Retail & E-Commerce

  • September 12, 2017

    4 Ways Amazon Is Shaping Brick-And-Mortar Retail

    Amazon's recent $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods gives the tech titan access to hundreds of stores across the country, and the company's foray into food creates an additional set of challenges for the retail space. Here, Law360 looks at four ways Amazon is shaping the brick-and-mortar retail landscape.

  • September 12, 2017

    JPML Won't Rush On Requests To Send Equifax Suits To Ga.

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation declined Tuesday to expedite its consideration of efforts to consolidate in Georgia federal court the over 30 proposed class actions that have been filed against Equifax in the days since it disclosed a cyberattack that potentially impacted 143 million consumers’ personal information.

  • September 12, 2017

    PE-Owned Retailer Vitamin World Hits Ch. 11 In Del.

    Vitamin World filed for Chapter 11 protection Tuesday in Delaware, with plans to close at least 50 of its more than 300 retail locations to help rework roughly $44 million in total debt, about a year and a half after it was purchased by private equity firm Centre Lane Partners.

  • September 12, 2017

    Judge Erases Black & Decker $54M Trade Dress Win

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed out a $54 million trade dress infringement verdict won by Black & Decker Corp. against toolmaker Positec USA Inc. over look-alike yellow power tools, saying jurors were unfairly swung by deeply flawed survey evidence.

  • September 12, 2017

    Texas AG Files 3 Hurricane Harvey Price-Gouging Suits

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed three separate lawsuits on Tuesday against one hotel and two companies that operate gas stations, alleging each business violated state laws against price-gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

  • September 12, 2017

    FTC Chief Won’t Rush To Police Digital Economy

    Federal Trade Commission acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen pushed back Tuesday on calls for a more aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement of the digital economy, arguing that market share alone should not guide decisions better based on consumer harms.

  • September 12, 2017

    Equifax Faces Bipartisan Wrath Over Data Breach

    Lawmakers of both parties on Tuesday continued to hammer away at Equifax Inc. over the security breach that exposed the personal information of as many as 143 million consumers, blasting the company for putting consumers at risk and for its response to the hack.

  • September 11, 2017

    Fintech Firms Reignite Debate Over ‘Industrial Bank’ Charters

    A decadeslong battle over a type of bank charter available to industrial companies has gained new life in recent months as financial technology firms like SoFi and Square have turned to that vehicle for licenses to operate nationwide, stoking opposition from community banks.

  • September 11, 2017

    Investors Could Find Litigation Success With Equifax Breach

    While investors have a pretty dismal track record at bringing shareholder class actions and derivative suits in the wake of data breaches, a confluence of factors at Equifax, including a sharp stock price drop and suspiciously timed trading, could make the credit monitoring company’s massive hack fodder for securities liability.

  • September 11, 2017

    General Atlantic Leads €60M Funding For French DIY Site

    A French gardening and do-it-yourself online marketplace has raised €60 million ($72 million) in a series C funding round led by General Atlantic, the growth equity firm announced Monday.

  • September 11, 2017

    Jimmy Choo Wants 11th Circ. To Keep $2.5M Customer Deal

    Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo lashed out Friday at the Eleventh Circuit challenge to its $2.5 million class action settlement resolving allegations it printed sensitive customer data on credit card receipts, arguing the sole objector is undermining a legitimate deal that adequately notified potential class members.

  • September 11, 2017

    Bank Fraud Charges Against Jewelry Store Owner Dismissed

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday threw out the government’s criminal case against a luxury jewelry store owner charged with falsifying inventory entries to receive additional financing, saying the government didn’t try hard enough to make a timely arrest.

  • September 11, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, IG3, Tiffany

    Blackstone is reportedly looking to sell a London office property for $329 million, Florida investment firm IG3 is said to have picked up an Atlanta-area office complex for $13.5 million, and Tiffany & Co. has reportedly reached a deal to lease a full floor on West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

  • September 11, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: EssilorLuxottica, Vivint, IndusInd Bank

    The European Commission will seriously scrutinize the megamerger of eyewear giants Essilor and Luxottica, Blackstone is preparing to either sell or list smart-home technology company Vivint, and IndusInd Bank could buy Bharat Financial Inclusion in a deal valuing the Indian microfinance provider at roughly $2.2 billion.

  • September 11, 2017

    Google Takes Record €2.4B Antitrust Fine To EU Court

    Google on Monday appealed a record €2.4 billion ($2.9 billion) fine imposed by the European Union’s competition watchdog, launching a lengthy legal battle over allegations the tech giant violated the bloc’s antitrust laws by steering users toward its own comparison-shopping service in searches.

  • September 11, 2017

    Class Rep. Payouts Cut In $14M American Eagle TCPA Deal

    District Judge Valerie E. Caproni on Monday approved a $14.5 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act settlement between American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and a class of consumers alleging the retailer unlawfully texted them, but sharply cut proposed incentive rewards for four named plaintiffs.

  • September 11, 2017

    Consumers Say Audible Can't Force Credit Suit Arbitration

    Audible Inc. cannot dismiss a suit accusing it of scamming consumers through its prepaid credit program or force the consumers to arbitrate certain claims, those consumers told a California judge Friday as they questioned Audible’s use of testimony from its in-house counsel to support its arbitration bid.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.

  • September 8, 2017

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2017

    When it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones, some firms stand out from the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its seventh annual ranking of the firms with the biggest international presence.

Expert Analysis

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Midyear Review

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    In this midyear state and local tax review, Charles Capouet and Hanish Patel of Eversheds Sutherland LLP discuss 2017 SALT litigation to date, including corporate income tax and sales and use tax case results, the most significant cases of Q2 2017, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s holding in State Tax Assessor v. MCI Communications Services Inc.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Opioid Litigation: What’s On The Horizon

    David Schwartz

    As prescriptions for pain-suppressing opioids have soared, some have speculated that litigation will follow. Such litigation could take various forms, including personal injury lawsuits making design defect and/or failure-to-warn claims, consumer fraud actions, and more. Manufacturers and retailers should take steps now to protect themselves, say authors from Innovative Science Solutions and Locke Lord LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • Opinion

    The Proper Measure Of The Value Of Class Actions

    Gary Mason

    Despite many examples of benefits obtained by plaintiffs, corporate America loudly claims that class actions don’t benefit anyone other than the attorneys who bring them. What do they base this on? Not much, says Gary Mason of Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP.

  • The Future Of Business And Human Rights: More Regulation

    Christopher Walter

    Voluntary corporate human rights compliance, embedded within corporate social responsibility initiatives, has failed to maximize businesses’ potential to combat global human rights abuses. Increasingly, governments are pushing businesses to improve monitoring and combating of human rights abuses in their supply chains. In the meantime, businesses can be proactive, say Christopher Walter and Tom Plotkin of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.