Retail & E-Commerce

  • October 11, 2007

    Former Wal-Mart Employees Seek Class Certification

    Employees suing retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday asked a court to certify three sub-classes of plaintiffs in the purported class action, which alleges Wal-Mart violated California's labor laws by failing to fully compensate workers who left the company.

  • October 17, 2007

    Surge In Recalls Highlights Weaknesses At CSPC

    A recent slew of high-profile recalls has prompted calls for legislation that would give a shot in the arm to the faltering federal watchdog meant to police consumer goods, but experts say fixing the Consumer Product Safety Commission will take much more than a Band-Aid approach.

  • October 11, 2007

    Judge Stays Part Of SpeedTrack’s Patent Case

    Months after relating two separately filed patent lawsuits by SpeedTrack Inc., a federal judge has stayed the suit against Office Depot Inc. to focus on the liability and damages issues in the case against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for allegedly infringing methods for accessing information from a storage system.

  • October 10, 2007

    Bills To Strengthen Child Safety Rules Pass House

    A package of bills geared toward boosting child safety by strengthening recall notification requirements, upping the civil penalty cap and adding safety provisions for certain products has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • October 9, 2007

    Werner Creditors, PBGC Bury The Hatchet

    Werner Holding Co.'s unsecured creditors have hammered out a deal with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. over the millions it wanted for the ladder maker's employees' pensions, with the committee acceding to the claims but knocking them down to nonpriority status.

  • October 9, 2007

    Home Depot Ducks Blame Over Stand 'N Seal

    Firing back at allegations of negligence, Home Depot has rejected claims that it should be held liable for the alleged injury caused by Stand 'n Seal, a controversial grout sealant that once lined the store's shelves.

  • October 8, 2007

    Coca Cola Must Reveal Enviga Test Results: Judge

    Coca Cola Corp. will have to produce all test results and advertising for its Enviga energy drink, a magistrate judge said on Thursday in a multidistrict litigation alleging that claims that Enviga burns more calories than it contains are fraudulent.

  • October 8, 2007

    Lionel Files Amended Plan With Valuation Estimate

    Model-train maker Lionel LLC has filed a new version of its Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement, which includes an estimate from the debtors' financial adviser putting the value of reorganized Lionel somewhere between $88 million and $112 million.

  • October 8, 2007

    Visy To Shell Out $36M For Devising Box Cartel

    Australian business giant Richard Pratt and his packaging company Visy Industries Ltd. will reportedly shell out close to $36 million for creating a cardboard-box cartel. It is the highest fine the country’s watchdog has ever levied.

  • October 8, 2007

    Rembrandt, Bausch & Lomb To Settle Patent Dispute

    Bausch & Lomb Inc. and patent holding company Rembrandt Vision Technologies LP said in a motion filed in court on Friday that they expect to settle a patent suit that Rembrandt filed two years ago over soft contact lens technology.

  • October 5, 2007

    Over 500,000 Toys Pulled Over Lead Paint Worries

    More than half a million children's toys, including Baby Einstein toy blocks, cups shaped like Frankenstein, and a variety of wooden toys, were recalled Thursday over concerns that they contain dangerous amounts of lead.

  • October 5, 2007

    Kmart Shareholders Fight Sears' Dismissal Bid

    Plaintiffs in a securities class action against Sears Holding Corp. are fending off the company's attempts to dismiss the suit, claiming that top officers of Sears unit Kmart Corp. made false statements to conceal the true value of the company's real estate.

  • October 4, 2007

    Interstate Gets Time As Teamster Talks Stall

    Interstate Bakeries Corp. has won another month of exclusivity to file its reorganization plan, a request lodged with the bankruptcy court last month after it shelved negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • October 5, 2007

    Beef Recall Scandal Shutters Topps

    The economic impact of the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history involving more than 21.7 million pounds of ground beef products has forced Topps Meat Co. LLC to go out of business, effective immediately, the company said Friday.

  • October 3, 2007

    EU Clears Marriage Of Sony, Bertelsmann—Again

    To the dismay of European independent music companies, the European Commission on Wednesday approved the merger of the music arms of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG for a second time.

  • October 3, 2007

    Avon Fights Attempts To Apply Schering-Plough Order

    In the ongoing securities litigation against Avon Products, a battle has erupted over the potential relevance of a recent order in a separate ERISA suit against Schering-Plough.

  • October 3, 2007

    Spanish Bitumen Cartel Hit With €183M Fine

    The European Commission announced Wednesday that it has fined five companies €183.651 million for participating in a cartel that manipulated the market for bitumen, a by-product of oil refining used in making asphalt for roads, from 1991 to 2002.

  • October 2, 2007

    Shoe Co. Sues Nike, Apple For Patent Infringement

    Two brothers in Utah have filed suit against Apple Inc. and Nike Inc. for allegedly infringing on patents regarding footwear that keeps track of exercise statistics with the companies' joint product, Nike + iPod Sport Kit.

  • October 2, 2007

    Bill Would Strengthen Oversight Of Children's Products

    Responding to the recent wave of toy recalls, Rep. Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday that would tighten safety standards for products marketed to children.

  • October 2, 2007

    Meat Recall Sparks Debate Over State Inspections

    The massive recall of more than 21 million pounds of tainted ground beef has sparked a renewed debate over a provision that would give states the power to inspect meat that is sold across state borders.