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Local Wholesaler-Retailer Dispute Has Federal Implications

On August 14, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi issued an opinion finding that state regulations bolstered one antitrust claim and hindered another in an ongoing dispute between a northern...more

Federal Bills Pursue Comprehensive Data Breach Notification

The recent string of wide-scale data breach disclosures by major retailers has led to a growing call for federal legislation to protect consumer information and establish uniform data breach notification...more

Converse: Stomping Out Counterfeits through Int’l Trade Commission Proceedings

Earlier this week, Converse launched an all-out offensive to combat what it considers counterfeit and knock-off versions of its Chuck Taylor All-Star line of sneakers. Reports peg the number as at least 22 separate lawsuits...more

Building Brand Equity: Crowdfunding and the Retail Industry

Ask anyone who follows innovation what topics are hot and it is likely most of them will say “crowdfunding.” By now, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have created thousands of loyal followers. In recent months even the...more

Contemporary Clothing's "Look" Collides With Title VII

There is more than a little bit of irony when a clothing company with a target market of teens and young adults has a fashion dilemma. However, a national retailer has just such a dilemma arising from a potential religious...more

Will Using “Apple Pay” Keep the Data Breach Away?

Recently Apple unveiled its latest iPhones and other new products. While the big screens on the new iPhones are making the splashy headlines, perhaps the most interesting reveal, from a data privacy perspective, is not a...more

Tough Choices Confront Trade Creditors When a Retailer Faces Bankruptcy

The Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and officially ended in September 2009, has been especially hard on U.S. retailers, and its impact likely will be felt for many more years. Retailers sustained record-breaking...more

Release of the iPhone 6 — Is Apple Riding the Security Wave?

Another month brings another reported massive data breach. On September 8, 2014, Home Depot confirmed that its payment data systems had been breached, potentially impacting customers using payment cards at the retailer’s US...more

Promotional Allowances in a New Retail Environment: FTC Revises its Fred Meyer Guides

The Commission revised its guidelines for interpreting and complying with the Robinson-Patman Act to account for changes in technology and methods of marketing that have taken place since the last revision in 1990, including...more

California Privacy Laws Change: Identity Theft Prevention and Mitigation Services

Continuing the trend of changes in state breach notification and related laws, Cal. A.B. 1710 amends California's breach notification, security procedures, and Social Security number (SSN) laws in the wake of significant data...more

Public Projects and Business Losses – Who Gets What and When?

Most of us have been inconvenienced by road construction or other public works. Streets can be more congested, exits closed, and traffic re-routed, making it more difficult to get to the restaurants, yogurt shops, book...more

California Passes New Law Protecting Consumers From Data Breaches

On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1710, authored by Assembly Members Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). AB 1710 enhances consumer protections by strengthening the...more

It’s In the Bag: Cities and Counties Can Impose Penalties for Violations of New Law Prohibiting Single-Use Plastic Bags

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown killed off single use plastic bags in California. Senate Bill 270, the first of its kind in the nation, eliminates the retail distribution of single-use plastic bags in the state. SB 270 also gives...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California becomes first state to ban plastic bags: SFGate.com - Sep 30: Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #2

..Filling a gap. Gap Inc., the clothing retailer, is using social media to establish a web presence focused on feminism, equal pay for equal work, and progressive values. For example, the company produced an Instagram video,...more

Green light for the registration as a trademark of a retail store layout

In a recent and notable ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that the representation of the layout of a retail store can be registered as a trademark provided that certain conditions are met. More...more

Sometimes the Government is Here to Help: OIG Proposes More Flexibility in Rules Governing Local Transportation, Beneficiary...

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General ("OIG") just released a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) that provides long awaited guidance on patient transportation services, relaxes the...more

Seven Key Supreme Court Cases for Retailers to Watch

The Supreme Court of the United States is ending its summer recess and will start hearing oral arguments next week. There are seven key cases on the Court’s docket for the current term that could affect retailers. Here is a...more

EEOC Sues AutoZone for Harassment Based on National Origin

Hispanic Employee Subjected to Egregious Slurs and Forced to Resign, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, N.C. - AutoZoners, LLC, the company that operates AutoZone stores nationwide, unlawfully subjected a Hispanic...more

Executive Sentenced to 8 Years over Kickbacks Highlights Internal Fraud Threats

Compensation of at least $14 million apparently wasn't enough for the former executive of a national specialty retailer recently sentenced to eight years in prison. Instead, he garnered an additional $25 million in kickbacks...more

North Carolina ABC Legislative Wrap-Up 2014

The 2014 legislative short session adjourned on August 20, 2014. The General Assembly passed several bills affecting alcoholic beverages in North Carolina. Significant provisions of those bills are summarized below....more

The Second Circuit Limits the Power of Courts to Enforce Asset Restraints and Discovery Orders Against Foreign Banks: Tiffany (NJ)...

In Tiffany (NJ) LLC v. China Merchants Bank and Gucci America, Inc. v. Bank of China, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued important rulings, confirming that the limits on the exercise of US general jurisdiction, set...more

Reverse Showrooming: A Look at the Other Side

In previous blog posts, we have covered developments in showrooming, the consumer behavior of browsing brick-and-mortar stores to evaluate a product before purchasing it online. We warned traditional retailers of this threat...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 8 of 11 – New York’s Coldest Summer, Especially for Employers Who Utilized Unpaid Interns

It felt like we were in a dream. Or maybe San Diego. Day after day, 82 degrees and little humidity. In a word: pleasant. We know next summer probably won’t be the same, but we sure enjoyed this one. That’s right – this was...more

EEOC Sues Office Concepts for Pregnancy Discrimination

Fort Wayne Office Product and Service Store Fired Employee After She Announced Her Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - INDIANAPOLIS - Office Concepts, Inc., a Fort Wayne, Ind., business which provides machines,...more

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