Retail & E-Commerce

  • February 15, 2018

    EU Initiates 8-Month Audit Of Members’ VAT Practices

    The European Commission launched an eight-month compliance check of value-added tax refunds to European Union businesses on Wednesday to assess whether member countries are conforming to EU law and case law of the European Court of Justice.

  • February 15, 2018

    Cos. Denied Rehearing In $1B Lead Paint Cleanup Suit

    A California appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments by Sherwin-Williams Co. and other paint companies that a decision that trimmed a $1.15 billion lead contamination judgment didn't go far enough, saying there was ample evidence the companies had promoted the use of lead paint despite knowing the health dangers.

  • February 15, 2018

    Mitsubishi Inks $33M Deal In Sprawling Cathode-Ray MDL

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on Wednesday settled with a class of indirect buyers of cathode ray tubes for $33 million in California federal court, bringing total settlements in multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy involving electronics companies to $820 million.

  • February 15, 2018

    House Passes Bill To Curb Lawsuits Over ADA Violations

    The House of Representatives passed a bill intended to curb allegedly abusive Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits Thursday, even as critics argued it would undermine protections under the civil rights law.

  • February 15, 2018

    Torys, Blake Guide Choice Properties, CREIT In $4.8B Deal

    Choice Properties and Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust on Thursday said that they will form the largest REIT in Canada, in a deal with an enterprise value of about CA$6 billion ($4.8 billion) guided by Torys LLP and Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ugg Maker Says Walmart, Clothing Designer Selling Knockoffs

    Deckers Outdoor Corp., the company behind Ugg boots, sued Walmart Inc. and Reliable Knitting Works in California federal court on Wednesday, alleging they’ve infringed on Deckers’ trademark and patent by selling counterfeit versions of its “Bailey Button” boot.

  • February 14, 2018

    Russian Nationals Sentenced In $300M Global Cyberattack

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two Russian nationals to federal prison terms for their roles in a $300 million worldwide cyberattack that targeted more than a dozen major corporate networks, including those of NASDAQ and Dow Jones & Co., and compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers.

  • February 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: HNA, Estate Investment, CBRE

    An HNA affiliate has reportedly sold a Manhattan mansion for $90 million, Estate Investment Group is said to have bought a Florida site where it plans to build 200 residential units, and CBRE Global Investors has reportedly picked up an Illinois apartment building for $46.9 million.

  • February 14, 2018

    Winston Helps Wells Fargo With $50M Brooklyn Property Loan

    Winston & Strawn LLP represented Wells Fargo Bank NA in connection with its $50 million loan to Achs Management Corp. for an apartment building with a retail component on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, according to records made public in New York on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Aerogroup Gets Nod For New $23M Stalking Horse Bid

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday allowed a hedge fund to put in a $23 million floor bid at an auction for shoe retailer Aerogroup International Inc.’s assets, rejecting a challenge from a multiparty group that had previously been picked as the stalking horse bidder.

  • February 14, 2018

    Montblanc Wins $32M Default Judgment Against Counterfeiter

    A Virginia federal judge has awarded Montblanc-Simplo GmbH $32.15 million in its suit alleging a website operator violated trademark laws by selling counterfeit Montblanc products, granting default judgment to the German luxury goods company after the accused web user never responded to the complaint.

  • February 14, 2018

    Mushroom Farms To Settle Price-Fixing MDL Class Action

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted preliminary approval to two mushroom farms looking to pay a combined $375,000 to settle out of broader class-action multidistrict litigation accusing growers and sellers of the fungi of a price-fixing conspiracy.

  • February 14, 2018

    PE-Backed Blank Check Co. Leo Holdings Prices $200M IPO

    Leo Holdings Corp., a U.K. blank check company affiliated with private equity firm Lion Capital LLP, raised $200 million Tuesday in a downsized initial public offering that is intended to help fund the acquisition of a consumer retail company.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-NFLer's Pot Decriminalization Suit Hits Possible Snag

    A Manhattan federal judge expressed sympathy Wednesday with the medical marijuana movement's frustration over the failure of leaders in Washington, D.C., to acknowledge the plant's benefits, but he warned he may not have jurisdiction over a former NFL star's suit demanding decriminalization.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fitbit Settles Trademark Suit With Alleged Counterfeiters

    Fitbit Inc. and several of the companies that it accused of selling counterfeit versions of its products asked a California federal judge Tuesday to rule that a confidential settlement between them is fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Midas Parent's GC Sanctioned For Practicing On Suspension

    The general counsel for car parts giant and Midas parent TBC Corp. got a two-year stayed suspension in Ohio on Tuesday for practicing out-of-state amid previous suspensions for failing to keep up with his continuing legal education obligations.

  • February 14, 2018

    Circle K Training Videos Infringe Copyright, Suit Says

    Convenience store giant Circle K Stores Inc. on Tuesday was hit with a copyright infringement suit by a company that makes employee training videos for allegedly copying and distributing several videos to stores nationwide as part of mandatory training.

  • February 14, 2018

    British Apparel Co., CEO Fined $900K For Customs Dodging

    An England-based e-retailer of luxury cashmere and fashion apparel and its CEO have agreed to pay the U.S. government more than $900,000 to resolve allegations the company evaded U.S. customs duties on merchandise shipped to the U.S.

  • February 13, 2018

    BMW Driver Tells 9th Circ. Noisy Brakes Are Safety Concern

    A BMW driver told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that the noise generated by his car’s squealing brakes poses a safety concern the company had a duty to disclose, and urged the court to revive his fraud class action.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • The Possible Pitfalls Of A Text Messaging Ad Campaign

    Jarrod Shaw

    Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits increased 17.6 percent last year from October to November, and of the 348 TCPA lawsuits filed in November, 20.1 percent were class actions. Businesses can avoid becoming part of these statistics by following the guidance courts have handed down, say Jarrod Shaw and Elizabeth Thomas of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • The Challenges Of Marijuana Banking Just Got Bigger

    Elizabeth Khalil

    A series of issuances from the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama era provided the basis for the only federal guidance on banking services for the marijuana sector. With Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent rescission of these DOJ memos, the future of the banking guidance is now unclear, says Elizabeth Khalil of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • How The Cybersecurity Legal Landscape Changed In 2017

    Jonathan Kolodner

    Over the last year, the existential risk posed by cyberattacks and data security vulnerabilities has become one of the top concerns for boards of directors, management, government agencies and the public. 2017 was punctuated by a series of headline-grabbing breaches, fast-moving regulatory developments around the globe, and record-breaking settlements by companies, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.