BIR ordered to refund nearly P900M to PAL
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-08
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to refund Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) nearly P900 million in taxes on jet fuel imports. In a 23-page decision dated April 3, the CTA Third Division ruled in favor of PAL ...

Australian Government commences consultation into efficacy of copyright law
Lexology - 2018-04-07
The Australian Department of Communications and Arts has commenced a consultation into the effectiveness of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 (Amendment) which was implemented in an attempt to reduce the downloading of copyright material.

Political Fair Use Argument Fails to Rescue Republicans from Copyright Claim
JD Supra - 2018-04-06
Dhillon sued the blog for copyright infringement. Somehow, the Republican National Committee ("RNC") got a hold of the photograph and turned it into an attack ad against Quist. The RNC slapped the photo onto a mailer, printed a treble clef musical ...

Toughened by UP, lecturer at Melbourne University
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-06
Her last job before migrating Down Under in 2003 was as Asia-Pacific regional manager for a British multinational ... In her early 20s, when several of her high-school and college friends were leaving one after the other to either work or migrate overseas ...

China issues new rules tightening up on overseas transfers of intellectual property rights (IPR)
JD Supra - 2018-04-04
On 29 March 2018, the Chinese State Council released the External Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights Measures (for trial implementation) (the IPR Overseas Transfer Measures) providing for further governmental scrutiny of overseas transfers of IPR ...

Nick Saban responds to LeBron James's 'Shop Talk' copyright infringement letter
Saturday Down South - 2018-04-04
On Monday, NBA star LeBron James -- one of the most famous athletes in the world -- sent a letter to Alabama to ask the Crimson Tide to stop their new "Shop Talk" series, as he (or, more likely, his lawyers) believe it infringes on a copyright for ...

Microsoft alleges CHS copyright infringement
Nashville Post - 2018-04-03
Global technology giant Microsoft is alleging that local hospital operator Community Health Systems committed "willful copyright infringement and willful breach of its contractual obligations" during the course of its recent selloff of subsidiaries and ...

Court of last resort flip flops once again
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-03
In an en banc decision dated March 26, with 7 justices voting in favor of Philippine Airlines ... list beyond lawyers and judges to include participation from academe, civil society and the business community in gathering nominees for both the Court ...

10 Coca-Cola workers face charges after a protest in Davao City
Davao Today - 2018-04-03
Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines laid off more than 700 employees last month as part of the organizational structure assessment due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration ... within the beverage industry and in the business landscape as a whole, the Coca-Cola ...

Executive privilege shields President Duterte from inquiries
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-02
So, former president Benigno Aquino and former Health secretary Janet Garin can invoke executive privilege when the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption bring them to court for the Dengvaxia mess as, first, whatever the two officials discussed was part ...

Palace: Banning contractualization falls on Congress
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) -- A month ahead of Labor Day, MalacaƱang Palace admitted it had no power to scrap short-term and unprotected temporary work arrangements or so-called contractualization. "That draft EO (executive order) has been ...

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'
Rappler - 2018-04-02
Movement for Good Governance around two hours before the Supreme Court (SC), acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), kicked off the ballot recount. Robredo likened her message for her supporters gathered at St Scholastica's College Manila's ...

VP vote recount starts today
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-01
The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential ... The recount will start at 8:30 a.m. at the gymnasium at the fifth floor of the SC-Court of Appeals Building in Padre Faura, Manila. Lawyer Jose Lemuel Arenas, PET ad hoc committee member, described ...

Mining, tourism woes make environmental rights a must
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-01
Section 16 stressed that: "The State shall protect and advance the right of ... Cielo Magno, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics, agreed with Recidoro that, although the country has strong environmental ...

The familiar Passion play
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-01
I have been involved in the business of tax for over 35 years and I continue to hear these hardship stories from the spouse, sons and daughters who were left behind to address these inheritance woes and tax problems. The explanation oftentimes given why ...

Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Infringement: Ninth Circuit Holds "Blurred Lines" Infringes Copyright
Lexology - 2018-03-30
The Decision: The Ninth Circuit upheld the district court decision finding Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" infringed the copyright in Marvin Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up." The Reasoning: Based on "settled procedural principles ...

Tax court acquits Mikey Arroyo in P27-M tax evasion case
Rappler - 2018-03-28
This concludes 7 years of investigation that started in 2011 under the Kim Henares-led Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). After 7 years, the CTA said the BIR had "mere speculations and probabilities" which "cannot substitute for the required proof to ...

Duterte to PNP: Catch makers, sellers of fake medicines
Rappler - 2018-03-28
He said makers and sellers of fake medicines can be charged with economic sabotage because of the impact of the sale of such counterfeit products on consumers and the pharmaceutical industry. "Aside from the health risks posed by fake medicines ...

Withholding taxes made easier?
BusinessWorld - 2018-03-26
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) finally issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 11-2018, discussing some amendments to withholding tax regulations (i.e., RR No. 2-98, as amended) effective Jan. 1, 2018. Among the main objectives of the TRAIN law are to ...

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