Law Firm And Retail Profits Spur 'Shop-And-Frisk' Profiling

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 6:52 PM EST) -- Retailers like Macy's Inc. have teamed with specialty law firms to rake in millions of dollars by pressuring shoppers into paying penalties for alleged thefts, building a profit engine that is leading to the "shop-and-frisk" racial profiling drawing the ire of New York City, lawyers say.

Attorneys representing individuals who fight back against retailers accusing them of theft say the law firms dedicated to dunning shoppers should be investigated. After retailers take down information on shoppers, who often are detained in holding pens known as “retail...
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