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EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

On 2 February 2017, the EU Commission simultaneously launched three investigations into the e-commerce sector. What is significant about this latest development is that it shows that e-commerce is a clear priority area in...more

European Commission Opens Investigation into Suspected Price Restrictions by Electronic Goods Producers

Following the recent warning by the European Commission (“Commission”) in its Preliminary Report on the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry, the Commission has announced that it has launched a full fledged investigation into four major...more

EC Launches Targeted Competition Enforcement in E-Commerce Sector

If we needed any reminder that the competitiveness of e-commerce was high on the European Commission’s enforcement agenda, we now have unequivocal proof of this. The Commission today launched three separate investigations...more

McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2016

It is difficult for General Counsel and their teams to monitor all new developments adequately. With the growth of the Internet and the daily updates to EU competition rules, everyone receives and has access to masses of...more

January EU Retail News

Brands Expanding Internationally Should Embrace Competition-Conscious Luxury Goods Licences - The licensing of luxury goods in Europe, where a supplier sells goods to a certain approved distributor to sell on its...more

January EU Competition Newsletter

Digital and Pharma Merger Cases Raise Worry of Enforcement Gap in EU Merger Control - On 7 October 2016, the EU Commission launched a public consultation ("the Consultation") on the functioning of certain procedural and...more

Trade Issues for Asia Business in 2017: A Look Beyond Headlines at TPP’s Demise and Emerging RCEP Trade Agreement

Press coverage about trade in Asia after the election of Donald Trump predominantly has framed a narrative that China stands to benefit from the demise of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the expense of the...more

Registration with the RF tax authorities aimed at payment of VAT by foreign e services providers

Dentons’ Russia Tax practice would like to remind readers that, starting 1 January 2017, foreign companies providing e-services are required to undergo special tax registration according to the procedure of Clause 4.6 of...more

Draft New Law Will Change the Regulatory Landscape for E-Commerce in China

China’s e-commerce market, with an annual turnover of more than 3.8 trillion yuan last year, has become the largest in the world. The various laws and regulations that were enacted by different authorities at different times...more

Privacy Tip #65 – Beware Online Shoppers of Keylogging Malware

There are reports of a java keylogger that is able to copy and forward credit card details from online checkout forms that are used on shopping websites. It has reportedly affected several dozen online shopping websites that...more

European Commission proposes simplified VAT rules for e-commerce supplies

On 1 December 2016, the European Commission unveiled plans to simplify the VAT rules for cross-border online sales (e-commerce). The Commission's proposal will make it easier for online businesses to access markets in (other)...more

China Employment Law Alert: New Data Privacy Obligations for Employers

The National People's Congress Standing Committee has now finalised the new Cyber Security Law ("CSL"), to take effect on 1 June 2017. The fast development of the internet in China has caused a rapid escalation of security...more

Bank Indonesia Regulates Payment Gateway and E-Wallet Services

In light of evolving technological innovation and information systems in Indonesia, especially those related to e-commerce and the financial technology industry, the Indonesian government seeks to more properly regulate...more

The “Unstore”: The Future of Brick and Mortar Retail?

The upcoming holiday weekend brings with it Black Friday and Cyber Monday, dates that have become shorthand for the different ways people shop. While e-commerce and physical retailers’ sales are still not comparable, many...more

Legislative Opportunities for Tribal Governments Under the Trump Administration

With the advent of a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, many who work in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Indian tribes may be tempted to adopt a defensive posture. But while it always is important to defend tribal...more

Don’t Wish Too Hard: Ohio Federal Court Tosses Class Claims in Consumer Case for Failure to Allege Actual Damages

Wish.com is a website that sells, you guessed it, goods. Lots of them. Clothing, watches, smartphone cases, fishing lures, jewelry, handbags, Pokémon cards, electronics, shoes. Most are inexpensive and made in China, from...more

Recent Developments in the Chinese Regulatory Regime Governing e-Commerce

The Chinese regulatory regime governing e-commerce has been constantly evolving as domestic and cross-border e-commerce continues its rapid growth. Recently, the regulatory environment has opened up in several ways:...more

UK Competition Authority Warns Online Sellers about Unlawful Pricing

In the lead up to “Black Friday”, one of the busiest times of the year for online sales, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a campaign to remind online sellers of products that discussing and...more

Law à la Mode: Brexit and the fashion industry; US Tariff Act; Hong Kong real estate; and more - Issue 21

The Australian editorial team is delighted to bring you the 21st edition of Law à la Mode, the legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design Group for distribution to clients and contacts of the firm...more

Industry-Wide Confidence Shines Through At ICSC’s 2016 Law Conference

The 2016 ICSC Law Conference was held last week at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Attendance was very strong this year, with over 1425 lawyers, paralegals, lease administrators, brokers and other retail real...more

European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation Prohibiting Geo-Blocking by Online Traders and Content Publishers

As part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers located in other EU Member...more

A Selfie’s Worth a Thousand Dollars

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but could it also be worth a thousand dollars? New technology by MasterCard and Amazon may mean that the new hammock you’ve been eying online is only a camera flash away....more

EU Retail News – October 2016

Can retailers find the perfect mix? Retailers are increasingly under pressure to evaluate their business models and, in particular, the mix of their in-store, online and mobile offerings. Just as there are few pure-play...more

Black Friday: May You Finally Shop in Peace

Black Friday has traditionally been the day that retailers and consumers gleefully mark on their calendars. Since its inception in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Black Friday has been considered the blast-off point for the...more

UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs

On 6 October 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced the closure of its investigation into a suspected competition law breach by some price comparison websites (“PCWs”) for energy tariffs on the...more

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