March 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Belgium is one of the few jurisdictions in the world with specific legislation on the termination of exclusive and quasi-exclusive  distribution agreements. Any company considering to distribute its products on the Belgian market – which after all is commercially an interesting market – is strongly advised to take specialist advice on Belgian distribution law, since Belgian law grants considerable protection to the distributor in case of termination. The Act of 19 December 2005 on precontractual information to be provided before entering into commercial cooperation agreements which may also be applicable to distribution agreements is not discussed here.  Competition law aspects under EU or national law are not discussed either in this contribution. » Read the rest of this entry «

“Je kan een betoog houden van een kwartier in perfect Nederlands en zorgen dat een Vlaming er niets van verstaat en omgekeerd” (Jan Leyers in Volkskrant Magazine van 14 juli 2012).

July 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Deze uitspraak deed mij denken aan de eerste keer dat ik als advocaat voor de Brusselse Rechtbank verscheen. De rechter zei mij, dat hij de zaak ging “aanhouden”. Als van oorsprong Nederlands advocaat begreep ik, dat hij de zaak die morgen niet zou behandelen, maar naar een latere zitting zou uitstellen. Hij bedoelde echter, dat hij de zaak die morgen juist wel zou behandelen. Toen ik mijn Vlaamse secretaresse vroeg naar mijn “kamer” te komen, had ik geen idee, dat zij begreep, dat ik haar vroeg naar mijn slaapkamer te komen. Ik had “kantoor” moeten zeggen. » Read the rest of this entry «

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS): UCI and WADA vs.Alberto Contador and RFEC, Arbitral Award of 6 February 2012

March 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Alberto Contador became first in the general classification of the 2010 Tour de France (“yellow jersey”). However the samples taken from Contador during the race and tested on 26 July 2010, the day after the Tour finished in Paris, showed a tiny concentration of clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is a forbidden substance on the WADA (“World Anti Doping Agency”)  list. UCI, the international cycling association, suspended Contador provisionally as from 26 August 2010, when UCI officially informed Contador of the results of the analysis of sample A. The WADA-list is included in the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.

As an explanation of the presence of the forbidden substance in his body, Contador submitted that the origin of the clenbuterol must have been contaminated meat, which was bought in Spain from a butcher, at the time that the Tour de France was in Pau, near the French-Spanish border.

Because of the fact that the concentration of clenbuterol was very low and earlier blood samples taken from Contador during the Tour in 2011 did not contain clenbuterol, UCI and WADA conducted another series of investigations in order to understand the findings better and to see whether there was an indication of other anti-doping violations than just the presence of clenbuterol in Contador’s body.

On the basis of the investigations conducted together with WADA, UCI concluded that there were sufficient elements in the file to start a case against Contador as an apparent anti-doping violation.

UCI transferred the file to the Spanish “Comité Nacional de Compétición y Disciplina Deportiva” (“CNCDD”), in order to start disciplinary proceedings against Contador.

Since UCI and WADA did not react to CNCDD’s invitation for documentary and scientific collaboration, CNCDD issued its decision solely on the formal notification to Contador of the adverse findings and the explanation given by Contador. » Read the rest of this entry «

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