Retail & E-Commerce

  • June 02, 2020

    RJ Reynolds Says Federal Law Bars LA County Vape Ban

    R.J. Reynolds asked a California federal judge on Monday to block a Los Angeles County ordinance that banned flavored vapes when it took effect last month, saying the prohibition was both overly severe and preempted by federal law.

  • June 02, 2020

    DOL Can't Skirt States' Effort To Sink Joint Employer Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor must face claims by a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general that a recently finalized joint employer rule is unlawful, a New York federal judge has ruled, saying the states have standing because the regulation might sap them of tax revenue and hike enforcement-related costs.

  • June 02, 2020

    Nasdaq Proposal Could Toughen Rules On Chinese Issuers

    The Nasdaq exchange on Tuesday filed a rule proposal that would expand its authority to deny listings of companies with audit problems, potentially affecting China-based issuers amid growing scrutiny over accounting scandals involving Chinese companies trading in the U.S.

  • June 02, 2020

    AGs Say Walmart Employees Need More Virus Protections

    A dozen U.S. attorneys general are pushing Walmart to beef up protections for its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they have received reports of stores with people too close to one another and locations not being properly cleaned.

  • June 02, 2020

    Pot Co. Green Growth Gets OK To Start Insolvency Sale

    Beleaguered cannabis company Green Growth Brands will hit the auction block after a Canadian court on Tuesday cleared its asset sale plan and approved a stalking horse bid that would see creditors buy the company for an estimated $105 million.

  • June 02, 2020

    Jumia Wants Out Of Investors' IPO Fraud Class Action

    African e-commerce platform Jumia Technologies asked a New York federal judge on Monday to dismiss a proposed shareholder class action against it and board members, including NBA player Andre Tyler Iguodala, alleging it fooled investors into thinking it was the "Amazon of Africa" before its initial public offering.

  • June 02, 2020

    Rand McNally Wants Out Of Suit Over 'Defective' GPS Devices

    Mapmaker and technology manufacturer Rand McNally urged an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday to toss a proposed class action alleging the company sold defective GPS systems and failed to follow through on the warranty, saying the named plaintiff made a "federal case" out of a "garden-variety customer service complaint."

  • June 02, 2020

    Libbey Glass Cleared To Tap Into $30M In New Ch. 11 Funds

    A Delaware judge on Tuesday gave glass tableware maker Libbey Glass Inc. the go-ahead to tap into $30 million in new post-petition financing in its Chapter 11 so the company can continue negotiating with creditors to restructure its roughly $500 million in debt.

  • June 02, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    While the nation's collective consciousness largely shifted this week from the COVID-19 pandemic to rage over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, state leaders grappling with sometimes violent protests still continued to map out life after the coronavirus.

  • June 02, 2020

    First Nations Cigarette Co. Fights State Sales Rule At 2nd Circ.

    A Canadian First Nations-owned cigarette company has urged the Second Circuit to revive its challenge to Connecticut's enforcement of a state tobacco law, saying a reporting provision meant to stem illegal cigarette trafficking is unconstitutional.

  • June 02, 2020

    Pet Cos. Accused Of Puppy Mill Sales Can't Dodge Claims

    A California federal judge refused to toss a lawsuit Monday alleging a fake animal rescue group is brokering the sale of puppies from commercial breeders to Golden State pet stores, which then advertise the puppies as rescues, finding that enough has been alleged at this early stage of the case.

  • June 02, 2020

    Servicer Seeks To Seize Pittsburgh Development Over $24M

    A planned entertainment complex outside Pittsburgh hit a snag after the developer defaulted on $24.1 million in debts, leading its mortgage servicer to try foreclosing on and seizing control of the stalled project, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • June 02, 2020

    Battle Against Banks Over Fake Nikes Heads To 2nd Circ.

    A group that's trying to collect on a $1.8 billion counterfeiting judgment over fake Nikes is asking the Second Circuit to force six Chinese banks to pay millions of dollars over accusations that they enabled the sale of illegal goods by flouting U.S. court orders.

  • June 02, 2020

    Pet Supply Co. Trims $12.6M Award In Product Patent Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has trimmed an inventor's roughly $12.6 million jury award in her suit alleging that a pet supply company stole her idea for a skin medicine applicator for dogs and cats, finding that the business did not infringe her patent and that certain damages were duplicative.

  • June 02, 2020

    Carrefour To Bag Taiwanese Market Co. For $108M

    French supermarket chain Carrefour said Tuesday that it will purchase a Taiwanese grocery business for €97 million ($108.4 million) to strengthen the international company's position in the island territory.

  • June 02, 2020

    3rd Circ. Punts Amazon Seller Liability Case To Pa. Justices

    After hearing oral arguments in the case en banc earlier this year, the Third Circuit asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday to decide whether Amazon should be allowed to face liability for faulty products sold by third parties over the company's website.

  • June 02, 2020

    4 Firms Assist As Zip Inks $403M Deal For Fellow Fintech Co.

    Australia's digital payment company Zip has agreed to buy the remaining shares of QuadPay that it didn't already own for about $403 million, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal guided by four law firms that stands to create a single fintech business worth $1 billion.

  • June 02, 2020

    Car Seller Vroom Targets $300M For Latham-Led IPO

    Online used-car retailer Vroom said Tuesday it hopes to raise about $300 million in a Latham & Watkins LLP-steered initial public offering that is intended to help keep the business going in the face of concerns that it may run out of gas. 

