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Warehouses and Delivery Centers in Massachusetts May Operate on Sundays and Holidays Following an Amendment to the Commonwealth’s...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law amending the Commonwealth’s “blue laws.” The blue laws prohibit business activities on Sundays and holidays, unless the activity fits within a...more

Privacy Tip #48 – Watch Your Amazon Prime Now Account for Hacked Purchases

Those of you with Amazon Prime Now accounts love the convenience of getting goods delivered to your home RIGHT NOW, well at least within hours until Amazon drones become common place....more

European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation on Geo-Blocking – Will It Unblock ECommerce Across the EU?

As part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers based on nationality or location. The...more

Tennessee Takes Out-of-State Sales Tax into Its Own Hands

Are you an out-of-state retailer doing business in Tennessee? If so, take note. The Tennessee Department of Revenue is proposing a new rule mandating certain out-of-state dealers to collect and remit sales and uses taxes to...more

Controversial New Jersey Consumer Protection Law Creates a Potential “Gotcha” for E-Commerce Companies

If your company is involved in selling products or services to consumers in New Jersey over the web or through mobile apps, you’ll want to read this blog post....more

A right in Germany to sell through online marketplaces?

On 18 July 2016, Germany moved another step closer to enshrining a right for distributors in selective distribution systems to sell over online marketplaces. This is not sudden move by the German courts, in fact we have...more

SC Department of Revenue Issues New Guidance on Application of Use Tax to Foreign and Out-of-State Property Brought into South...

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (“DOR”) has issued new SC Revenue Ruling #16-6, providing use tax information for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits. The ruling supersedes SC Revenue Ruling #08-6 and provides...more

RETAIL 2020: Future Ready – Innovate to Succeed

In late June, members of the local and national retail community convened at Goulston & Storrs’ Boston office to participate in an interactive panel discussion billed as RETAIL 2020: Future Ready. Panelists included Ben...more

A Closer Look into the Growth of E-Commerce Sales

It is widely known that e-commerce sales have been growing and shifting sales from traditional brick-and-mortar establishments. As noted below, overall e-commerce sales in fact still account for a relatively modest percentage...more

How Online Sales and In-Store Pick-Up Can Muddy the Waters on Calculating Percentage Rent

In today’s internet-reliant economy, retailers are expanding their online presence to stay relevant among customers that are increasingly looking to the internet for their shopping experience. Many customers prefer to shop...more

Sales Tax Nexus Roundup – Introducing Louisiana and Tennessee

We have been closely following the rapid rise of state laws and regulations imposing sales tax nexus or reporting requirements on out-of-state sellers with no physical presence in the state. In the wake of decisions by the...more

Set Pickup Location: Uber Is Coming to Retail

On-demand delivery services, such as Uber and its competitors Lyft and Postmates, are increasingly taking steps that have the potential to offer a counterpunch to online retailers such as Amazon and may shake up the brick and...more

2016 Oklahoma Tax Legislation

Investment/New Jobs Credit, $25 Million Cap, 2016-2018. The income tax credit for investment in manufacturing facilities or increasing jobs was amended to provide that for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and...more

Breaking News: Tennessee Submits Proposed Economic Nexus Regulation for Publication

On June 16, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Revenue (DOR) submitted a new sales and use tax regulation for publication titled “Out-of-State Dealers” that would administratively create an economic nexus threshold. While the...more

Alabama Issues Remote Sellers Use Tax Assessments, Newegg Inc. Appeals

Ever since Alabama’s new economic nexus regulation went into effect, litigation over its constitutionality has been expected given that Alabama Commissioner Julie Magee and Governor Bentley said as much when announcing it...more

Online Traders: New Obligation in EU for Provision of Link to Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform

On January 19, 2016 the Regulation (EU) No 524/2013 on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes entered into force (henceforth "Regulation"). The aim of the Regulation is to provide a European online dispute resolution...more

Don’t Get Caught In A Web of Claims: ADA Website Accessibility Claims On The Rise

In today’s technology-driven society, retailers are increasingly using the internet to provide information, goods, and services to the public. While having a website is almost a mandatory aspect of operating a retail...more

Subscription-Based Business Models: An Overview of Auto-Renewal Regulations

The demand for subscription-based and recurring revenue business models is growing faster than ever. According to a 2014 report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 80 percent of customers are demanding new consumption models...more

Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016: New Oklahoma Sales Tax Law on Internet Sales

Internet sales to Oklahomans will now be subject to new sales tax requirements. HB 2531, entitled the “Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016” (the “Act”), enacted May 17, 2016, becomes effective November 1, 2016....more

Amazon’s clear labelling defeats MTM trademark claims

The US Supreme Court has denied certiorari for the Ninth Circuit decision in Multi Time Machine Inc (MTM) v Amazon.com Inc on February 29 2016, which held that Amazon did not infringe MTM’s trademark in its presentation of...more

Florida Supreme Court: Origin Sourcing for Sales Tax is Constitutional

The Florida Supreme Court upheld the imposition of a sales tax obligation on an in-state florist for all of its worldwide sales regardless of delivery destination. This “origin sourcing” method of determining transactions...more

Florida Sales Taxes on Internet Sales Outside of Florida [Florida]

Question: A Florida corporation, with a physical location and principal address in Florida, sells flowers, gift baskets, and other items of tangible personal property over the Internet. The company does not maintain any...more

What Are We Going to Do About Amazon?

My client Sarah is a talented graphic designer who developed the idea of printing unique designs on curtains. She began selling them on Amazon and the product became wildly successful. Due to this popularity, counterfeiters...more

Retailers Take Notice: Will Customers .shop at Your .store?

Have you thought about establishing a new distinctive web address for your business? Do you worry that someone else may try to register your brand name within one of the new generic top level domains (gTLDs)? Whether...more

U.S. States Expand Efforts to Collect Taxes from Out-of-State Businesses

Twenty-four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Quill v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), that in order for a U.S. state to require an out-of-state business to collect and remit sales and use taxes on its sales...more

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