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Get Your Gripe On: The Consumer Review Fairness Act Is Live

Searching “millennials killed…” on the Internet returns over 1.5 million results in .65 seconds. Commentators have blamed the generation raised by tablets, smartphones, and apps for killing everything from marriage to brunch,...more

A Perspective on the Storyline that E-Commerce Will Devour the Retail Shopping Malls

In the recent proliferation of pessimistic articles about the demise of brick-and-mortar shopping and the looming retail “meltdown” or “apocalypse,” many writers have emphasized those economic forces that support their...more

News from AGG's Retail Industry Team - Summer Edition

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides “[n]o individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges,...more

European Court’s Advocate General Approves Brand Owner’s Ban On Resale Through Third-Party Website

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In our recent client alert on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry, we highlighted the potential impact the Coty case may have on the online sale restrictions luxury brand owners are legally allowed to impose...more

China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

by Hogan Lovells on

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Red Shield Net Sword...more

Selective distribution systems: AG Wahl advises to allow a ban on sales via online marketplaces

by White & Case LLP on

In his opinion in Coty, Advocate General ("AG") Wahl invites the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") to rule that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system is, under certain conditions, allowed to prohibit its...more

E-Commerce Disruption – Tenant’s Tizzy

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

For over a decade On the Skware Toy Soldiers and its owners, Boo & Woo, the Skware brothers, have enjoyed the shopping traffic brought to their retail store that’s located in the same shopping center as Athletics Authoritiez,...more

EU & Competition Update: Developments in regulating e-commerce, a quick tour of the European Commission’s final report (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In order to make the EU’s single market fit for the contemporary digital age, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the ‘digital single market strategy’. One of the three pillars of this strategy is to achieve better access...more

EU & Competition Update: Developments in regulating e-commerce, a quick tour of the European Commission’s final report

by Dentons on

In order to make the EU’s single market fit for the contemporary digital age, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the ‘digital single market strategy’. One of the three pillars of this strategy is to achieve better access...more

Channel Disruption & the Future of Food: Radical Change and New Consumer Channels

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the recent announcement that Amazon is buying Whole Foods, issues of channel disruption — that is, the ways consumers purchase food — have been on the forefront of people’s minds. On June 1, at DWT’s annual food and...more

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution. In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The CFPB made waves yesterday by adopting a rule that would prohibit financial firms from forcing customers to arbitrate their disputes over bank and credit card accounts (and by allowing class actions on those same issues)....more

The European Commission’s E-Commerce Report: Practical Lessons

by WilmerHale on

For the last two years, the European Commission (“EC”) has been carrying out a Sector Inquiry into e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content in the EU. As part of this, the EC has sent companies many questionnaires...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its final report (“Report”) concluding a wide-ranging two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). During the Inquiry – which was conceived as part of the...more

Digital Single Market: “DSM in 5 minutes” – Brochure

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In this brand-new publication, our pan-European DSM Taskforce helps you plan for the changes by providing an overview of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy; what the key legislative measures will bring about and...more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

Online Trade Under Antitrust Scrutiny in EC's E-Commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report

by Jones Day on

On May 10, 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited Final Report on the 2015 E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("Report"). The Report highlights the Commission's enforcement priorities in the online markets for...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 16th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 16, 2017 is below. Several interesting stories this week... Price-Fixing Technology the Subject of EU Regulators [PARITY] - ("Enforcers Must...more

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

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