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Tackling Chinese Counterfeits is Not Child’s Play
Deacons, August 2021

Did you know? At the end of last year, US Customers and Border Protection officers seized around US$1.3 million worth in China counterfeit toys at the Port of New York and New Jersey. The seizure included more than 141,000 counterfeit UNO card games, 9,600 "LOL Surprise! Under Wraps” balls and almost 2000 “LOL Surprise!” capsule toys...

New Law on the Labeling, Advertisement, and Sales of Gluten Free Foodstuff
Carey, August 2021

On August 18 th , 2021, Law No. 21,362 (the “ Law ”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces several modifications to different other laws in connection with the labeling, advertisement, and sales of gluten free foodstuff products. Firstly, the Law modifies Law No. 20,606, commonly known as Labeling Law...

FTC Finalizes “Made in USA” Rule in Partisan Split
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2021

At the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) July 1 meeting, it finalized a new “Made in USA” Rule that was almost two decades in the making. The FTC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in June 2020 and received 700 comments from stakeholders...

The Copying of a Brand…Lidl by Lidl
ENSafrica, July 2021

A lot has been written about the Scottish case where William Grant sued the budget supermarket chain Lidl for trade mark infringement. The issue Lidl is selling a gin that one imagines was intended to look rather a lot like the well-established Hendricks gin. This Lidl gin is called Hampstead, although the similarity between the two products relates as much to get-up as to the (surely not coincidental) choice by Lidl of a nine-letter name that starts with the letter H...

States’ COVID-19 Immunity Statutes and Product Liability Claims Related to COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Dinsmore's Chris Cashen, Anne Guillory, Chris Jackson, and Kyle Bunnell were published in dri Strictly Speaking, Vol. 18 Issue 1. Their article, "States’ COVID-19 Immunity Statutes and Product Liability Claims Related to COVID-19," examines states’ COVID-19 immunity statutes for product designers, manufacturers, and distributors concerning COVID-19-related lawsuits. An excerpt is below...

What the Law Says about ‘Copycat’ Brands
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

From caterpillar cakes and “anti-establishment” IPA beer to gin, the issue of “copycat” own brands has been thrown into the spotlight by a series of recent court actions involving some of the country’s best-known food and drink producers and discount supermarket chains...

A Practical Guide to Defective Product Compensation Claims under the Consumer Protection Act
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 (the CPA) was enacted almost 35 years ago in order to implement EU law. The act introduced the concept of “strict liability” into the arena of product supply to certain users. This means that consumers who are injured by defective products can sue manufacturers without having to prove negligence.  This practical guide provides an overview of the CPA for consumers and manufacturers, with reference to recent key cases...

Retail / Healthcare Collaborations
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Many people have used their time at home to consider their health and well-being. Some have taken up exercise, yoga or getting a dog. Others have decided to find out more about their health in order to make healthier choices and use online portals like 23andMe (saliva test), Thriva (blood test) or Pharmacy2u (blood or urine test) to point them in the right direction...

Consumer Protection Department Report Secretariat of Commerce Resolution No. 485/2021: Law No. 27,545 – Regulation of Subsection c) of Article 7
Beccar Varela, May 2021

Secretary of Commerce Resolution No. 485/2021, published in the Official Gazette on May 12th, 2021, regulates subsection C) of Article 7 of Law of Supermarket Shelves No. 27,545 [1], which establishes that the cheapest products per unit of measure must be situated at an equidistant height between the first and last shelf. The Resolution establishes that the value to be considered is the lowest in the price list offered to the consumer on a “non-transitory basis”, i.e...

“100g of Mealworm Please!” – First Insect Approved under the Novel Foods Regulation
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2021

On 3 May 2021, the EU Member states approved “dried yellow mealworms” as a novel food under EU Regulation 2015/2283. According to the applicant, mealworms can be used in a broad range of food products, such as bread, cookies, or pasta. A Commission implementing regulation will follow soon, which marks the final step and formally authorises the novel food. Mealworms are the first insect species to secure clearance as a novel food but more are likely to follow...

Law No. 21,320 Amends the Chilean Consumer Protection Act on Extrajudicial Collection Proceedings
Carey, May 2021

On April 20, 2021, Law No. 21,320 (the “ Law ”), which amends Law No. 19,496 on Chilean Consumer Protection Act (“ CPA ”) regarding extrajudicial collection proceedings and other consumers' rights was published in the official gazette. The Law, which shall be effective immediately, introduced several amendments to the CPA, regarding new principles that will inform the extrajudicial collection proceedings, new duties and legal limitations to suppliers...

