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March 19, 2019

Amazon Launches Project Zero to Combat Counterfeit Sales

Amazon.com launched Project Zero earlier this month, a new anti-counterfeiting program that allows companies to remove counterfeit reproductions of their products from the online marketplace without first seeking permission from Amazon. Before Project Zero, companies had to request that Amazon ...
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March 14, 2019

Amazon Deletes Pricing Parity Provision from Contracts with Third-Party Marketplace Sellers

Amazon.com amended its agreements with third-party marketplace sellers to remove its pricing parity clause—indicating that Amazon no longer will prohibit its 3P sellers from selling their products for less on competing online marketplaces. The Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement used ...
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March 12, 2019

eCommerce Executive Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing on Online Marketplace

eCommerce executive Daniel Aston, the former director and part owner of Trod Limited, pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to fix the prices of posters sold on online marketplaces. Both Aston and his company were charged in 2015 with price fixing, and the company pleaded guilty to the ...
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March 8, 2019

Amazon Reportedly Halts Routine Orders from Thousands of Brands

Signaling Potential Shift in Focus to Marketplace Sales In the last week, Amazon.com has been reported to have discontinued its routine orders from thousands of brands that, until now, sold their products directly to Amazon through Vendor Central. This activity signals a potential fundamental ...
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March 4, 2019

Amazon Annual Report Highlights Unauthorized Sales Challenges on Platform

In its Form 10-K Annual Report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in January, Amazon detailed potential risks to its business. According to published reports, Amazon this year disclosed risks associated with its inability to prevent the sale of “unlawful, counterfeit, ...
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November 30, 2018

Court Ruling Provides Help to Brands Struggling with Grey Market Sales on Online Marketplaces

A California federal court has entered a final judgment that strengthens brands’ mission to rid online marketplaces of unauthorized sellers and preserve their brand equity. The ruling confirms that manufacturers have a viable strategy to combat grey market sellers and stop the unauthorized ...
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September 20, 2017

Conducting Product Buys As Part of a Successful Investigation Strategy

This is the final article in a three-part series regarding investigating third-party online sellers. The first article, “Investigation Basics: Uncovering Third-Party Online Sellers,” appeared as a guest blog post on the Wiser Solutions blog. Part two, “Researching Marketplace Review ...
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September 15, 2017

Researching Third-party Sellers on Marketplace Review Websites, Social Media

This article is the second in a three-part series regarding investigating third-party online sellers. Be sure to check out the first article, “Investigation Basics: Uncovering Third-Party Online Sellers” which appeared as a guest post on the Wiser Solutions’ blog and part three, ...
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September 5, 2017

For Limited Time Only, Back Sales Tax Liability Can Be Fully Waived In Some States For Companies That Sell Products Through Online Marketplaces

Background Many companies that sell their products through online marketplaces struggle to determine when and in which states they must collect and remit sales tax. Forty-five states have a sales tax,[1] and companies that sell products to customers within these states are required to collect ...
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August 28, 2017

Vorys Receives International Innovation Award for Online Seller Enforcement Legal Practice

The College of Law Practice Management, an international organization that recognizes excellence in law practice management, announced today that Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP was a recipient of a 2017 InnovAction Award. Vorys was one of just two recipients of this year’s award. Since ...