Copyright Cases To Watch In 2021
Law360 - 4 months ago
Yes, we're all still waiting to find out what the U.S. Supreme Court says about Google v. Oracle, but that's not the only copyright case you need to be watching in 2021. Here are the four cases you need to watch in the year ahead,

The Biggest UK IP Cases To Watch In 2021
Law360 - 4 months ago
While much of the world slowed down in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a raft of intellectual property cases has kept a swift pace in the U.K., particularly in the realm of life sciences and telecommunications.

Patent Litigation Trends To Watch In 2021
Law360 - 4 months ago
As the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes into sight, attorneys are watching how a backlog of intellectual property trials will work their way through the system. They're also expecting those trials to follow 2020's pattern of featuring high-dollar verdicts.

PayMaya: More local firms tapping app for payments
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
PayMaya said it has also enabled businesses to settle their permits, social security contributions, and tax dues as agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Securities and Exchange ...

Pandemic erases gains in poverty reduction -- PIDS - 4 months ago
The prevailing pandemic can potentially reverse gains in poverty reduction over the past five years and push poverty incidence higher than 2015 levels, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

BIR field officials seek passage of tax amnesty law
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
Field officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) appealed anew to lawmakers to pass a general tax amnesty law to support effectively the P4.5-trillion outlay of the national government this year.

Go renews call for creation of DOFIL
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go renewed Sunday his call for the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipinos or DOFil to better protect the rights of Filipino workers abroad. Sen. Bong Go (Joseph

DoJ chief sees killer cop conviction
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra expressed confidence Sunday that government prosecutors will secure a conviction against Police Master Sgt. Jonel M. Nuezca for the cold-blooded murder of a mother and her son in Paniqui,

How conservatives share the same bed with fascists
Bulatlat - 4 months ago
Is conservatism a legitimate ideology? Yes. At its most benign, it aims to maintain the status quo and works for the benefit of the ruling class. At its worst, it supports fascism and actively works against the masses.

IBP vows to build on legal profession improvements for 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has vowed to build on the improvements it made in 2020 and continue the delivery of fast service in the legal profession as the

SC acquits 8 jailed over illegal drugs
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
It was truly "Merry Christmas" and a "Happy New Year" for eight persons who have been acquitted by the Supreme Court (SC) of drug charges and ordered immediately released from jail.

BIR in Central Luzon files 16 cases vs tax evaders; surpasses 2020 collection target
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
OLONGAPO CITY -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue in (Revenue Region 4) on Thursday said it passed by 16.9 percent its target collection goal for 2020. Records showed that the

Trump in winter: eight days of golf, tweets and rage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
President Donald Trump wound up his vacation at his Florida resort on Thursday, isolated, angry and with his power slipping away. Two months after losing the US presidential

'2020: Days of disquiet and our refusal to be silenced' - NUPL
Rappler - 4 months ago
Tyrannies... can never be immune from downfall owing to the simple operation of time and the persistence of struggle and resistance," says the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

10 quotes from PH court decisions, for better or worse
Rappler - 4 months ago
Here are 10 quotes from court decisions that changed our legal landscape, from big to small, for better or for worse. 1. Supreme Court ruled that an anonymous tip was not a valid cause to search a moving vehicle for a person supposedly carrying illegal drugs.

Yearender: Pandemic prompts Judiciary to step up
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
The year 2020 was very challenging for the Judiciary, particularly to Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta and the other members of the Supreme Court (SC).

Yearender: COVID-19 slows down PH overseas deployment
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
Due to travel restrictions and strict health protocols, the overseas employment industry continues to grapple with the impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 fails to dampen Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts - DENR
Gov - 4 months ago
Both outline the specific actions, programs and projects to comply with the continuing mandamus of the Supreme Court to restore Manila Bay waters to Class SB, or intended for recreational activities like swimming and bathing. The implementation of the plan ...

In the midst of the pandemic, OWWA Caraga assists 9,309 OFWs back in the region
Gov - 4 months ago
BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 30 - Few days before the year 2020 closes, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) Caraga has recorded a total of 9,309 returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) including their dependents ...

Covid variant alert prompts expanded PHL travel ban
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will not impose a deployment ban for OFWs bound for these countries. However ...

Long weekend offers double pay for private sector workers
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
subject to certain requirements under the implementing rules and regulations of the Labor Code, as amended," Bello said. Meanwhile, a "no work, no pay" scheme will take effect on December 31 ...

What Does the Future Hold for Intellectual Property in 2021?
Law - 4 months ago
With two potentially seismic cases at the Supreme Court and an extra year's worth of cases ready for trial, 2021 is shaping up as a headline-making year for IP litigation.

Makati tax revenues beat target
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
While tax collections were expected to decline this year because of the pandemic, the local government of Makati City generated more than P18 billion in tax revenues, breaching

Bong Go says new DOFil bill to enhance one country-team approach, making government response more holistic and efficient
Gov - 4 months ago
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go said that the new version of the Department of Overseas Filipinos (DOFil) Act of 2020, or Senate Bill No. 1949, which he filed early December and has been recently certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte,

Palace bares vetoed items in the 2021 national budget
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
President Duterte has vetoed some items in the 2021 national budget, including a requirement to report to Congress how the government's intelligence funds are used. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (TOTO

U.S. House approves $2,000 coronavirus aid checks sought by Trump
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-134 to meet President Donald Trump's demand for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday, sending

SC, DOJ, law enforcement prodded to address continued killings of lawyers
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
Another organization of lawyers has prodded the government to take action against the continued killings of lawyers in the country.

