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Amazon & Wal-Mart: Pinky and The Brain of Retail

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In the opening montage of the American animated series, Pinky and The Brain, Pinky asks his best friend, The Brain: “What do you want to do tonight?” To which The Brain replies: “The same thing we do every night; try to take...more

E-tailers Rejoice as Decisions Limit Plaintiffs’ Lawyers’ Ability to Sue in Federal Court for Alleged Violations of New Jersey’s...

Online retailers are breathing a little easier since a New Jersey federal court handed down two decisions making it more difficult for plaintiffs to prevail against such retailers in federal court under New Jersey’s...more

Someone Needs a Digital Makeover: Rethinking NAFTA in the Digital Economy

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

When the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 1994, there were an estimated 10,000 websites, most people used dial-up online services, Google had not yet become a verb, and the first online...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only...more

European Commission’s Final Views on Competition in E-commerce – A Warning Shot on Selective Distribution?

by Reed Smith on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on its two-year e-commerce sector inquiry (the Final Report). A handy 16-page summary is accompanied by a dense and largely uneventful staff working document...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

Amazon Brand Registry: What You Need To Know

by Revision Legal on

Amazon recently launched a new, updated Amazon Brand Registry Program, Brand Registry, which helps protects the brands of sellers who use Amazon as a platform to make sales. The whole function and purpose of a brand is so...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

Internet Powerhouses Make Priorities Known To U.S. Trade Representative

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a letter dated May 16, 2017, the Internet Association, an trade group representing some of the largest internet companies in the country (and the world), pressed newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...more

Class Action Lawsuits on the Rise under New Jersey’s Consumer Protection Laws – Which Retailers Will Be Targeted Next?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Does your retail business conduct sales online? For most retailers today, the answer is likely yes. This means that the recent surge of class action lawsuits against merchants arising out of a consumer protection law in New...more

Patents on the blockchain - Bitcoin and beyond

by DLA Piper on

Disruptive technologies have transformed the global economy, and will continue to do so at exponential rates. Innovators at the cutting edge of these technologies should carefully review their patenting strategy, or risk...more

E-commerce businesses: Valuation beyond the horizon

by Dentons on

E-commerce today has been defined as the buying and selling or provision of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network. This article attempts to highlight the justification for the...more

Rite Aid’s Online Store Breached

Rite Aid has admitted that its online eCommerce platform was accessed by unauthorized individual(s) from January 30, 2017, through April 11, 2017, and their customers’ names, addresses and payment card information, including...more

Back to the Future: Supreme Court Narrows Patent Venue in TC Heartland Case and Returns Dispute to State of Incorporation or Where...

by Williams Mullen on

The Supreme Court on Monday substantially narrowed the district court venues available to patent owners seeking to sue for infringement. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme...more

Intellectual Property and E-commerce Shops

by Revision Legal on

If you’re the owner of an e-commerce shop, you deal with intellectual property everyday. Intellectual property refers to the creations of the human mind. This includes symbols, images, names, inventions, and literary and...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law - one week to go, and there are still new developments

by DLA Piper on

The final countdown is on. The PRC Cybersecurity Law comes into force on 1 June 2017. This date marks a significant evolution in both the legal and enforcement environment for data protection in China, and organisations can...more

Getting Past the Last Mile: Delivery Challenges For E-Commerce Businesses

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

E-commerce businesses have changed the relationship between consumers and retailers through the advent of expedited and low-cost home delivery services. Now, many consumers anticipate both free shipping with their purchase,...more

Impact of Online Sales Restrictions on EU and German Competition Enforcement

by Reed Smith on

In the course of its E-commerce Sector Inquiry (Sector Inquiry) launched in May 2015, the European Commission gained an insight into the standard business practices engaged in by producers of consumer goods when distributing...more

European Commission goes online with final report in e-commerce sector inquiry

by Hogan Lovells on

The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital...more

The European Commission Announces Further Competition Enforcement Following its E-Commerce Inquiry: Considerations for Consumer...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its final report (“Final Report”) concluding its wide-ranging, two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). The Final Report offers key insights into...more

The European Commission Announces Further Competition Enforcement Following its E-Commerce Inquiry: Considerations for Digital...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its final report (“Final Report”) concluding its wide-ranging, two-year long inquiry into e-commerce including media rights distribution (“Inquiry”). The...more

Surviving Alice in the e-Commerce Arts

by Fenwick & West LLP on

As has been well documented, the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions. This second article in our series explores the dynamics...more

European Commission Final Report on E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The report is divided into two sections, covering e-commerce issues in relation to consumer goods and digital content. It...more

European Commission to enforce competition law against suppliers who restrict e-commerce

by Dentons on

The European Commission (EC) has now published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry....more

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