses a social network for different purposes qualifies as a consumer.Schrems is a privacy activist, particularly against Facebook. He brought an action before the Austrian courts against Facebook alleging various breaches of privacy laws.The issue arose whether (i) Schrems could be considered a 'consumer'; and (ii) whether he could bring an action on the basis of the Brussels I Regulation on behalf of consumers located in different Member States, who had…
Annalies Muscat
23rd February 2018
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Malta: Bill for the Production of Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Malta: Bill for the Production of Cannabis for Medicinal Use Production of Cannabis for Medicinal Use Act, 2018On the 15 January 2018 a Bill was introduced by the Honourable Chris Cardona, M.P., Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, to permit the local industrial production of cannabis products for medical use in the context of a controlled and supervised environment.Definition of Cannabis and Licence Requirement"Cannabis" is defined as "fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, cannabis plant or seeds, derivatives of cannabis, and/or any substance and, or product set out in guidelines issued by the regulatory authority to be used…
Mikiel Calleja
6th February 2018
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UBO Registry: New Reporting Requirements for Companies and Trusts

​One of the key features of the newly transposed Fourth Anti- Money Laundering Directive (Directive 2015/849/EU) is the imposition of an obligation on all European Union Member States to ensure that all incorporated corporate and other legal entities maintain sufficient and up to date information on their beneficial ownership.In this regard, December 2017 saw the publication of the Companies Act (Register of Beneficial Owners) Regulations which imposed a requirement on all Maltese Companies (saving the exceptions listed below) to obtain and hold adequate, accurate and current information on beneficial ownership and to provide such information to the Malta Registry of…
Luke Mizzi
1st February 2018
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Malta Launches Formal Bid to Host European Medicines Agency (EMA) Post Brexit

​Following Brexit, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be forced to relocate its headquarters out of London. Several EU Member States have already expressed an interest in hosting the EMA. Recently, Malta has also stepped forward and formally launched its bid to take on this role. The bid is being led by the Malta Medicines Authority and the launch thereof was formally announced on 20th March 2017 at an event held at the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta, Malta.Addressing the press conference, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli, augured that "Malta's safe and social environment…
David Tonna
27th March 2017