October 2010

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Scottish Support for Malawi Law Reform

The Scottish Law Commission has established a link with the Malawi Law Commission. Both are law reform bodies. The link is a contribution to the Scottish Government's Programme on Capacity Building for Justice in Malawi which progresses the provisions in the Scotland-Malawi Co-operation Agreement in 2005 to strengthen governance in Malawi.

The Scottish Law Commission is also donating surplus law library stock to the Malawi Law Commission.

The Scottish Law Commission's Chairman, Lord Drummond Young, said –

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German Supreme Court: tour organizer can be liable for delayed train to airport in "Rail & Fly" packages

Plaintiff had booked a package with "Meier's Weltreisen". The package included air transport from Düsseldorf to the Dominican Republic and vice versa, hotel accomodation and all inclusive board. With regard to getting to the airport, plaintiff chose to book a rail ticket offered by Meier's Weltreisen in connection with the package, promoted "to avoid stress and traffic jams". Meier's Weltreisen recommended to choose a train connection which arrives at the airport at least 2 hrs before scheduled departure. Plaintiff's flight was scheduled for departure at 11:15.

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UNWTO executive council proposes a global legal framework for the protection of tourists

As a consequence of the impact of this April's "ash cloud" on tourism activity in Europe, the 89th Session of UNWTO Executive Council (Kish Island, I.R. of Iran, October 25-26, 2010) has decided to initiate a study on a possible new legal instrument for protecting tourists. The study will focus on the harmonization of issues directly linked with the rights and obligations of tourists and stakeholders and will be modeled upon existing regulations.

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California: National Federation of the Blind sues United Airlines

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people filed a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against United Airlines. The suit alleges that United is violating the California Disabled Persons Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act by using airport kiosks that employ touchscreen technology in a manner such that they cannot be used by blind passengers.

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European Union: Data Protection Supervisor calls for stricter conditions for international PNR exchange

While the United States, Canada and Australia insist on access to the passenger name records of all passengers entering their airspace, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) - an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies - issued an opinion on the

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Austrian Supreme Court follows ECJ precedent with regard to hotel TV

An Austrian collecting society filed a law suit against a hotel company and claimed for rendering of accounts with regard to satelite TV provided to guests in defendant's hotel rooms. Both, court of first instance (Handelsgericht Wien) and apellate court (OLG Wien) granted the claim. In judgement 4 Ob 120/10s of Aug.

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California: Air France - air crash claims dismissed on inconvenient forum grounds

A multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in California has dismissed claims filed against Air France arising out of an air disaster on a flight between Brazil and France that killed all 228 passengers and crew. In re Air Crash over the Mid-Atl. on June 1, 2009, MDL No. 10-2144 (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Cal., decided October 4, 2010). The passengers and crew were mainly French or Brazilian. However, two of the decedents purportedly were U.S.

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UK: agents concerned about changes to ATOL scheme

A proposed change would see all sales of a flight and at least one other significant element coming under ATOL (Air Travel Organizers' Licensing), the UK  financial protection scheme managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”).

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Germany: Seminar on "EU Passengers' Rights - Strengthening the role of transport users" at Academy of European Law

The Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier is organising a seminar on "EU Passengers' Rights - Strengthening the role of transport users" the objective of which is to analyse and discuss the existing legislative framework and its application, proposals for further initiatives in the field, as well as the interaction of passengers' and consumers' rights and the challenges for the future.

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Italy: new Tourism Code

Last 8th of October 2010, Ministry of Tourism presented a draft of a law called "Tourism Code".

Actually this draft is under the approval of Parliament Commissions and State Council.

The draft includes economic measures in favour of little tour operator and for the first time a proposal to rule expressly the "ruined holiday's damage" with some monetary parameters.

More updating will follow.