Retail & E-Commerce

  • April 12, 2007

    Virgin Media Delivers On Threat Against BSkyB

    True to its word, Virgin Media has decided to take British Sky Broadcasting to the U.K. High Court as the dispute over the price of certain channels between the top British media conglomerates continues to rage.

  • April 12, 2007

    High Court To Dismiss Coca-Cola Race Bias Case

    A significant race discrimination case against Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is set for dismissal from the Supreme Court just a week before the Justices were scheduled to hear arguments.

  • April 11, 2007

    Iconix Nets $45M In Trademark Dispute

    A California jury has handed Iconix Brand Group Inc. a victory in a longstanding trademark infringement lawsuit, awarding the fashion brand owner $45 million in compensatory damages.

  • April 11, 2007

    FedEx To Pay At Least $50M To Settle Race Case

    FedEx Express will pay more than $50 million to settle a racial discrimination suit that alleged it treated minority employees worse by not promoting them, disciplining them for small matters and paying them poorly.

  • April 10, 2007

    Splenda Maker Files Patent Suit At ITC

    Not all is sweet at Tate & Lyle PLC, one of the world’s largest sugar makers, which has filed a patent infringement case with the United States International Trade Commission against three Chinese manufacturers over technology used to make sucralose.

  • April 9, 2007

    South Korea Fines Rubber Companies $6M

    Baring its teeth for the third time this year, South Korea’s competition watchdog has imposed a 5.6 billion won ($6 million) fine on two synthetic rubber companies for alleged price collusion.

  • April 9, 2007

    Court Lets Wal-Mart Silence Fired Security Operative

    An Arkansas judge granted Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s request to stop fired security operative Bruce Gabbard from talking to any more reporters, court papers revealed on Monday.

  • April 5, 2007

    Circuit City Layoffs Prompt Age Discrimination Suit

    Electronics retailer Circuit City Stores Inc.’s plan to reduce costs by laying off 3,400 high-waged workers has prompted a proposed class action lawsuit claiming age discrimination.

  • April 5, 2007

    Barnes & Noble Blames Law Firm For Backdating

    An internal investigation at bookstore chain Barnes & Noble Inc. has uncovered evidence of widespread options backdating, but the bookstore attributes the questionable options dates to a misunderstanding over the legality of the practice.

  • April 5, 2007

    "Time Shaving" Suits Against Wal-Mart Pile Up

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been hit with at least six new proposed class actions since April 2, all alleging the retail giant deleted thousands of hours of work time from employees’ payroll records.

  • April 5, 2007

    Congoleum Bondholders Take Aim At Consultant

    With Congoleum still languishing in Chapter 11 after years in bankruptcy, the roofing manufacturer’s bondholders are lashing out at Kenesis Group LLC, demanding that the consulting firm give back $1.5 million in fees due to its allegedly negligent behavior.

  • April 5, 2007

    Crikey! Outback Restaurants Sued For Gender Bias

    Outback Steakhouse faces a potential nationwide class action on behalf of up to 150,000 female workers over claims the Australia-themed restaurant chain engaged in a pattern of sex discrimination across the U.S. and overlooked women for management posts.

  • April 5, 2007

    DOJ Reaches Tentative Truce Over Concrete Merger

    After trying to block the proposed merger, the U.S. Department of Justice has negotiated a settlement with Cemex SA that will require the Mexican ready-mix concrete producer to make certain divestures if its hostile takeover bid for rival Rinker Group succeeds.

  • April 4, 2007

    Nike Faces Patent Claim From Reebok

    The battle for dominance over the multibillion-dollar athletic shoe market has hit the courtroom, with Reebok International Ltd. claiming that market leader Nike Inc. has infringed a patent for collapsible shoes.

  • April 4, 2007

    Global Home Seeks 120-Day Exclusivity Extensions

    Global Home Products LLC has asked the bankruptcy court overseeing its Chapter 11 proceedings for 120-day extensions of its exclusive rights to file and lobby for creditor support of a reorganization plan.

  • April 3, 2007

    Alcoa Wins ERISA Appeal

    When a facility is sold to a new owner, employees who continue to work under the same terms and conditions they had under the previous owner are not considered laid-off, a circuit court ruled Monday.

  • April 3, 2007

    Creditors Challenge Bonuses For Photo Co. Execs

    Portrait Corp. of America Inc.’s unsecured creditors have objected to the bankrupt photography company’s plan to give top executives a “king’s ransom” in bonuses, claiming such payments would drastically reduce their own recoveries.

  • April 3, 2007

    Nellson Asks Court To Greenlight Reduced Bonuses

    Nellson Nutraceutical Inc. has asked the bankruptcy court in charge of its Chapter 11 proceedings for permission to pay out reduced bonuses to employees, after not meeting benchmarks that would have triggered full payment.

  • April 3, 2007

    NLRB Serves Starbucks A Suit For Union Busting

    Starbucks has brewed itself up a cup of trouble with the National Labor Relations Board, which accused the coffee chain Friday of illegally fighting union activity at four shops in Manhattan.

  • April 2, 2007

    Early Appeal Bid Nixed In R.J. Reynolds Patent Suit

    Star Scientific Inc. was denied a motion Friday that would have expedited its appeal of the court’s decision to grant R.J. Reynolds summary judgment in a closely watched patent suit.