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Michigan’s New Expansive Sales Tax Standards Including “Click Through” Nexus Standards Take Effect October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, Michigan's new expansive sales tax nexus standards including "click through" nexus standards take effect. The "click through" nexus standard closely parallels other so-called "Amazon nexus" laws adopted by...more

U.S., China Announce Cybersecurity Agreement During Xi Jiping’s Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States last week, and his itinerary included meetings with U.S. technology company leaders as well as President Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, his hosts...more

New Japanese ECommerce Consumption Tax Commences Effect on October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, Japan commences application of its business-to-consumer (“B2C”) ecommerce consumption tax (“JCT”), analogous to the EU electronic services VAT which commenced January 1 of this year. The JCT will require...more

Manatt Digital Media - September 2015

In this month's newsletter we highlight some of the latest activities in the digital video space. Social media, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) viewing continue to make waves in the media landscape, creating new opportunities...more

Meet George Jetson, His Boy Elroy ? — Commercializing ITO Automation

These days it seems every supplier’s infrastructure pitch book is full of the virtues and potential benefits of their drive toward automation, the objective being to get the same work done for less. What’s not clear is...more

Trusting Human Resources: A Fantasy or a Necessity?

A few weeks back, one to the best bloggers you may not be reading — Robin Shea — posted about the scathing press that Amazon had been receiving about its workplace and posed this question: Can Employees Trust Human Resources?...more

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

Do’s Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? - Multi Time Machine, Inc. v., Inc.

Holding that a reasonable jury could find that online retailer created a likelihood of consumer confusion through the format of its product search returns, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the district...more

The Second Circuit’s Apple Ebooks Opinion

The Second Circuit affirmed the district court and held, 2 to 1, that defendant Apple Inc. had violated Section 1 by masterminding the creation, organization and implementation of a conspiracy by five publishers of ebooks...more

Don't Forget State Law: Why Busk Does Not Save All Retailers

Expansion is the lifeblood of a growing business. But with expansion comes a diverse landscape of state laws governing all aspects of the employment relationship. It is vital when entering new jurisdictions to understand the...more

GT Roundtable: The Amazon Workplace Debacle

With the dust settling, but the buzz continuing, around the New York Times’ expose on Amazon’s white-collar working conditions, and the various responses (by Jeff Bezos, current and former employees), we tapped three of...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Provisions: Protecting Your Company and Assets

Now more than ever, employers must take active steps to protect their confidential information and trade secrets from the prying eyes of competitors. In our digital age, trade secrets can be misappropriated in an instant, and...more

Amazon’s Culture, the Greatest Brawl in Baseball and Compliance

One of the strangest incidents in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB) recently had its 50 anniversary. It involved a brawl between Hall Of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal and catcher John Roseboro. The game was between the...more

Pushing the Envelope on Initial Interest Confusion Claims — Multi Time Machine, Inc. v.

Consider this: You are shopping online and you type in the name of a brand of wristwatch. Perhaps you wanted to purchase that exact brand of watch, or perhaps you were looking for a selection of watches that included the...more

Does a Workplace Have To Be Perfect?

I recently blogged about the debate on CEO and employee pay ratios. I urged employers to seize the high ground and decide what their attitude is as to their “responsibility” is to their employees. I’m a pragmatist. I...more

Can Employees Trust Human Resources?

After the initial NYT story ran, saying the workplace at Amazon is cutthroat — still uses “forced rankings” and even encourages employees to secretly bad-mouth each other to their bosses, has employees who break down in tears...more

Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Based on Unpatentability Under Section 101 Denied Where Patents Were Not Directed to an...

Defendants Motorola Mobility, LLC,, Inc., Apple Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Huawei Device USA, Inc., HTC Corp., HTC America, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported on Amazon’s “bruising workplace” and described Amazon’s theory that “conflict brings about innovation.” According to the article, Amazon employees are encouraged to criticize each other,...more

Smartflash v. Apple: District Court Stays Case Sua Sponte Based on Pending Covered Business Method ("CBM") Patent Review

The court had previously stayed a cased pending between Smartflash LLC and Amazon and simultaneously declined to stay an earlier-filed case between Smartflash LLC and Apple, Inc. because the stay request came after a jury...more

Authors and Booksellers to Justice Department: Investigate Amazon

We recently wrote about the Second Circuit’s June 30, 2015 decision affirming Judge Denise Cote’s decision that Apple conspired with five publishing companies to raise the price of e-books....more

Alabama Department of Revenue Issues Controversial Proposed Regulation Taxing Out-of-State Vendors

Consistent with Governor Robert Bentley’s public statement last week that he hopes or another internet e-tailer will sue the state of Alabama regarding its position on nexus, the Alabama Department of Revenue...more

Drone on Drones: Amazon Has its Eyes on a Slice of the Sky

Amazon, long in the process of trying to persuade the FAA to remove its line-of-sight requirements to allow delivery by drone, announced a new plan this week it claims would solve many of the FAA’s reservations. The delivery...more

Angie’s List Accuses Amazon of Home Improvement Hijinks

Even freed from bricks and mortar, online retailers and service providers are realizing that market share is not infinite. A complaint recently filed by Angie’s List Inc. against Amazon Local LLC for its newly launched online...more

"Want Coke? Buy Pepsi!” Is This Confusing?

Suppose you walk into a greasy cheeseburger joint and ask for a Coke®. A cook who looks remarkably like the late John Belushi doesn’t say, “No Coke; Pepsi.” Instead, he says, “You want Coke? Have a Pepsi!” and you buy the...more

Manatt Digital Media - July 2015

In this edition, we reflect upon the key digital media events of the first half of 2015 and present the major deals, developments and trends across video, music, gaming and virtual reality....more

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