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Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part I): 4 things that cannabis brand owners need to know

by Smart & Biggar on

The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, Canada’s cannabis industry is already “overgrown” with many licensed (and...more

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

by Bryan Cave on

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...more

Can the EU Deliver? The EU Regulation on Cross-border Parcel Delivery

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The European Union (EU) has reached a provisional agreement on a proposed new Regulation on EU cross-border parcel delivery services. The European Commission’s aim is to make pricing and tariffs more transparent and give...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2018

by King & Spalding on

Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs On Imported Large Residential Washing Machines And Imported Solar Cells And Modules - On January 22, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that...more

Competition Newsletter January 2018

by Dentons on

The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the sanction imposed on Telefónica and Portugal Telecom for a market-sharing clause as part of a concentration operation - By a ruling dated 13 December 2017, the Court...more

Craigslist’s “Virtual Presence” Enough for B.C. Court’s Jurisdiction

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Is San Francisco-based Craigslist subject to a third-party production order in criminal proceedings in British Columbia, despite having only a “virtual” presence in the province? The province’s Court of Appeal said yes in a...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. V, Issue 1

by Jones Day on

Top News - FDA Announces Intention to Not Enforce Certain FSMA Final Rules Provisions - On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a guidance announcing that it does not intend to enforce...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Google linked to new allegations of collusive keyword practices; Argentina's distribution...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Happy New Year from Seattle... I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays. Our final, year-end OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 29, 2017 is below. ...more

TMT Horizons 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Some of the 800+ Hogan Lovells lawyers who look at the TMT Industry Sector share their perspectives on the future. From Tokyo to Mexico; from Blockchain to satellites; from M&A to privacy. Please see full Publication below...more

Reflections on Technology-Related Legal Issues: Looking Back at 2017; Will 2018 Be a Quantum Leap Forward?

As we approach the end of 2017, it is a time to reflect on the dizzying pace of technology evolution this year, and the amazing array of legal issues it presented. Similarly, it is a time to look forward and anticipate what...more

Consent under the GDPR: Official Guidance Now Available

One of the most striking changes to EU privacy law under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (which goes into effect May 25, 2018) is the very strict approach to user consent. For many years, companies operating in...more

Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

The Coty Case – The CJEU rules in favour of selective distribution networks against third-party online platforms

by Dentons on

In the long-awaited Coty ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that luxury brands may restrict distributors in a selective distribution network from selling their goods through third-party online...more

Suppliers of luxury goods can prohibit their selective distributors from selling these products via third-party online platforms

by White & Case LLP on

The European Court of Justice held in Coty that a manufacturer operating a lawful selective distribution system for luxury goods is allowed to prohibit its authorised distributors from selling those goods on third-party...more

Coty Case: Luxury Brands Can Restrict Online Sale via Marketplaces Such as Amazon

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (“the Court”) handed down its preliminary ruling in the Coty case confirming that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system of luxury goods is allowed to...more

GDPR Breach Notification Checklist

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

U.S. companies now have to consider breach notification requirements under the GDPR in addition to data breach notification laws in the U.S. (enacted by 48 states and numerous regulators). Follow our chart to determine if...more

EU ends unjustified geoblocking

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Union will end unjustified geoblocking for consumers wishing to buy products or services online within the EU before the end of next year....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on Legislative Proposal for EU Framework on Crowdfunding - On October 30, 2017, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment for a legislative proposal...more

Dutch Court Affirms Ban on Nonauthorized Online Resellers

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: On October 4, 2017, the Amsterdam District Court upheld Nike's ban on authorized distributors selling Nike products on the online platforms of unauthorized resellers. The Result: Under this Dutch ruling, a...more

Breaking Down Telia: One of the Largest FCPA Settlements and the First of the Trump Administration

The recent settlement by Telia Company AB (“Telia”), the first of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) under the Trump administration and one of the largest FCPA enforcement actions to date, has been touted by some as a...more

Settlement with Swedish Telecom Giant Falls Just Short of First $1 Billion FCPA Resolution

In September, the U.S. government announced a nearly $1 billion FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) settlement with the Swedish telecommunications company Telia. The total monetary payment in this global resolution makes it...more

Importing Products From China: Beware FCC Regulations

by Revision Legal on

There are many startup and already successful e-commerce entrepreneurs who are importing products from China and then make good profits by re-selling them on Amazon and/or on similar online sales platforms....more

European General Data Protection Regulation: GDPR Compliance for U.S. Business

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved by the European Union (EU) in 2016 and replaces the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. Enforcement begins May 25, 2018 – including the application of heavy...more

European Commission Publishes the Results of its First Annual Review on the Functioning of the EU-US Privacy Shield

by WilmerHale on

On October 18, 2017, the EU Commission (“Commission”) published its report and other working documents (“Report”) on its first annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield”). The Report summarizes that...more

Finding Foreign Service Difficult? Look for the Defendant on Facebook

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Your company has entered into a contract with a smaller, foreign company to do business. While your relationship starts off strong, it quickly sours when you discover that the smaller company’s quality standards do not meet...more

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