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Out of the Box: Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry - Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Are Offers Of Free Credit Monitoring About To Become Mandatory In Data Breach Incidents? - Mandatory “Made-In” Labeling in the EU - A New Dawn for California Class Actions - Recent...more

Businesses Around the United States Being Targeted for Alleged Inaccessible Websites

While plaintiff's lawyers have been busy the past two years filing lawsuits around the United States alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to physical barriers—including a wave of class...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 6 - August 2014

In This Issue: - European Product Intervention - FINRA Speaks at 2014 Structured Retail Products Conference - FINRA Approves Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain...more

Retailers Facing New Class Action Attack for Routine (but Unlawful) Background Check Practices

Retail employers are under attack by a wave of recent class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as related state counterpart laws – such as the California Consumer Credit...more

More Good News for California Employers Who Utilize Employee Arbitration Agreements

On the same day the California Supreme Court upheld an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, LLC, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld employment...more

Insurance Coverage for Data Breach Claims

Recent examples of data breaches resulting in invasion of privacy lawsuits abound. Target and other retailers, financial services companies and other businesses have had their internal data systems breached and consumers’...more

Ninth Circuit Concludes That Common Issues Do Not Predominate Where Retailer’s In-Store Signs and Oral Sales Statements Place Each...

In Berger v. Home Depot USA, Inc., Case No. 11-55592, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2059 (9th Cir. Feb. 3, 2014), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of class certification based largely on evidence that the...more

You Can't Always Get What You Want: D. Mass. Awards Small Fraction Of Requested Attorneys' Fees In ZIP Code Class Settlement

In an opinion reminiscent of the famous Rolling Stones song, Judge Richard Stearns on December 26th awarded plaintiffs' class counsel fees of $75,959.00 of a requested amount of $450,000 for work performed in connection with...more

On the 11th Day of Privacy, class counsel served on me……

. . . a data breach class action. Hackers and plaintiffs’ lawyers could combine to make 2014 the year when class actions concerning theft of sensitive information proliferate. On this 11th Day of Privacy, we look...more

Court Approves $7.25 Billion Settlement of Antitrust Class Action Relating to Visa and MasterCard Interchange Fees

In the face of objections from some of the nation’s largest retailers, a New York federal judge has approved a massive settlement between a putative class of approximately 12 million merchants and Visa, MasterCard, and...more

Collection of Email Addresses in Credit Card Transactions May Be Prohibited by California Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has held that the prohibition against requesting or requiring personal identification information in connection with credit card transactions contained in...more

The Dark Cloud Over Nordstrom’s Black Friday: California Law May Prohibit Retailers from Collecting Email Addresses at Checkout

This past weekend if you survived the towel aisle and other Black Friday dangers and made it to the register to purchase your items, it is possible you were asked to provide an email address so that your receipt could be...more

August 2013: Class Action Litigation Update - Retail Pricing: The New Class Action Beachhead.

“Labels matter.” With those two words, penned in Kwikset v. Superior Court, 51 Cal. 4th 310 (2011), the California Supreme Court opened up a new frontier for class actions against product manufacturers and retailers. Any...more

Are seating cases the next wave in California wage and hour class actions? Several prominent retailers have faced litigation from...

All of us have been to supermarkets, drugstores and department stores where the cashiers stand at their checkout stations. But could this be a violation of law? Should the employer be obligated to provide seating for its...more

Zip Code Cases Alive and Well – Bed Bath & Beyond and Guitar Center Hit with Putative Class Actions

In March, we blogged about Tyler v. Michaels Stores, a recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling, holding that zip codes are personally identifiable information and disavowing data mining by zip code....more

Massachusetts Zip Code Class Action: Take 3

Another class action suit has been filed in Massachusetts in the zip code wars. This time, the target is instrument retailer Guitar Center for allegedly requesting customers to provide their zip codes when making purchases...more

Price Advertisements Matter: Ninth Circuit Finds False Sale Prices Give Plaintiffs UCL Standing

Following the California Supreme Court’s lead in Kwikset that “labels matter,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that “price advertisements matter.” In Hinojos v. Kohl’s, the Ninth Circuit reversed the...more

Advertising Law -- Apr 18, 2013

In This Issue: No Rest for the NAD, As it Decides Multiple Mattress Disputes; Fur Sure? Retailers Make Faux Faux Fur Claims; Got Settlement? Muscle Milk Suit Settles for $5.3 Million; TCPA Class Actions Prohibited in New...more

Retailers Should Use Caution In Collecting Zip Codes From Consumers

In a recent decision, Tyler v. Michaels Stores, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ("SJC") has increased the risk of class action lawsuits under M.G.L. c. 93A against retailers who collect consumers' ZIP codes during...more

Yet Another Zip Code Class Action Filed in Massachusetts

Earlier this month, we reported on the privacy case against craft giant Michaels Stores in which the plaintiff alleged that Michaels illegally collected zip codes during credit card transactions. The case was ultimately...more

California District Court Holds Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Does Not Prohibit Post-Transaction Collection Of Zip Codes, Denies...

On January 28, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification filed by a group of plaintiffs seeking to challenge, on behalf of similarly situated individuals, a...more

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