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Investing in the Slovenian Automotive Production Industry
Karanovic & Partners, June 2019

This article was written by Igor Angelovski and was originally published in Issue 6.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine. “If you are a company conducting business in the automotive industry with intentions of expanding on the European market, where do you look? The answer may be the Central European country of Slovenia...

Canadian Trademark Law is Changing This Year – What You Need to Know Now
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2019

Trademark law in Canada is undergoing a major change this year that will go into effect on June 17, 2019.  We have compiled the three things you need to know and important steps you may want to take before the June 17, 2019 date passes.  1...

Tariff Increase for $200B of Chinese Imports Announced and Process for Importers to Request an Exemption Forthcoming
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2019

The Trump administration’s significant escalation of the trade dispute with China after months-long U.S.-China trade talks have faltered is a major news headline as the week concludes. The U.S. followed through on its warnings and increased tariffs on an estimated $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent starting May 10th. At the same time, the U.S. announced importers will be able to apply for an exemption from these tariffs...

Brexit Breathing Space for Food Business Operators
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, May 2019

Whatever your views on Brexit, the deferment of the UK’s leaving date from the EU provided British industry some welcome breathing space to prepare for Brexit. Given the issues that still divide the two main political parties, the UK may yet leave the EU without a deal on 31 October...

Diligence: Early Involvement Pays
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, April 2019

Coordinating cross-border due diligence is a key skill that more often than not underpins complex, multi-jurisdictional merger and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity (PE)-led transactions. Where due diligence really adds value is in the early stages of the transaction, when local knowledge and expertise are vital to understanding the context of data room information...

Stopping Issues from Becoming Crises: Best Practice for Food Business Operators
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, April 2019

The presence of a small amount of undeclared sesame in a particular product may seem trivial but, for those who are allergic, it can provoke a major reaction. Such was the predicament faced by Pret a Manger in July 2016, following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse that same month due to the undeclared presence of sesame in a Pret baguette...

Amazon: Lessons from the World's Biggest Brand
ENSafrica, April 2019

Some brands simply seem to play a major role in our lives – Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix. These are brands that for many of us have become something of an ever present. One brand that surely belongs on that list is Amazon, one of the most important, influential and high-profile brands in the world. Brand Finance recently declared Amazon to be the world’s most valuable brand, valuing it at USD 50 billion. So, it makes sense to keep abreast of what is going on there...

Are Prayer Outfits Eligible for Copyright Protection?
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

Some may be wondering what a “telekung” is as it is probably not a common term. A Telekung is a Muslim prayer outfit for females. The general perception of prayer outfits is that they are dull and unfashionable as they have to be modest rather than trendy. However, there has been a drastic shift in the fashion industry in recent years where there are an increasing number of fashionable yet modest clothes in both local and international markets...

McDonald's: No Longer the Big Cheese after Losing Big Mac Trade Mark Battle with Supermac's
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2019

In a landmark decision, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (‘EUIPO’) has ruled that McDonald’s, one of the world’s largest fast food chains, will lose its EU trade mark for “Big Mac”...

Online Retail Sector Increasingly Targeted by the Competition Authorities
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2018

The online retail sector has seen a considerable increase in intervention by the competition authorities both on a national level and in Brussels. Most recently, in December 2018, the European Commission fined the clothing company Guess € 39.8 million for applying online sales and advertising restrictions...

FDA Releases Medical Device De Novo Pathway Proposed Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2018

On December 7, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Proposed Rule that clarifies procedures and criteria for the de novo medical device clearance pathway.  In a statement accompanying the Proposed Rule, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated FDA believes the Proposed Rule will help facilitate classification of innovative low- to moderate-risk novel medical devices by providing more structure, clarity, and transparency to the de novo pathway...

Amendment of The General Rules on Sales at a Loss and Removal of Franchiser and Distance Sales Company Registers
Veirano Advogados, December 2018

The government has approved, by royal decree-law, a legal reform introducing a number of changes to the Retail Trade Law. Royal Decree-Law 20/2018, of December 7, 2018, on urgent measures to foster economic competitiveness in the industrial and trading sectors in Spain, published in the Official State Gazette last Saturday, December 8, amends Retail Trade Law 7/1996, of January 15,1996...

EU Publishes Amendments to VAT Legislation Affecting Intra-Community Trade
Garrigues, December 2018

Call-off stock or consignment stock is specifically regulated, changes are introduced into chain sales, and requirements are laid down for applying the exemption to intra-Community supplies of goods...

BIS Requests Public Comment on Emerging Technologies to be Subject to Increased Export Controls
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2018

On Nov. 19, 2018, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking[1] requesting public comment on criteria for identifying emerging technologies essential to U.S. national security that would be subject to increased export controls...

