State & International Laws Regulating E-Commerce by Salar Atrizadeh
In general, state regulation for e-commerce comes from the state’s commercial laws. Each state has its own long-arm statute, which grants jurisdiction, if certain requirements are met. The “Full Faith and Credit Clause” allows a state to accept and enforce another state court’s decisions.
Salar Atrizadeh, Esq. is the principal and founder of the Law Offices of Salar Atrizadeh. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California, District of Columbia, and the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts. He has an extensive background in technology and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in computer information systems with a minor in database management systems.
In the CLE class clip, Salar discusses State & International Laws Regulating E Commerce.
In 1997, California passed a landmark sales law, which states that online vendors cannot accept payment until there is a disclosure of refund policies, addresses, and customer service contact information on the website.
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on electronic commerce establishes a uniform application of e-commerce regulation on an international level. UNCITRAL is intended to overcome obstacles arising from statutory provisions that may not be varied contractually by providing equal treatment to paper-based and electronic information.
The International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) was established for governments and organizations to deal with issues related to cross-border transactions.
Econsumer.gov is where e-commerce violation complaints are submitted against companies. Consumers can report international scams and learn about the steps they can take to combat fraud. Econsumer.gov is a partnership of 36 consumer protection agencies around the world.
The European Union (EU) and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have passed various e-commerce laws. In addition, nations that have great economic impact have established their own national e-commerce rules and regulations. For example, China, the United Kingdom, and Australia have their own set of national e-commerce standards and regulations.
When doing business online, it is highly recommended that all businesses be aware of where they conduct business and understand the rules and regulations of all locations in which they operate.