E-Commerce

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"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

Websites Required to Post "About Us" Contact Info Under New Florida Law

Effective July 1, 2015, many websites will be required to comply with Florida’s new True Origin of Digital Goods Act. This Act adds Florida to the growing list of states with laws aimed at achieving transparency in online...more

M&A Update: IRS Mulls Change to Spinoff Rules

In a statement that would mark a stark change in approach, an IRS official recently indicated that the IRS may begin requiring that companies seeking to effect tax-free spinoffs conduct active businesses that represent a...more

Dubai launches new design and e-commerce hubs

A cornerstone of Dubai's success in attracting businesses and encouraging growth across a diverse range of sectors has been the continued establishment of free zones. These special economic zones offer business-friendly...more

E-commerce delay in product delivery can be misleading

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) recently sanctioned three e-commerce operators for unfair commercial practices due to lack (or delay) in the delivery of products initially declared to be in stock and due to false...more

Alert: European Commission Launches Digital Single Market Strategy with a Laundry List of Measures, Including Antitrust Sector...

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission (Commission) finally unveiled its plans for a wide range of measures designed to create a functioning Digital Single Market in the EU. Attention is therefore now switching to how the...more

Japan makes significant changes to Consumption Tax Act – steps for offshore e-commerce providers

Japan’s National Diet has passed an amendment to the Consumption Tax Act which includes several important changes that especially affect offshore providers of e-commerce services in Japan. Change in cross-border...more

District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Against eBay

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently dismissed a data breach class action against eBay Inc. for lack of standing because the named plaintiff did not allege an actual injury, only the...more

E-Commerce's Hidden Legal Issues

Less than 25 years ago, e-commerce was something not far removed from the stuff of science fiction. Today, it annually accounts for trillions of dollars in global sales. But, you should know, e-commerce presents legal issues...more

European Commission Antitrust Inquiry Set to Create Level Playing Field in E-Commerce

On May 6, 2015, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission (EC) competition directorate plans to conduct an 18-month "sector inquiry" into e-commerce. The inquiry will...more

Investment Professional Charged with Fraud, Self-Dealing by SEC

The SEC charged another investment professional with fraud and self-dealing. SEC v. Ahmed, Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00675 (D. Conn. Filed May 5, 2015). Defendant Iftikar Ahmed is an investment professional who was a partner...more

EU Investigating Geo-Blocking of Online Video Games

On May 6, 2015, the European Competition Commission released a new Digital Single Market Plan, and simultaneously launched a broad antitrust investigation into e-commerce. The DSM plan, consisting of sixteen proposals, seeks...more

DOJ Sets its Sights on Antitrust Violations in the E-Commerce Marketplace

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Antitrust Division) continues to intensify and expand criminal enforcement of the antitrust laws. The results speak for themselves. In fiscal year 2014, the Antitrust...more

Beware – Price Fixing by Algorithms

So, you’ve designed a great looking poster. Posters are sold all over Twitter and other social media sites, and now you’ve been lucky enough to land a space in Amazon Marketplace. You’re not the only one selling posters, of...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2015

On 15 April 2015, the European Commission (EC) sent a Statement of Objections (preliminary statement of case) to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services...more

Take Care in Using Consumer Data to Drive Dynamic Pricing of E-Commerce

Dynamic pricing is the practice of offering different prices to consumers based on various factors designed to maximize sales and profits, which may include the retailer’s perception of the willingness of a particular...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

CBSA CLVS Seizure Policy Targets Exporters and Ups the Ante on Non-Resident Importers

Background to the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program - When goods are purchased through e-commerce or mail order, conventionally Canadian consumers or non-resident importers (i.e., the exporters in most cases)...more

E-commerce inquiry may affect the fashion sector

The Emperor's new clothes may undergo some changes as the fashion sector is currently under the magnifying glass of numerous competition authorities throughout Europe....more

Retail Chapter 11 Filings Up, Bucking Bankruptcy Trends In Economic Recovery

The economy is humming along and bankruptcy filings are at historic lows. Nevertheless, a recent trend in retail may suggest that the times, they are a changing....more

First E-commerce Price Fixing Prosecution Yields Swift Guilty Plea

In what it is calling the Antitrust Division’s “first criminal prosecution against a conspiracy specifically targeting e-commerce,” the Department of Justice has announced that an individual has agreed to plead guilty to...more

Impact of FTC's Broadened Scope Creeping In On Your E-Business

For retailers who have eBusiness lines, the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new regulations will affect the way you do business. The amendments in 16 C.F.R. §435 went into effect December 8, 2014. Has your business made...more

Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Brings First E-Commerce Prosecution

Marking a foray into e-commerce, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its first antitrust prosecution for price fixing in online marketplaces. On April 6, 2015, the DOJ announced that it has...more

Sale of Online Insurance Products: AMF Releases Recommendations

On April 2, 2015, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the legislative framework applicable to the financial sector in Quebec, released a report entitled Internet Insurance...more

The magic button of smart homes and social media

The launch of smart home technologies and social media functionalities enabling quick purchases hides the risks of lack of compliance with European e-commerce and distance regulations....more

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