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Pesticide/FIFRA Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Amazon Services, LLC Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Amazon Services, LLC (“Amazon”) entered into a February 14th Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and...more

EPA Settles with Amazon on Distribution of Unregistered Pesticides

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Amazon Services LLC (Amazon) entered into a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) whereby Amazon agreed to pay $1,215,700 in civil penalties for...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Pursuit of scale drives consumer M&A

by White & Case LLP on

The race to consolidate resulted in a flurry of megadeals in 2017, while the disruptive impact of technology on consumer behavior continues to generate activity. M&A deal value in the consumer sector saw phenomenal growth...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 2018 #4

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Food Quality News discussed a USDA proposal to revise swine inspection rules. Food Engineering discussed the status of FSMA compliance....more

Disruptive Forces: Antitrust in 2018

Disruptive Forces 2 - - Netflix – a threat to broadcast and cable TV operators? - Amazon – a threat to grocery and retail more broadly? - Apple and Facebook – a threat to would-be rivals? - Google – a threat to...more

Help Wanted: How Your Online Job Advertisements Could Be Considered Age Discrimination

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

More and more employers are seeking employees on the internet through targeted advertisements on Facebook. Employers can target these advertisements to certain users based on age, location, interests, experience, among other...more

Retailers Anxiously Await Possible Changes to Taxation of Online Sales

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers will be closely watching the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to revisit a 26-year-old case which has limited states’ taxing authority over online sales. The Supreme Court, heeding calls from...more

Not Your Grandad’s Facebook? Targeted Social Media Ads Spur Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Can you target advertisements to a group based on age? The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and several individuals think not and filed suit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group. The...more

Have you ever used a one-click ordering process online? Then you indirectly paid Amazon.

If you purchased anything from a website using a one-click purchase button, you indirectly paid Amazon for that ability, at least up until September 11, 2017 when Amazon’s patent to this technology expired. As a result,...more

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

In a brief, unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of right of publicity and privacy claims against a host of self-publishing platforms and service providers for distributing an erotic (and purported...more

D.Del. - MJ Burke Describes Analysis Framework for Assessing Section 101 Motion to Dismiss

by Fish & Richardson on

In the most recent section 101 opinion out of Delaware, Magistrate Judge Burke addressed patent eligibility of three patents directed to systems, apparatuses, and methods of using wireless machine to machine (“M2M”)...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 1st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 1, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of distribution stories as well as a report on the latest rankings of the large hotel loyalty...more

What is Contributory Trademark Infringement?

by Revision Legal on

How does Amazon avoid being held liable for trademark infringement? We can find some answers by examining a case recently filed by Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, against Amazon. Daimler is alleging direct trademark...more

Pentagon Web Monitoring Data Exposed

Security researcher Chris Vickery has confirmed that web-monitoring data from the Department of Defense (DOD) was exposed through Amazon Web Services by the way the DOD configured access by authorized users. According to...more

Non-Compete Legislation Update: Why Choices of Law and Forum are a Big Deal

On October 31, 2017, the Joint Committee on Workforce and Development once again held a hearing to discuss the possibility of legislative changes to Massachusetts non-competition and trade secrets laws. There were several...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2017

Social Media, Behavior Policies Tossed by NLRB ALJ - Why it matters - Prohibiting social media activity by employees that “reflect[s] poorly” on the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), an...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Risks of Information-Sharing at a Single Meeting - On 6 October 2017, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) provided a reminder that competing companies risk infringing competition law if they exchange commercially...more

UK Tax Round Up - October 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

UK Tax News and Developments - Government White Paper on Customs Bill - On 9 October, the Government published a White Paper setting out its approach to the introduction of a new customs and VAT regime after the UK...more

Amazon Delivers Pricing Challenge to Arbitration

Amazon successfully moved a putative class action challenging its pricing practices to arbitration after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit held that the retailer’s agreement was not unconscionable....more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

Amazon and Apple Issued Rulings from the European Commission

by King & Spalding on

The EC concludes that Luxembourg provided illegal tax benefits to Amazon of €250 million and refers Ireland to the European Court for failure to recover illegal tax benefits from Apple of €13 billion - On 4 October 2017,...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

Former NC Secretary of Commerce on HQ2: Charlotte is Amazon’s Answer

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

It’s been called the Olympics of the corporate world, Amazon Idol and the biggest economic development event in a generation. It’s thrown the economic development world into mayhem. It’s the race for HQ2....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 22, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a wide variety of stories on distribution, short-term rentals and loyalty programs....more

Amazon & Whole Foods: The Next Evolution of the Modern Supermarket?

In anticipating the next step in the evolution of grocery shopping, it is impossible to ignore the statement-making moves of our neighbor, Amazon. In March of this year, Amazon revealed the first of many AmazonFresh Pickup...more

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