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Does Coty really mean that I can ban sales through online marketplaces?

by Bryan Cave on

In what is being hailed as landmark case in distribution law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the ‘CJEU’) on 6 December 2017 gave a judgment confirming that luxury goods suppliers can ban sales through online...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

Surviving the Retail Shift: Part 5 of a 5 Part Series - Looking Ahead; Lessons Learned from the Retail Shift

by Polsinelli on

The retail industry has faced significant challenges this year. In 2017, more than 5,000 retail stores closed their doors, many of them portfolio-wide closures by well-known department-store chains who were synonymous with...more

Bringing Geolocation Into Focus

by BakerHostetler on

With another Thanksgiving and another Black Friday having come and gone the holiday shopping season is in full swing yet again. As brick-and-mortar retail continues to experience a decline in favor of more convenient...more

The Brave New World of In-Home Delivery Systems

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have recently announced new in-home and in-trunk delivery formats that could revolutionize the way we receive consumer goods, while also raising several potential legal issues....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

Some Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

As you enjoy the holiday weekend, and even some Cyber Monday shopping, keep in mind these online shopping tips from the FTC: ..Know the seller and the item. Put the company or product name in a search engine, along with...more

Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...more

E-Commerce vs. Brick and Mortar: Buying and Selling Shopping Centers in Distress

by Blank Rome LLP on

Declining sales by large brick-and-mortar stores are a harbinger of the challenges facing shopping center owners. The continued popularity of e-commerce shopping creates additional pressure on the retail business model. As...more

Cost Of Convenience For The Grocery Industry: On-Demand Grocery Delivery Service Presents Possible Legal Ramifications

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Amazon, Uber, Peapod and FreshDirect have changed the way people shop, travel and order food. Until recently, consumers continued shopping in brick-and-mortar stores for their groceries.  However, with the advent of third...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As retailers do all they can to fight the e-commerce wave, some bricks-and-mortar shops are experimenting with a rather counterintuitive strategy: smaller spaces and a showroom-style approach....more

States Urge Reversal of Physical Presence Rule That Bars Collecting Sales Tax From Online Retailers

by Bryan Cave on

Thirty-six state attorneys general, most recently joined by California and Hawaii, have filed an amici curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the “physical presence test”. The test requires that a retailer...more

Looking Inside the Mind of a Gen Z Shopper

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As the 2017 holiday season nears, consumers are getting ready to open their wallets and retailers are hoping their promotions will attract those consumers. Generation Z (“Gen Z”), which includes young people born in the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of Uber this weekend, where the company and its board resolved outstanding issues with Travis Kalanick in order to finalize a deal in which a SoftBank-led consortium of investors will buy up about $1 billion of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....more

Terms and Conditions Land Online Trader in Difficulty in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: A computer retailer was order to pay a fine for violating the Australian Consumer Law. The Impact: Businesses must ensure that the terms and conditions in their warranty notices comply with the law, or risk an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Snap’s awful Q3 be damned—Chinese tech giant Tencent has increased its stake in the company to more than 12% thanks to shares it purchased on the open market....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

New Experiences, New Retail Opportunities

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Despite all of the noise about the rise of e-commerce and omni-channel distribution and the demise of brick-and-mortar, 85% of retail sales are still made in physical stores, and physical stores will continue to be at the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The moral of this story is as follows: if Maysayoshi Son says the merger’s off, it’s probably off (regardless of what the rest of the board says). We discussed the will they/won’t they status of the T-Mobile/Sprint deal last...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Samsung, beset by top-level resignations and a mess of bribery allegations reaching the former South Korean President and the crown prince of the family’s chaebol, has announced a new slate of execs “In an effort to bring...more

Massachusetts ‘Cookie’ Nexus Regulation Challenged... in Virginia Circuit Court

by Reed Smith on

On October 24, Crutchfield Corporation filed a declaratory judgment action challenging the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s “cookie” nexus regulation. The action asserts that the regulation violates the Commerce Clause...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill

by Reed Smith on

On October 30, 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 542 (“HB 542”) into law to make several tax changes that will generate revenue for Pennsylvania’s 2017/2018 budget. In addition to imposing entirely new tax obligations...more

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