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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

Retailer - Fall 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Don’t let a “crowd crush” ruin the holiday retail season for your brick-and-mortar employees - As more consumers move to shopping online, retailers expect to lose some in-person traffic at stores...more

DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Justice's loss to American Express sends a message to health care providers: Steering, tiering, exclusive dealing and other contractual arrangements that appear to suppress competition in one part of...more

Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance Set to Take Effect July 1, 2017

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, which applies to large retail and food service employers in Seattle. It requires these employers to provide employees with...more

How to Tackle Retail’s Unique Compliance Risks

Battered by the rise of online shopping, cybersecurity and bruised by changing consumer patterns, retailers today must cope with a host of new headwinds—heightening the risks of compliance failures in a business that’s...more

Predictive Scheduling: An Expanding Trend Impacting the Food Service, Hospitality, and Retail Industries

On September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second local jurisdiction to enact a “predictive scheduling” or “secure scheduling” ordinance that allows the jurisdiction to restrict how retailers and restaurants schedule their...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Some thoughts—from Chair Yellen, herself—about why, despite pretty strong economic indicators for a pretty long time now, the Fed hasn’t begun to raise rates again....more

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords - Updated

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...more

Retailers Seek Perfect Balance Between In-Store, Online and Mobile Customers

Retailers are increasingly under pressure to evaluate their business models and, in particular, the mix of their in-store, online and mobile offerings. Just as there are few pure-play e-tailers, there are very few retailers...more

WARNING: Prop 65 Can Expose Product Manufacturers to Increased Litigation in California

California's Proposition 65 ("Prop 65") requires product manufacturers and sellers to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone in California to a chemical listed by the...more

The Power of Pop-ups: From Fad to Retail Mainstay

Pop-up stores or “flash retail” have graduated from passing trend to popular practice. Historically utilized for the sale of seasonal products (think temporary stores that only sell Halloween costumes), the pop-up has evolved...more

The Totality of Circumstances Test Used to Determine Foreseeability of Criminal Act

Unfortunately, criminal activity occurs at many retail and hospitality establishments. When a patron is attacked and suffers injury, the patron often looks to the establishment for compensation. The determination of whether...more

California Prop 65: More Unintended Consequences

Last month, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) adopted new Proposition 65 warning regulations. Much of the discussions regarding these new regulations have centered on the warning...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - October 2016

Supreme Court to Review Credit Card Surcharge Statutes - Why it matters: In an effort to resolve a conflict between Circuits, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a challenge to New York’s credit card...more

Resolving Shopping Center Foreclosures in Florida - Considerations for Lenders

Shopping centers in Florida—and across the country—are increasingly facing financial stress due to factors such as Internet commerce and rent pressures. Rents generated from a shopping center are usually pledged as...more

New Modifications to the Proposition 65 Regulations

The modifications significantly change both the AG’s Regulations and OEHHA’s Clear and Reasonable Warnings provisions. California’s Office of Administrative Law recently approved important changes to two sets of Proposition...more

A customer-focused rail industry? The Office for Rail and Road produces its Retail Market Review

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has recently published the conclusions of its Retail Market Review. The Review focused on who sells tickets, what tickets are sold, where and how tickets are sold and the ticket format....more

Can retailers find the perfect mix?

Retailers are increasingly under pressure to evaluate their business models and, in particular, the mix of their in-store, online and mobile offerings. Just as there are few pure-play e-tailers, there are very few retailers...more

Retailers May Be Liable for Hazardous Waste Violations

Whole Foods, a high end national grocery store chain, just agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) for allegedly violating hazardous waste regulations. EPA has announced that it will...more

Data Breach Class Action Case Dismissed Against Barnes & Noble

A federal judge in Illinois dismissed the class action lawsuit filed against Barnes & Noble stemming from a data breach in 2013. The breach occurred when credit and debit card PIN pads were compromised at 63 Barnes & Noble...more

Colorado Asks the Supreme Court to Overturn Quill

On August 29, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) submitted a certiorari petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to review the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl...more

Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Doryx ‘Product Hopping’ Suit

On September 28, 2016, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Mylan v. Warner Chilcott, upholding the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s holding on summary judgement that Defendants’ “product hopping” conduct did not violate...more

Retailers: Embrace Virtual Reality Now (But Also Be Careful)!

We’ve previously addressed the hype that it is only a matter of time until brick and mortar retail succumbs to its online competitors. While we concluded that brick and mortal retail is not in danger of immediate extinction,...more

New York Credit Card Surcharges

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United Stated announced that it would hear the appeal to the highly anticipated credit card surcharge case, of which we have been tracking. [See New York Judge Grants...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Blocks New OSHA Fertilizer Rules Because of Improper Rulemaking

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to go through the proper rulemaking process before mandating retailers to implement new stricter storage standards for anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, the U.S. Court of...more

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