Platform: A Town Centre Property Innovation Programme
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

We’re excited to announce that Shoosmiths is one of the partners behind Platform – a six-month campaign that aims to make town centre property more accessible to communities and businesses. Being based in thirteen locations across the UK and with many clients whose businesses rely on a successful town centre, Shoosmiths is heavily invested in the issue of urban revival...

Roundtable Discussion - Delivering the Town of Tomorrow
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

We all need our town centres. But more than that, we need our town centres to work better for us. As consumers grow increasingly comfortable with online shopping, the realisation that our towns are over-reliant on retail is being played out at a national level. No longer can we expect empty retail units to be snapped up by new tenants in a matter of weeks...

New California Bill Would Impose Strict Products Liability on All Online Retailers
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

A new bill in the California Assembly has the potential to alter substantially the existing legal framework of products liability for online retailers. Assembly Bill No. 1182 (“AB 1182”), which was introduced on February 18, 2021, would impose strict products liability on online retailers who (1) communicate offers of sale and (2) facilitate payment between a third-party seller and a purchaser, even if the online retailer never takes physical possession of the product...

WEBINAR - Online intellectual property threats and best practices amid Covid-19 in the Asia Pacific region
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and business partners, You are invited to join a remarkable panel of speakers who will discuss some of the latest trends in online infringement related to Covid-19 pandemic and best practices for developing a sound brand protection strategy for your intellectual property...

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, February 2021

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee)...

Why Indemnification Provisions Are Too Important to Leave to the Lawyers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

The Oil Can published an article by Dinsmore partner Mark Boos this week in its Spring 2021 edition about the importance of indemnification provisions are essential in commercial contracts, an excerpt of which is below. Indemnification provisions are part of virtually every commercial contract. Ironically, they’re also among the contract elements most likely to be overlooked by the parties...

Significant Buy American Amendments are Here
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP enumerates the key impacts of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council's final rule adopting mandates of the executive order Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council recently issued a final rule1 that implements the requirements of the Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials Executive Order...

Major Changes Coming to Prop 65 “Short-Form” Warnings
Buchalter, February 2021

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed sweeping changes to the popular “short-form” Proposition 65 warning. On January 8, 2021, OEHHA issued a proposal to amend Article 6 “Clear and Reasonable Warnings” Section 25601. This Article sets forth “safe harbor” warning methods, including warnings for consumer product exposures...

Synergies and Conflicts—Adapting the Retail Environment to New Uses
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Current State of Shopping Centers Our legacy shopping centers are often well-located, near transportation routes, population centers and employment hubs. Post-recession enthusiasm for shopping encouraged the expansion of many retail stores and product lines, and rental rates for prime shopping locations continues to grow...

California Proposes Significant Change to Limit Use of Short-Form Proposition 65 Warning For Consumer Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Article PDFJust when businesses thought they had figured out their Proposition 65 compliance strategies, the State of California, through the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has proposed a substantial change that will drastically limit the use of the short-form safe harbor warning first authorized in 2018...

2021 Predictions: Restructuring and Insolvency
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

There were big changes in 2020 in the world of restructuring and insolvency legislation with the introduction of two new restructuring tools: the Moratorium and the Restructuring Plan, as well as the reintroduction of Crown preference. However, due to the government-imposed moratorium while the pandemic runs its course, we have seen hardly any real effects of those reforms...

Brexit and Your Marks in the UK: A Brief Report
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

The Brexit transition came to an end on 31 December 2020. Moving forward, the EU rules of law and legal system will no longer bind the UK, including for intellectual property matters...

State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Adopts Resolution Regarding Responsible Person Requirements for Licensure of Terminal Distributor and Dangerous Drugs License
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (OBP) is required to adopt a resolution specifying the required types of credentials for the responsible person of each business type of (i) terminal distributors of dangerous drugs and (ii) distributor of dangerous drugs. Only individuals who meet the credentials specified may be the responsible person for that type of business. On Jan...

Pre-Trial Injunction - Preservation of the Status Quo
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

A case note by Elyse Diong Tze Mei. INTRODUCTION The recent case of Bellini Resources (M) Sdn Bhd v Mohamad Zaini bin Md Taha1 sets out the criteria for the preservation of the status quo pending trial where the ownership of a trade mark is in dispute...

 

 

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