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February 18, 2020

From Dirty Diapers to Counterfeit Jewelry, Product Quality Problems Abound on the Amazon Marketplace

Amazon stated in its 2019 Form 10-K that it may be unable to prevent third-party sellers on its marketplace from selling unlawful, counterfeit, pirated, or stolen goods, or selling goods in a way that violates the proprietary rights of others. Since then, product quality problems on the Amazon ...
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February 4, 2020

New eControl White Paper: Australian Distribution Strategies and Unauthorized Seller Enforcement

eCommerce is experiencing rapid growth around the world, including in Australia. Between 2017 and 2018, Australian eCommerce sales grew approximately 30% to an estimated A$28.6 billion ($19.4 billion USD). Online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon are an important part of this growth story. ...
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January 15, 2020

Marketplace Pulse’s “Marketplaces Year in Review 2019” Emphasizes Amazon’s Growth

Marketplace Pulse recently released its “Marketplaces Year in Review 2019” report, which examined the state of online marketplaces and predicted what may come next. The report focused primarily on Amazon, finding that “[d]espite Amazon’s dominance in the market, it continues to get ...
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December 17, 2019

Netflix docuseries Broken highlights prevalence of counterfeit cosmetics products on online marketplaces

The counterfeiting epidemic continues to spread, and virtually no product category is immune. Broken, a new Netflix docuseries highlights how prevalent “negligence and deceit are in the production and marketing of popular consumer items.” The counterfeiting crisis is especially problematic ...
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December 5, 2019

Amazon Creates a Cost-Effective and Efficient Patent Infringement Remedy for Infringing Products Sold on its Marketplace by Third Parties

Carey C. Jordan has guest authored this post for the Vorys eControl Marketplace Solutions blog. Carey is a partner and member of the Vorys technology and intellectual property group. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, she will present a webinar on this topic. To register, click here. Adding another tool to ...
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November 21, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Trade Releases Annual Report on Seizure of Goods Infringing U.S. Intellectual Property Rights

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Trade (CBP) recently reported that, in 2018, it seized nearly $1.4 billion worth of goods at U.S. borders that infringed U.S. trademarks or copyrights—up from $1.2 billion in 2017. The Department of Homeland Security targets and investigates ...
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November 14, 2019

Vorys eControl Featured in November Issue of Columbus CEO

Vorys eControl is featured in this month’s edition of Columbus CEO. The magazine details the growth of Vorys eControl over the past five years and the market demand for such multi-disciplinary services. The article features companies like Yogi Tea and Otterbox, which have overcome challenges ...
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November 5, 2019

Vorys eControl to Host Inaugural eControl360 Summit This Week

This Wednesday, Vorys eControl will host the eControl360 Summit, a first-of-its-kind event incorporating all disciplines necessary for brands to control sales in the age of Amazon. The Summit targets eCommerce leaders, in-house attorneys, sales and marketing professionals, business executives, ...
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October 23, 2019

Jury Clears 5-Hour Energy of Liability for Antitrust Violations, But the Damage Is Done

On Monday, October 21, 2019, a jury found that the maker of 5-Hour Energy – Living Essentials LLC – did not violate the Robinson-Patman Act when it offered Costco lower wholesale prices and instant rebates that it didn’t make available to other resellers. Although 5-Hour Energy ultimately ...
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October 16, 2019

Wall Street Journal Investigation Further Underscores Need for Online Marketplace Quality Control Programs

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on its lengthy investigation of the Amazon.com marketplace that revealed the presence of “thousands of banned, unsafe or mislabeled products.” The Journal reviewed thousands of product listings and hired a federally certified testing company to ...