Retail & E-Commerce

  • October 20, 2006

    Oxford Denies Breach Over Worker With Brain Damage

    Clothing manufacturer Oxford Industries Inc. has denied U.S. discrimination regulators’ charges that it wrongfully terminated a disabled employee, arguing it went above and beyond federal requirements to accommodate an injured worker before firing him.

  • October 19, 2006

    Creditors Seek To Block Credit Bid For Radnor

    Calling the process “fundamentally unfair,” creditors for foam cup maker Radnor Holdings Corp. have asked a bankruptcy judge to stop a private investment firm's long-anticipated credit bid for the company’s assets at auction.

  • October 19, 2006

    Former Homestore CEO Handed 15-Year Jail Term

    Marking one of the stiffest penalties imposed in a corporate crime case in recent months, founder and former chief executive of online real estate listings company Homestore Inc. has been handed a 15-year prison sentence and a $5 million fine for masterminding a $67 million accounting fraud.

  • October 19, 2006

    Kraft Settles ADA Charge Over Multiple Sclerosis

    Kraft Foods Global Inc. has settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued the multinational company for allegedly forcing an employee with multiple sclerosis to resign.

  • October 18, 2006

    Judge Dismisses Coca-Cola ERISA Suit

    A judge has dismissed a case brought by a former Coca-Cola Co. employee who sued the beverage manufacturer after he missed out on a better pension plan by leaving just before the company started offering improved packages to workers who lost jobs due to downsizing.

  • October 17, 2006

    Court Approves Musicland Disclosure Plan

    A bankruptcy court judge has approved bankrupt music retailer Musicland’s disclosure statement, making creditor approval the only obstacle to the company’s liquidation.

  • October 17, 2006

    Sony Sued Over DVD Camcorders

    GEO Worldwide LLC has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp., alleging Sony's DVD camcorders infringe its patents for data storage systems.

  • October 17, 2006

    Construction Firm Settles Race Discrimination Suit

    An Ohio construction company accused of illegally firing black carpenters and replacing them with inexperienced latino workers has settled a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • October 16, 2006

    Greyhound Employee Demands Overtime, Lunch Pay

    A former ticket agent has filed a wage lawsuit against Greyhound Lines Inc., accusing the passenger transportation company of failing to pay overtime and docking her pay for lunches she never took.

  • October 13, 2006

    Class Action Status Given To Tyson Illegal Hiring Suit

    Workers who have beef with Tyson Foods Inc.’s hiring illegal immigrants and depressing wages won a victory on Tuesday when a federal judge gave a wage suit against the company class action status.

  • October 13, 2006

    Prosecutor: Ex-U.S. Foodservice Exec Organized Fraud

    In an opening statement Thursday, a prosecutor accused the former marketing head of Royal Ahold NV’s U.S.-based food distribution unit and others of creating bogus supplier rebates to inflate the unit’s income by hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • October 12, 2006

    E.U. Cans "Spam Is Ham" Trademark Case

    In a setback for the company whose pork product has become a synonym for unsolicited e-mail, Hormel Foods Corp. lost a bid in the European Union to trademark the word “spam.”

  • October 12, 2006

    Rival Chapter 11 Plan Puts $200M At Risk: Congoleum

    Bankrupt flooring manufacturer Congoleum Corp. is seeking court permission to regain exclusive control to seek support for its reorganization plan, claiming a rival plan filed by insurers isn’t viable due to a shortage of cash.

  • October 13, 2006

    Judge Awards Wal-Mart Workers $78M

    Wal-Mart Inc. will pay current and former employees $74 million after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that the retailer forced them to work during breaks and while they were off the clock.

  • October 11, 2006

    FedEx Corp. Lashes Back At EEOC

    Unperturbed by an unfavorable decision by a district court in Arizona, FedEx Corp. recently delivered its motion to dismiss an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission subpoena to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • October 10, 2006

    Winn-Dixie Reorganization Plan Wins Creditor Approval

    Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is back in the express line to check out from bankruptcy protection after its creditors voted to approve the Southern supermarket chain’s reorganization plan on Monday.

  • October 9, 2006

    Tower Records Sale Approved, Liquidation Begins

    A federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Tower Records on Friday for $134.3 million, paving the way for liquidation of the music retail chain’s merchandise.

  • October 9, 2006

    AAI Weighs In On Chemicals Price-Fixing Case

    The American Antitrust Institute asked the Minnesota Supreme Court Friday if it could file an amicus curiae brief in a case it says could have a huge impact on competition law.

  • October 9, 2006

    Kmart Unfairly Fired Women Over 40, Suit Alleges

    A handful of former Kmart employees at a store just north of Minneapolis have sued the retail giant after they were fired for what they believe to be age and gender discrimination.

  • October 9, 2006

    Lego Bids To Reverse E.U. Trademark Ruling

    Still hoping for a favorable decision, Danish toy maker Lego System AS has appealed to the European Union’s second highest court in its ongoing battle to win trademark protection for its popular snap-together block design.