Monthly Archives: December 2015

It’s in the bag: The shopper marketing evolution

Once upon a time, newspaper circulars and static-filled messages broadcast over store speaker systems represented the cutting edge of shopper marketing. You had to think and decide for yourself what to buy and where to buy it. Those days are long gone.

Today shopper marketing happens in real time, across multiple marketing channels, and it’s always lurking around the corner. Shoppers are in the crosshairs whether they’re being hit by a retargeting banner ad after leaving an e-commerce site or pinged by a geo-located push notification on their mobile phone as they walk by a favorite shop with a clearance sale happening. 

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KLA Alert – Direito Administrativo – Dezembro 2015

INOVAÇÃO LEGISLATIVA: POSSIBILIDADE DE O CONTRATADO PROMOVER DESAPROPRIAÇÕES NOS CONTRATOS DE OBRAS E SERVIÇOS DE ENGENHARIA SOB O REGIME DA LEI Nº 8.666/95

Esta semana foi publicada a Medida Provisória (“MP”) n° 700, alterando alguns pontos do Decreto-Lei 3.365/41, que disciplina as desapropriações por utilidade pública.

A principal novidade foi a inserção, no rol de legitimados para a promoção da desapropriação, das empresas contratadas para executar obras e serviços de engenharia, sob os regimes de empreitada por preço global, empreitada integral e contratação integrada.

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Multistate Tax Update — December 17, 2015

On Dec. 10, 2015, Airbnb, the self-described “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world,” was excited to announce that starting on Jan. 15, 2016, it will be paying its fair share of taxes in Illinois. The state imposes a Hotel Operators’ Occupation tax at the rate of 5 percent of 94 percent of the gross rental receipts.

Airbnb’s announcement follows its mid-November pledge to “work with cities to help ensure the efficient collection of tourist and hotel taxes.” We addressed this community compact in our Nov. 19, 2015Multistate Tax Update.

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Dårligt vejr kan udskyde afleveringstidspunktet

Sommeren er ovre, og det er blevet sæson for ustadigt vejr med risiko for hård blæst og kraftig regn. Men hvornår bliver vejret så dårligt, at det kan have indflydelse på, om den aftalte tidsfrist for færdiggørelse af entrepriseaftalen kan udskydes? 

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FIVE TAX TRAPS FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

by William F. Griffin, Jr.

The Internal Revenue Code contains numerous traps for the unwary foreign investor in  U.S. real estate or businesses. The tax law provisions applicable to nonresident foreign investors are very often quite different – and more onerous – than the tax rules applicable to U.S. citizens and foreign residents.  This article identifies some of the most common areas where nonresident foreign investors may need specialized tax advice to avoid costly mistakes.

Estate Tax.  An estate of a U.S. citizen or resident is subject to an estate tax based upon the value of the worldwide property, tangible and intangible, owned by the decedent on the date of death or over which he or she has certain rights or powers.  The current estate tax rate for 2015 is 40% for taxable estates in excess of a $5.34 million exemption, which is adjusted annually for inflation.  A U.S. estate may also deduct from the taxable estate a marital deduction equal to the value of property left to a surviving spouse.  The amount of lifetime taxable gifts during the decedent’s life is also included in calculating the gross estate.

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Commercial offer could constitute unfair competition

On December 10, 2015 the Supreme Court published on its web-site the cassation decision in case No. A67-4453/2014.

Under the merits of the case, SibSpetsProekt LLC applied to the antitrust authority against an act of unfair competition by Legion LLC advertising the labeled goods without the trademark owner’s consent (SibSpetsProekt LLC) on its web-site.

The antitrust authority held that Legion LLC’s commercial offers fall within the category of “introduction into the market” and constitute an act of unfair competition. 

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ILN Firm of the Month – Glusman & Co. – Tel Aviv, Israel!

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December 2015/January 2016

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Glusman & Co. – Tel Aviv, Israel!

The Law Offices of Glusman & Co. focuses on the business arena and provides an overall one-stop-shop for premium legal services to both corporate and private clients from Israel and abroad, in various fields, combining personally tailored client relations with professional expertise.

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California Amends its Franchise Relations Act

iStock_000017765581XSmallCalifornia recently made new amendments to its franchise law, California Franchise Relations Act (“CFRA”) (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §20000 et seq.), which regulates franchisee-franchisor relationships. These amendments, which will affect franchise agreements entered into or renewed after January 1, 2016, substantially change the laws in that state dealing with franchise terminations and renewals. The changes are summarized below. 

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Dollar Tree Resolves Multiple OSHA Citations in Burdensome Corporate-Wide

Valerie ButeraOSHA has employed many creative strategies to maximize its enforcement efforts during the Obama administration.  One such tactic involves scrutinizing employers with multiple worksites (retailers are a particularly easy target), sending compliance officers to inspect one of the worksites, issuing citations, and then visiting the employer’s other worksites, identifying the same problems found in the first worksite inspected, and issuing repeat citations to the employer based on the citation issued at the original worksite.  This approach gives OSHA significant bang for its buck, not only creating the opportunity to issue more citations by inspecting multiple facilities, but also making it possible for the agency to issue costly repeat citations, which carry fines as much as ten times higher than the current limit on citations classified as serious. 

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Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum obtain order on legal costs

We have successfully obtained an order on legal costs from the Court for our client against the Petitioner in respect of a section 168A Petition under the then applicable Companies Ordinance filed against our client in HCMP 438/2010. The dispute was related to alleged unfair prejudicial conduct allegedly committed by our client when she was the director and shareholder of a company operating a renowned Chinese restaurant, Fook Lam Moon. The Petition was filed against our client in 2010. We have advised our client throughout the legal proceedings, contested the petition and the petition was finally withdrawn by the Petitioner.

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