July 29, 2015

A popular soft drink company has been making waves on the Internet, thanks to a groundbreaking marketing campaign that also raises awareness against prejudice and stereotypes. Going against conventional branding wisdom, the company removed practically all the markings from its soft drink cans, leaving only a solid bright red paint scheme, a distinctive swooping ribbon design, and some text... Read More

July 23, 2015

(Third of 3 parts) The new Competition Law adopts voluntary compliance (vs the tedious litigation process) as its main implementing mechanism. It seeks to do this by making available non-adversarial administrative remedies before the PCC. An example is a request for a binding ruling where an entity that is in doubt whether its contemplated act is in compliance or violation of the law... Read More

July 22, 2015

The Philippine Competition Act is undoubtedly the most important piece of legislation enacted by the current Congress. When already effective, it is expected to level the playing field for investors in the country. Failure to comply with the law would result in criminal, civil and administrative penalties.    As of this writing, the consolidated bill has been transmitted to the... Read More

July 15, 2015

Emgoldex, on its Web site, http://www.emgoldex.com, is described as a company that specializes in the buying and selling of investment gold bars of different values. Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued several warnings against investing in Emgoldex, which is said to be a registered company either in Dubai or in Germany, depending on who you ask... Read More

July 09, 2015

(Second of 3 parts) Violations of the Philippine Competition Act may either be per se or non-per se violations.  But unlike many antitrust laws, the PCA limits per se violations to two categories only. The first category is price fixing between or among competitors, which is not limited to fixing the price of goods or services but fixing other terms of trade (e.g., agreement not to... Read More

July 08, 2015

In February, the Supreme Court released a ruling on the case of Milan vs National Labor Relations Commission. The case discussed the age-old question: Are exit clearances required by the company lawful? Can an employer withhold the final pay of its employees? And if so, for how long?    In a 2004 case, the Supreme Court held that employers have no legal authority to withhold an... Read More