U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Tuesday dismissed a class action accusing L'Oreal of deceptively marketing a black women’s hair relaxer as scalp-protecting but that instead caused burns and hair loss, blasting a tardy damages report as inadequate and "trial by ambush."
The European Union's top competition enforcer has said the bloc will not stop at the multibillion-euro fines Google received to prevent online platforms from favoring their own products over the competition, saying that Amazon's position as a "player and referee" would also face scrutiny.
A human resources startup called Humu, founded by a trio of former Google executives, filed a preemptive lawsuit in California federal court Friday after streaming giant Hulu threatened the company with trademark litigation.
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP on Tuesday said it helped secure $171.5 million in refinancing from real estate investment firm Square Mile Capital Management LLC for a mixed-use project that comprises roughly 750,000 square feet of retail, residential and office space in a suburb of Cleveland.
South Africa's Competition Tribunal has hit the country's largest ticket retailer with a 20 million rand ($1.44 million) fine for abuse of dominance, a penalty the company said it intended to challenge.
Google and several other companies have escaped an investigation launched by German and Austrian competition authorities by rehauling agreements made with Eyeo GmbH that regulators had argued were restricting the online ad blocking service's business.
IDL Worldwide Inc. told the First Circuit on Tuesday that a federal judge was wrong to allow a jury to decide against arbitrating a $3.5 million contract dispute with a Rhode Island-based company, arguing that a clearly spelled-out agreement mandated the fight be sent to arbitration.
Activist investor and eBay Inc. shareholder Elliott Management Corp. laid out a plan Tuesday to increase value for the global online marketplace, suggesting the company would be better served by shedding assets such as StubHub Inc. and focusing its resources and energy on the platform that originally put it on the map.
To Planet Fitness World Headquarters General Counsel Justin Vartanian, the biggest challenge for his industry is to motivate others to incorporate fitness into their lives. Here, he explains the benefits lawyers can gain from healthy lifestyles as the legal industry strives to reduce stigmas that surround mental health, and offers advice on how to stick to wellness-related resolutions amid demanding workloads.
A former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement attorney and go-to expert for financial services litigation has joined Arent Fox LLP's complex litigation practice as a partner at the firm's San Francisco office, the firm said.
A California federal judge has denied Costco Wholesale Co. Inc.'s bid to dismiss non-California plaintiffs from a class action over a frozen berry mix that allegedly started a hepatitis A outbreak, saying the company can't raise that defense after several years participating in the suit.
The makers of Red Bull energy drink on Friday slapped a New Jersey Lukoil gas station with a trademark infringement suit accusing it of selling a version of the drink that’s only authorized for sale outside of the U.S. and thus subject to different quality-control standards.
The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes.
A consignor that provides inventory to bankrupt retailer Samuels Jewelers Inc. objected Friday to the debtor's proposed asset sale plan, saying its consigned goods would be included in the sale despite the debtor not owning that inventory.
Sears Holding Corp. on Friday told a New York bankruptcy court that it had accepted a $5.2 billion bid from a hedge fund owned by former Sears CEO Edward Lampert, putting the bankruptcy case on course for a contested sale hearing at the beginning of February.
Lennar has reportedly paid $17 million for a Miami development site, Baptist Health South Florida is said to have bought a former Toys R Us store for $15.8 million, and Bridge Development Partners has reportedly dropped $68 million on a Los Angeles warehouse complex.
The trustee for The Limited Stores Co. LLC’s Chapter 11 has sued companies owned by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc., saying the companies took $42 million from the struggling women’s clothing retailer and sent it into bankruptcy.
The Eighth Circuit said on Thursday that lawyers for Minnesota auto glass vendor Safelite deserved the nearly $1 million in attorneys' fees and costs awarded by a district court in the company's suit against the state's former commissioner of commerce over an alleged smear campaign intended to run it out of business.
Bankrupt cosmetics retailer Beauty Brands LLC on Friday received more time to review an offer to acquire 23 of its stores and continue operating them as a going concern as an alternative to a proposed stalking horse bid in its Chapter 11 that calls for a chainwide liquidation.
Midwestern big box retailer Specialty Retail Shops Holding Corp., better known as Shopko, was authorized Friday to tap a $480 million debtor-in-possession loan by a Nebraska bankruptcy court as it forges ahead in an uncertain restructuring process that could lead to a reorganization, sale or liquidation.
Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.
In Chapter 11 cases, such as the pending Sears bankruptcy and the soon-to-be filed Pacific Gas and Electric bankruptcy, it’s critical to ensure that the communications strategy is aligned with the legal strategy, says Eden Gillott of Gillott Communications.
2018 was full of important developments in international law, including a new North American trade treaty, significant litigation at the International Court of Justice, and rulings by various bodies related to environmental, human rights and criminal law, say Viren Mascarenhas and Douglass Cassel of King & Spalding LLP.
The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.
Although a deal announced Wednesday could keep open more than half the department stores that retail dinosaur Sears Roebuck and Company had when it filed for bankruptcy protection last October, Sears remains a cautionary tale for the retail industry, say Robert Marticello and Philip Strok of Smiley Wang-Ekvall LLP.
Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.
Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, highlighting the conflict between states’ rights to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment and the restrictions in the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause on states’ power to regulate interstate commerce, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper LLP.
Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.
President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.