Insurer Must Defend McGraw-Hill in Infringement Case
Law - 2020-01-07
Over the last few years, McGraw-Hill has faced several actions alleging copyright infringement with American International Group Inc. (AIG) affiliated insurers refusing to defend and indemnify. McGraw-Hill had entered into licensing agreements with third-party photographers and stock photography agencies which limited the parameters of the ...

PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Mondaq - 2020-01-07
Trademarks are an essential intellectual property right in a business enterprise or going concern which can be licenced via a franchise agreement. A trademark is a signifier which is capable of distinguishing the goods and services of one company 8 from those of another. It comprises of logos, designs, drawings, symbols, taglines, numbers ...

SC suspends work in all Manila courts on January 9
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
In a Memorandum dated Jan. 6, 2020, Peralta suspended work in the Supreme Court including the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the Court of Appeals ...

BI starts deployment ban of newly-hired domestic workers to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
Medina added the BI implemented the ban after the bureau received a copy of a Jan. 3 resolution released by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), which ordered the partial deployment ban of all newly-hired domestic workers to the Gulf state. The partial deployment ban was issued after a domestic helper, Jeanalyn Padernel Villavende ...

Prince's Estate Prevails In Copyright Dispute With YouTuber
Law360 - 2020-01-07
In his 31-page order, Judge Sorokin granted the estate's motion for summary judgment as to its claim of copyright infringement, finding it had "firmly established" infringement. He also granted the estate's motion for summary judgment on Habib's fair use defense and denied Habib's cross-motion for summary judgment on that defense. Habib ...

CA affirms verdict of perpetually barring Binay Jr. from holding public office
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Sombillo Binay Jr. THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the decision to perpetually bar former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. from holding public office for his reported involvement in the anomalous construction of the P1.3-billion Makati Science High School (MSHS) building. In a 12-page resolution ...

DOF projects all CTRP packages passed in H1
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Package 3 refers to the real property valuation reform bill, which is aimed to establish a single valuation base for taxation to eliminate wide disparities and achieve consistency. Meanwhile, Package 4 or the Passive Income and Financial Taxes or Pifita is expected to simplify the taxation of passive income, financial services and transactions ...

US senators see PH justice system differently from PH officials
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-06
Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. is a retired corporate executive, business consultant, and management professor. He has been a politicized citizen since his college days in the late 1950s. Like designer bags, Swiss watches, and bespoke suits, smartphones have become not just a necessity, but a symbol of sophistication, especially among individuals who...

Pinoys urged to shun travel to Iran, Iraq as tension escalates
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesman Dana Sandoval said they are ready to implement any changes in overseas deployment should the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) impose any new ban to Iraq, Iran, and even to Libya, where the Philippine Embassy has for months been persuading migrant workers to ...

Philippine, Cambodia working on double taxation deal
philstar.com - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines and Cambodia are conducting negotiations for an agreement which seeks to prevent double taxation on individuals or companies covered by both jurisdictions, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). According to the DOF, both countries may soon reach an agreement on double taxation following the second ...

PhilHealth hikes premium for direct paying members
philstar.com - 2020-01-06
CEBU, Philippines -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has released a new contribution schedule for direct contributors. Dina Cinchez, PhilHealth-7 public relations officer, said the new contribution schedule is in accordance with ...

SC junks with finality plea to legalize same-sex marriage
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) - The Supreme Court has denied with finality the petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, according to a resolution released Monday. The resolution dated Dec. 10 said the motion for reconsideration has no "substantial arguments" that would warrant the reversal of the original decision.

Looming PH-Cambodia tax treaty seen fostering more investments, jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Two-way investments and employment between the Philippines and Cambodia are seen getting a boost from the double taxation agreement (DTA) that the two countries will likely sign soon. In a statement Monday, the Department of Finance (DOF) said that during negotiations held in Siem Reap last month, Cambodia already ...

1,000 Pinoys in Iraq undocumented
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
The DFA also advised Filipinos in Iraq to coordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their employers in case ... discussion with migrant groups in Jordan and Qatar that the Filipino workers preferred to work in other countries in the region than be evacuated to the Philippines because jobs were scarce in their own country.

Student loans from banks proposed in House
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
Those seeking employment abroad may enter into a similar arrangement with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Romulo said his proposal would encourage the participation of the private sector, particularly banks, in making funds available to deserving students in need of financial assistance. There is a program similar to the ...

Super special visa
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-05
For example, if a visa applicant intends to enter as a tourist, he must show proof that he can financially sustain and support his entry/stay for "pleasure or business." For students, they must show proof of school acceptance, among others. For investors, they must present a substantial sum of inward remittance to the country. However ...

Govt tracks price hikes amid Mideast tension
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-05
This, as a local labor group also urged government to suspend the new round of taxes for fuels-- which took effect on January 1, 2020, as part of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law--to "cushion" the expected surge in its prices in the international market amid the escalating tension between the United States (US ...

