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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week of March 26, 2017 is below: Airbnb cracks down on San Francisco hosts, booting out hundreds - Revitalization Partners, Mar 24, 2017 - Home-sharing company Airbnb says it has evicted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. Discounted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 10, 2017 is below. A few more stories in this week’s update in comparison to the last few weeks of update. Plus, given the increasing importance of...more

Using loyalty programs as a promotional strategy in Colombia

by Dentons on

The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) recently defined the rules applicable to loyalty programs in Colombia. Loyalty programs that attract consumers to products or services by providing benefits, such as...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year....more

Understanding Change Triggers

by Timothy Corcoran on

In the Biglaw legal marketplace, it’s taken as gospel that loyalty is dead. Corporate clients that once retained the same law firms over a multi-year period may now issue RFPs and shift the work to lower-priced firms....more

Autozone Sued Over Its Loyalty Program

by Reed Smith on

Late last week, a class action lawsuit was filed in California state court against AutoZone. The case was filed pursuant to AutoZone’s rewards program. According to the complaint, AutoZone’s loyalty program provides...more

Health Update - August 2016

Section 1332 Waivers: Will We See More State Innovation? - Editor's Note: In a new essay for the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), summarized below, Manatt Health examines Section 1332 waivers and the...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal For CVS Caremark Under Public Disclosure Bar

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The FCA’s public disclosure bar precludes liability when a relator’s allegations have been publicly disclosed in a list of statutorily enumerated sources. Last week, the First Circuit added to the growing jurisprudence both...more

Unclaimed Property Litigation Update – Spring 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Litigation over unclaimed property rules and obligations continues to accelerate. The first quarter of 2016 brought developments in several cases, including a much-watched contest over merchandise credits and a new battle...more

Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements Beyond College of Pharmacists’ Authority

by Field Law on

In Sobeys West Inc v. Alberta College of Pharmacists, 2016 ABQB 232, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that amendments to the College of Pharmacists’ Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice prohibiting inducements to...more

Store Credits Not Subject to Unclaimed Property, Says California Court

In a decision with potentially broad implications, a California Superior Court has held that merchandise credits not redeemable for cash are not subject to California's Unclaimed Property Law (UPL). The court also held that...more

Payments regulations in flux - Recent changes in Hong Kong, China and Singapore

by DLA Piper on

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HONG KONG STORED VALUE FACILITIES AND RETAIL PAYMENT SYSTEMS The new regulatory regime for Stored Value Facilities ("SVF") and Retail Payment Systems ("RPS") in Hong Kong under the Payment Systems...more

Competition News January 2016

by Dentons on

Record fine imposed on Orange by the French Competition Authority despite being reduced by the early application of the settlement procedure - By decision of December 17, 2015, the French Competition Authority imposed a...more

Do Frequent Flier Miles Expire When You Do?

Accumulated frequent flier miles can be valuable assets, but what happens to those miles after somene dies? Can a spouse or other heirs inherit them, or do the miles simply evaporate like a contrail? The answer to...more

Privacy Tip #5 — Retail store reward cards

Many retail pharmacies, supermarkets and other retailers offer rewards cards that offer discounts on certain items to be purchased in the store. They give you the cards that contain a bar code in regular size, which looks...more

Wrapping Paper Series Updates

by Perkins Coie on

2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...more

Sales Tax Complexities of Customer Loyalty Programs

by Alston & Bird on

These days almost every business has some type of loyalty or reward program. At the heart of these programs, a business is trying to reward or incentivize its customers for certain consumer behavior. Not surprisingly, the...more

Post Danmark II: An ‘Evolution’ Rather Than a ‘Revolution’ in the Assessment of Rebates

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The EU Court of Justice has handed down its much-awaited preliminary ruling in Post Danmark II. This ruling marks an ‘evolution’ rather than a ‘revolution’ in the assessment of rebates under Article 102 TFEU. While...more

Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay: Where’s Your Wallet?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Last week Samsung launched its mobile payments app to compete with ApplePay and Android Pay, with much anticipation among technology bloggers. A few Technorati rushed to try the application so they could compare and contrast...more

"European Court of Justice Rules on Retroactive Loyalty Rebates"

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (the ECJ) issued an important judgment clarifying the application of Article 102 to retroactive loyalty rebates (Post Danmark AS, Case C 23/14). The case, which had been...more

The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues

by Perkins Coie on

Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However, there are several sales and use tax consequences of promoting consumer loyalty. Here’s a brief question and...more

Coalition Loyalty Programs Spread to Retail Shopping In the U.S.

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Seven major brands, including Macy’s, Rite Aid and ExxonMobil, recently joined forces to launch “Plenti,” a loyalty program that encompasses an entire team of retailers. American Express, which operates the program,...more

IP Newsflash - September 2014 #2

Airline Rewards Conversion Method Invalid Under Alice and Bilski - On September 2, 2014, Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that two patents on a...more

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