Retail & E-Commerce

  • April 2, 2007

    Employees Accuse Wal-Mart Of Wage Tampering

    Wal-Mart workers hit their employer with a proposed class action on Friday, charging that the megastore has secretly deleted and faked payroll records in order to cut down on their wages.

  • April 2, 2007

    Court Limits Rights On Famous Trademarks

    In a significant interpretation of cross-country trademark laws, an appeals court has ruled that owners of famous trademarks do not have exclusive rights to their brands in countries where they are not established.

  • April 2, 2007

    Wal-Mart Sued Over Racial Profiling Charges

    Two white Wal-Mart employees filed a race discrimination suit against the retail giant on Friday after their supervisor allegedly accused them of racial profiling for detaining too many black customers for shoplifting.

  • April 2, 2007

    Chinese Union Lambasts Fast-Food Giants’ Wages

    China’s top trade union federation lashed out Monday at global fast-food chains in the wake of allegations in the province of Guangdong that the companies pay their part-time workers up to 40% less than the local minimum wage, which is about $1 an hour.

  • April 2, 2007

    Le-Nature's CEO In Hot Water Over Insurance Policy

    Citing evidence of shredded documents, cooked books, falsely inflated profits and a secret stash of jewels, an insurer wants a court to rescind a policy issued to beleaguered drink maker Le-Nature’s.

  • March 30, 2007

    Malden Mills Ch. 7 Conversion Gets Boost

    An attempt by the company formerly known as Malden Mills Industries Inc. to convert its Chapter 11 case to a Chapter 7 proceeding has won new support with a statement from its U.S. Trustee.

  • March 30, 2007

    401(k) Suit Against Kraft Moves Forward

    In a notable decision for companies embroiled in litigation over their retirement plans, a federal judge has denied Kraft Foods Global Inc.’s request to dismiss a proposed class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty against the company and its 401(k) plan sponsors.

  • March 30, 2007

    Vendors File Suit Against Tower Records

    A number of secured vendors, including Sony BMG, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video, have filed a lawsuit against bankrupt Tower Records to stop the company from putting money they are allegedly owed toward administrative and other expenses.

  • April 2, 2007

    Union Claims Albertsons Bullied Workers

    A grocery workers union has accused the Albertsons supermarket chain of trying to intimidate union workers prior to a strike authorization vote in a claim filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

  • March 29, 2007

    Judge Refuses To Toss Foamex Employment Suit

    Though a bankruptcy court judge on Wednesday agreed to eliminate some of the claims in a lawsuit filed against Foamex International alleging defamation and breach of contract, he denied the company’s request to dismiss the entire complaint.

  • March 29, 2007

    Fired Executive Accuses Wal-Mart Of Dirty Tactics

    A fired Wal-Mart marketing executive has accused the retail giant of launching a smear campaign in retaliation for her $1.5 million lawsuit.

  • March 30, 2007

    Olive Garden Owner Settles Wage-And-Hour Claim

    Darden Restaurants Inc., the owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden, disclosed Thursday that it has settled with a group of former employees who sought unpaid overtime wages and penalties.

  • March 29, 2007

    Sirius, XM Merger Would Create Monopoly: Study

    A merger between the only two satellite radio providers in the U.S. would constitute a monopoly under the most reasonable market definition, according to a study released Thursday.

  • March 28, 2007

    Judge Dismisses Case Over Credit Technology

    A federal judge has granted summary judgment to a number of department stores, ending a lawsuit that alleged they were infringing on a patent relating to technology for establishing credit accounts.

  • March 27, 2007

    Global Home Creditors Sue Wachovia Over Liens

    Unsecured creditors of Global Home Products LLC are taking aim at Wachovia Bank in a lawsuit that challenges liens the bank believes it has on the insolvent housewares maker’s assets.

  • March 26, 2007

    FPL Food Faces Wage-And-Hour Class Action

    FPL Food LLC, which bills itself as the largest privately owned, fully integrated beef processing facility in the southeastern United States, is facing a proposed class action filed by two former employees who claim the company violated federal law by not adequately compensating workers.

  • March 23, 2007

    Home Products Makes Quick Turnaround From Ch. 11

    Housewares company Home Products International Inc. emerged from bankruptcy on Wednesday after having declared over $116 million in publicly held debt only four months ago.

  • March 23, 2007

    Malden Mills Creditors Push For GE Settlement

    Unsecured creditors of Malden Mills Industries Inc. want a bankruptcy court to sign off on a deal with the beleaguered fleece manufacturer’s creditor General Electric Capital Corp. following months of "difficult negotiations."

  • March 22, 2007

    OFT Shuts Leniency Door But Opens Window

    In an unusual move, the Office of Fair Trading has decided to offer supposed members of a cartel in the British construction industry another way to receive reduced penalties after refusing to accept any more leniency applications.

  • March 22, 2007

    Werner Picks Stalking Horse Bidder

    After much debate, Werner Co. has designated a lead bidder in the auction for its assets, choosing a $265 million offer put forth by two first-lien lenders in the ladder maker’s bankruptcy case.