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UK ‘Sugar Tax’ – Draft Regulations Published

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published draft Regulations setting out further details on the new UK ‘Soft Drinks Industry Levy’, which will apply from 6 April 2018....more

Fashion Forward

by Akerman LLP on

Defying the conventional wisdom that the future of retail is all in clicks, luxury retailers are betting big on brick and mortar in upscale urban markets. Coined “high street retail,” designer brands and urban developers...more

Looking Inside the Mind of a Gen Z Shopper

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As the 2017 holiday season nears, consumers are getting ready to open their wallets and retailers are hoping their promotions will attract those consumers. Generation Z (“Gen Z”), which includes young people born in the...more

National Appliance And Electronics Retailer’s Sales Commission Policy Was Lawful – For The Most Part, Sixth Circuit Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In what may be viewed as a pyrrhic victory, now-defunct[1] “big box” electronics, appliance and furniture retailer hhgregg’s commission-with-draws compensation program generally was lawful under the FLSA, the Sixth Circuit...more

Electronic Wage Statements — The Next Trap For Employers?

by Carlton Fields on

An employer dodged a bullet before a California jury this week. But the fact that a class was certified and went to a jury suggests that the plaintiff’s bar is increasingly focused on the adequacy of electronic wage...more

Surviving the Retail Shift: Part 4 of a 5 Part Series - Whose Property Is It? What to Do with Personal Property After a Tenant...

by Polsinelli on

As some retail tenants face failing business – or worse, have already shuttered their stores – shopping center owners and managers must deal with the aftermath. The wreckage of a failed retail business often includes the...more

New Experiences, New Retail Opportunities

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Despite all of the noise about the rise of e-commerce and omni-channel distribution and the demise of brick-and-mortar, 85% of retail sales are still made in physical stores, and physical stores will continue to be at the...more

Digital Innovation and the Experiential Evolution of Retail

Since the rise and ubiquity of e-commerce, it’s no secret that brick-and-mortar retailers have seen a decline in foot traffic. Retailers are facing store closures, and some perceive digital as a threat to their existence....more

Retailer Liability Under The Florida Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices Act

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Retailer Liability Under the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act - Florida retailers have long been part of products liability litigation based on their position in the chain of distribution. But retailers now...more

Importing Products From China: Beware FCC Regulations

by Revision Legal on

There are many startup and already successful e-commerce entrepreneurs who are importing products from China and then make good profits by re-selling them on Amazon and/or on similar online sales platforms....more

Surprises For International Retailers Coming to the USA

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

We are all aware that stateside landlords long for that new, fresh idea—something they can show off at their mall or street location and that can’t be found in every mall in every city in the country. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Old-school retailer Lord & Taylor has reached a deal with WeWork to sell its landmark New York flagship store for $850 million. L&T will continue on with a greatly decreased department store footprint in the space, but the...more

Sixth Circuit Cries Foul on Post-Termination Repayment of Recoverable Draw

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A common feature of many a commission plan is the recoverable draw that is offset against future commissions. The DOL has long held this is a permissible way to satisfy the minimum wage requirement. In a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

Paid Family Leave Policies May Not All Be Equal: Starbucks Investors Questioning Differing Application of Paid Family Leave Policy

If your company has a family leave policy that goes beyond the legal requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), does that policy need to apply to all employee levels equally? No. But as Starbucks is currently...more

Surviving the Retail Shift: Part 3 of a 5 Part Series - Coping with Retail Closures and the Evolution of the Shopping Center,...

by Polsinelli on

Shopping centers are not dying. The retail landscape is changing, however, and so too are shopping centers. Retail stores have been closing at a breakneck pace, and Wall Street seems to think the worst is yet to come....more

Toys “R” Us Files for Chapter 11

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 18, 2017, the iconic US-based retailer Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in front of Judge Keith L. Phillips. The company filed twenty-five entities,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

Robots Will Reshape – Not Replace – Retail Work

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As we have discussed in earlier blog posts, rapid changes in the retail landscape due to the rise of e-commerce and a shift in customer’s interests from old-school, one-stop department store shopping to experiential retail,...more

The Cure For The Last Mile? Retooling Shopping Malls as E-commerce Distribution Centers

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In addition to gigantic warehouses that e-commerce companies are constructing away from population centers where real estate is limited or too pricey, shopping malls and former shopping mall sites are well poised to be the...more

Second Circuit Holds Procedural FACTA Violation Insufficient to Establish Standing

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit added its voice to the chorus of circuit courts of appeal to hold that allegations that defendants included the first six and last four digits of a plaintiff’s credit card...more

A Changing Retail Streetscape: Rethinking Shopping Center Parking Lots

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

A recurring theme of this blog is that e-commerce, mobile devices, and evolving technology are changing the retail landscape. It seems that technology shifts are also poised to change the retail streetscape. More...more

Gearing Up for MAPIC 2017

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Our Retail Group is once again getting ready for the annual MAPIC Conference (le marché international professionnel de l’implantation commerciale et de la distribution)! For the 7th year in a row, our team is traveling to...more

Some Holiday Cheer for a Challenging Retail Environment

by Perkins Coie on

It would be an understatement to say that 2017 has been a difficult year for the retail sector. Store closings and bankruptcy filings punctuate the news almost daily. However, challenges beget opportunities, and this...more

Will NAFTA Renegotiation Bring Joy to Retailers?

by Perkins Coie on

Retailers are looking ahead to the holiday season, but many are also watching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation, which is ambitiously (and improbably) slated to conclude around the holiday season....more

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