SC ruling portends lower power rates for ratepayers
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-15
THE cloud of uncertainty that hovered over stakeholders in the power sector was lifted by the Supreme Court (SC) decision on May 3 on the competitive procurement of power supply by distribution utilities, mainly for residential ratepayers. The aims and ...

Sheppard Mullin Washington, D.C. Expands Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Healthcare Practices
YAHOO! - 2019-05-15
Firm Adds IP Litigators Robert Masters and Jonathan DeFosse and Healthcare Antitrust Partner Bevin Newman Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that partners Robert M.

Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in U.S.
Rappler - 2019-05-15
The text passed by the Republican-led senate has been sent to Governor Kay Ivey's desk for signature into law and, if approved is expected to trigger a legal battle which could reach the Supreme Court. Under the bill, performing an abortion is a crime that ...

Who are you calling a 'bobotante'?
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-15
Last February 2019, I met Ka Raul Ramos, a farmer in Sicogon island, Carles, Iloilo, who was able to travel to Metro Manila by way of the Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services ... he protested how a tourism joint venture by Ayala Land ...

Copyright Registration After Fourth Estate
JD Supra - 2019-05-15
In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in March of this year that a copyright claimant can only commence an infringement suit, unless a limited exception applies, after the Copyright Office has ...

Ariana Grande sued for copyright infringement over Instagram post
New York Daily News - 2019-05-15
A New York-based photographer sued singer Ariana Grande after she allegedly posted two of his photos on Instagram without his permission. Photographer Robert Barbera filed the suit against Grande and her company, Grandari, on Monday in the U.S. District ...

Trade groups laud polls
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-14
One much-awaited phase of the tax reform program is the reduction in corporate income tax rates, one of the highest in the region.

The Second Circuit Reaffirms Volitional Conduct is Needed for Direct Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2019-05-14
The Second Circuit confirms volitional conduct is needed to hold internet service providers liable for direct copyright infringement--it just disagrees what "volitional conduct" actually means. BWP Media USA, Inc. v. Polyvore, Inc. partially revived a ...

SC affirms CA ruling barring AMWSLAI from recruiting from 24 other agencies
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-14
THE Supreme Court has affirmed a Court of Appeals decision that effectively barred thrift bank Air Materiel Wing Savings and Loan Association Inc. (AMWSLAI) from amending its by-laws to be able ...

New VAT refund rules
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-14
g. For export sale of services, the following documents are valid proofs to establish that the nonresident foreign corporation (NRFC) buyer is not engaged in business in the Philippines ...

Big risks, big returns
Sun Star - 2019-05-14
Organique Inc. is the company behind Organique Acai Berry juice supplement, an organic product certified by the United States Department of Agriculture ... into real estate and soon in hospitality. What was your first job? Right after college, I ...

Being a tourist with my family in London
philstar.com - 2019-05-14
LONDON, England -- We arrived at Heathrow Airport in London at 7:30 p.m. and it took more than an hour to clear the super-crowded immigration booths. From there we went to Kensington where we stayed in a three-story Airbnb flat, which was very cozy and ...

Ka Leody, 2 other Labor Win bets concede from Senate race
Rappler - 2019-05-14
MANILA, Philippines - Three senatorial bets from the Labor Win coalition conceded from the Senate race on Tuesday, May 14, after more than 90% of the votes have been transmitted to the Commission on Election's server. Labor Win candidates Leody de Guzman ...

Davao City: New investment hub
Sun Star - 2019-05-14
Along with this, she encouraged everyone who has accommodation facility business, even small or AirBnB types ... which is just a pedestrian lane across Ateneo de Davao University and Marco Polo Davao. "We are thankful for the private sectors for working ...

Labor leader De Guzman concedes defeat in Senate race
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A day after the May 13 elections, Labor Win alliance senatorial candidate Leody de Guzman conceded defeat after failing to enter the top 12 senatorial candidates in partial ...