The Importance of Registering A Franchise With the Registrar of Franchises - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

This case highlights the importance of registering a franchise with the Registrar of Franchises and the consequences of not doing so. In particular, the effect and applicability of section 6(1) of the Franchise Act 1998 (“FA 1998”) are discussed. Facts The subject matter was “Dr. Fong’s Method” of teaching mathematics to students in primary and secondary school, which was developed by Dr. Fong Ho Kheong (“Dr. Fong”). Dr...

China Passes New E-Commerce Law - A "Safe Harbour" With Chinese Characteristics
Deacons, November 2018

In less than a decade, China has become the largest e-commerce market in the world, accounting for over 40% of global e-commerce according to a recent report by McKinsey. The breath-taking speed of development has left law makers scrambling to regulate the booming e-commerce industry...

Manufacturer CMP and 340B Ceiling Price Rule to Become Effective on January 1, 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2018

Today the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that will end HRSA’s delays in implementing a January 5, 2017 final rule concerning 340B drug price calculations and civil monetary penalties (CMPs) against manufacturers who knowingly and intentionally overcharge 340B covered entities for 340B drugs (the Final Rule)...

SCOTUS Changes To Sales Tax Will Ripple Through to PE, VC & M&A Deals Involving Retailers
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, October 2018

Retailers have taken note of the dramatic shift in state sales tax law emerging from one of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s last Supreme Court decisions. As different states announce legislative and regulatory changes throughout the summer, retailers are scrambling and we’re now seeing the impact in venture capital, private equity, and merger and acquisition transactions involving commerce companies. On June 21, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court decided South Dakota v...

Brave New Wheels? Potential Uses for Blockchain Technology in Auto Finance
Dykema, October 2018

Cryptocurrencies have captured the imaginations of individuals and emerging businesses drawn to their potential to serve as alternative stores of value, to reduce transaction costs by eliminating intermediaries. Most notably in popular culture and media - to provide eye-catching opportunities for speculative investing...

Lawyering Cashierless Technologies
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2018

Brick and mortar retailers are rapidly diversifying checkout and payment methods to combat the erosion of sales to online channels and provide an improved shopping experience for consumers. From self-checkout kiosks, to store-specific mobile applications for payment, scan-as-you-go devices, and even ‘just walk out’ models, retailers are reinventing consumer’s notions of the traditional checkout line by going cashierless...

From Digital to Physical: New Considerations for Retail Leasing with the Rise of E-Commerce into Physical Spaces
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2018

The rise of e-commerce and the struggle many brick-and-mortar retail stores face is nothing new.  Customers are increasingly choosing to shop for clothes, furniture and even groceries from the convenience of their own homes. More recently, however, this shift in the way consumers shop has given rise to new types of retail stores – small showrooms and “pop-up shops...

Gender-Neutral Construction Contracts: The Future Norm?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

Lawyers are often criticised for using overly complex legal and technical wording in contracts. The purpose of a contract is, amongst other things, to clearly set out the rights and obligations of the contracting parties, and to limit uncertainty during the particular project. To this end, it is important to use plain English in contract drafting and as a general rule, to use short sentences, defined terms and a clear and logical structure...

Exemption Requests and Deadlines for US Casualties of the Escalating Trade War
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2018

Months into the United States’ trade dispute with China, and there is no end in sight to the dispute.  There are three significant deadlines for U.S. importers to consider involving the tariffs the U.S...

Impact of CA Prop. 65 on Manufacturers and How They Can Use the New "Safe Harbor" Warning Provisions That Became Operative
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2018

California’s “Prop. 65”1 is the law responsible for the ubiquitous chemical warning labels and signs that California consumers encounter on a daily basis. At its core, Prop. 65 prohibits businesses with 10 or more employees from knowingly and intentionally exposing Californian’s to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm without first providing them a “clear and reasonable” warning...

From Footfall to Clicks - The Experts Talk Retail Risk
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2018

Over the last few years, news that some of the nation's most iconic retail stores have closed has become more frequent. Yesterday, Poundworld entered administration. Last week, House of Fraser announced it would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some the UK's largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever since the advent of a new pastime - buying online...

California Supreme Court Ruling Favoring Product Manufacturers Echoes Amicus Brief
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2018

Earlier this year, in Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., the California Supreme Court delivered a significant win to product manufacturers concerning the admissibility of industry custom and practice evidence in a strict product liability design defect action. Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner M.C...

