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Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online — not just in news, but also in offerings of goods and services. Fake online stories, like the PizzaGate story,...more

Channel Disruption & the Future of Food: Radical Change and New Consumer Channels

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the recent announcement that Amazon is buying Whole Foods, issues of channel disruption — that is, the ways consumers purchase food — have been on the forefront of people’s minds. On June 1, at DWT’s annual food and...more

Washington State Imposes New Reporting Requirements for Out-Of-State Sellers Not Collecting Sales Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of Washington State’s efforts to collect more sales tax on out-of-state companies’ sales to Washington customers, the Legislature recently enacted H.B. 2163. The bill, signed by the Governor on July 7, imposes notice...more

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution. In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

UPDATE: Massachusetts Department of Revenue Revokes Directive Requiring Large Out-of-State Internet Vendors to Collect...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Our previous QuickStudy published on April 14, 2017, detailed Directive 17-1, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”), which would have required all out-of-state internet vendors that in the prior taxable...more

The End Times for Brands?

Several years ago I wrote a post about Selfridges’ “No Noise” campaign, featuring de-branded from brands like Heinz, Clinique, and Levi’s. In that post, I asked whether de-branded design would soon become a new trend....more

The European Commission’s E-Commerce Report: Practical Lessons

by WilmerHale on

For the last two years, the European Commission (“EC”) has been carrying out a Sector Inquiry into e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content in the EU. As part of this, the EC has sent companies many questionnaires...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Repeals Directive 17-1

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (Department) has just issued Directive 17-2 revoking Directive 17-1 which adopted an economic nexus standard for sales tax purposes. Directive 17-2 states that the revocation is in...more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

Massachusetts DOR Sending Letters to Sellers Regarding July 1 Effective Date of Economic Nexus Directive

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (Department) sent letters to several companies regarding Directive 17-1. The Directive announces a “rule” requiring remote internet sellers to register for and begin...more

Online Trade Under Antitrust Scrutiny in EC's E-Commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report

by Jones Day on

On May 10, 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited Final Report on the 2015 E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("Report"). The Report highlights the Commission's enforcement priorities in the online markets for...more

2017 Tennessee Tax Legislative Highlights - State & Local Tax Alert: Tennessee Edition

In addition to Tennessee’s passage of the IMPROVE Act (Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) also known as the “2017 Tax Cut Act,” 2017 Tenn. Pub. Acts 181, featured in our State and...more

EU Retail News - June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice ("CAP") puts its foot down on how companies can advertise to children online. In recent months, CAP has published a multitude of guidance to...more

Amazon & Wal-Mart: Pinky and The Brain of Retail

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In the opening montage of the American animated series, Pinky and The Brain, Pinky asks his best friend, The Brain: “What do you want to do tonight?” To which The Brain replies: “The same thing we do every night; try to take...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

PM Theresa May’s call for a snap election looked a lot better a few weeks ago than it does on the morning after. But regardless of the outcome (hung parliament, anyone?), the pound sterling sure took it on the chin....more

Massachusetts Requires Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2017

by WilmerHale on

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance under which it will require the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by remote sellers that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts....more

FTC Tramples Fake Reviews

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Retailers often use product reviews to supplement advertising and drive sales. Such use has become more prevalent as sales shift from brick and mortar stores to internet sales, where splattering a webpage with purported...more

European Commission’s Final Views on Competition in E-commerce – A Warning Shot on Selective Distribution?

by Reed Smith on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on its two-year e-commerce sector inquiry (the Final Report). A handy 16-page summary is accompanied by a dense and largely uneventful staff working document...more

Is Arbitration Just a Click Away?

by Burr & Forman on

With online retailers challenging brick and mortar stores, the importance of online transactions and the terms of the contracts they create has never been greater. In the context of arbitration, courts are increasingly being...more

Minnesota Legislature Sends Bill to Governor to Require “Marketplace Providers” to Collect Sales and Use Tax

by Reed Smith on

The Minnesota Legislature passed HF1 to impose sales and use tax collection obligations on “marketplace providers”–defined broadly to capture online websites that facilitate sales of tangible personal property from retailers...more

EU Retail News - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Fashion is all about making the old new again, and the well-established concept of a joint venture as a mechanism to extend a brand’s global reach is currently on trend explains Carol Osborne. What is new about the latest...more

Class Action Lawsuits on the Rise under New Jersey’s Consumer Protection Laws – Which Retailers Will Be Targeted Next?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Does your retail business conduct sales online? For most retailers today, the answer is likely yes. This means that the recent surge of class action lawsuits against merchants arising out of a consumer protection law in New...more

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