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Philadelphia Beverage Tax Scheduled to Take Effect January 1, 2017

On June 16, 2016, The Philadelphia City Council voted to approve a so-called "soda tax" making Philadelphia the first major city poised to implement such a tax. Despite the simple sounding nickname for the new tax, it now...more

On the Way to a European Digital Single Market: Whether You Sell Online or Offline – Listen Up!

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has issued a lengthy preliminary report of its ongoing sector inquiry into the e-commerce of goods and digital content. The sector-wide inquiry was launched on May...more

Regulatory and Product Liability Overview for Distributors of Food Products in California

Welcome to California! California is a great place to live and work, and we are fortunate to call it home. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that California presents unique and daunting challenges to product...more

Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect...

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor ...more

Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor

Appointing an agent to sell to businesses in your chosen country on your company’s behalf may be a good first step toward penetrating a foreign market, as we previously discussed in Rules of the (International) Road: Make and...more

FTC Scrutinizes Dual Distributor Communications

A dual distribution relationship does not protect against Section 5 liability for an invitation to collude. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a company with violating Section 5 of the FTC...more

Intrusive surveillance systems for security purposes: the line Big Brother must not cross

Technological developments and the need for employers to monitor employees’ activities and to minimize accidents and hazards require constant adjustments in order to respect the right to privacy. While it may be tempting for...more

Responsible Corporate Officers’ Jail Sentences Upheld in Selling Contaminated Eggs

In an important decision, on July 6, 2016, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the prison sentences imposed on Jack DeCoster, and his son, Peter, under the “responsible corporate officer” doctrine (aka Park doctrine)...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 8

Brexit and Structured Products: A Framework for Considering Disclosures - The U.K.’s recent referendum to withdraw from the European Union has affected virtually all segments of the financial industry. The structured...more

Overlapping Labels Can Lead to Liability

Multiple regulatory agencies worldwide exercise jurisdiction over how hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace are communicated to employees and others. This creates a complex web of requirements and...more

Environmental Notes - August 2016

Time to Pay More: EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties - Remember the days when the maximum civil penalty EPA could assess for a violation of environmental law was $25,000 per day? Those days disappeared 26 years ago...more

Good Faith and Contract Termination

Deciding whether to terminate a contract, whether at common law for an alleged repudiatory breach or under a specific term in the agreement, is rarely easy. Get it wrong and you may be in breach yourself. In several cases...more

EPA Issues Final Rule on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a prepublication version of its final rule on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The authority for the rule comes...more

Act 39 of 2016: RAMP and Surcharge Changes Applicable to all License Holders - NMM Liquor Law Blog

On June 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1690, otherwise known as Act 39 of 2016, which is considered one of the most significant liquor reform bills since Prohibition. Today’s blog, a continuation of our...more

Forget About Vermont!: Congress Passes GMO “Labeling” Legislation

On July 14, 2016, the House of Representatives passed S.764 creating a National Bioengineered Food Standard. Importantly for food manufacturers and distributors, the law – expected to be signed by President Obama – will...more

A right in Germany to sell through online marketplaces?

On 18 July 2016, Germany moved another step closer to enshrining a right for distributors in selective distribution systems to sell over online marketplaces. This is not sudden move by the German courts, in fact we have...more

Hidden Threats to Your Supply Chain

In 1997, during a period of peak demand, a factory fire at Aisin Seiki Co., one of Toyota's key suppliers, shut down production of P-valves, a small but vital component in Toyota's braking systems. Toyota, champion of...more

Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention

On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law, effective immediately, the first substantive amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it was enacted forty years ago. The new public law, known as...more

Sixth Circuit Tri County Decision Provides Much-Needed Clarity on “Successor” Provision in Ohio Franchise Law

I attach a copy of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Tri County Wholesale Distributors v. Labatt USA Operating Company, Nos. 15-3710/3769 (6th Cir., July 6, 2016). For students of the...more

New Changes to Florida Beverage Laws Started July 1st

Changes to Florida’s Beverage Laws have drawn attention and controversy over recent years as groups ranging from small craft breweries to major retail vendors have lobbied for legislative amendments to the State’s...more

Philadelphia Enacts Soda Tax

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council passed Bill No. 16017601, known colloquially as the “Soda Tax.” This ordinance imposes a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on any sugar- or artificially-sweetened beverage...more

Philadelphia Targets Sweetened Beverages for New Revenue; Imposes First Big-City Soda Tax

On Thursday Philadelphia became the first major U.S. city to approve a tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages. In enacting Bill Number 16017601, the Council added a new Chapter 19-4100 to the city code, which imposes a...more

Major New Wave of California Proposition 65 Lawsuits About to B(PA)reak

May 11, 2016. A day that may live in California Proposition 65 infamy. The date marks the one –year anniversary of the listing of Bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65, and the expiration of the...more

Kuwait introduces new Agency Law: franchisors take note

The State of Kuwait recently enacted Law No. 13 of 2016 (the Agency Law) on the regulation of commercial agencies in Kuwait, explicitly overturning the former agency law. The Agency Law introduces material changes to the...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: April 2016

Finance - PACA Liens Could Impact Financing Terms - The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law enacted in 1930 with the goal of protecting suppliers and sellers of agricultural goods from...more

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