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Colorado’s Marijuana Sales are Skyrocketing

It hasn’t been long since Colorado officially legalized marijuana, and within a short time period, marijuana sales are already flourishing. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, in March alone, retail taxes on...more

The China Market – Changing Times for Foreigners

China has long been a highly complex market. Fraught with a myriad of business risks, foreign companies consider potential access to China’s 1.3 billion consumers as too enticing to ignore. For many multinational firms...more

4 Potential Pitfalls in the Process of Becoming a Licensed Medical Marijuana Producer in Canada

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), effective April 1, 2014, is a new set of rules for growing, purchasing and selling medical marijuana in Canada. Replacing the previous rules of the Marihuana for Medical...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2014 #2

In this issue: - The Wait is Over..GSA Awards OASIS Contracts to 74 Businesses - OMB Issues Notice to Announce the Availability of the 2014 OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement - NIH Launches $20...more

Not-So-Sweet Smell of Success: When Does Ambient Scent Marketing Become a Deceptive Trade Practice?

Scent marketing is as old as a realtor baking cookies in a house up for sale and as new as Oscar Mayer’s “bacon” alarm clock. Harnessing the primal power of smell represents a final frontier of subliminal advertising....more

Retailers Make Their Mark: Québec Court Sides with Retailers on the Use of Trade-Marks in Public Signage and Commercial...

In a significant decision released on April 9, 2014, the Superior Court of Québec held that the Québec Charter of the French Language (the Charter) does not require non-French trade-marks appearing on public signage be...more

Advertising In France Parlez-Vous Français?

The 20th anniversary of the French Language Act (Loi Toubon) of 4 August 1994 is a good occasion to examine the applicable rules when advertising in France. Such requirements are of particular interest for the fashion, retail...more

The Utility And Risk Of Mobile Device Tracking

Americans are becoming increasingly dependent on mobile devices, such as smart phones. These devices allow us to remain in constant contact with our family, friends, and colleagues. Moreover, the use of these devices is...more

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

EPA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a request for comment on its draft report concerning the impacts of climate change to human health. The agency is seeking...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 12 – Winter 2013/14 (Global)

In This Issue: - Mandatory Employment Of Women In Retail Stores In Saudi Arabia: Key points for complying with the new requirements for retailers to employ women in female-oriented stores - No Logo Required:...more

Sales Tax Refunds on Defaulted Credit Sales: Does Anyone Get a Refund?

James Susa analyzes the state tax statutory structures and major court decisions on bad debt deductions and concludes that in practice, the availability of such a deduction is limited in scope. Each state that imposes...more

Hong Kong Banks Pledge to Treat Customers Fairly

Public pressure over vulnerable populations spurs banks to act - On 28 October 2013, 22 retail banks in Hong Kong launched the Treat Customers Fairly Charter (Charter) to enhance customer protection and education in...more

Chinese Retailer “DragonMart” Fights and Wins a Spot on Mexican Soil

Enrique Peña Nieto has been in talks with his Chinese counterpart since the year started, a sign of both countries burying their retail-related hatchet and deciding to work together to boost their strong economies. This is...more

August 2013: Class Action Litigation Update - Retail Pricing: The New Class Action Beachhead.

“Labels matter.” With those two words, penned in Kwikset v. Superior Court, 51 Cal. 4th 310 (2011), the California Supreme Court opened up a new frontier for class actions against product manufacturers and retailers. Any...more

Foreign Investment In Retail Trading In India - Where We Stand Today

The regulatory regime on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail trading in India has seen multiple reforms over the last year. We set out below the regulatory position as of August 2013....more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 11 -- August 12, 2013

In This Issue: Complex Products and Conducting a Reasonable Basis Suitability Review; Guidelines for Presenting Backtested Performance Data; IOSCO Final Report on Principles for Financial Benchmarks; Protect Your...more

Beware And Be Smart: California Remains A Danger Zone For Resale Price Restrictions

Most recently, the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California denied a retailer’s motion to dismiss vertical price fixing claims filed under the state’s Cartwright Act and Unfair Competition Law....more

SEC Adopts Retail Foreign Exchange Rule in Order to Prevent Dodd-Frank Amendment from Disrupting the Retail Forex Markets

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 11, 2013 adopted Rule 15b12-1 (“Final Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (“Exchange Act”) in order to allow market participants to continue...more

New Accounting Rules for Gift Cards Redeemable by Unrelated Entities

IRS modifies rules allowing the deferral method of accounting for advance payments received for the sale of gift cards that are redeemable by an unrelated party. On July 24, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an...more

5 Suggestions For Retail Exclusive Use Clauses

Congratulations on landing that national, credit-rated tenant for your shopping center or building!...more

Bricks, Mortar, The Internet And Multi-Channel Retailers - Is this the end of high-street shopping?

Today it is unthinkable for a major retailer not to have an online presence. In less than 20 years, consumer retail channels have revolutionized the way that the retailer interacts with its customers. It was as far back as...more

Employment Law Advisory for April 17, 2012: What Does the “Suitable Seating” Requirement Mean for Your Workplace?

A previously ignored provision in the California Wage Orders provides that “[a]ll working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of their work reasonably permits the use of seats.” The language...more

2013: How Will China's Economy Affect American Businesses?

While many countries today would envy a 7.4 percent economic expansion rate, for China, the world’s second largest economy and the United States' second largest trade partner, that number suggests the lowest economic growth...more

The California Supreme Court Loosens Restrictions On Internet Retailers

Attempting to strike a balance between the competing concerns of privacy and fraud protection, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act does not apply to online retailers that collect...more

California District Court Holds Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Does Not Prohibit Post-Transaction Collection Of Zip Codes, Denies...

On January 28, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification filed by a group of plaintiffs seeking to challenge, on behalf of similarly situated individuals, a...more

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