Retail & E-Commerce

  • February 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Walgreens, Actera, Sberbank

    Walgreens has offered to take over pharmaceutical giant AmerisourceBergen, Turkish private equity shop Actera is readying a potential London IPO for auto parts manufacturer Standard Profil, and Russia's Sberbank has been approached concerning a potential deal for its Turkey-based subsidiary.

  • February 13, 2018

    3 Online Policy Areas That Need Some Valentine's Day Love

    As social media changes the way we look for love, news and inspiration, it’s also offering scammers and advertisers new platforms to take advantage of consumers. Here, Law360 looks at three online policy areas that could use some extra love this year.

  • February 13, 2018

    Iron Maiden Sues Sites Selling Counterfeit Merchandise

    British heavy metal band Iron Maiden is accusing several unidentified websites of selling counterfeit products that infringe its trademarks, according to a suit filed Monday in Illinois federal court.

  • February 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Prudential, GreenOak

    Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust is said to have recently bought three Illinois warehouses from a JPMorgan Chase fund for $151 million, Prudential has reportedly loaned $49 million for a New York rental building purchase, and a GreenOak venture is said to have dropped $38 million on a Florida office and retail building.

  • February 13, 2018

    TCPA Consumers Regain Cert. After 7th Circ. Rejection

    An Illinois federal judge Monday recertified a class of consumers who claim they received unwanted calls from a telemarketing company after the Seventh Circuit rejected a previous judge’s certification, saying the class representative had met her burden of proof.

  • February 12, 2018

    LA Property Owner Pushes For Trial In Fred Segal TM Suit

    A Los Angeles retail property investor facing trademark infringement claims from Fred Segal LLC urged a California federal judge on Monday to “at a minimum” send the case to a jury after she tentatively ruled to dismiss their counterclaims alleging they have a right to keep the fashion brand’s sign up on an iconic ivy-covered property on Melrose Avenue.

  • February 12, 2018

    Kelley Drye, Alston Courtnage Steer $82M Seattle Loan

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP represented Allianz Real Estate of America Inc. in connection with its $82 million loan to Alston Courtnage & Bassetti LLP-counseled developer Urban Visions for the refinance of an office and retail building in Seattle, according to an announcement on Monday from borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

  • February 12, 2018

    1-800-Flowers Can't End Suit Over Accessibility To Blind

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday rejected Inc.’s attempt to escape a lawsuit alleging its websites are not accessible enough to blind and visually impaired customers, finding its arguments failed to hold water.

  • February 12, 2018

    Retail Federation Adds Expert To Lead Cybersecurity Efforts

    The National Retail Federation said Friday that a cybersecurity expert and former U.S. Senate homeland security adviser with years of experience in the field will head its cybersecurity program.

  • February 12, 2018

    Vitamin Shoppe Dodges False Ad Suit Over Supplement

    A California federal judge tossed a proposed class action Monday accusing Vitamin Shoppe Inc. of falsely advertising that a dietary supplement can contribute to weight loss, citing a lack of evidence that the product made any weight-loss promises.

  • February 12, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Comcast, Apollo Global, Sok

    Comcast may look to buy assets from 21st Century Fox despite the blockbuster deal Fox previously inked with Disney, Apollo is partnering with one of the Netherlands’ largest pension funds on an attempted acquisition of Akzo Nobel’s specialty chemicals business, and four Turkish companies are expected to go public in May.

  • February 12, 2018

    High School Basketball Director Escapes Adidas Bribe Suit

    A New York magistrate judge on Friday agreed to throw out all charges against the director of an Adidas-sponsored high school basketball program named in a sprawling corruption lawsuit involving the apparel brand and high-level National Collegiate Athletic Association universities.

  • February 9, 2018

    DOJ's No. 3 Checks Out For Walmart Gig

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s associate attorney general who was tasked with overseeing numerous divisions, including antitrust, civil, civil rights, environment and natural resources, and tax, will leave the department for Walmart after nine months on the job, the DOJ and the retail giant announced Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Hot Topic Can't Shake TCPA Suit Over Promotional Texts

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a putative class action accusing retailer Hot Topic of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending promotional text messages, ruling that the question of whether the plaintiff had actually consented to these messages needed further exploration. 

  • February 9, 2018

    Safelite Windshield Repair Co. Looks To Exit False Ad Suit

    Vehicle glass repair company Safelite Group Inc. asked an Ohio federal court Thursday to toss a suit by a rival alleging Safelite’s advertisements falsely push the notion that windshield cracks of a certain size require full replacement, arguing the “dollar bill rule” it follows is a widely accepted industry standard.

  • February 9, 2018

    Aerogroup Licensee Opposes Sale That Would End Its Rights

    A licensing partner of bankrupt shoe and accessory retailer Aerogroup International Inc. objected Friday to the debtor’s proposed sale of its assets, arguing that it would breach their long-term licensing deal.

  • February 9, 2018

    Spokeo Derails $580K Deal In Pet Store Receipt Row

    A Florida federal judge who previously gave initial approval to a $580,000 deal to resolve claims that Pet Supermarket Inc. printed too many credit card digits on receipts on Thursday axed the settlement and tossed the suit, citing several recent rulings that found that nearly identical privacy claims in other suits failed to meet the Spokeo standing bar.

  • February 9, 2018

    Online Cos. Press Senate To Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

    An internet trade association that counts Amazon, Google and Facebook among its members urged Congress to pass legislation overturning a Federal Communications Commission order critics say opens the door for internet service providers to create paid “fast lanes” for online content by removing so-called net neutrality rules.

  • February 9, 2018

    Canada Says Four Countries, EU Can Join Wine Dispute

    Pressure to overturn Canada's rules for selling foreign wine is building after the country said it would allow four more countries and the European Union to join ongoing discussions before the World Trade Organization, according to a WTO notice.

  • February 9, 2018

    Pa. Panel Won't Ax Judge, Atty From Co. Ownership Spat

    A Pennsylvania state appellate court decided Thursday not to remove a lower court judge and a corporate guardian in a dispute between partners in a family business, ruling that the judge’s choice not to step down could not yet be appealed and that the guardian hadn’t done anything to justify removal.

Expert Analysis

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Gems Of Wisdom: A Guide To Protecting Jewelry Designs

    Dariush Adli

    Instances of jewelry designs being ripped off have made headlines, including a recent claim against clothing retailer Anthropologie. Patent, trademark and copyright laws can provide powerful protection for jewelry designers, says Dariush Adli, president of ADLI Law Group.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Travel Sentry V. Tropp: A Threat To Direct Infringement?

    Charanjit Brahma

    The recent decision in Travel Sentry v. Tropp represents the Federal Circuit’s latest re-evaluation of the standard for divided infringement and underscores the potential breadth of the scope of divided direct infringement under Akamai V, say Charanjit Brahma and Anup Shah of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • What Europe's Coty Decision Means For Companies

    Jacques-Philippe Gunther

    The European Court of Justice ruled last month that suppliers of luxury goods can, under certain circumstances, prohibit their authorized distributors from selling on a third-party internet platform. The judgment defines an important line for companies producing branded goods, and for online marketplaces, say Jacques-Philippe Gunther and Susanne Zuehlke of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • 10 Antitrust Developments And Trends To Watch In 2018

    Dee Bansal

    Expect to see antitrust developments in 10 areas this year, including continuing scrutiny of vertical mergers, no-poach agreements and conduct by pharmaceutical companies, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.