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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCOTUS to Decide Constitutionality of State "No Credit Card Surcharge" Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether state laws that prohibit merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases violate the First Amendment. The petition for certiorari granted by the Supreme Court...more

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