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Retail & E-Commerce

  • December 6, 2018

    Skadden Leads Chinese Fashion Retailer To $67M IPO

    Tencent-backed Chinese fashion retailer Mogu raised $66.5 million through an initial public offering priced at the low end of its range Thursday, represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP while Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advised the underwriters.

  • December 6, 2018

    BJ's Must Face Woman's Long Dormant Slip-And-Fall Suit

    A New Jersey appellate court Thursday revived a woman’s slip-and-fall suit against BJ’s Wholesale Club that was inadvertently dismissed and lay dormant for two years while her attorney dealt with health issues, ruling there’s no prejudice to the retailer in allowing the litigation to be reinstated.

  • December 6, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lewis Brisbois, Hamleys, Mercantil Bank

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP is reportedly taking 24,000 additional square feet in downtown Los Angeles, British toy retailer Hamleys is said to be close to leasing roughly 30,000 square feet in New York from REIT SL Green and Mercantil Bank has reportedly loaned $10 million for a recent Florida industrial property purchase.

  • December 6, 2018

    Hasbro Sued By Chinese Toy Co. Over Broken TM License

    A Chinese toy company accused Hasbro Inc. in federal court of breaching a trademark licensing agreement for a line of toy trucks, alleging that the global toy conglomerate miscalculated the royalty payments the Chinese company owed by millions of dollars.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-Travel Finance Pro Gets 18 Months For $2.3M Theft Spree

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday sentenced former finance executive Randy Wang to 18 months in prison for using the corporate credit card of his former employer, OneWorld Management Co., to go on a $2.3 million electronics shopping spree, hiding the purchases and reselling the goods for cash.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    Nine West Seeks $22M DIP Increase Amid Ch. 11 Plan Voting

    Nine West Holdings Inc. has asked a New York bankruptcy court to approve an additional $22 million in debtor-in-possession financing, saying it now expects to exit its contentious Chapter 11 at least a month later that it originally planned and needs the additional cash.

  • December 5, 2018

    'Housewives' Star Must Pay Vineyard Vines $610K In TM Row

    A star of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and her lifestyle brand must fork over more than $610,000 to retailer Vineyard Vines LLC for continuing to rip off its famous whale logo trademark despite a court order barring further infringement, a Connecticut federal court held on Wednesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: E&A, Landmark, Branch Banking & Trust

    E&A Property Management has reportedly bought a Florida grocery store-anchored shopping center for $12.4 million, Landmark Cos. is said to have landed $71 million in financing for a California hotel, and Branch Banking & Trust has reportedly loaned $18.5 million for the recent purchase of a Florida retail center.

  • December 5, 2018

    MasterCard Ends UK Swipe Fee Fight With German Rail Co.

    MasterCard Inc. has reached an agreement with German rail company Deutsche Bahn AG to settle claims it broke European antitrust laws by pumping up the prices on bank-to-bank credit card charges in a suit that was set to be heard before the United Kingdom’s highest court.

  • December 5, 2018

    US Trustee Faults Fee Info In Sears' Request For IP Law Firm

    The U.S. Trustee’s Office has asked a New York bankruptcy court to reject Sears Holding Corp.'s request to retain boutique law firm McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. to handle intellectual property matters unless it gets more information on what the firm will be paid.

  • December 5, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Blackstone, Mogu, Petrobras

    Blackstone is reportedly getting ready to float health care and retirement benefits services provider Alight Solutions, Mogu is set to raise roughly $67 million when it goes public in the United States, and Brazilian state-owned oil giant Petrobras could be forced by the nation’s antitrust enforcer to offload refineries.

  • December 5, 2018

    Valero Wins Bid To Decertify Gas Buyers In Pricing Suit

    Valero Marketing and Supply Co. won't face a class action by gas station customers after a California federal judge found it would be too complex to sort out which debit card-using customers had swiped their plastic thinking they would receive a discounted cash price.