Koko Pimentel: Magic 12 tally still 'too close'
Rappler - 2019-05-14
We will revisit all tax laws and the restructuring of our agriculture sector ... "We have to make sure na kumikita ang mga taong nagpapakain sa atin. Okay naman ang traders, business 'yan. Puwede naman sila kumita, pero...kailangan din kumita ang mga ...

Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option
Rappler - 2019-05-14
As per rules, the court entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. Ressa's lawyer Ted Te said the Supreme Court may be the next option. "We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it. We have 60 days to decide," Te said. The legal questions that could ...

GPCCI report indicates downturn in German business confidence in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-13
German business confidence in the Philippines has declined on all levels, except for employment and infrastructure investment, largely due to proposed changes on tax incentives, volatile peso and ...

Gwendolyn Garcia returns as Cebu's Governor
Rappler - 2019-05-13
This is Garcia's third time as Cebu governor after serving two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013. The Court of Appeals had previously dismissed the Ombudsman's order barring her from seeking another public office for owning the controversial Balili ...

Energy agency cuts backlog of pending capex cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-13
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was able to act on applications from electricity distribution utilities and other power industry players to be allowed to spend capital investments totaling ...

ERC studying way forward with licenses expiring amid Supreme Court TRO
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-13
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is set to deliberate on how to move forward in promoting greater competition in the retail electricity business as the licenses of those authorized to engage in it are about to expire by 2021 to 2022 while a court ...

Intellectual property in sports center of Benilde confab
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-13
IN commemoration of the National Intellectual Property Month in the Philippines ... School of Design and Arts Campus in April, the forum, entitled "The Role of Intellectual Property and Sports," gathered experts in the field of legal practice ...

Seeing the TRAIN Law in its proper perspective
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-12
TRAIN is the first of five packages of the comprehensive tax reform program. Other packages deal with corporate income taxation and modernizing fiscal incentives; sustainable financing for Universal Health Care through increased sin taxes on tobacco and ...

BI arrests alleged human trafficker at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested an alleged human trafficker at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) trying to fly out of the country with three victims.

Merkel's preferred successor says she won't seek post before 2021
Rappler - 2019-05-12
In all those elections, the far-right and anti-immigration AfD could make further gains at the expense of the mainstream CDU and SPD parties. Kramp-Karrenbauer acknowledged that the coalition with the SPD "did not emerge smoothly and doesn't always have an ...

Firms urged to tap only service providers with valid DOLE registration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
CEBU CITY, Philippines-Business establishments could be held ... urged businesses to deal only with service providers that have valid registration, as required by Department Order 174-17.

What is at stake in these elections
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
the tighter grip of the central government by the simple exercise of the power to release or withhold the internal revenue allotments of local officials. Besides adding new layers of bureaucracy, federalism will further narrow local politics into a playing ...

Women behind Otso bets join calls to elect dignified leaders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the "sexist, violent" climate President Rodrigo Duterte has fomented against women and youth, the mothers, sisters and wives of the opposition Otso Diretso ...

Fox Sports, Stars Group to offer sports betting in deal
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-11
A gambler makes a bet at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey--A major US sports network is getting into the sports betting game. Fox Sports says it is buying just ...

Will the Duterte-backed Velascos prevail in Marinduque?
Rappler - 2019-05-11
For the 2019 midterm elections, the Velascos are coming to the fore, led by no less than its patriarch, former Supreme Court justice Presbitero Velasco Jr who retired just last August 2018. (READ: Supreme Court justice's family building a political dynasty?)

Labor group urges Filipinos to vote for independent Senate
Rappler - 2019-05-11
'We, in all earnestness and hope, invite you to elect candidates who shall stand with you, protect you, treat you with dignity and respect, and truly liberate you,' says labor group Sentro MANILA, Philippines - Labor group Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at ...

Midterm exodus: When political butterflies switch party alliances
Rappler - 2019-05-11
For most local politicians, jumping to the ruling party assures them access to government funds. "If you're in Congress, you get access to the pork barrel. If you're in local government, you get faster access to the internal revenue allotment" or their ...

