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Black Friday? Not This Year.

Black Friday is the infamous day that kicks off the official holiday shopping season in the United States. With many folks and students enjoying the day after Thanksgiving off, Black Friday is the perfect time to start...more

The War for Talent: It’s On

It’s not exactly news that we have a war for talent in the U.S. Since the recession of 2008, business commentators have followed the U.S. population’s return to work. When unemployment was high and workers had no...more

JCPenney Advertising Class Settlement Calls for $50 Million Payment for a California-Only Class

Retailers have been under siege, particularly in California, by putative class actions involving allegations of “false or misleading” advertising practices. Generally, the crux of the allegations is that retailers are...more

Looking Ahead to MAPIC 2015

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time again: MAPIC (le marché international professionnel de l’implantation commerciale et de la distribution) hosts its annual meeting and our retail practice will be there in full force....more

Strong Showing in Arizona: ICSC’s 2015 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference

Arizona played host to ICSC‘s 2015 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, and with great success. The conference took place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, which comfortably housed over 1,400 attendees....more

Advertising Holiday Discounts? How Retailers Can Avoid Lawsuits

With the holidays approaching, retailers and their advertising partners are preparing for the busiest time of the year. Sales advertising is a staple of holiday marketing campaigns, which often include “former price”...more

Mobile Location Analytics: Changing the Game for Brick and Mortar Retail

For brick-and-mortar retailers, smart phones have taken on an entirely new role in customers’ shopping experiences. A technology known as "mobile location analytics" ("MLA") or sometimes, "indoor analytics," gives brick and...more

Made in the USA? Or not?

When can a company tout its products as "Made in the USA"? Different (sometimes conflicting) standards under federal and state law can make it difficult for shoppers to know what they’re buying and manufacturers and retailers...more

“In fashioning myself, I fashion man” – E-Tailers Champion A Sartorial Renaissance in Masculinity

When it comes to shopping, men generally fall into one of two camps: (a) those who simply don’t know how to shop and would rather book their next root canal before embarking on such an experience and (b) those who don’t have...more

ATF Explosives Compliance Inspection Enforcement Facts and Figures

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has posted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 enforcement Facts and Figures. During FY 2014 the Bureau conducted 4,006 explosives compliance inspections. Of those,...more

Politics – The Invisible Force Behind China Artist and Art Market

After a period of significant growth from 2009 to 2014, the Chinese art market has experienced a drastic decline in the first half of 2015 with reports that the fine art auction turnover contracted at 30% less than the 2014...more

Michael Kors and Versace Sued by Unpaid Interns

Earlier this month, approximately 100 former interns filed class action suits in New York state court against Michael Kors and Versace for allegedly classifying them as interns rather than employees....more

Could a Vendor’s Lax Info Security Ruin Your Holiday Sales? Seven Preventative Steps for Retailers

Many of the largest retailer data security breaches have been caused or enabled by the acts or omissions of retailers’ vendors, such as the widely publicized incident at Target Corporation. Several such breaches occurred...more

Privacy Tip #5 — Retail store reward cards

Many retail pharmacies, supermarkets and other retailers offer rewards cards that offer discounts on certain items to be purchased in the store. They give you the cards that contain a bar code in regular size, which looks...more

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors...more

Comment period for FDA's draft nutrition, menu labeling guidance ends Nov. 2

On December 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration published its final rule on Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments, 79 FR 71156. This rule requires restaurants...more

Why is Omnichannel Retail so Hard?

The retail industry has been evolving rapidly to keep up with new technology and consumer patterns. While the chief concern previously was about how traditional retailers could prevent the loss of market share to online...more

Wrapping Paper Series Updates

2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...more

Supreme Court Questions FERC Authority to Regulate Electricity Market Demand Response to Bolster Grid Reliability

Ensuring the reliability of the electric power grid in times of extreme weather and other times of peak usage is critical to avoid interruptions in power and black outs. Reflecting on the 2014 Polar Vortex, the paramount...more

A Shift in Liability for Credit Card Fraud

For too long, “swiping” a credit card has had at least one meaning too many. There was “swiping” as it pertains to running the magnetic strip of your credit card inside the groove of a small payment terminal to make an...more

American Thrift Stores announces data breach

American Thrift Stores announced this week that like other retailers, it has been hit with a security breach “that occurred through software used by a third-party service provider” that allowed “criminals from Easter Europe”...more

Second Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to New York “No Credit Card Surcharge” Law

A New York state law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases does not violate the First Amendment or the Due Process Clause, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled....more

Digital Insights & Trends: Embracing EMV Technology for Fraud Reduction and Loss Prevention

October 2015 represents a significant milepost in the migration of U.S. payments products to EMV chip technology. It also serves as a useful evaluation point as to what the technology achieves and where it falls short. By...more

Pop-Up Halloween Stores Don’t Scare Landlords

Halloween specialty stores have been popping up annually since the 1980’s and quickly became a national phenomena. According to the National Retail Federation, the celebration of Halloween is projected to generate...more

Fund Registration in Hong Kong within 14 Business Days?

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) formally announced on 9 October 2015 the long-awaited overhaul of the retail fund authorization process, which comes into effect on 9 November 2015 for a six month trial...more

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