Retail & E-Commerce

  • October 2, 2007

    Plaintiffs Say Wal-Mart Expert Witness Biased

    In the multidistrict wage-and-hour litigation against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., plaintiffs from four states say that a key Wal-Mart expert witness's testimony is irreparably biased and should be tossed.

  • October 2, 2007

    Judge Reverses $458M Award Against Weyerhaeuser

    A federal judge on Thursday reversed a $458 million award against forest products giant Weyerhaeuser Co., saying that a spin-off that inadvertently took over a diaper business that infringed patents held by a rival and then went bankrupt already knew about the potential liabilities of its product.

  • October 1, 2007

    Forcing Divestitures, FTC Gives Nod To Mylan Deal

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given the green light to pharmaceutical company Mylan Laboratories' $6.6 billion acquisition of generic-drug maker E. Merck OHG, but the commission forced the companies to sell five generic drugs they currently produce due to competition concerns.

  • October 1, 2007

    EEOC Sues Blockbuster, Alleging Harassment

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that female Hispanic employees at a Maryland warehouse of video rental giant Blockbuster Inc. were subjected to sexual harassment and were fired for complaining about the treatment.

  • October 1, 2007

    High Court Shakes Head At Big Tobacco's Appeal Bid

    In a blow to the tobacco industry, the United States' highest court has declined to hear an appeal of a Florida state court’s ruling last year allowing more than half a million smokers to bring new cases against a group of tobacco companies following its rejection of a $145 billion jury verdict in a long-running class action lawsuit.

  • October 1, 2007

    Topps Announces Massive Ground Beef Recall

    After voluntarily recalling 350,000 pounds of ground beef last week, Topps Meat Company LLC added 21 million pounds to its recall on Saturday, saying its product may be contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli.

  • October 1, 2007

    Attorneys Get $2.7M In PPA Case

    A federal judge has approved about $2.7 million in expenses for the plaintiffs' lawyers in the multidistrict phenylpropanolamine product liability litigation, a far cry from the $5.8 million the firms had originally requested.

  • October 1, 2007

    All American Semiconductor Settles With Mitsubishi

    Struggling All American Semiconductor Inc. has reached a settlement with Mitsubishi Electric in an antitrust DRAM lawsuit and has asked the court to file the settlement under seal in its bankruptcy case.

  • October 1, 2007

    Kraft Renews Battle Cry For Stay In P&G Feud

    In fighting Kraft Global Foods Inc.'s bid for a stay of a patent infringement action over plastic coffee containers, Procter & Gamble Co. is persistently glossing over the lack of evidentiary support for its claims, Kraft alleged on Thursday.

  • September 28, 2007

    Doll Stroller Becomes Latest Child Item Recalled

    Concerned after a toddler partially severed a finger, Lan Enterprises has decided to voluntarily recall thousands of doll strollers in an attempt to ward off more problems with the children's toy.

  • September 28, 2007

    Creditors' Plan Divvies Up Fabrikant's Spoils

    M. Fabrikant & Sons' creditors have filed a disclosure statement and plan of liquidation for the bankrupt diamond jewelry giant, outlining procedures for carving up its and subsidiary Fabrikant-Leer Intl. Ltd.'s assets.

  • September 28, 2007

    Judge Approves AMS' Disclosure Statement

    The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 proceedings of Advanced Marketing Services Inc. has signed off on the disclosure statement submitted in connection AMS and its unsecured creditors' joint plan of liquidation, a development that brings AMS one step closer to closing the book on its bankruptcy.

  • September 27, 2007

    Mattel Wants Stay As Ruling On Consolidation Nears

    Mattel Inc. asked a judge to halt a putative $5 million product-liability class action over alleged lead-tainted toys in New York federal court as the case awaits potential consolidation with ten others into a single piece of multidistrict litigation.

  • September 27, 2007

    Play Yards Called Back Following Infant's Death

    In what could be an alarming trend, another baby product has been recalled in the wake of an infant's death only days after the public received a warning about a series of cribs that are believed to have led to several fatalities as well.

  • September 27, 2007

    Katun Fires Back In Antitrust Spat With Ricoh

    Ink cartridge maker Katun Corp. is seeking to quash moves by rival Ricoh Inc. for summary judgment on its antitrust claims, accusing the Japanese photocopier manufacturer of embarking on a smear campaign to avoid the issue.

  • September 27, 2007

    Bill Aims At Beefing Up Food, Product Safety

    Adding to a slew of attempts on Capitol Hill to address consumer concerns over food and product safety in the wake of numerous high-profile recalls, two senators have introduced legislation designed to pump up the power of regulators and to safeguard consumers from tainted goods.

  • September 27, 2007

    Selco Joins Banks' Suit Against Fifth Third

    Only days after settling with a large class of consumers, Fifth Third Bancorp is facing a new named plaintiff in the ongoing class action brought against it by several banks over its role in a data security breach at TJX Companies Inc., one of the largest such breaches ever in the United States.

  • September 28, 2007

    Auto Makers Hit With $2B Suit Over Car Imports

    Major car makers, including Honda, General Motors and Nissan, are facing a $2 billion lawsuit in Canada that accuses them of artificially raising the price of automobiles for Canadian consumers by blocking imports from the United States.

  • September 28, 2007

    Bombay Company On Fast Track To Sell Assets

    One week after the Bombay Company Inc. slipped into Chapter 11 protection, a federal judge has put the home furnishing retailer's bankruptcy case on a fast track by signing off on its bid to sell its business in the next two weeks.

  • September 27, 2007

    Konica Minolta Sued Over Printer Patents

    Software company Tesseron Ltd. on Wednesday filed suit against Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. and its Japanese parent company, claiming certain printing systems and printer controllers sold by the imaging company in the United States infringe eight Tesseron patents.