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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

227k Consumers to Receive Refund Checks from Dietary Supplement Company Settlement

by Reed Smith on

Roughly 227,000 consumers will receive an average of $43 each in an effort by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to send refunds to purchasers of dietary supplement products sold by Health Formulas LLC. The $9.8 million...more

PE in Indonesia – a vibrant market

by Hogan Lovells on

Indonesia is gaining popularity among both regional and international private equity funds. Demographics and economic forces increasingly portray Indonesia as a 'must-be-in' market....more

UPDATE: MTC Extends Deadline for Amnesty under the Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

Earlier today, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) released an update extending the October 17, 2017 deadline for businesses to file under its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The new deadline is now...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. (Wiseley v....more

Lessons from Birkenstock's Dispute With Amazon Over Product Control

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales platforms have made shopping more convenient for consumers around the world. Consumers can purchase goods abroad and receive them within days. This convenience, however, has not come without controversy....more

The FTC Won’t Let Me Be: Warnings and Enforcement Actions Targeting Social Media Influencers

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

According to recent Nielsen ratings, the most watched TV shows and live TV events top off at around 20 million viewers. In contrast, the most popular personalities on various social media platforms have well over 100 million...more

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

by Hogan Lovells on

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they...more

Risky Business: Sales Tax Case Sets The Stage For SCOTUS Showdown

by Akerman LLP on

It has long been the law of the land that a taxpayer must have a discernable physical presence in a state before it can be required to collect and remit sales and use taxes. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed this...more

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

by Varnum LLP on

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South...more

I Subscribed to What? What Online Subscription-Based Marketers Need To Tell Their Consumers

I am certainly not the only person who has been lured into purchasing a too-good-to-be-true, deeply discounted product online, only to learn that what I actually purchased was a subscription to buy more stuff. Kate Hudson’s...more

The Cure For The Last Mile? Retooling Shopping Malls as E-commerce Distribution Centers

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In addition to gigantic warehouses that e-commerce companies are constructing away from population centers where real estate is limited or too pricey, shopping malls and former shopping mall sites are well poised to be the...more

Sales Tax for Online Sales: Is It Time for a Change?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales tax is one of many tax-related issues that Congress is currently considering. (Stick with us, this shouldn’t be too boring.) Under the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Quill v. North Dakota (504 U.S. 298), an...more

Clickwraps and Browsewraps Oh My! Terms of Online Vendor Agreements - Are They Enforceable?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Often times, in seeking to enforce a term or condition of an online transaction, such as an arbitration clause, an online vendor will discover that (in the eyes of the law) the consumer never agreed to the transaction’s terms...more

Proposed Massachusetts Tax Regulations for Online Vendors Effective October 1, 2017

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In response to public comments issued on September 8, 2017 that won’t be published in the Massachusetts Register until September 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will require online vendors to collect...more

SALT Alert: MTC Announces Online Retailer Voluntary Disclosure Program with No Tax Payment Required

by Williams Mullen on

Normally, voluntary disclosure programs require payment of tax, and perhaps interest and penalties, during a specified lookback period. On September 1, the Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) announced a limited-time voluntary...more

Massachusetts to Move Forward With New “Cookie” Nexus Regulation Effective October 1

by Reed Smith on

On September 13, Massachusetts issued a final regulation that will require many “internet vendors” without traditional “physical presence” in Massachusetts to collect and remit sales and use tax, effective beginning October...more

23 States Join the Multistate Tax Commission Amnesty Ending on October 17, 2017: “Fulfillment by Amazon” Companies Targeted

This article provides practitioners with a practical overview of (1) the changing law of nexus; (2) the Multistate Tax Commission Amnesty Program ending on October 17, 2017; and (3) on-going state voluntary disclosure...more

For Vendors Making Internet Sales to Massachusetts Customers-A New Proposed Regulation Expands the Definition of Tax Nexus

A new regulation in Massachusetts, 830 CMR 64H.1.7, will expand the definition of tax nexus for out-of-state vendors making internet sales to Massachusetts customers. The regulation will become effective on October 1, 2017....more

South Dakota Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Kill-Quill’ Law

by Reed Smith on

Just two weeks after holding oral argument, the South Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al., striking down South Dakota’s “kill-Quill” law. South Dakota’s law would have imposed sales tax...more

Uncertainty Increases After DOJ Drops ADA Regulations

Uncertainty for online retailers increased after the Department of Justice (DOJ) pressed pause on its plans to issue regulations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Rhode Island State Tax – 2018 Budget Highlights

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

After some delay, Rhode Island's budget bill (H. 5175Aaa) was finally signed into law by the governor on August 3, 2017. The budget contains a number of changes impacting the administration of state and local taxes, not the...more

Alabama Adopts New Law Governing Virtual Currency Transactions

This month a new law governing virtual currency and online transactions went into effect in Alabama. The Alabama Monetary Transmission Act was passed by the legislature in May and replaces the “Sale of Checks Act” which had...more

One Step Closer to Quill’s Downfall? South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in 'Kill-Quill' Case

by Reed Smith on

The South Dakota Supreme Court heard oral argument in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The case involves a South Dakota law enacted in 2016 that imposes an economic nexus standard to determine whether out-of-state retailers are...more

Limited-Time Tax Amnesty for Marketplace Sellers

The Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) has implemented a limited-time voluntary disclosure initiative for online marketplace sellers (the “VDI”). The VDI creates an opportunity in many states to have a retailer’s historic...more

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