Retail & E-Commerce

  • March 19, 2018

    Claire's Opens $1.9B Ch. 11 In Delaware To Rework Debt

    Blaming an over-leveraged, $2.1 billion debt load and a tough retail environment, Claire's Stores Inc. drove its 7,500-location beauty, accessories and ear piercing business into Delaware bankruptcy court on Monday, proposing to restructure $1.9 billion in obligations.

  • March 16, 2018

    India Opens Antitrust Probe Into Honda Motorcycle

    India's competition authority has opened an investigation into allegations that Honda Motorcycle and Scooter abused its dominant market position by imposing anti-competitive terms on dealerships, including tying arrangements and price maintenance agreements.

  • March 16, 2018

    MLS, Columbia Sportswear Sign Deal For Branded Apparel

    Oregon-based Columbia sportswear and Major League Soccer have entered into a partnership for co-branded apparel for all 23 of the league’s teams, the league and the sportswear company said Friday in a joint statement.

  • March 16, 2018

    Safeway’s Olive Oil False Ad Deal OK'd, Attys Get $1.4M

    A California judge said Friday she’ll approve Safeway’s settlement that provides a class of store-brand olive oil buyers with a $1.50 voucher or 50 cents cash and awards their attorneys $1.42 million in fees and expenses, resolving allegations the grocery store chain falsely labeled olive oil as “imported from Italy.”

  • March 16, 2018

    Drug Cos. Say Cherokee Opioid Suit Must Stay In Fed. Court

    McKesson Corp. and other drug distributors and retail pharmacies urged an Oklahoma federal judge Thursday to reject the Cherokee Nation’s bid to take its suit over the companies' alleged role in the opioid epidemic back to state court, saying McKesson’s distribution of opioids under a federal contract means the case must stay in federal court.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ill. Lottery Manipulation Suit Will Stay In Federal Court

    Consumers and retailers suing Illinois' former lottery manager for allegedly misrepresenting the odds of winning scratch-off games cannot return to state court, as federal jurisdiction applies even if they have no injury to sue over under the Spokeo standard, a judge found Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toys R Us, Meredith Corp., SIG Combibloc

    Toys R Us has its eyes on a deal for its Asian unit, media giant Meredith Corp. tapped advisers to help it explore a deal to sell its Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated magazines, and SIG Combibloc is planning to list on Zurich’s stock exchange in autumn.

  • March 16, 2018

    Consumer Drops Morton Williams ADA Row After Inking Deal

    A consumer on Thursday dropped her New York federal suit claiming that supermarket chain Morton Williams violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make its website accessible to blind or visually impaired users, after counsel for both sides said they had reached a confidential settlement.

  • March 16, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Grant New Trial To Car Dealer In Fax Row

    The Third Circuit on Friday denied a car dealership's bid for a new trial against the former president of a roofing company in a class action over unsolicited faxes advertising its services, rejecting claims that jury instructions were erroneous and questioning whether he could be held liable at all.

  • March 16, 2018

    Supervalu Fights Cert. For Boston Grocers In Antitrust MDL

    A group of Boston-area grocers has offered no new evidence to warrant them being given class certification in antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing Supervalu Inc. and C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. of an agreement not to compete for customers in certain states, Supervalu told a Minnesota federal judge Thursday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Robocall Class Fights Walmart's Bid To Escape TCPA Suit

    A proposed class of cellphone owners mistakenly robocalled by a law firm collecting unpaid shoplifting debts for Walmart asked a Florida federal judge Thursday to dismiss the retail giant's bid to toss the suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying it’s responsible for the calls.

  • March 16, 2018

    Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo Parent To File Ch. 11, Close 94 Stores

    Southeastern Grocers LLC, the parent company of supermarket chains including Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, announced Thursday that it will be reorganizing in bankruptcy to decrease its overall debts by more than $500 million and will be closing nearly 100 store locations across seven states.

  • March 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Won’t Hear Wal-Mart Discovery Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s request for the court to step into a discovery dispute between it and a former employee claiming she was wrongfully fired, leaving in place a lower appellate court's ruling that it must produce unsealed documents.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 16, 2018

    Experts See Trouble Ahead For EU ‘Digital Services Tax’

    Digital advertising and sharing-economy platforms are in the sights of a proposed new EU tax, which in an unprecedented move would be levied on revenue rather than profit, according to documents seen Friday by Law360.

