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Red Bull v Bullards: balancing brand protection and reputation
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

Energy drink giant Red Bull recently received some negative press for issuing a cease and desist letter to Norwich-based gin maker Bullards for the use of the word ‘bull’ in its brand name. The case is a useful reminder that brand owners should make sure that their brand protection strategy reflects the organisation’s wider brand values...

Significant amendments to Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, In July 2021 the Carriage of Goods by Sea (Amendment) Act (2020) (the "Amendment Act") and its supplementary Carriage of Goods by Sea (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2021 (the "Order") officially came into force. The Amendment Act and the Order brought into effect the long-awaited changes to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1950 (the "Principal Act"), which has been in force since 23 May 1950...

Natasha’s Law now in force – are you compliant?
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Since 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale food labelling changed, offering increased protection to the estimated one in four people with food allergies in the UK. What is PPDS? Prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) is food that is: presented to the consumer in packaging; packaged before the consumer selects or orders it; and packaged at the same place it is sold...

New Guidance for Adverts Promoting In-Game Purchases Released by CAP and BCAP
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

This month the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) released new guidance for advertisements used to promote in-game purchases. This guidance applies to providers of online gaming services that offer users the opportunity to purchase virtual items in real-time, such as virtual currencies or extra lives...

Thailand: Overseas E-Commerce or Online Platforms Must Now Pay VAT on Services Supplied to Consumers in Thailand
DFDL, October 2021

On 10 February 2021, the Royal Thai Government Gazette announced the Act Amending Revenue Code No.53 (the “Act”). This Act stipulates that overseas electronic service providers and online platforms must now register for and pay VAT on electronic services, delivered over the internet or other electronic networks (“Electronic Services”) supplied to non-VAT registered consumers in Thailand. This VAT applies to such transactions from 1 September 2021 onward...

AB 701 Continues the Recent Trend in California to Regulate Warehouse Distribution Centers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

In 2021, warehouse distribution centers were at the forefront of California law, regulations, and environmental initiatives. These efforts seek to regulate labor practices of warehouse operators and the environmental impacts caused by the expansion and concentration of distribution centers over the last decade. This article summarizes AB 701 and other initiatives in California targeting warehouse distribution operations...

Biden Administration To Rescind COVID-Related Travel Bans; Require Proof of Vaccination
Dykema, September 2021

In a move that should significantly ease traveling to the United States, the Biden Administration has announced plans to withdraw COVID-related geographic travel restrictions in early November...

Maritime briefing: the advantages of choosing the Cayman Islands as the Flag State
Carey Olsen, September 2021

A key concern for shipowners and lenders will be where to register these new vessels. In this briefing, we consider three factors that usually influence the choice of flag state: (1) financing considerations, (2) recognition for the flag and (3) speed, responsiveness and certainty. Introduction Choosing the flag state where a ship will be registered requires balancing different factors...

Internet Aids the Brick and Mortar Star: Key Learnings on Retail Real Estate
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

This week, Schwabe and the Portland and Puget Sound Business Journals hosted PNW Predictions: Retail Real Estate Reimagined, a discussion on the impacts from the last 18 months and predictions for the direction that retail real estate is moving. The panel delivered a variety of perspectives via guests Kemper Freeman, Chairman & CEO, Kemper Development Co...

Regulation of the retail payments system: Proposed policy approvals
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published details of additional policy proposals for the regulation of the retail payments system. A link to the cabinet paper is availableonline. This follows the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hon Dr David Clark’s,announcementin May to introduce a Retail Payments Systems Bill (the Bill) with the aim of reducing merchant service fees...

Maritime Industry Ready and Fit for 55 – Vol. 1: The Emission Trading System
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Cambodia: Placement of Devices to Measure Volumes of Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Comply with New GDT Instruction
DFDL, September 2021

On 8 September 2021, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Instruction No. 15024 on the obligation to install devices to measure the volume of beer and/or non-alcoholic beverages on the sites of local beverage producing enterprises...