Middle East OFWs to get aid if repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Should rising tensions prompt the repatriation of Filipino migrant workers in Iran and Iraq, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assured that job opportunities ...

Youth, future of agriculture
Sun Star - 2020-01-05
He said the agency has been streamlining programs that would involve the youth in the complete value-chain. The Department of Labor and Employment JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information Regional Report bared that in Davao Region, there is a current demand ...

Immigration chief vows to improve service in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is looking to improve its service delivery for 2020, Commissioner Jaime Morente said on Sunday. Morente said the innovations that had been ...

Judge wants More Power vs Peco case tried outside of Iloilo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
This acknowledgment from Amular stemmed from the administrative complaint filed against him at the Supreme Court by More Power President Roel Castro and company lawyer Hector Teodosio. The ...

Suspend excise taxes on fuel amid growing tensions in Middle East -- labor group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines - A labor group has asked the administration to suspend the excise taxes on fuel products, as tensions grow in the oil-rich Middle East due to the recent United States (US) airstrike. According to the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), President Rodrigo Duterte should stop the third tranche and the other already ...

Go files Senate bill creating Davao-based 6th division of NLRC
Philippine Information Agency - 2020-01-05
Senate Bill (SB) No. 1254, which intends to amend the relevant provisions of the Labor Code of the Philippines, also requires the addition of three more commissioners since each division of the NLRC is composed of three members. "The creation of an ...

Locsin: No mention of denying visa to De Lima jailers in 2020 US budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. said Saturday that the United States Appropriations Act of 2020 did not implement visa ban against those involved in detaining Senator Leila de Lima, who is currently jailed at Camp Crame for drug-related charges. "We looked at the US Appropriations Act, there ...

Kin of 58th Maguindanao massacre victim wants Ampatuans to pay for his death, too
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- The fight for justice continues for the family of photojournalist Reynaldo "Bebot" Momay, whom the court ruled was not among the 57 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Momay's family served notice to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 that they are heading to the Court of Appeals ...

Reggae Artist Drops Miley Cyrus 'Can't Stop' Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2020-01-04
Law360 (January 3, 2020, 8:03 PM EST) -- A Jamaican reggae artist on Friday dropped his copyright infringement lawsuit alleging Miley Cyrus' 2013 hit "We Can't Stop" ripped off his earlier track, less than a year after a Manhattan federal judge refused to toss the case. The parties filed an agreement on Friday to discontinue with prejudice the ...

DOLE stops sending maids to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday formally banned the deployment of newly hired domestic workers in Kuwait, as government officials await the result of the investigation into the death of yet another Filipino household worker in the Gulf state. The deployment ban and moratorium on the accreditation and processing of individual ...

DOLE chief Bello widens coverage of HSW deployment ban to Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
In an interview on Friday morning, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said he directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board (GB) to expand the ban to HSWs who are returning to Kuwait with new contracts. This will ensure that only HSWs with existing contracts and have taken their vacation in the country ...

Speaker, majority Leader power house
Journal - 2020-01-03
We have already approved on third and final reading the measure amending the Foreign Investment Act of 1991, the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA), and the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA). These bills are important parcels of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) that is ...

Kuwait deployment ban signed, but may be lifted if suspects in OFW death charged - Labor chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3)-- The Philippine government will now officially stop sending new household service workers to Kuwait. This comes after officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board signed Friday the partial ban on the deployment of overseas workers to the Gulf State. The move ...

Kuwait deployment ban signed, but may be lifted if suspects in OFW death charged - Labor chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3)-- The Philippine government will now officially stop sending new household service workers to Kuwait. This comes after officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board signed Friday the partial ban on the deployment of overseas workers to the Gulf State. The move ...

PH sets partial ban on maids to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
The government is set to impose a partial ban on labor traffic to Kuwait, after another Filipino maid was killed by her employer in the oil-rich Gulf state. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Thursday that the ban was recommended by Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa and subject to the approval of the board of the Philippine Overseas ...

Epiphany in the Nationalist Church of Sts. Philip and James
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-02
Barlin won. On November 24, 1904, the American-backed Supreme Court ordered the Iglesia Filipina Independiente to return all the Church properties to the Roman Catholic Church. To many of us, Barlin is the hero. As a result we have a Catholic Church that has no link to the history of battle for independence. As a result, we have a Church that ...

Japan tries to solve the mystery of Carlos Ghosn's audacious escape
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
(CNN) -- Japanese authorities have raided the house where fugitive auto executive Carlos Ghosn was staying before he escaped to Lebanon earlier this week. Japanese media reported that Tokyo district prosecutors entered the property on Thursday. CNN affiliate TV Asahi also reported that prosecutors were working with police to access CCTV video ...

