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China Effectively Strengthens Fight Against Malicious Trade Marks
Han Kun Law Offices, July 2020

A focus for Chinese trademark law and practice in recent years has been strengthening the fight against malicious trademarks...

Towards New EU Rules for Preventing Packaging Waste
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, July 2020

The European Commission (“EC”) is collecting data and feedback from stakeholders about the European Union’s (“EU”) current rules on packaging and packaging waste. Based on these insights, it will propose an amendment to the current rules that aim to ensure a properly functioning market for packaging recycling and diminishing packaging waste...

Competition Law Enforced Against Retailer for RPM, Whilst Supplier Immune
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

UK and EU competition law provides that retailers must be free to determine their own resale prices.  Actions by suppliers to restrict this freedom by dictating a fixed or minimum resale price are prohibited. The UK regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has vigorously enforced the law in this area, regularly pursuing investigations into and ultimately imposing fines on suppliers who engage in resale price maintenance...

Changes under the Franchise (Amendment) Act 2020
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

The Franchise Act 1998 (FA) has been the main source of legislation which governs franchise businesses and the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee in Malaysia for more than 20 years. On 3 December 2019, the Franchise (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed by the Lower House of the Parliament and received Royal Assent on 20 February 2020. Subsequently, the Franchise (Amendment) Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) was gazetted on 6 March 2020...

New Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, July 2020

Within the agricultural and food supply chain, significant imbalances in bargaining power between suppliers and buyers of agri-food products are frequent. Those imbalances in bargaining power are likely to lead to unfair trading practices. The Directive 2019/633 (the “Directive”) aims to ensure that agri-food companies are protected against these unfair practices.   Scope of the Directive The Directive’s scope is very limited...

San Francisco Cannot Impose a Transfer Tax on the Value of an Existing Lease With a Remaining Term of Over 35 Years When the Building is Sold
Buchalter, July 2020

A recent opinion, 731 Market Street Owner, LLC v. City and County of San Francisco (Cal. Ct. App., June 18, 2020, No. A154369) 2020 WL 3285962 (“731 Market Street Owner”), issued by a California Court of Appeal in San Francisco provides some relief to San Francisco building owners...

OMG! Has China’s Supreme Court Reversed its Position on OEM Trademark Infringement? The Implications of the HONDAKIT Case
Deacons, June 2020

Foreign brand owners have often questioned whether they need a trademark registration in the PRC when engaging PRC factories for Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) activities. Previously, a pure OEM arrangement with proper authorisation from the owner of a trademark registration in the exporting country, would generally not be considered infringement of identical or similar PRC trademarks...

Restaurant Chain Seeks to Recover COVID-19 Losses Under Food Contamination Theory
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2020

 A group of Las Vegas-based restaurants recently filed a class action lawsuit to recover business interruption damages against their insurer. The Egg Works chain alleged that U.S. Specialty wrongly denied their claims for financial losses stemming from the Nevada governor’s closure of non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s orders limited the restaurants to takeout and delivery service only...

Reopening the Retail Sector - Competition Law Recommendations for Suppliers
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

  As non-essential retail stores get set to re-open, we share below some key recommendations for suppliers to help minimise competition law risk over the coming weeks and months. Current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their counterparts at competitors – but any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

Re-Opening Dealer Networks – Five Competition Law ‘Watch Outs’
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

As dealer networks in the automotive sector re-open for business following the COVID-19 lockdown, we share below our main competition law watch outs for suppliers over the coming weeks and months. We know that current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their competitors – any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

Protecting a Commercial Trademark - The First Steps to Investing in China Safely
PLMJ, June 2020

If you are thinking about expanding your business to the Chinese market, or you have already started selling in this market, or exhibiting your products at trade fairs or to Chinese partners, it is crucial toprotect your trademark from what are known as “intellectual property hijackers”.Situations of people registering foreign trademarks illegally in China for improper use in their own businesses or for “resale” to other companies are widely known...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Announces Plan for Phased Reopening
Buchalter, June 2020

On Thursday, May 28, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a preliminary timetable for the reopening of San Francisco businesses, restaurants, and offices. The multi-phased plan, which can be found here (“Order”), is designed to comply with the timeline and guidelines previously announced by Governor Gavin Newsom...

Post Eid al Fitr Reopening Guidelines and Easing of Movement Restrictions
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

On 26 May 2020, Dubai Economy published the “Post Eid al Fitr” reopening Guidelines which took effect from Wednesday 27 May 2020 and include updates to the protocols for the wholesale and retail trade including salons and barbershops as well as valet parking. The Guidelines also provide tailored reopening protocols for cinemas, kids salons, auction houses, outsourced government service centres, and various entertainment sectors...