  • December 5, 2018

    Zales Didn’t Honor Jewelry Repair Plans, Consumers Say

    Major jewelry retailer Zales misled consumers about the extent of coverage in a lifetime repair plan it sold with its jewelry, according to a proposed class action removed to California federal court Monday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    'I Am Not Co-Plaintiff Counsel,' Judge Scolds At Walmart Trial

    Counsel for a class of Walmart workers seeking more than $200 million for missed meal breaks and incomplete pay stubs was chastised by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh at the end of a bench trial Tuesday for asking her to look for evidence in the record, at one point snapping, "I am not co-plaintiff counsel.”

  • December 4, 2018

    Rockport Shoe Creditors Say Del. Ch. 11 Plan Falls Short

    Unsecured creditors of The Rockport Co. LLC’s Chapter 11 successor objected late Monday to the company’s liquidation plan, warning that wind-down cash reserves will fall short of mandatory minimum payouts under the Bankruptcy Code.

  • December 4, 2018

    Calif. Legislator Again Offers Menstrual Product Tax Bill

    The third iteration of a bill that would exempt menstrual health products from California sales and use tax has been introduced by an assemblywoman who has styled herself the “Tampon Queen.”

  • December 4, 2018

    Rent-A-Center Investors Seek OK On $11M Stock Drop Deal

    Investors suing Rent-A-Center in a proposed class action stock drop case claiming the company tried to hide known problems with its new sales transaction system asked a Texas federal judge Tuesday to preliminarily approve a proposed $11 million settlement.

  • December 4, 2018

    Body Glove's Tactics Didn't Hurt Asia Licensee, Jury Says

    Body Glove and its private equity owner, Marquee Brands LLC, didn’t harm the Asia licensee of the watersports company despite engaging in hardball business tactics during a dispute over licensing rights in the world’s most populous region, a California federal jury has determined.

Expert Analysis

  • World Wide Weed: Best Practices For Internet Cannabis Ads

    John McKay

    For internet publishers that have decided the risks of doing business with cannabis-related companies do not outweigh the value, the most sensible question is not whether there is some risk but how they can minimize it, say John McKay and Chris Morley of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    Courtroom Doors Open To Legal Assaults On Manufacturers

    Linda Kelly

    By denying certiorari in the lead cleanup case ConAgra Grocery v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to impose rational limits on what could become an unbounded catch-all tort, says Linda Kelly, general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers.

  • What To Remember About Calif.’s Right To Be Forgotten

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act allows residents to request that a business delete from its systems the consumer’s personal information. Grant Davis-Denny and Nefi Acosta of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP explore the contours and ambiguities of this new "right to be forgotten," and the challenges that it may raise for the regulated community.

  • NY Tax Minutes: October

    Timothy Noonan

    This month in NY Tax Minutes, Timothy Noonan and K. Craig Reilly of Hodgson Russ LLP discuss a new coalition fighting the SALT deduction cap, highlight a $30 million settlement in a tax whistleblower action against a hedge fund manager and review the draft amendments to the business corporation franchise tax.

  • With Conflicting Paths On FAA, High Court Likely To Take Both

    Scott Oswald

    Fierce brainpower was on show Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices seemed likely to deliver a business-friendly outcome in two separate cases under the Federal Arbitration Act — even though this would require treating the FAA’s blind enforcement of arbitration agreements as sacrosanct in one instance while undermining it in another, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • California Tax Takes: Spotlight On Wayfair Response

    Shail Shah

    In the first monthly installment of California Tax Takes, attorneys from Reed Smith LLP suggest California's implementation of online tax collection rules by notice may bring legal challenges from taxpayers and issue an update on the Office of Tax Appeals.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Litigation Options For Post-Cyberattack 'Active Defense'

    Alexander Berengaut

    While the legal and policy debates raised by the proposed Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act are important, they often overlook the fact that victims of hostile cyber activity may already be able to engage in the types of “active defense” measures that the act would expressly authorize, say Alexander Berengaut and Tarek Austin of Covington & Burling LLP.