BIR warns public vs tax clearance scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-11
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned the public against a scam wherein fake tax clearance certificates were being used to extort money from those expecting shipments from overseas.

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2019
JD Supra - 2019-05-11
Autonomous transportation technology was widespread at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Startups at the forefront of making autonomous transportation a reality should be careful to avoid the potholes described here. --John T. McNelis Autonomous ...

ERC warns of power shortage with SC ruling on PSAs
philstar.com - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) warned of dire implications for the power industry if the Supreme Court decision requiring competitive bidding for all power supply agreements (PSAs) is implemented. According to the ERC ...

TRAIN revenues exceed 2018 goal
philstar.com - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Additional revenues generated from the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law in 2018 exceeded the target by 8.1 percent even as the government gave away P117 billion in personal income tax cuts ...

Labor code amendment, repeal of TRAIN Law pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines - Labor Day demonstrators called for amendments to the Labor Code of the Philippines in order to put an end to contractualization and repeal of tax reform law. Human rights ...

Timing Questions Arise After Copyright Registration Ruling
Law360 - 2019-05-10
requires that the U.S. Copyright Office must complete its review of an application for copyright registration before an infringement lawsuit can be filed.[1] U.S. District Courts in New York and California have recently applied Fourth Estate in considering ...

Detroit Mercy Law Offers Limited Time Discount on Online Intellectual Property Training
YAHOO! - 2019-05-10
New students starting in the May 28th term can receive 25% off. DETROIT, May 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is offering a limited time 25% off discount on ...

Litigators of the Week: After Swooping In for Trial, S&C Team Seals Win in 2nd Circuit
Law - 2019-05-10
Their client was being sued for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright infringement by Universal Instruments Corp. But six days into trial, Senior U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe of the Northern District of New York pulled the ...

Facebook rolls out Digital Tayo program
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-10
The social-media platform tapped the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and civil ...

CCCI opposes P386 wage hike
philstar.com - 2019-05-10
since this worker class is exempt from income tax. Espeleta said: "While the Chamber together with the business community is one with the labor sector in looking after the welfare of every worker, CCCI recognizes the fact that only when competent and ...

ERC prepares legal strategies after SC ruling on power supply deals
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-10
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is preparing "legal strategies" in response to the Supreme Court decision requiring all power supply agreements (PSAs) forged after June 30, 2015 to undergo a competitive selection process (CSP) to arrive at the ...

Fast guide: Pro-worker senatorial wannabes
Bulatlat - 2019-05-10
Below is a chart prepared by Ibon Foundation focusing on what has been reported about ... revoking Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law that has been blamed for the increase in prices, among others. Colmenares garners the #LaborVote2019 ...

Party-list wants IBP officials disbarred over 'Bikoy' presscon
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- A party-list group on Friday asked the Supreme Court to strip two officials of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) of their authority to practice ...

Uber stock set to launch at $45 a share
Rappler - 2019-05-10
NEW YORK, USA - Uber is set for its Wall Street debut Friday, May 10, with a massive share offering that is a milestone for the ride-hailing industry and the so-called "sharing economy," but which comes with simmering concerns about its business model.

PNP serves arrest warrant vs convicted shabu tiangge operator
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-10
MANILA, Philippines --An arrest warrant was served by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to shabu tiangge operator Amin Imam Boratong at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) as the Pasig City Regional ...

DTI suspends operations of Chinese-only food park
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-10
This meant that the stall owners did not have the proper individual business permits and official receipts issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Only one stall, MFD Cuisine, had a business ...

Diokno on PH justice system: Too many vacancies in judiciary, lacks transparency
Rappler - 2019-05-10
(We should address the perennial problem of vacancies in the judiciary and the prosecution service.) In the Supreme Court itself, President Rodrigo Duterte has lapsed the constitutionally-required 90 days to fill the vacancy of Associate Justice which was ...

2018 revenues from TRAIN law surpass government target
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-09
excise tax slapped on automobiles reached P12.2 billion versus a target of P11.6 billion; tobacco excise collections were P5.9 billion versus a P3.30-billion target; corporate income tax ...

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