Virginia Issues Executive Order Regarding Face Masks During COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Effective at noon today, May 29, 2020, Virginia Governor Northam's Executive Order 63 went into effect, requiring face coverings to be worn in certain circumstances. Specifically, a face covering is required for individuals aged ten and older when "entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside" the following categories of businesses:   All retail. Food and beverage, but only when reopened for indoor dining. Personal care/grooming - i.e...

Switching to E-commerce: Legal Checklist
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

The global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection has led to significant changes in the Russian retail trade. This pandemic has forced millions of people to stay at home, avoid public places and, of course, buy less. To adapt to the new features of consumer behaviour, retailers need to promptly respond, adapt, or dramatically change their business processes and strategies...

A Guide to Contract Work During the Crisis
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

In times of the ongoing crisis, associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and the introduction of epidemiological requirements and restrictions, many businesses have faced difficulties with contractual performance, including the failure in supply, cancellation of scheduled events and often cutbacks in profits and the impossibility to perform monetary obligations...

Covid-19: Decree Law No. 33 of 16 May 2020 and PMD of 17 May 2020
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, May 2020

After the start of Phase 2 (which began on 4 May 2020) the Italian government adopted on 16 May Law Decree no. 33 concerning, inter alia, "Further urgent measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak" (the "DL 16 May 2020"). Moreover, on 17 May 2020, in implementation of the aforementioned DL 16 May 2020, the Prime Minister issued a new decree with specific implementing provisions (the "PMD 17 May 2020")...

State Attorneys General Are Focusing on Price Gouging Laws and You Should Too
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

State Attorneys General across the nation are warning consumers about price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic and offering easy online tools to report violations. Consumers have gotten the message. Texans, for example, have sent over 10,000 complaints of price gouging to the state AG’s office during the pandemic.1 Price gouging laws have been enacted by nearly 75 percent of states...

Employers May Be Able To Take Advantage Of New Department of Labor Rule To Qualify for OT Exemption
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

Effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Department of Labor issued a new rule to provide greater simplicity and flexibility to retail and service-industry employers. The rule relaxes the regulatory framework underpinning Section 7(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, also known as the “retail service exemption...

U.S. Government Issues Updated Sanctions Warning to Maritime Shipping Community; Recommends Best Practices to Mitigate Risk
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

On May 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of State, and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a Sanctions Advisory for the Maritime Industry, Energy and Metals Sectors, and Related Communities, reflecting increased scrutiny and enforcement attention by U.S. government agencies on curbing illicit shipping practices...

Romag Fasteners: SCOTUS Holds That Plaintiffs in Trademark Suits Need Not Show "Willful Intent" of Infringement to Recover Damages for Lost Profits
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

In a recent unanimous decision in Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court brought some welcome clarity to the question of whether willfulness is required in order to recover an infringer’s profits under Section 35 of the Lanham Act, 15 USC § 1117(a),in infringement litigation. Section 1117(a) sets out the statutory requirements for recovery of acts of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and false advertising...

COVID-19 Outbreak: Aid Measures in the Cultural Sector
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

To limit the spread of Covid-19, all indoor and outdoor private and public cultural, festive, recreational, leisure and sport activities /events are prohibited until at least 10 May 2020 (included). Sport activities without physical contact and with a maximum of three persons are already allowed from 4 May 2020. Museums might be allowed to re-open from 18 May 2020 under strict conditions...

Sanipes Issues Preventive Measures in Fishing and Aquaculture Inrastructures to Face COVID-19
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, May 2020

The Ministry of Production (Produce), through the National Fisheries Health Agency (Sanipes), issued a guide with preventive measures to be implemented by operators of fishing and aquaculture infrastructures during the exercise of their activities against the expansion of COVID -19...

Automotive Manufacturing Workers Allowed to Resume Work Next Week in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 today, permitting manufacturing workers to resume work as part of the MI Safe Start Plan. Manufacturing workers, including workers in the automotive industry, are allowed to resume work on May 11, 2020, one week ahead of the planned restart date of certain Michigan automakers. See Executive Order No. 2020-77, Section 10(k)...

Section 301 Tariff Update: USTR Now Accepting List 3 Exclusion Extension Comments
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is now accepting comments regarding the possible extension of List 3 product exclusions that are set to expire on August 7. Companies are invited to submit comments on whether particular List 3 product exclusions granted between August 2019 and March should be extended. (USTR is not currently considering the extension of List 3 product exclusions granted after March...

 

 

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