DOJ pursues 2-year-old petition vs CPP-NPA to boost AMLC bid
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
If granted, this will allow the government to seek clearance from the Court of Appeals (CA) to engage in wiretapping activities against the communists, as well as apply for a freeze order on ...

What are safe and important investments for your family during this time?
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
The pandemic has caused seismic shifts in the economy, forcing people to take a closer look at their financial well-being and goals for the future.

Japanese investors plan PH expansion with tax rate
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
The Philippines and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to further build on their strong economic partnership, which includes plans to expand Japanese investments in the country following favorable developments on a tax reform measure.

Ex-rebels reiterate NPA inequalities, deceit
Sun Star - 4 months ago
IN TIME for the 52nd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) last

ERC lowers threshold for open access - 4 months ago
The Energy Regulatory Commission is lowering the threshold for open access, allowing those consuming at least 500 kilowatts a month to choose their own supplier by Feb. 26, 2021.

Tax sparing: Requirements for availment
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
A number of taxpayers had recently been soliciting advice regarding their entitlement, as well as the procedures and other requirements for availing the tax-sparing provision in the Tax Code. This is triggered in part by the need to declare dividends to avoid the imposition of the improperly accumulated earnings

Philippines shows signs of recovery - DOF - 4 months ago
Beltran said the Philippines should also continue to adopt economic reforms to attract more investments. "The recent passing of CREATE and FIST in the Senate are welcome and will help in decreasing the burden on businesses once signed into law," he ...

Sandiganbayan nixes bid of 2 ex-Iloilo execs to reverse graft ruling
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
The Sandiganbayan has denied the motions for reconsideration filed by two former Iloilo provincial government officers who were convicted for graft in relation to an anomalous

Govt wants more children emancipated from labor
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has increased to 340,000 its target number of child laborers it expects to remove from the worst form of child labor in the next two years. Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Maria Karina Perida-Trayvilla told the BusinessMirror they made

The world in 2021
The Manila Times - 4 months ago
The year 2020 is ending with the world caught up in an unprecedented human and economic crisis. The pandemic has contaminated 75 million people and killed 1.7 million. With the lockdowns, the global economy has suffered the worst recession in 75 years,

The geopolitical outlook in 2021
BusinessWorld - 4 months ago
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a political-risk event on an unprecedented global scale as well as a public health crisis, influencing all the top 10 risks identified by the EY Geostrategic Business group in a recent report, the EY 2021 Geostrategic Outlook.

BIR urges taxpayers to transact online
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) asked taxpayers anew to transact business online to protect them as well as taxmen from catching COVID-19.

11 aspirants to vacant post in SC
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
There are 11 aspirants to the lone vacancy in the 15-member Supreme Court (SC), a post relinquished last November 3 by Associate Justice Priscilla J. Baltazar Padilla who opted for disability retirement.

SC re-affirms right of employers to dismiss workers on redundancy
Manila Bulletin - 4 months ago
The Supreme Court (SC) has re-affirmed its previous decisions which upheld the right of employers under the law to dismiss or retrench employees on the ground of redundancy.

The good news you might have missed as 2020 ends
BusinessMirror - 4 months ago
Flexible hours, fewer commutes or business trips, and splitting time between the home and office each week could become the new normal. Trillions in stimulus. Unlike the response to the 2008 ...

Worse harassment to come after CPP-NPA terror designation - son of slain peace consultants
Rappler - 4 months ago
Kapag na-red tag ka sa kasalukuyang administrasyong ito, hindi malayo na ikaw ay ma-harass, dakpin, saktan, at ang pinakamahirap 'yung pinapatay,' says lawyer VJ Topacio

Tax-free, duty-free imports of COVID vaccines pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
A key House official is pushing for the tax-free and duty-free importation of COVID-19 vaccines, saying such "friction costs and administrative burdens" could delay vaccine

SC fines Cabanatuan judge in Baguio traffic feud
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
A judge in Cabanatuan City was found guilty of simple misconduct by the Supreme Court when he charged traffic enforcers here with indirect contempt after they cited him for parking

Government releases nearly P500 billion to key agencies - 4 months ago
The national government has released almost P500 billion in funds to key agencies so far this year to support their COVID-19 response efforts, the Department of Budget and Management reported.

Anti-Terrorism Council designates CPP, NPA as terrorist groups
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 25) - The Anti-Terrorism Council has approved a resolution designating the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army ...

House sets aside P3.1B for salaries of officials, staff
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Under the P4.5-trillion General Appropriations Act of 2021 that President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign on Dec. 28, the House of Representatives will get more than ...

Tax amnesty, voluntary assessment deadlines extended till end-June 2021
CNN Philippines - 4 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) -- Taxpayers with unsettled dues will have a much longer period to avail of amnesty for delinquencies along with voluntary assessment and payment for ...

Police's discreet appeal spoils Christmas bail for 4 of detained 'Human Rights 7'
Rappler - 4 months ago
The successful appeal that charges the activists of a non-bailable case spoils an earlier Christmas bail Four of the detained "Human Rights 7" activists were supposed to get out on bail for Christmas,

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