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Department of Finance Proposes New Oversight Framework for Retail Payments

On July 7, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released a long-awaited consultation paper on the proposed regulation of retail payments in Canada. The consultation paper, titled: “A New Retail Payments Oversight Framework”...more

Restaurants, Grocery Stores, and Convenience Stores Sue to Block New York City's Menu Labeling Rule

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or the Agency) decision a couple of months ago to delay its Menu Labeling Rule until May 7, 2018 was met with mixed reactions from industry. While the National Association of...more

Court Finds No Exceeding Of Powers Or Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Confirming Allegedly Speculative Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned an agreement by which Clos La Chance Wines, Inc., a wine producer, appointed AV Brands, Inc., a wine importer and wholesaler, as the exclusive brand agent and distributor of its wine products for the...more

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution. In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | July 2017

JAMA Study and Editorial Call for Improvements in Cosmetic Regulation and Surveillance - In response to a study analyzing adverse events for cosmetics and personal care products, the Journal of the American Medical...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

State of Maine Endured Short, Tension-filled Shutdown - Around 2:00 am on Tuesday, July 4, Governor LePage signed the biennial budget that had been delivered to him moments before by the Secretary of the Maine Senate,...more

So You Say You Want a Revolution? Franchises Evolve as Retail Declines

by Lewitt Hackman on

You’ve seen the news: retailers are struggling. Traditional anchor stores like Macy’s and Sears are closing up shop, creating a domino effect of fiscal death for shopping malls across the country. The Los Angeles Times...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 5

by Dickinson Wright on

Recreational Pot Comes to Nevada... But Why Are The Shelves Empty? On July 1, 2017, Nevada became the fifth state in the United States to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. The epicenter of “what happens here,...more

Retailer - Summer 2017

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Danger, Will Robinson? Automation is replacing – but also enhancing – many retail jobs- Of the 16 million Americans who work in retail, nearly half could lose their jobs to robots over the next...more

The Marijuana Industry and the Securities Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part Three of a Three-Part Series - In the third and final part of this series on marijuana-related businesses (“MRBs”), we explore how the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

Missouri Changes Law on Sales and Use Tax on Delivery Charges

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On July 5, 2017, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law an amendment to the sales and use tax law that removes usual and customary delivery charges that are separately stated from the amounts subject to Missouri sales...more

Continued and Unexpected Roadblocks to Serving MRBs: Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part Two of a Three-Part Series - In the second part of this series, we explore the practical effects of the FinCEN and DOJ guidance documents on industries attempting to serve marijuana related business (“MRBs”). On June...more

Trimming the Fat: Restaurant Menu Labeling Rule Under Further Review

by Lewitt Hackman on

In 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a/k/a “Obamacare”, the federal government set provisions mandating restaurant chains provide nutrition information for menu items. The U.S. Food and Drug...more

The Future of Mall Maps: “You are Here” and a Lot More

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Retailers have relied on static mall maps for decades to convey store location, including the familiar “you are here” mall maps. Today, shopping centers are overhauling mall signage in favor of interactive digital signs that...more

Auction Over: The Results are in for the Third Zombie License Auction

We have now completed the latest phase of the zombie license auctions held by the Pa.L.C.B. since being permitted under Act 39 of 2016. As this is now the third phase of the zombie license auctions, we are starting to notice...more

Marijuana Accounting and Legal Compliance

by Moskowitz LLP on

Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and subject to continually evolving regulations at the state level, cannabis producers, distributors, and retailers need to develop compliance programs and procedures as...more

Retailers Grow Successfully by Introducing New Brands

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As fashion retailers across the country jostle for market share in an ever-changing and ever-competitive marketplace, some retailers are trying to improve their bottom lines not by adjusting or expanding their offerings in...more

Landlords beware: Your trademark infringing tenant is your problem too

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

If a landlord learns that trademark infringement is occurring on its premises by one of its tenants and fails to stop further violations, the landlord may be held responsible by the trademark holder for damages relating to...more

Amazon & Wal-Mart: Pinky and The Brain of Retail

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In the opening montage of the American animated series, Pinky and The Brain, Pinky asks his best friend, The Brain: “What do you want to do tonight?” To which The Brain replies: “The same thing we do every night; try to take...more

Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

by GableGotwals on

The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

PM Theresa May’s call for a snap election looked a lot better a few weeks ago than it does on the morning after. But regardless of the outcome (hung parliament, anyone?), the pound sterling sure took it on the chin....more

Boutique Retail Hotels: Introducing The New Meaning Of “In Room” Shopping

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In this ever changing world, retailers are continuing to invent new ways to highlight their products, provide customers with an interactive experience and to stay competitive. We have previously discussed strategies used by...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Expect More. Pay More. No Sale for Target After Paying Out Over $60M in Data Breach Settlements"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Last week, Target announced that it reached a settlement of $18.5 million with attorney generals in 47 states and the District of Columbia over the massive security breach it suffered in 2013....more

Rest Assured – California Supreme Court Clarifies What One Day's Rest in Seven Means

by Nossaman LLP on

In Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that employees are guaranteed one day of rest for each defined workweek. However, an employee may voluntarily decide to work more than six days...more

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