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Finding the Perfect Fit: Garment Sizing Technology

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Despite the advent of online shopping, many consumers still do not feel comfortable buying clothes online given the risk of receiving clothes that do not fit. This lack of confidence hurts fashion e-retailers, as well as...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

To Tax or Not to Tax Internet Retailers, that is the Question

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since the dawn of the age of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retailers have championed “the level playing field”. Their battle cry: Internet retailers should be subject to sales tax just like us!...more

"E-Commerce in India on the Rise"

Despite the headwinds facing Indian e-commerce start-ups, some of which had irrational cost structures and business models based solely on discounts, the overall success and potential of this sector, as well as its...more

Contract Corner: Standard Terms in the IoT Age

by Morgan Lewis on

A seismic shift is afoot in the intelligence, complexity, and interconnectedness of everyday products, and the flimsy foundation of customer assent to standard terms will continue to crack, if not collapse. We recently noted...more

Asia Pacific Data Protection and Cyber Security Guide 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

2016 was an eventful year in the Asia-Pacific region, as data protection and cyber security issues increasingly feature in the news headlines in the Asia-Pacific region as they do elsewhere, our annual publication, the 2017...more

EU Retail News - March 2017

by Bryan Cave on

From April 2017, the following legal changes are coming into effect. Make sure your business is prepared! Part of this publication originally published by Drapers - March, 2017...more

Law à la Mode: The future of retail; Green fashion; E-commerce in China; Brexit update: trademarks and design; and more (UK) Issue...

by DLA Piper on

Management, a Belgian national and expert on retail management and customer experience for fashion, department stores and home improvement retailing. He tells us about the changes he has seen in the retail sector over the...more

Contract Corner: Standard Terms in the ‘Widgetal’ Age

by Morgan Lewis on

We get it. You sell widgets. You’ve always sold widgets. Your time-tested terms of sale/purchase have served you faithfully through product, industry, and economic cycles. You don’t sell apps or clouds, so why should this...more

The benefits and harms of e-commerce on competition law

by Dentons on

Electronic commerce has gained significant popularity globally in recent years. As the internet became more familiar, and traditional biased attitude towards bricks-and-mortar retail shops fade, more businesses begin to...more

Adding a Twist to the Daily Deal

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With the advent of online shopping, countless retailers have capitalized on daily deals and flash sales, some even devoting their entire business model to the concept. It seemed (at least to this online shopper) that this...more

EU Commissioner Warns Companies of Potentially Unlawful Use of Pricing Algorithms

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 16 March 2017, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager gave a speech on algorithms and competition at the Bundeskartellamt's 18th Conference on Competition in Berlin, during which she discussed the potentially...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard...more

Brexit ahead for TMT …8 months on

by Hogan Lovells on

Eight months ago, just before the Referendum, I anticipated the implications of a Leave vote for the sector. Today sees the publication of the first results of the Hogan Lovells "Brexometer", which will track the attitudes of...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

50% Off – New Guidance on Pricing Practices ‘Reduced’ to a Set of Common Sense Principles

by Reed Smith on

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has produced a new pricing practice guide which moves towards a principle-based approach. The new guidance will take effect from April 2017 and covers a range of pricing...more

EU antitrust enforcement 2.0 – European Commission raises concerns about algorithms and encourages individual whistleblowers

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has emphasised two important developments for EU antitrust enforcement, which have emerged from technological advancements: The Commission is taking proactive...more

When in Rome: Our Take on the ICSC OAC (Open Air Summit)

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

We know from our high school history lessons that large scale public shopping centers have been around since the days of the Roman Empire, if not before. The fabled open air markets of cities like Istanbul and Damascus still...more

Indonesia Implements a Safe Harbor Policy for E-Commerce (Marketplace) Platforms

by White & Case LLP on

In light of rapid developments in the e-commerce industry in Indonesia, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics ("MOCI") issued Circular Letter No. 5 of 2016 on the Limitations and Responsibilities of Platform Providers...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

European Commission Investigates Online Sales Practices - On 2 February 2017, the European Commission (EC) announced three separate investigations into online sales practices in the EU. It will assess whether various...more

Leveraging Digital Tech to Make Brick and Mortar Retail A Destination

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

With a growing percentage of retail sales shifting online, brick-and-mortar retailers are adopting novel approaches to enrich the experience of avisit to their stores. In some cases, stores are using novel technologies...more

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the...more

The Ascendency of Accessibility: Surge in Website Lawsuits Continues

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The proliferation of accessibility lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not abated. It is well-documented that ADA-related litigation increased by 37% from 2015 to 2016, which is...more

Manatt Digital - February 2017

If there is one truism in the world of digital media, it is the simple fact that our technology and consumption habits are evolving in tandem with one another and at an exponential rate. This compounding effect of innovation...more

Georgia Tax Tribunal Issues Two New Decisions on Remote Seller Nexus and Georgia Tax Credit Elections

The Georgia Tax Tribunal, in its first published decisions in more than a year, held that: (1) Scholastic Book Clubs has nexus in Georgia and must collect sales tax; and (2) a taxpayer’s election of one tax credit for...more

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