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New Japanese ECommerce Consumption Tax Commences Effect on October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, Japan commences application of its business-to-consumer (“B2C”) ecommerce consumption tax (“JCT”), analogous to the EU electronic services VAT which commenced January 1 of this year. The JCT will require...more

State and Local Law Compliance is Essential to E-Commerce Success in Sale of Firearms and Related Accessories

Selling firearms and related accessories through e-commerce poses a unique challenge to vendors selling products online. Complex compliance issues are present in each transaction because every item must be sold in compliance...more

As Website/Mobile Accessibility Regulations Near Completion, Plaintiffs' Firms Target Retailers

Retailers and other companies are coming under attack by plaintiffs’ law firms alleging that their websites and mobile applications do not comply with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

State and Local Law Compliance is Essential to E-Commerce Success in Sale of Firearms and Related Accessories

Selling firearms and related accessories through e-commerce poses a unique challenge to vendors selling products online. Complex compliance issues are present in each transaction because every item must be sold in compliance...more

New Urgent Question: Does Your Website Accommodate Disabled Users?

Your business, school or enterprise has an obligation under the law to accommodate handicapped people in accessing your facilities. As more business moves to the Web, the U.S. Justice Department is increasingly finding that...more

Target Data Breach Class Certified: Data Breaches Potentially Fertile Ground for B2B Class Actions

Retail data breaches are multi-victim crimes, with the retailer, consumers and affected third parties all having legitimate claims to “victimhood” – and each left squabbling as the hacker vanishes into the digital ether....more

Blog: The Importance of Online Agreements on UK Websites

The Terms of Use Agreement (“TOU”) and the Privacy Policy found on most websites govern the relationship between the website operator and all of its customers. Although it may be tempting to copy and use online agreements...more

EU Data Privacy Challenges In Responding To Data Requests Made By U.S. Authorities

Regulators, courts and law enforcement authorities in the U.S. (and other jurisdictions around the globe) have an insatiable appetite for access to data held by a range of companies, including in particular financial...more

AGs Reach $1 Million Settlement With Online Marketer of Pimsleur Language Courses

The Attorney General offices from the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington entered into a $1 million settlement with Internet Order LLC, doing business as, over its use of ‘negative option’...more

Online Gun Sales: E-Commerce Terms that Work, and Keep the Seller Safe

Firearms sales continue their upward trend, with National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks indicating that 2014 sales of firearms in the United States exceeded 2012 numbers, and fell just short of 2013’s...more

Landmarks - Summer 2015

Technologically savvy shoppers visiting brick-and-mortar retail locations are increasingly engaging in “showrooming,” a practice where consumers use the brick-and-mortar retail location to evaluate a product in person, yet...more

Pushing the Envelope on Initial Interest Confusion Claims — Multi Time Machine, Inc. v.

Consider this: You are shopping online and you type in the name of a brand of wristwatch. Perhaps you wanted to purchase that exact brand of watch, or perhaps you were looking for a selection of watches that included the...more

The Illinois Attorney General Offers To Settle False Claims Act Cases Against Wineries - Just as Reed Smith Obtains Private Letter...

On July 23, 2015, the Illinois attorney general issued a group settlement proposal to the defendants in its Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) prosecutions of numerous out-of-state wineries. For at least the last decade, the...more

Be Aware: Washington DOR Forming Unit to Enforce New B&O Tax on Out-of-State Wholesalers

New Washington legislation expands the state’s B&O tax to wholesalers and imposes a click-through nexus provision for online retailers. As a result, the Department of Revenue is forming a tax discovery unit to enforce the new...more

The Wine Institute and Reed Smith Team Up To Fight Illinois False Claims Act Overreach

On July 28, 2015, on behalf of the Wine Institute and its members, Reed Smith filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Illinois Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) and the Illinois...more

"Want Coke? Buy Pepsi!” Is This Confusing?

Suppose you walk into a greasy cheeseburger joint and ask for a Coke®. A cook who looks remarkably like the late John Belushi doesn’t say, “No Coke; Pepsi.” Instead, he says, “You want Coke? Have a Pepsi!” and you buy the...more

CFPB sends warning letters on military allotment practices

The CFPB announced that it sent warning letters this month to several companies that sell retail goods to military servicemembers regarding their acceptance of payments made through military allotments. The military...more

Changes to Sunday Trading Laws – Good News for Retailers?

In his emergency summer budget of July 8, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the Sunday trading rules in England and Wales. In this bulletin we provide a brief reminder of the current rules and look at what the...more

Price Erosion and Restricting Online Distribution Rights

A reader who works with clients who sell online asked me to address online distribution restrictions.  This is more-or-less the reverse of the question I addressed in “Can My Supplier Refuse to Sell Products to Me?”  As...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Second Circuit Continues the Ebook Saga by Affirming Apple’s Role in an Unlawful Price Fixing Conspiracy

On June 30, 2015, the same day as the launch of Apple’s new streaming music service, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals coincidentally affirmed a district court ruling that Apple conspired with five of the country’s largest...more

Guiding Opinions to Promote Healthy and Rapid Development of Cross-Border E-Commerce

The Chinese e-commerce industry is rapidly expanding, and the nation is the world’s second largest online retail market. The business-to-consumer industry in particular is expected to see record growth in the next few years....more

Does Your Website or Mobile App Discriminate?

Are you confident that your business complies with federal anti-discrimination laws? If you offer goods or services to the public through the Internet, the answer may not be as simple as you think. Increasingly, lawsuits...more

No Coke, Pepsi. No Infringement, Summary Judgment?

2015 was the 40th anniversary for the NBC comedy series, Saturday Night Live (SNL). After 40 years, a television show is bound to have a cultural impact. And one of the series’ most well known sketches involves Olympia...more

House Judiciary Committee Approves Three State Tax Bills

Yesterday, on June 17, 2015, three state tax bills were favorably reported to the United States House of Representatives (House) by the House Judiciary Committee (House Judiciary) after considering each during a half-day...more

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