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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

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

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

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

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

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

IoT in the E-Commerce sector faces legal hurdles

Internet of Things devices are modifying the path-to-purchase as we know it allowing consumers to instantly re-order everyday products with one click or one tap. How does this affect businesses in complying with the current...more

"European Commission Competition Law Enforcement to Focus on E-Commerce Restrictions"

E-commerce is at the top of the European Commission’s agenda, and recent developments suggest it will remain a priority. Several European Union member states have already taken an active interest in the issue. ...more

EU Competition Commissioner proposes a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector

On 26 March 2015, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced a potential competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. According to the Commission, the proposed inquiry is aimed...more

E-commerce Companies Face EU Competition Scrutiny

On 26 March 2015, the European Commission announced its proposal to launch an inquiry into the EU e-commerce sector, one that could have far-reaching implications for any business with an online presence in Europe. What is...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 14 – October 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Understanding the EU Consumer Rights Directive: An overview of the new Directive on Consumer Rights and its implementation in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK - Free Zones in the UAE: What do...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - August 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - US: Following loss before the Supreme Court, Aereo “astonishes” broadcasters with new legal strategy - New York-based Aereo asserts in federal district court that it is entitled to a compulsory license...more

Internet liability rules change (again) after Wikipedia case

Internet liability rules applicable to Wikipedia are different from the ones with which YouTube has to comply according to the Court of Rome as Wikipedia has now been declared not liable to for the defamatory contents...more

Bank of Italy warns on Bitcoin and its illegal usage

Bitcoin and its potential usage as part of money laundering crimes as well as of crimes associated with terrorism has been the subject of concerns raised by the UIF, the harm of the Bank of Italy dedicated, among others, to...more

International Tax News - June 2014

NEW FOR SUPPLIERS OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND INTANGIBLES: DLA PIPER’S GLOBAL VAT GUIDE - Starting January 1, 2015, EU VAT rules for suppliers of digital content, telecommunications and broadcasting services are changing....more

New EU Consumer Contracts Legislation Comes Into Force on 13 June 2014: E-Commerce Businesses Should Review Terms and Conditions...

The new Directive No 2011/83/EU sets out a European framework for the minimum standards with which e-commerce businesses active in the EEA must comply when trading with consumers. The new laws apply to most distance selling...more

Reminder: New Online Commerce Rules Coming to the EU

On June 13, 2014, a series of new laws affecting businesses active in the online sale of goods and services (including content) to customers in the European Union will come into force. By that date, each EU member state must...more

Update: EU VAT on E-Commerce

There are a great variety of electronically provided services (“e-services”) and the respective market is rapidly growing. The general definition is that e-services are services which are delivered over the Internet or an...more

E-Commerce: Consider the Enhanced Consumer Protection Clauses

The directive 2011/83/EU of 25 October 2011 relating to consumer rights (the "Directive") is to be implemented as of December 13, 2013 by Member States in national European jurisdictions, including French jurisdiction, and...more

EU Customs Practice Group - October 2013

In This Issue: *EU POLICY: - UCC developments *TARIFFS: - Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas - GSP- GSP+ Country List - GSP – Temporary Withdrawal - e-Commerce moratorium - WTO waiver...more

Cross Border VAT - The New One Stop Shop And Changes To The Place Of Supply Of Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services From...

THE CURRENT DISTORTION The place of supply rules govern where a particular supply takes place, and therefore determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit Value Added Tax (VAT) due on their...more

Foreign Territory for U.S. Digital Media Providers: The Legal Terrain in Italy

In this ever-growing world of global digital media, U.S. digital media providers are increasingly finding themselves subjected to the varying, and in some instances, evolving laws related to intellectual property protection...more

US Tech Companies May Soon be Required to Report Security Breaches to the EU

U.S. based tech companies that store data on the Internet may soon be required to report the loss or theft of personal information to the E.U. or face sanctions and fines according to legislation being proposed by the...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Global Litigation

New legal ground is expected to be broken this year in areas of importance to companies and their directors, officers and executives. We see those developments coming from around the globe and defining the litigation...more

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