Retail Industry on High Alert After $289 Million Glyphosate Verdict Against Monsanto
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2018

Weeks after a federal judge called the science behind the alleged carcinogenicity of glyphosate “shaky,” a California state court jury hammered Monsanto with a $289 million verdict, connecting a former groundskeeper’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to his exposure to the Roundup® chemical. Earlier this year the verdict in Johnson v. Monsanto Co., No...

New Changes to California Prop 65: What Oregon and Washington Manufacturers Must Do to Comply
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2018

As a business owner in the Pacific Northwest, you likely have heard of the changes to California’s regulations regarding warning labels on consumer products, Proposition 65, which takes effect August 30, 2018.  Your business may be affected by the changes if your business conducts any consumer product-related business in California...

Challenging an Award of the Industrial Court
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

The Industrial Court is a creature of statute. In determining a particular dispute, the Industrial Court must act in accordance with the purposes and express provisions of the Industrial Relations Act 1967 (“Act”). The Court must also act according to “equity, good conscience and the substantial merits of the case without regard to technicalities and legal form” [1]...

Providing for Concurrent Delay: Contract Provision Trumps Common Law Principle
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2018

In North Midland Building Ltd v Cyden Homes Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that an express contractual term allowing an employer to levy liquidated damages for periods of concurrent delay took precedence over a common law principle known as the prevention principle. Background Cyden Homes Limited (CH) employed a contractor, North Midland Building Limited (NMB), to design and build a large house in the Midlands, under a JCT Design and Build construction contract...

A New Hurdle in Prop. 65 Compliance: Inter-Supply Chain Information Requests
Verrill Dana, LLP, August 2018

Most industry professionals are aware that a revised set of California Proposition 65 or “Prop. 65” regulations will take effect at the end of the month on August 30, 2018.  Prop. 65 is a so-called right-to-know statute that, among other things, requires manufacturers and retailers to provide any California consumer with a “clear and reasonable” warning prior to exposure to a chemical identified on a list developed and maintained by a California agency...

Louboutin Wins Case to Defend Red-Soled Shoes as a Trademark
Wardynski & Partners, August 2018

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that Christian Louboutin’s famous red sole does not consist solely of ashape that significantly increases the value of aproduct, and therefore can be registered as atrademark. This is an important victory for the fashion designer in the long-running battle concerning red-soled shoes...

Manufacturing and Consent: Issues With Prefabrication at Scale
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2018

This month in our Prefab series we take a glimpse at how the current building consent regime applies to prefabrication at scale – manufacturing at home or offshore. Manufacturing homes at scale – Multiproof The Building Act 2004 provides for what is commonly referred to as MultiProof approval...

Why Register Your Brands With The Amazon Brand Registry
Lavery Lawyers, July 2018

If you sell your products on Amazon, you can benefit from enrolling your trademarks with the Amazon Brand Registry. The Amazon Registry is a free program accessible to monitor brands on Amazon’s website. This program includes proprietary search tools designed specifically to help online merchants identify trademark infringements on Amazon’s platform. If an infringing product is found, the registered owner can request that Amazon remove the product from its website...

What The Supreme Court's Wayfair Ruling Means for Businesses
Dykema, June 2018

Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court released its much-anticipated opinion inSouth Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., in which it held that physical presence within a State is no longer a prerequisite to the imposition of liability on out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales taxes. In doing so, the Court overruled two of its own earlier cases—National Bellas Hess, Inc. v. Department of Revenue of IllinoisandQuill Corp. v. North Dakota...

Remain on Guard: Lessons for Trade Creditors in a post-Toys "R" Us World
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2018

In today’s retail bankruptcy environment, obtaining “critical vendor status” is not enough. Many predict that 2018 will continue being an active year in retail bankruptcies, especially for highly leveraged retailers. Since our last article, numerous well-known retailers have filed for protection under the Bankruptcy Code, including: Bon-Ton, Claire’s, Nine West, and Toys “R” Us...

Athletics Equipment Distributors Under Investigation For Failure To Notify Exclusivit
Karanovic & Partners, June 2018

Following a tip, the Serbian Competition Commission (the "Commission") recently started investigating the business relationship between GR Sport and Polanik, a Polish company, concerning an alleged infringement of competition – the conclusion of a restrictive agreement which was not notified for prior exemption under the applicable legal framework...

Getting The Deal Through - Shipbuilding
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2018

Getting the Deal Through – Shipbuilding is part of the series of Getting the Deal Through law guides published by Law Business Research that provide an overview of specialist areas of the law in a variety of international jurisdictions. It is published annually and the seventh edition, covers 13 jurisdictions. Leading practitioners from each jurisdiction answer the same key questions...

