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Amazon Tips Its Hand With New Trademark Application

by Weintraub Tobin on

As you likely know, Amazon is taking the world by storm. Whether it is through its convenient offering of household goods, and pretty much anything else you can imagine, to your door, or through its expansive selection of...more

Channel Disruption & the Future of Food: Radical Change and New Consumer Channels

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the recent announcement that Amazon is buying Whole Foods, issues of channel disruption — that is, the ways consumers purchase food — have been on the forefront of people’s minds. On June 1, at DWT’s annual food and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big American banks (BofA, Citi, Morgan Stanley) are avoiding deals with Chinese conglomerate HNA Group over concerns regarding HNA’s debt level and ownership structure....more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

In Lease Case, Maryland's Highest Court Brings State Law in Line With FOIA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Confidentiality is important for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. For that reason, a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision should be kept in mind when leases and other documents are submitted to...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

Can You Hear Me Now? No-Recording Policies Violate the NLRA

On June 1, 2017, the Second Circuit empowered employees with smartphones by affirming the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) recent decision that no-recording policies violate Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor...more

Updates in Federal Employment Law

by White & Case LLP on

No-Recording Policies at Work Must Be Limited - On June 1, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board that the federal National...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 16th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 16, 2017 is below. Several interesting stories this week... Price-Fixing Technology the Subject of EU Regulators [PARITY] - ("Enforcers Must...more

Another Facially Neutral Employment Policy Bites the Dust

About a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) struck down another neutral employer workplace rule – this one against making unauthorized recordings in the workplace. The NLRB’s decision just was...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Whole Foods Decision Allowing Employee Recording in the Workplace

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

With little fanfare, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision striking down Whole Foods’ policies prohibiting workplace audio or video recording without prior approval from...more

Amazon & Wal-Mart: Pinky and The Brain of Retail

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In the opening montage of the American animated series, Pinky and The Brain, Pinky asks his best friend, The Brain: “What do you want to do tonight?” To which The Brain replies: “The same thing we do every night; try to take...more

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Barclays and a group of its former execs are facing charges of fraud by false representation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over deals they struck with Qatar in 2008 to avoid a government bailout....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here we were watching Amazon for a Slack pick-up, and all the while it had its eyes set on Whole Foods. Jeff Bezos added the upscale grocery giant to Amazon’s expanding portfolio for $13.7 billion on Friday (perhaps kicking...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Ban on No Recording Policy

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) surprised many employers when it declared illegal Whole Foods’ policy that prohibits employees from video or audio recording in the workplace. The Board concluded that the...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Ruling That Employer’s “No Recording” Policy Violated National Labor Relations Act

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Employers need to be mindful about policies prohibiting employees from recording or videotaping in the workplace, as such rules, if not drafted carefully, may run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act). This...more

Are We Being Taped? – The Second Circuit Weighs in on Workplace Taping

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the era of the ever-present cell phone, where many people seem to video and record (and then post to social media) virtually everything that goes on in their lives, employers have tried to limit such activity in the...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #2

Seattle Approves Tax on SSB Distributors - The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on distributors of sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by the city’s mayor. SSBs covered by the tax include sports, fruit, energy...more

June Kicks Off with a Flurry of Labor and Employment Law Developments and Activity

by Benesch on

DOL Actions Undercut Obama Administration on Joint Employers and Independent Contractors In the past week, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has moved to dismantle a series of the...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Employer No-Recording Policies May Violate NLRA Says the Second Circuit

by Murtha Cullina on

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers Connecticut, New York and Vermont, upheld a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) finding that Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.’s no-recording...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

You’ll remember Snap’s highly anticipated March IPO as a splashy affair, with a valuation in the $30+ billion range and a relatively consistent stock price. Well, reality hit hard yesterday, as Snap announced a $2.2 billion...more

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One of the interesting features accompanying the rise of automation and tech in the US workplace is the lack of any comprehensive means of tracking its pervasiveness. One panel of economists and consumer experts is...more

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Accounting giant KPMG has terminated six employees—including the head of its US audit practice—after learning that they were given “improper warnings” ahead of planned audit inspections by the Public Company Accounting...more

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Wells Fargo’s board not only issued a massive report on its fake account scandal yesterday. It also announced that the bank would claw back an additional $75 million from former CEO John Stumpf and former head of community...more

Circuit Court is asked to Overturn NLRB’s Decision Allowing Surreptitious Workplace Recordings

Can employees record conversations at the workplace without the consent of the speakers? Or, can an employer enforce a policy that prohibits employees from recording conversations at work unless they have the consent of all...more

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