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DOJ Puts Website Accessibility Regulations on Inactive List

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers and other businesses that have been waiting for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to promulgate regulations concerning website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) will...more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

EU & Competition Update: Developments in regulating e-commerce, a quick tour of the European Commission’s final report (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In order to make the EU’s single market fit for the contemporary digital age, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the ‘digital single market strategy’. One of the three pillars of this strategy is to achieve better access...more

EU & Competition Update: Developments in regulating e-commerce, a quick tour of the European Commission’s final report

by Dentons on

In order to make the EU’s single market fit for the contemporary digital age, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the ‘digital single market strategy’. One of the three pillars of this strategy is to achieve better access...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot - Annual Report

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the July edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC released its 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report was divided among five key strategies: (1) hazard identification and...more

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

Big 5 Sporting Goods Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Black Employee Taunted with Racial Slurs and Death Threats, Federal Agency Charges - SEATTLE - One of the Western United States' largest sports retailers, Big 5 Sporting Goods, violated federal law when it allowed ongoing...more

Big Changes For Large Employers: Oregon Legislature Passes Fair Work Week Act

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Recently, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 828, known as the Fair Work Week Act, which will dramatically change how covered employers schedule workers. Governor Brown is expected to sign the law soon. ...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

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

Oregon to Enact Predictive Scheduling Law Affecting Retail, Hospitality, and Food Service Employers

The Oregon governor is expected to soon sign Senate Bill 828, which will impose predictive scheduling requirements on large employers in certain industries. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions...more

Oregon Is Set to Become the First State in the Nation Requiring Employers to Give Hourly Employees Advance Notice of Their Work...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following cities like San Francisco and Seattle, on June 29, 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed the Fair Work Week Act (the “Act”), becoming the first state in the nation to require advance notice of hourly employee work...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

Is Artificial Intelligence the Key to Retail Survival?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In light of the sea change in the current retail landscape, which was punctuated by the recent acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon, retailers today are forced to ask themselves: How will we combat disruption in our industry...more

The End Times for Brands?

Several years ago I wrote a post about Selfridges’ “No Noise” campaign, featuring de-branded from brands like Heinz, Clinique, and Levi’s. In that post, I asked whether de-branded design would soon become a new trend....more

Beverage Tax Wars Continue as Parties Head Back to Court for a Preliminary Injunction Hearing on the Cook County, Illinois Tax

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A legal challenge to Cook County Illinois Sweetened Beverage Tax (Tax) heads back to circuit court today for a hearing on the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction. On June 30, Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak issued a...more

Ninth Circuit Concludes No First Amendment Issue with California Ban on Paid in-Store Alcohol Advertisements

by Reed Smith on

Last month, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, upheld a California “tied house” law prohibiting manufacturers and wholesalers from providing anything of value to retailers in exchange for advertising their alcohol...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

Alleged Overcharge of Sales Tax on Food Triggers Missouri Lawsuits

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Several putative class action lawsuits have recently been filed in the city of St. Louis alleging retailers have overcharged sales tax for certain food items. These suits seek refunds of payments made by consumers, punitive...more

Can’t Say “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” for Copying Me

by Knobbe Martens on

On June 1, 2017, noted music and fashion photographer Danny Clinch filed suit in the Southern District of New York in connection with the use of two photographs of famed rapper Tupac Shukar (“Tupac”) on t-shirts. The...more

Senate Bill 155: The Brunch Bill - Expanded Version

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

A few months ago, we provided a summary of North Carolina House Bill 500 and how it would have clarified many ambiguities under our state's existing alcoholic beverage laws and benefitted the brewing industry. Unfortunately,...more

Website Accessibility Update: California Federal Court Denies Hobby Lobby’s Motion to Dismiss

by Bryan Cave on

Another website accessibility decision against a retailer, this time involving Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. in the Central District of California, highlights the uncertainty of the law and of litigating such cases while courts...more

Higher Regional Court of Cologne: Customer review with care – they could be advertising

by Hogan Lovells on

The Higher Regional Court of Cologne decided in its ruling of May 24, 2017 (OLG Köln 6 U 161/16) that the publication of customer reviews on a company website may be considered as advertising in the classical sense...more

New Georgia Law Preempts Predictive Scheduling Ordinances

Georgia’s Minimum Wage Law (O.C.G.A. § 34-4-1 et seq.) already prohibits local governments from requiring employers to pay employees a wage rate that exceeds what is required under state or federal law. This same law also...more

Financial Product Design and Distribution Obligations

by K&L Gates LLP on

Late last year the Australian Government released a paper outlining a proposal to implement a range of design and distribution obligations on the issuers and distributors of financial products to retail clients. The proposed...more

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