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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Beer, Wine & Spirits Quarterly
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

    WHAT'S NEW COVID-19 Business Strategies Hub   Since the news first broke about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, Dinsmore has worked diligently to create the COVID-19 Business Strategies Hub. The Hub features attorney insights and complementary webinars to help you prepare and respond to legal, regulatory, and commercial implications related to the crisis...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Counterfeit Issues in the Pandemic - Protecting Your Brands and Patented Products Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the volume of counterfeit goods produced by Chinese manufacturers appears to be on the rise again. While counterfeit goods have been a challenge that online retailers have been fighting for years, the risk has become greater in the COVID-19 era when more consumers are turning to online shopping. Counterfeit goods result in lost revenue and reputational harm to retailers...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Counterfeit Issues in the Pandemic – Protecting Your Brands and Patented Products Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the volume of counterfeit goods produced by Chinese manufacturers appears to be on the rise again. While counterfeit goods have been a challenge that online retailers have been fighting for years, the risk has become greater in the COVID-19 era when more consumers are turning to online shopping. Counterfeit goods result in lost revenue and reputational harm to retailers...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Planning for Re-Opening: What Owners, Property Managers and Users of Office and Retail Properties Should Consider
Buchalter, April 2020

Now is the time to prepare for when non-essential businesses will be allowed to re-open after the various state and local COVID-19 shutdown orders are lifted. We do not know when that date will be or how the orders will be lifted, but planning now can make that phase go smoother for building owners and managers as well as tenants in those buildings. One thing we can be certain of is that the use and operation of buildings will not be “back to normal” for a while...

No Mask, No Service: Evolving COVID-19 Orders May Support Insurance Coverage for Retailers' Losses
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

Many recent government orders require “nonessential” businesses to close due to COVID-19, resulting in massive financial losses for many retail businesses. The orders also change how “essential” retailers do business. For instance, Miami-Dade County’s mayor issued an executive order requiring people who visit or work at, among other places, grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies to use face coverings...

90-Day Tariff Relief Provides Retailers with Much-Needed Liquidity
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

Importers that have suffered “significant financial hardship” due to COVID-19 may qualify for a 90-day pay extension for certain tariffs. On April 19, 2020, following calls for trade liberalization to ease economic pressures, the Trump administration issued an executive order, along with a temporary final rule by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which postpones the time to deposit certain duties, taxes and fees...

COVID III. Czech Govt. Support Program for SMEs - What are the Plans?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The new COVID Prague program focused on business activities in the Capital City of Prague followed the fate of its predecessors COVID I and COVID II. This means that the available funds were exhausted on the same day as the receipt of applications, which thus ends. The COVID I and COVID II programs are also exhausted. Entrepreneurs thus have no choice but to wait for the announcement of the conditions of the COVID III program...

Pennsylvania Governor Provides Update for Stay-at-Home Order, the Construction Industry, Online Notarizations and Curbside Wine and Spirit Sales
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

At a news conference on April 20, Governor Wolf announced he is extending his stay-at-home order until May 8, 2020. But in a nod to a construction industry that has been particularly hard-hit by the Governor’s shutdown and stay-at-home orders, Governor Wolf said he also will permit construction (both residential and non-residential construction) to resume throughout the Commonwealth on May 8, 2020...

Advertising Health Related Claims for COVID-19 Products
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

Currently there is an increase in the production and sale of products to help deal with risks from COVID-19 such as face masks, hand sanitisers and other personal protective equipment. In some cases, these products are advertised with health related claims, including the prevention of COVID-19. With a rush to get products to market quickly in response to global demand there is an increased risk of unsubstantiated or misleading and deceptive claims...

A Pandemic Upsets Supply Chains as Proposition 65 Enforcement Soars and New Regulations Take Effect
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: Since Governor Newsom announced a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, private Proposition 65 enforcement has increased by about 50%. Effective April 1st, new regulations clarify how manufacturers can satisfy their Proposition 65 warning obligations. These new regulations also clarify when retail sellers assume the burden under Proposition 65 to warn Californians...

The REAL Trending Litigation Topics Regarding COVID-19: Issue 3
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Another week brings another round of COVID-19-related lawsuits. Even after a month, we already can identify some early trends: refund lawsuits and second amendment claims continue to boom. A rise in takings claims may signal another trend, or a recent adverse decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court may throw cold water on business owners and citizens’ efforts to be compensated for government-directed impacts...

Texas Governor Issues Executive Orders to Reopen Business for Retail and Healthcare Employers
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

As detailed in our previous alert, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently committed to begin the gradual process of reopening businesses in Texas. On April 17, 2020, Governor Abbott issued two Executive Orders that relate to the strategic reopening of select services as the first step to open Texas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Impact on Retail Employers Executive Order GA 16 (“E.O...

List of COVID Prohibitions and Exceptions Valid from 27.3.2020
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The set of several emergency measures of the Ministry of Health dated 23 March 2020 banned the retail sale of goods and services. It also banned the public presence at selected premises or selected times, prohibited the operation of certain premises, prohibited the free movement of persons or restricted the activities of public authorities and administrative bodies. On 26 March 2020 the Ministry of Health amended these measures...

COVID-19: Considerations for Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

With many public companies recently completing the first fiscal quarter of 2020, the quarterly financial statement close and reporting process is in full swing for a large percentage of issuers. The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique and novel challenges to those companies during this process, particularly with respect to design and testing of both internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures...

 

 

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