Qatar Sanctions - New Developments
Afridi & Angell, May 2018

The political dispute between Qatar and its neighbors escalated with the announcement by Qatar that it would impose a ban on goods from the four boycotting countries, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt. As we reported earlier, these four countries imposed a trade embargo on Qatar. The measures that were introduced prohibited the direct shipment of goods and the direct transport of passengers to or from Qatar and closed the land border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia...

Seventh Circuit Issues Strong Endorsement of Learned Intermediary Doctrine in Medical-Device MDL
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2018

The manufacturer of a product generally has a duty to warn the end-consumer of any serious risks associated with that product. In the context of prescription drugs and medical devices, however, the “learned intermediary” doctrine holds that the manufacturer need not warn the end-consumer (i.e., patient). Instead, the manufacturer discharges its obligations by warning the prescribing physician...

UK Industrial Strategy - Creative Industries Sector Deal
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published the Creative Industries Sector Deal aimed at making the UK the best place in the world for businesses in the creative industries. This is the latest sector deal to flow from the government's Industrial Strategy White Paper after sector deals for life sciences and the automotive industry were announced in late 2017/early 2018, respectively...

MSHA 2017 Year End Review
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2018

This article provides a brief review of MSHA enforcement data and a look at MSHA’s regulatory agenda. MSHA Enforcement Data (data from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017) MSHA issued 104,412 enforcement actions to mine operators in 2017, an increase of approximately 11,793 or 11.3 percent from 2016. Of these, 58,083 (or 55.63 percent) were issued to metal/nonmetal operators while 46,329 (or 44.37 percent) were issued to coal operators...

Why Blockchain's Impact On The Retail Sector is Growing
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, February 2018

This was a breakout year for blockchain, the technology providing the platform for cryptocurrencies and the emerging market for initial coin offerings and token sales. With bitcoin capturing headlines because of its soaring price, blockchain’s impact is often misunderstood as narrowly affecting the financial sector...

Sportswear and Oil Retail under Scrutiny by the Serbian Commission
Karanovic & Partners, February 2018

The Serbian Competition Commission (the "Commission") continues its diligent examination of the Serbian competitive landscape in specific industries, this time with inquiries in two more industries – sportswear (including footwear and sporting equipment) and oil (petroleum products). Once again, the aim behind the market test was to identify potential issues on the relevant markets and provide broader insight into the functioning of the relevant markets...

Contracting Is More than Standard Terms and Conditions
Dykema, February 2018

Strong contracting processes and communications which establishes clearly the expectations of each of the parties reduces disputes and costs and strengthens relationships. The key to strong contracting processes is to approach contracts in a holistic manner making sure all documents interconnect in a logical uniform manner. Because manufacturing processes can be complex, this is often not as easy as it sounds...

Brexit and Cross-Border Shopping: No Off the Shelf Brexit Solution in Store
A&L Goodbody, January 2018

One of the many unresolved issues relating to Brexit is the issue of cross-border retailing. While there are certainly issues relating to online cross-border shopping (e.g., the imposition of VAT, additional charges for checks as well as delays caused by possible border/customs delays), there are certainly plenty of issues relating to cross-border bricks and mortar retailing as well. The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland ("NI") is a neat case study...

Manufacturers of Luxury Goods May Prohibit Their Authorized Dealers From Selling Their Products via Third-Party Platforms Online
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, January 2018

As of now, manufacturers in the premium segment – for example in the area of cosmetics, cars, and luxury goods – can prohibit their selective sales partners from reselling goods via platforms such as Amazon, eBay, etc. to maintain the luxury image of the contractual goods...

Return to Santa
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2017

After the Christmas shopping rush is a distant memory, the leftover Christmas ham has been eaten, and the pohutukawa has dropped the last of its red blooms, many Kiwis are left with unwanted Christmas gifts. For retailers, this can mean an influx of customers wishing to return unwanted items for a multitude of reasons...

A Supplier of Luxury Goods can Prohibit its Distributors from Selling Those Goods on a Third Party Internet Platform such as Amazon
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, December 2017

Coty Germany sells luxury cosmetics in Germany. It markets certain brands via a selective distribution network, i.e. through authorized distributors. Coty brought proceedings before the German courts against one of its authorized distributors, Pafümerie Akzente, in order to prohibit it from distributing Coty products via Amazon...

U.S. International Trade Commission Finds Domestic Solar Manufacturing Companies Harmed by Foreign Imports
Dykema, December 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) issued a determination at the end of 2017, finding that solar panel imports are hurting domestic businesses that operate in the solar industry. The ITC’s determination was issued in connection with a trade case filedby a Georgia-based company, Suniva, Inc., shortly after filing for bankruptcy protection. SolarWorld Americas, Inc. joined Suniva’s petition...

 

 

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