House to ABS-CBN: Franchise grant a privilege not a right
Journal - 2020-01-02
Alvarez noted that the Supreme Court (SC) in the case of Radio Communications Philippines Inc. versus National Telecommunications Commission has already stated that the grant of a franchise is "merely a privilege emanating from the sovereign power of the state and owing its existence to a grant, is subject to regulation by the state itself by ...

Emerging from the shadows: the US chief justice who will preside over Trump's trial
GMA Network - 2020-01-02
In his end-of-year message on Tuesday, Roberts hinted at a past disagreement with Trump, saying an independent judiciary was a "key source of national unity and stability," and called on ... as one of Rehnquist's law clerks and is now a professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. "I think Chief Justice Roberts is likely ...

DOLE disposes 91% labor cases in 2019
Gov - 2020-01-02
DOLE-2 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos (extreme right) discusses the labor case disposition rate for 2019 during a press conference in Tuguegarao City. (Photo by PIA-Cagayan) TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Jan. 2 (PIA)--The Department of Labor and ...

ALI targets REIT offering this year
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-01
The listed property developer said in April that it will be placing its prime Makati Business District office assets under a REIT valued at $500 million. It is targeting to raise about $300 million from its REIT offering. "Amounts [are] still being finalized but roughly in the range," Mr. Bengzon said. If the listing will be materialized ...

Policymakers may consider additional excise taxes -- NTRC
philstar.com - 2020-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Policymakers may still consider increasing taxes on excisable items either to generate more revenues for the government or to discourage consumption of such products, according to a government think tank. In a report, the National Tax Research Center (NTRC) said demand for excisable products, such as cigarettes ...

Getting more things done sans distractions
philstar.com - 2020-01-01
The 2010s is characterized by the rise of strongmen who banked their power on populist hysteria. They came with all sorts of excuses that before been considered unfathomable: protectionism, anti-EU, anti-Muslim, anti-refugee, pro-state dictatorship, trade wars, anti-liberalism. From the Americas, to Europe, to Asia, these strongmen were ushered ...

Villanueva questions PH-Kuwait labor pact after latest OFW murder
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva has questioned the implementation of a labor agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait meant to protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from abuses following another killing of a domestic worker there. "We are outraged that another family has to grieve, and we question the implementation of ...

Holding companies not subject to LBT on passive income
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-01
Citing the Tax Code, banking laws, and pertinent regulations, among others, the SC ruled that the taxpayer is not an NBFI as it is not an entity authorized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to perform quasi-banking functions. Further, the high court made a distinction between a "holding company" and a "financial intermediary" as ...

The landmark court decisions of 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-01
The court referred to the shares of businessmen Jose Africa and Manuel Nieto Jr., which were acquired on June 10, 1974, in Eastern Telecommunications Phils Inc. and other investments which were proceeds ... on its aggressive island-building and occupation of islands in the West Philippine Sea. Morales and Del Rosario claimed that thousands ...

BARMM eyes foreign investments in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-31
He said the region had been working to ease the process of doing business and had been eyeing the granting of incentives or tax breaks to investors. The government and the MILF are implementing the normalization phase of the final peace agreement or the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. In the normalization phase, both sides have ...

PHL on brink of deployment ban to Kuwait as maid dies
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-31
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it is closely monitoring the investigation in the death of another Filipino household service worker (HSW) in Kuwait, as labor revived calls for a partial deployment ban on the tiny oil-rich kingdom. In a statement, DOLE identified the victim as Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende ...

Service charge law may also benefit contractuals
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-31
CONTRACTUAL workers from qualified establishments could also benefit from the implementation of Republic Act 11360 or the Service Charge Law (SCL), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Last Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued Labor Advisory 14, Series of 2019, stating all employees, including ...

Duterte tells lawyers, military not to compromise with water firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-31
"Now, this will be a mess, I told them, they have to iron this out, if they file a case, they may file a case at the Supreme Court, I will declare a suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of them," Duterte said. "I want billionaires inside the prison, they will get a taste of jail." He also renewed his threats to ...

DOLE condemns killing of OFW in Kuwait; gives aid to SG road crash victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday expressed its outrage over the killing of another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Kuwait as it sought for the swift resolution of the case. In a statement, DOLE said the recent incident was a "clear violation" of the agreement the Philippines and Kuwait ...

Filipinos warned against malicious online holiday greetings
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- Have you received a notification that a long-lost relative or an acquaintance you've met years ago sent you a holiday greeting? You might want to be extra careful in opening that message. A cybersecurity nonprofit firm from the Philippines warned the public against malicious and fraudulent ...

DBP facilitates OWWA rebate program for OFWs
philstar.com - 2019-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has committed to assist the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in facilitating its rebate program, which benefits 167,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a statement, DBP president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the bank has signed a ...

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