  • March 16, 2018

    Surging Tax Receipts, Polls Lure States Into Pot Debate

    One of the few things growing faster than tax receipts from legalized marijuana, experts say, is the breadth of state legislation currently being considered that would allow the adult recreational use of cannabis.

  • March 16, 2018

    OECD's Interim Digital Taxation Report Has Few Answers

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s highly anticipated interim report on taxation in the digital economy, released Friday, delivered few answers, admitting a wide gulf between countries on the vexing issues of how to track and tax value in an online, cloud-based economy.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pet Supply Co. Featured On CNBC Froze Him Out, Investor Says

    An investor in pet supply chain Bentley’s Pet Stuff, which was featured on CNBC’s reality show "The Profit," asked an Illinois judge on Wednesday to either appoint an outsider to value his interest or force the company’s dissolution, claiming its managing members had misappropriated company money and frozen him out.

  • March 15, 2018

    Walmart Skewed Sales To Outdo Amazon, Ex-Exec Claims

    A former Walmart executive hit the retail giant with a whistleblower lawsuit in California federal court Thursday, claiming he was wrongfully fired after he challenged its business practices and complained that it was painting a misleading picture of its e-commerce growth in trying to outcompete Inc.

  • March 15, 2018

    Visa, AmEx, Others Duck Cert. In Chip Fraud Risk Suit

    Discover, Visa, MasterCard and American Express have for now thwarted class certification in a suit alleging they colluded to shift fraud risk onto retailers during the U.S. rollout of microchip-enabled credit cards, as a New York federal judge voiced dissatisfaction with “arbitrary” proposed time periods during which the alleged actions occurred.

Expert Analysis

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How To Negotiate Wireless Infrastructure Agreements

    Walt Sapronov

    When negotiating shared wireless infrastructure contracts in large venues, sponsors should pay close attention to technology specifications, upgrades and interference protection, say Walt Sapronov and Kenneth Klatt of Sapronov and Associates PC.

  • Don't Run Afoul Of NCAA Trademarks During March Madness

    Chas Rampenthal

    It’s tempting for your marketing campaign to get caught up in the frenzy that is the March collegiate basketball playoffs, but that isn’t a license to disregard the dangers of trademark infringement, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at Inc.

  • Tax Planning In The Age Of Tax Reform: Part 2

    Ellen McElroy

    Businesses face challenges in implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, especially given its size and scope and the ambiguities that remain regarding its application. Unfortunately, if administrative guidance and technical corrections are not issued soon, companies may lose valuable rights, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Trends In China's Food And Packaging Laws: Part 2

    David Ettinger

    China has recently implemented a number of changes to its food regulatory system. U.S. beef can again be imported to China after a 14-year prohibition. But companies must comply with new standards for food manufacturer certification, food labeling and food packaging, say attorneys with Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • A Guide To Anti-Trafficking Compliance For Food Cos.

    Markus Funk

    Despite the 2016 dismissal of federal human rights cases against food companies in California, a similar class action — Tomasella v. Hershey Co. — was recently filed in Massachusetts federal court, and it’s one that companies in the sector should watch closely, says Markus Funk of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • What To Expect From DOJ Shift In Marijuana Enforcement

    Gerald Sachs

    Under the U.S. Department of Justice's new marijuana enforcement strategy, the DOJ is unlikely to begin prosecuting marijuana growers and distributors who are operating in compliance with state law. The DOJ will likely prosecute the most egregious violators of state law, say Gerald Sachs and Evan Shea of Venable LLP.

  • Trends In China's Food And Packaging Laws: Part 1

    David Ettinger

    As China says "zai jian" to the Year of the Rooster and "ni hao" to the Year of the Dog, it's a good time to reflect on developments in China's food laws in 2017. Many important food regulations and standards were revised, including rules on health foods, GMOs and infant formula, say attorneys with Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • How Juries View Active Shooter Premises Liability

    Bliss Piverger

    Trial consultants Bliss Piverger and Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights Inc. discuss how jurors’ feelings about safety in the wake of a mass shooting can influence their views on lawsuits against premises owners, security companies, event organizers, gun manufacturers and social media platforms.