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New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

FTC Publishes Data Breach Response Guidelines

Whether resulting from a planned cyberattack or mere carelessness, data breaches are on the rise. In 2015, 781 data breaches were reported across the United States, with the average breach costing $3.8 million. In 2016, the...more

Keep Reading: Standing Affirmed, but Barnes & Noble Data Breach Class Action Halted

It was about time for data breach defendants to get a win. The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois delivered one to Barnes & Noble in its long-running class action that stems from a breach suffered in 2012....more

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Big American companies are awfully eager to keep the China market alive. For Disney, that means dropping $1.4 billion on a Hong Kong Disneyland upgrade. For Facebook, it means a CEO who’s picked up Mandarin and a...more

Stay Out of the Red this Black Friday

For most retailers, Black Friday will come and go without incident. Other than the final sales numbers, there may be little to record about the day. Some retailers however, do experience a noteworthy incident on Black Friday,...more

The “Unstore”: The Future of Brick and Mortar Retail?

The upcoming holiday weekend brings with it Black Friday and Cyber Monday, dates that have become shorthand for the different ways people shop. While e-commerce and physical retailers’ sales are still not comparable, many...more

Has Pennsylvania’s New Liquor Legislation Made Brew Pub Licenses Obsolete?

Until recently, Pennsylvania breweries have been able to open up a world of possibilities by obtaining a GP-license to operate a brew pub at their brewery premises. The new legislation, however, has changed the situation. ...more

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers....more

May your Days be Merry and Blue Laws Compliant

‘Tis the season to eat turkey, drink pumpkin-flavored lattes, and, of course, shop. With Black Friday and the holiday season just around the corner, it is important for retailers to remember that Massachusetts has specific...more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

Recent Developments in the Chinese Regulatory Regime Governing e-Commerce

The Chinese regulatory regime governing e-commerce has been constantly evolving as domestic and cross-border e-commerce continues its rapid growth. Recently, the regulatory environment has opened up in several ways:...more

A Retail Robot Revolution is Not Far Off

Robots have long been the stuff of science fiction and our imaginations. They are now our reality. In fact, one may be greeting and assisting you during your next visit to your local retailer. Large retailers have used robots...more

Bluetooth Beacons: What You Need to Know

Bluetooth beacons can be a powerful tool for customer engagement. The 2015 holiday season saw retailers experimenting with this kind of proximity marketing, and 2016 is looking like it will see the large-scale deployment of...more

What Now? Post-Election Thoughts for the Retail Industry

Elections are emotionally charged events and yesterday’s U.S. Presidential Election proved no exception. Regardless of which way you voted, we now have a new President in Donald Trump. So, what does his election mean for...more

New Attorney General Opinion Removes Uncertainty for Alabama Retailers

State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition - The Alabama Attorney General issued an opinion regarding the manner in which sellers located within the state are required to pay local sales tax on deliveries made to Alabama...more

Industry-Wide Confidence Shines Through At ICSC’s 2016 Law Conference

The 2016 ICSC Law Conference was held last week at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Attendance was very strong this year, with over 1425 lawyers, paralegals, lease administrators, brokers and other retail real...more

A Selfie’s Worth a Thousand Dollars

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but could it also be worth a thousand dollars? New technology by MasterCard and Amazon may mean that the new hammock you’ve been eying online is only a camera flash away....more

Not So Consumer Friendly? Pa.L.C.B. Says No Discount for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries When Purchasing Wine or Spirits...

Recently, the Pa.L.C.B. released a legal advisory opinion regarding a brewery, winery or distillery’s ability to purchase and sell the products from limited wineries and limited distilleries that are carried in the state...more

Calaveras County Leads The Way Into Greener Territory

Calaveras County is a beautiful gem tucked away amongst the Giant Sequoia trees in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It sits between the vibrant Mokelumne and Stanislaus rivers, and as a historic part of...more

“Gay cake” appeal decided

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal against a finding that their refusal to make a “gay cake” was discriminatory. The Court of Appeal in Belfast upheld the judgment of the Belfast...more

Black Friday: May You Finally Shop in Peace

Black Friday has traditionally been the day that retailers and consumers gleefully mark on their calendars. Since its inception in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Black Friday has been considered the blast-off point for the...more

Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding...more

Privacy Tip #57 – Do Those Chip Credit Cards Really Protect Me from Fraud?

There are a half a billion chip cards in the market right now. They have been touted to improve security and reduce credit card fraud. But do they? According to a new report, both Visa and MasterCard have reported that...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

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