Crypto Copycats Beware: Fair Use Of Financial Technology In Wake Of Oracle v. Google
JD Supra - 2018-05-17
FinTech companies beware: your use of code that was originally developed via open-source methods may not be shielded from future copyright infringement claims by the fair use doctrine. Recently, in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, 750 F.3d 1339 (2014 ...

Solons to seek impeachment of 8 justices over Sereno ouster
UNTV - 2018-05-17
Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC.) Akbayan Partylist representative Tom Villarin on Thursday, May 17, said the impeachment complaint against the eight justices will be filed before session breaks in June. Villarin is among the ...

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case
Rappler - 2018-05-17
Uriarte was the last accused in the plunder case. The Sandiganbayan earlier acquitted 6 of Uriarte's co-accused from 2015 to 2017, while the Supreme Court (SC) acquitted two in July 2016, including former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Uriarte was ...

Duterte orders lifting of labour deployment ban to Kuwait
InterAksyon - 2018-05-17
They say excessively long hours and insufficient flexibility to change contracts or return home contravene international labor laws and deprive workers of their human rights. -- Editing By Gareth Jones

Trillanes loses SC plea, faces damage suit
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-17
The SC held that there is sufficient standards and guidelines that has been set in its past decisions by which the trial court and the Court of Appeals can address and resolve the issue of parliamentary immunity raised by petitioner. Even if the direct ...

Protecting and Navigating Intellectual Property for Artificial Intelligence Based Technologies
Lexology - 2018-05-17
Technological advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology are accelerating due to the combination of machine learning breakthroughs, increases in computing power, and the emergence of big data analytics. Cloud based computing has also accelerated ...

Senate lacks authority to question SC ruling--Lacson
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-16
SENATOR Panfilo Lacson rejected calls Wednesday for Senate to take a stand against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding, saying the Senate has no jurisdiction over the case decided by the Supreme Court.

Bello keen on taking Ombudsman post
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is keen on taking the Ombudsman post to help President Rodrigo Duterte fight corruption. "Nakikita ko na very long 'yung fight niya so I decided na tulungan ko siya para ...

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'
Rappler - 2018-05-16
The Ombudsman must have, for ten (10) years or more, been a judge or engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines." Duterte was also asked on Wednesday about Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who applied for the post of Ombudsman.

Can you paint with all the colors of politics?
InterAksyon - 2018-05-16
For example, Liberal Democrats use yellow for freedom, conservative parties use blue for structure and authority, and labor and Republican parties use red for power. The theory of semiotics can explain why people associate colors with concepts. Professor ...

COA defies 3 admins: Contractors should pay P146B Malampaya tax
Rappler - 2018-05-16
only that it is part of and included in the 60% government share and goes to the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)." For COA, tax assumption is illegal and tantamount to tax exemption. "The tax assumption arrangement increased the ...

Roku Displays FBI Anti-Piracy Warning to Legitimate YouTube & Netflix Users
TorrentFreak - 2018-05-16
An FBI warning, which advised that "unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law", noted that the channels had been removed due to repeated claims of copyright infringement. In 2018, dealing with copyright infringement claims is a daily issue for ...

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business
Rappler - 2018-05-16
At the same time, Filipinos are burdened by high prices of goods brought about by inflation and the recently implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and ... in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of foreign investors.

More jobs in a green economy - ILO report
Rappler - 2018-05-16
MANILA, Philippines-- Some 14 million new jobs could be generated in the Asia Pacific by 2030 if governments promote a greener economy, according to the latest findings of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The ILO World Employment Social Output ...

SC Justice Martires, Sandiganbayan Justice Dela Cruz vie for Ombudsman
Rappler - 2018-05-16
MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Samuel Martires and anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz are vying for the post of Ombudsman. Martires and Dela Cruz are part of the "considered applicants" of the ...

Unacceptable defense
philstar.com - 2018-05-16
This decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court which said that her explanation is non-acceptable for the following reasons: (1) the 11 incised wounds on the head of Gardo could not have been the effect of two strokes with a blunt instrument; (2 ...

Why Register My Copyrights? The Benefits of Copyright Registration
JD Supra - 2018-05-15
the valid owner of the copyrights in order to prevail on a claim of copyright infringement. The record may also be a helpful defensive mechanism where a would-be infringer--who is sophisticated enough to check copyright registrations--is considering ...

Tell it to SunStar: Purpose of co-management
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
Joselito R. Costas, Provincial Tourism Officer, Province of Cebu Slaughter of the constitution This is the statement of the Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag) Region 7 on the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto ...

Conglomerates deliver mixed Q1 results, but outlook remains positive
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
"As expected there are some soft spots for conglomerates given the diverse business interests of each. The rest of the year should be better than last year overall as there should be some recovery in the initial or first-quarter underperformers of each ...

House committee eyes retention, expansion of tax, non-tax incentives
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
Dakila Carlo E. Cua (Quirino), House ways and means committee chairman, said although he filed the corporate tax cut measure in March as House Bill (HB) No. 7458, it still needs to be referred by the Speaker to the body so it can conduct public hearings.

Tax Notes: Submitting the quarterly alphabetical list of payees (QAP)
Sun Star - 2018-05-15
IN line with submitting the quarterly alphabetical list of payees (QAP) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued a tax advisory on April 24 instructing taxpayers on how to make use of the ...