Ports Obtain Authority to Provide Wholesale and Retail Broadband under New Legislation
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Port districts in Washington now have broad authority to extend broadband into unserved areas. ESHB 1336 amends RCW 53.08.370 to grant ports broad authority to provide wholesale and retail telecommunication services within district boundaries and in some cases, by agreement with other government entities outside district boundaries...

Ports Obtain Authority to Provide Wholesale and Retail Broadband under New Legislation
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Port districts in Washington now have broad authority to extend broadband into unserved areas. ESHB 1336 amends RCW 53.08.370 to grant ports broad authority to provide wholesale and retail telecommunication services within district boundaries and in some cases, by agreement with other government entities outside district boundaries...

Bitesize Briefing – Freeports – Commercial Contracts and Supply Chain
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The government has confirmed its intention to establish eight new Freeports in Solent, East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe & Harwich, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth & South Devon, Teesside and Thames. In our latest Freeport bitesize briefing, we look at some of the potential commercial contracts and supply chain opportunities for businesses looking to operate in these Freeports. There are generous customs and taxation benefits within Freeport sites...

Assumptions Will Make a Fool out of You and the Reasonableness of your Delay-Related Costs Claim
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2021

[!<CDATA[ In one of its recent opinions, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. Sec’y of the Army, the Federal Circuit issued new guidance on what contractors must show to prove the reasonableness of costs incurred following an (alleged) government-caused delay. The U.S. Army (the “Army”) and Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (“KBR”) contracted for KBR to deliver thousands of trailers to Iraq by an agreed-upon deadline...

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...

Infringement Found for Football Teams’ Facemasks
Veirano Advogados, August 2021

The manufacturer of the official facemask for the Brazilian Football Confederation filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties. The manufacturer of the official facemask for the men’s and women’s teams of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) filed a court action against an e-commerce company, accusing it of offering similar items allegedly manufactured by third parties...

Social Media Influencers Could Become the Targets of Trademark Infringement Lawsuits
Buchalter, August 2021

Petunia Products, Inc. owns the BROW BOOST ® trademark, under which it sells a “Billion Dollar Brows” eyebrow primer and conditioner. Petunia recently asserted trademark infringement claims against a skin care products company, which Petunia alleges infringed on its BROW BOOST mark in connection with the name of its product that competes with Petunia’s product, and by using the hashtag #BROWBOOST on social media to promote its product...

Tokyo Olympics, The Greenest Games Ever?
ENSafrica, August 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been dubbed the greenest Games to date. Despite some criticism levelled against the claims of their eco-friendly nature, it is notable that the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee has made significant strides to minimise the Games’ carbon footprint...

Barcelona Bedlam
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

When I was a young lawyer working for the Norwegian Competition Authority, a complaint was received that gave rise to some amusement among the staff at the authority. The complainant argued that the Norwegian football club Viking FK’s signing of the half-decent footballer Ragnvald Soma from rivalling club SK Brann constituted an infringement of Norwegian competition law. Nowadays, competition law in football is no longer a laughing matter...

Law No. 21,363 that Sets Forth Rules Regarding Commercialization and Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages is Published
Carey, August 2021

On August 6th of 2021, Law No. 21,363 (hereinafter the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces modifications to Law No. 19,925 about expenditure, commercialization and production of alcoholic beverages, and other associated Laws, establishing different limitations to the advertising of alcoholic beverages, as well as the obligation of including warnings about harmful consumption in the container of these kind of products...

Federal Court of Justice on the Scope of the Right to Access Pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2021

Background In its ruling of June 15, 2021 (Case No. VI ZR 576/19), the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) for the first time took a comprehensive position on the scope of the right to access pursuant to Article 15(1) GDPR. Article 15 GDPR standardizes the right of access of a data subject vis-à-vis a controller...

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...

 

 

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