  • June 02, 2020

    Mo. High Court Nixes Kan. City Chiefs' Taxes On Field Revamp

    The Kansas City Chiefs aren't liable for nearly $1 million in sales and use taxes on items used to renovate their football stadium, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, finding the team wasn't the purchaser of the goods in dispute.

  • June 02, 2020

    US Looking Into Tariffs Against India, EU Over Digital Taxes

    The U.S. Trade Representative's Office announced Tuesday it was initiating investigations into India and other countries, as well as the European Union, that have enacted or are considering special taxes on digital companies, opening the door for potential retaliatory tariffs.

  • June 01, 2020

    New Suit Alleges Graco Rival Evenflo Copied Car Seat Patents

    The manufacturer for baby product company Graco filed another patent infringement suit against childrens' product manufacturer Evenflo Company Inc., alleging several of its car seats intentionally infringe three patents covering Graco's convertible "Nautilus Snuglock LX" car seat.

  • June 01, 2020

    Rhode Island High Court Upholds Medical Pot Patient's Firing

    Rhode Island's high court on Friday affirmed a decision finding that W.B. Mason did not violate employment laws when managers asked a supply driver who used medical marijuana to undergo a drug test and fired him after he refused.

  • June 01, 2020

    Walmart Can't Stick A Fork In Shopper's Overcharge Beef

    A Florida federal judge denied in full Walmart Inc.'s bid to dismiss a putative class action alleging that the retail behemoth has for years used sales prices to overcharge customers for its packaged meat products, ruling that Walmart's assertions are unpersuasive and that all claims against it survive.

  • June 01, 2020

    JPMorgan Seeks To Halt MDL Push Over Virus Relief Loans

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has urged a federal judicial panel not to create multidistrict litigation for an array of lawsuits it's facing over its participation in a federal coronavirus relief loan program for small businesses, arguing that the cases are "a jigsaw puzzle of unmatched pieces."  

  • June 01, 2020

    PetSmart Facing Class Action Over Pet Hemp Products

    A proposed class of customers is accusing PetSmart of selling a hemp oil for animals that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and that the company intended to mislead consumers about the product's legality.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways A Special IG Can Combat Crisis Relief Fraud

    Author Photo

    As companies and their counsel prepare for enforcement by the newly confirmed special inspector general for pandemic recovery responsible for overseeing CARES Act funds, Christy Goldsmith Romero, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, shares how her office has investigated fraud, waste and abuse of federal relief funds following the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

    Author Photo

    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • How NJ Talc Case May Shift NY Courts On Expert Testimony

    Author Photo

    A New Jersey federal court's recent decision in litigation over Johnson & Johnson talc products may help push state courts in neighboring New York further toward using the Daubert evidentiary standard — giving courts a more active gatekeeping role over expert testimony, say attorneys at Darger Errante.

  • How COVID-19 Applies To Weakened Competitor M&A Defense

    Author Photo

    A New York federal court's February decision allowing the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and the large number of companies weakened by the pandemic will result in merging parties justifying potentially anti-competitive mergers primarily on the basis of efficiencies and weakened competitor status, say James Langenfeld and Chris Ring at Ankura Consulting.

  • NY Buyers Should Beware Tainted Claims After Ch. 11 Ruling

    Author Photo

    A New York bankruptcy judge's recent opinion in Firestone Diamond represents a comprehensive treatment of the Bankruptcy Code Section 502(d) disallowance taint and decisively rejects, for the first time in the Southern District of New York, the long-standing and widely criticized Enron holding, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

    Author Photo

    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

    Author Photo

    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Adapting To Worker-Friendly City Laws Prompted By Virus

    Author Photo

    COVID-19 has led to municipal legislation focused on scheduling, paid sick leave, anti-retaliation and protections for laid-off workers that businesses must monitor and adapt to as they call back employees and resume customer services, say Julie Trester and Jeremy Glenn at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

    Author Photo

    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

    Author Photo

    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • When Unclear Retail Rent-To-Own Terms Draw FTC Ire

    Author Photo

    The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement with Progressive Leasing over its failure to clearly disclose rent-to-own prices illustrates the FTC's propensity to seek equitable monetary relief from national advertisers, as well as policy differences between Republicans and Democrats, say John Feldman and Gerry Stegmaier at Reed Smith.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

    Author Photo

    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Tech Will Play Key Role In Real Estate's Road To Recovery

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Author Photo

    With unprecedented stress on real estate operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time to reflect on the property technology industry's success in recent years and to recognize how those models can be used to rebuild for the future, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Avoiding M&A Deal-Breaking Disputes During A Downturn

    Author Photo

    As the COVID-19 pandemic complicates the valuation of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, targets and acquirers alike should take several prudent preclosing steps to mitigate the risk of deal-breaking disputes and subsequent litigation, say Ann Gittleman and Jenna O'Brien at Duff & Phelps.

  • Top 5 Wage And Hour Risks To Avoid As Businesses Reopen

    Author Photo

    Employers should use extra caution to sidestep several key wage and hour mistakes as businesses prepare to reopen following the coronavirus crisis and worker classification and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance comes under increased scrutiny, say Kathleen Caminiti and Eric Baginski at Fisher Phillips.

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!