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The WTO Work Programme on Electronic Commerce

At the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in December 2013, Ministers adopted a Decision that the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce should be “substantially invigorated.” The Work Programme merits attention in light of...more

Japan: Significant Changes In Consumption Tax

Raise in Consumption Tax Rate Postponed - On November 18, 2014, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, officially announced that the increase of the consumption tax rate which was originally planned to occur in October...more

Yahoo! wins against RTI: limited liability for hosting providers

The Court of Appeal of Milan recently issued a very important decision in the Yahoo! v. RTI case. The Court overturned the First Instance decision and held that Yahoo! can rely on the hosting provider exemption under the...more

PCI Council: SSL Will No Longer Be Sufficient for E-Commerce

In the latest edition of the PCI Council’s Assessor Newsletter, the Council previewed a proposed change related to the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol for encrypting communications between your website’s e-commerce...more

New Shanghai Free Trade Zone Policy: WFOEs Now Permitted to Provide E-Commerce Services

Action Item: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China has announced that foreign investors may now hold 100 percent of the equity shares in e-commerce companies located in the...more

China’s New Policy for Foreign Investment in E-Commerce - Shanghai Free Trade Zone Opens Door for Complete Foreign Ownership in...

Further to the early 2014 policy that relaxed the restrictions on the foreign equity ratio in value-added telecommunications business in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ”), on January 15, 2015, the Ministry of...more

When Fashion Met Style…Spin-Off Stores

Over the past few years, there has been a discouraging rash of mall vacancies and closings, as traditional department stores and retail chains have had to close shop, lick their wounds, and get back to the drawing board in...more

Post-Alice Patents in Ecommerce, Banking and Finance

Where are the post-Alice business method patents? Between January 1, 2015 and January 23, the USPTO issued 247 patents in class 705, the overall business methods classification. I reviewed the file histories of every...more

NH House Introduces Bill to Exempt Certain Users of VC From The Money Transmitter Licensing Requirements

On January 8, 2015, New Hampshire House Bill 356 was introduced, proposing to exempt persons using private virtual currencies for internet commerce from the licensing requirements for money transmitters. H.B. 356 would define...more

The New “Click-Through”?: New York Budget Proposal Requires Marketplace Providers to Collect Tax

On January 21, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State address, along with proposing the new budget. The budget has a number of new tax proposals. One of those proposals would have a significant impact on e-commerce...more

China removes foreign investment cap on e-commerce business in the Shanghai free trade zone

The PRC Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on January 13, 2015 that effective the same date, the investment ratio restriction for foreign investment in e-commerce business (falling under the...more

Turkish Parliament Approves E-Commerce Law

Turkey’s Parliament has approved Law No. 6563 on the Regulation of Electronic Commerce (Law) aimed at creating a more secure, transparent and accessible e-commerce environment. The Law is expected to come into force 1 May...more

CPSC and E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Ink Deal to Block Sale of Recalled Products to U.S. Consumers

Following an ABC 20/20 investigative story where CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye called Craigslist’s failure to block the sale of recalled products “morally irresponsible,” the agency announced yesterday that it has entered into an...more

Retailing and Technology: Once an Afterthought, Now a Brave New World

In a post last month, we mentioned the continued debates over brick-and-mortar and e-commerce driving innovation in the retail industry. Ultimately, technology enhances a shopper’s experience but does not necessarily replace...more

Megatrends in M&A: 3 Key Regional Opportunities

With the rise in frequency of mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in Africa, the 26 percent growth of M&A in the Middle East this year and the global volume and value of M&A at its highest for years in the first three quarters of...more

NYDFS Publishes BitLicense Comments

Yesterday, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) published all comments that it received on its “BitLicense” proposal. A total of 3,746 comments were submitted, many of which were written by individuals based...more

New German VAT Rules in eCommerce as of January 2015

Although online shop providers had to implement extensive changes to consumer rights (in particular, the new rules regarding the right of withdrawal) on the basis of the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive...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

Amended Fred Meyer Guides Account for Rise of Online Business, Otherwise Remain Largely Unchanged

On November 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) first amendments in 20 years to the so-called Fred Meyer Guides will take effect. The Guides give direction to manufacturers, wholesalers and other suppliers seeking...more

What Is the Appropriate Market for Analyzing Amazon’s Alleged Power?

The current debate over whether Amazon holds the power of a monopolist or a monopsonist is likely to be narrowed to one question in a court room: What is the relevant product market that Amazon is allegedly dominating? Since...more

5 Compliance “Hot Spots” for Technology Companies Under Export Controls and Sanctions Laws

Increasingly interconnected global businesses need to focus on how export controls and trade sanctions can affect their cross-border activities in unexpected ways. For decades, the US Government has used trade...more

Are Websites Places of Public Accommodation?

By now, most lawyers are aware that Title III of the ADA applies to activities of an entity whose operations "affect commerce" and is a "place of public accommodation" as defined by statute. 42 U.S.C. § 12181(7)(A)-(L)....more

Status Updates - September 2014 #3

..In-tweet purchases. Twitter is testing the ability for its users to make purchases directly from tweets. The popular social network is working with a number of sellers, nonprofits and artists—as well as a small handful of...more

Major Barrier to E-Commerce in Middle East and North Africa is Fear about Data Security

In a recent article published by Law 360, Proskauer litigation associate Courtney Bowman outlines how companies can make inroads in the e-commerce market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Although often overlooked,...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Refusal to Enforce Arbitration Clause in Barnes & Noble’s Browsewrap Agreement—Conspicuous...

E-commerce forges ahead as many consumers’ preferred way of buying things, and the law is evolving to meet the demands of advancing technology while also accounting for the public’s protection. In the most recent example, the...more

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