Shame on our shortsighted, irresponsible justices
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-15
Today, I would find it distasteful to address them the same way. Both the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court have rendered decisions that have exposed their pettiness, lack of foresight into the implications of their momentous decisions ...

U.S. Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-15
NCAA's chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement that while the organization is still reviewing how court's decision affects college sports ... They said in court briefs that if the high court sided with the sporting leagues, "Congress could ...

Duterte orders Assistant Secretaries from DOJ, DPWH to resign - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered two assistant secretaries from the Departments of Justice and Public Works to resign over corruption allegations, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Harry Roque ...

Questions Sereno must answer
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-14
As expected, the decision of the Supreme Court rendered last Friday which declared the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno void, was welcomed by anti-Sereno groups and denounced by others. One justice of the Supreme Court who favored Sereno ...

Refunding input VAT upon dissolution or change of VAT status
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-14
However, the TRAIN implementing regulations on the VAT provided a significant clarification relating to the timing of application for VAT refund for dissolving companies and those shifting from a VAT to non-VAT business. Section 112 of the National ...

DepEd: Teacher-volunteers in elections can get tax refund in 15 days
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday public school teachers who volunteered for elections will have their taxes refunded in the next 15 days. The refund covers teachers who earn an annual income of less ...

Solon: Justices 'dividing' Supreme Court should resign
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) -- Some Supreme Court associate justices should resign if they feel strongly against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a representative from the majority, said on Monday. Isabela Representative Rod ...

Sereno doomed by non-filing of SALN -- insider
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-13
EVEN if the Supreme Court had granted the plea of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to dismiss the quo warranto petition against her, there is no way she would have survived an impeachment trial before the Senate, a Court insider said Sunday.

West Cove Resort demolition halted after owner uses letter from Palace
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-13
BORACAY Island, Aklan--The owner of Boracay Island West Cove Management Inc. has received a respite from the demolition of his business after receiving a letter from Malaca├▒ang. Hotel owner Crisostomo Aquino said it was only recently that he received the ...

Sereno 'lacks integrity': Why the Supreme Court ousted its Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines May 12) -- Maria Lourdes Sereno lacked one of four qualifications any member of the judiciary should have, the Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that ousted the Chief Justice. "It was found that respondent is ineligible ...

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss
Rappler - 2018-05-12
But anger quickly mounted among social media users who accused the defeated leader of seeking to flee, and the immigration department swiftly announced both he and Rosmah were banned from leaving Malaysia. "The immigration department has just now ...

Joseph: Philippines needs to diversify to attain "financial inclusion"
philstar.com - 2018-05-12
Cebu Business Club president Gordon Alan Joseph said that if the ... above-target performance by its revenue agencies as a result of the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) Law; and investment-grade credit ratings responsible for successful ...

Malaysia's Najib to take 'short break' as flight rumours swirl
Rappler - 2018-05-12
Some media reports said the pair were on a travel blacklist and would not be allowed to leave. But the immigration department's director-general Mustafar Ali told Agence France-Presse: "They are not blacklisted so far." Mahathir's victory broke the grip on ...

Copyright Suit Against HBO Tossed
JD Supra - 2018-05-11
Gayle brought claims of copyright infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. ┬ž 1125(a), among others, and sought $1,500,000 plus legal fees. Last September, HBO moved under Rule 12(b)(6) to have the claims dismissed arguing that ...

Pro quo warranto side hail high court ruling
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
LAWYER Lorenzo Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said her removal from office freed the Supreme Court from the footprints of the Liberal Party. He said Sereno was the reason the election protest of ex ...

Padre Faura turns into battleground
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
How can we trust the justice system if the associate justices of the SC are unjust?!," said Ramil Correa, professor at the De La Salle University and president of Sanggunian sa Filipino, an organization of Filipino professors. Businesswoman Joann Dy ...

Supreme Court ousts Sereno in landmark ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
Maintain high standards for future appointments, Makati Business Club says For his part, Makati Business Club exective director Coco Alcuaz told BusinessWorld in an email that the organization is urging President Rodrigo R. Duterte to "maintain high ...

Q1 tax effort hits record high
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
TAXES collected in the first quarter took a larger share relative to the economy to log a fresh record high, the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Friday. "Tax effort also rose by 1.03 percentage point, from 13.44% to 14.47%, the highest first quarter ...

Supreme Court unseats Chief Justice Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- The Supreme Court justices voted to unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a precedent-setting case, eight justices voted to grant Solicitor General Jose Calida's petition to oust Sereno, while six voted ...

Negross Occidental industries reminded of environmental law compliance
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
THE Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) has reminded industries in Negros Occidental to ensure compliance with environmental measures set by the government amid the fishkill incident that hit anew in Pontevedra town. Penro head ...

Price spikes dampen first quarter economic growth
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- The government today announced that the Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent for the first quarter of 2018 -- the 10th consecutive quarter of expansion of 6.5 percent or better. The Philippines almost hit the ...

Despite inflation spike, GDP grows by 6.8% in Q1 2018
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
"We expect fiscal spending, business and household spending to continue to drive growth in 2018 and 2019," he said. "These drivers of growth can easily withstand measured monetary tightening this year and next. Market interest rates have reflected ...

10 companies and proprietors face tax raps
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-10
Florendo and treasurer James L. Tiu, and Cavite-based company Drillcorp Philippines, Inc. (Drillcorps) and its responsible corporate officers Kenneth Wilkes, Maricris Saniel, Ip Swee Bin, and Edward Bacus. Huile "is being sued for a total deficiency tax ...

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