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Retail & E-Commerce

  • June 15, 2018

    Conn. Expands Nexus Definition For Out-Of-State Retailers

    Connecticut has expanded the definition of sales tax nexus to include online solicitation and other types of electronic transmission for making tangible personal property sales.

  • June 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Walgreens, KKR, Trammell Crow

    Walgreens Boots Alliance is reportedly close to taking more than 200,000 square feet of Chicago office space, a KKR joint venture is said to have dropped $250 million on a Miami office tower and developer Trammell Crow has reportedly picked up a Florida retail center for $30.1 million.

  • June 15, 2018

    Groups Shine Light On Expanded Walmart Pregnancy Policy

    Walmart now lets pregnant employees request temporary reassignment to less strenuous jobs through a program previously available only to workers injured at work, groups representing women in pregnancy bias suits against the retail giant announced Friday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Pyrex Maker Faces Class Action Over Material Change

    The maker of Pyrex glassware has fleeced customers by switching the glass used in its products to one that is sensitive to changes in temperature and prone to shattering even though the cookware is advertised as durable, a proposed class of consumers claimed Thursday in Illinois federal court.

  • June 15, 2018

    EU's $5.5B Tax Break Helps E-Book Sector, Moscovici Says

    A proposed European Union value-added tax break that could mainly benefit big web platforms shows the bloc is not out to get U.S. digital firms, European Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told Law360 in an exclusive interview, despite his stated aim to increase the tax take from the digital sector.

  • June 14, 2018

    Alibaba’s Move Against IP Cert. ‘Waste Of Paper,’ Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Thursday that she’ll deny Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.’s preemptive bid to toss an Indiana artist’s putative class claims alleging the e-commerce company allows copyright infringers to illegally reproduce artists’ work, calling it “a waste of paper” at the litigation’s early stage.

  • June 14, 2018

    CrossFit Says Reebok Owes At Least $4.8M In Gear Royalties

    CrossFit Inc. has accused Reebok of robbing it of at least $4.8 million in royalties by secretly changing the way it calculated its sales of the fitness style’s branded apparel, according to a suit filed in California federal court Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    8th Circ. Backs $10M Target Data Breach Deal After Remand

    The Eighth Circuit panel that last year ordered a district court to take another look at a $10 million settlement that freed Target from multidistrict litigation over its massive 2013 data breach has affirmed the deal, rejecting the argument that a conflict existed between class members who suffered verifiable losses and those who didn’t.

  • June 14, 2018

    Chinese Used-Car Platform Uxin Launches $437M IPO

    Chinese online used-car platform Uxin Ltd. on Wednesday launched an initial public offering estimated to raise $437 million, hoping to join a crop of Chinese issuers that have listed in the United States over the past several months.

  • June 14, 2018

    Aaron's Hit With Suit As FCC Looks To Redefine Autodialer

    Rent-to-own retailer Aaron's Inc. has been accused of phoning consumers using an automatic dialer without consent, in a federal lawsuit that comes as the FCC is expected to give what some attorneys say could be a more modern interpretation of the law governing the practice.

  • June 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: H&M, Greystar, WeWork

    H&M’s chairman brushed off rumors that the retail giant’s founders are mulling a buyout deal, Greystar Real Estate Partners lobbed a $3.1 billion offer to buy Education Realty Trust, and WeWork could reap additional funding from SoftBank that could value the company at more than $35 billion.

  • June 14, 2018

    Katten Guides AIG Unit's $80M Hudson Yards Loan To Moinian

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP represented AIG subsidiary American General Life Insurance Co. in connection with its $80 million loan to Moinian Group for an office and retail tower project on 11th Avenue in Manhattan, according to records made public in New York on Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    6th Circ. Upholds Bourbon Co.'s Win In Distillery IP Row

    In a published opinion Thursday, the Sixth Circuit affirmed bourbon company Peristyle LLC's win in a suit by Sazerac Brands LLC over the alleged infringement of Sazerac's trademark rights to "Colonel E.H. Taylor," a reference to a historic bourbon figure who built a distillery now owned and operated by Peristyle.

  • June 14, 2018

    Amazon Must Release Data In 3rd-Party Tax Row, Judge Says

    A South Carolina administrative law judge ordered Amazon to turn over data to the state Department of Revenue including the sale of goods into the state from its website by third parties and an organizational chart detailing Amazon’s corporate structure, in a dispute involving a $12.5 million tax bill.

  • June 14, 2018

    Levi's Fights 'Trademark Bully' Claim With TM Suit Over Tabs

    Days after a British luxury brand called Levi Strauss & Co. a “trademark bully,” the jean giant on Wednesday followed through on its threat to sue the smaller company for infringement.

  • June 14, 2018

    LL Bean Without Leg To Stand On In Slipper Suit, Man Says

    A Massachusetts man looking to lead a class action against L.L. Bean Inc. for allegedly reneging on its satisfaction guarantee reacted with outrage late Wednesday to the clothing giant’s suggestion that he is trying to get his slippers replaced for free after having worn out his six-year-old pair of footwear.

  • June 13, 2018

    Rockport Approved For Closing Sales At Retail Locations

    Bankrupt shoe maker The Rockport Co. LLC received court approval Wednesday for a plan to wind down its retail operations in the United States and Canada, telling a Delaware judge that it could not find a buyer for any of its stores.

  • June 13, 2018

    Walgreens On Hook For La. Employee's Auto Accident

    A Louisiana appeals court ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held vicariously liable for an auto accident caused by one of its pharmacist employees, saying because the employee was driving following a training seminar, the accident occurred in the course and scope of her employment.

  • June 13, 2018

    FCC Urged To Create Reassigned Phone Number Database

    A retail industry association, Comcast Corp. and several others are continuing to throw their support behind a Federal Communications Commission proposal to create a database of reassigned phone numbers that would come with a liability shield for those who use it, saying the move would reduce both unwanted calls and “abusive” litigation.

  • June 13, 2018

    3rd Circ. Upholds Walgreens Victory In Doc's Defamation Case

    The Third Circuit upheld Wednesday a jury verdict exonerating Walgreen Co. pharmacists of defaming a doctor whose prescriptions were presented to them by customers, rejecting the physician’s arguments that a faulty jury instruction warranted a retrial and that the weight of evidence in the case was in his favor.

Expert Analysis

  • Why 9th Circ. Revisited Its Decision On 'Flushable' Wipes

    Lucia Roibal

    Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit amended its 2017 decision in Davidson v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., and made it clear that a plaintiff who has learned the truth about an allegedly false advertisement only has standing if she intends to purchase the product again in the future, says Lucia Roibal of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Spotlight On EU's Bold New Digital Economy Tax Ideas

    Stefanie Hardy

    As the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development attempts to craft a new digital services tax, two major concerns are the impact of the tax on U.S. companies operating within the European Union, which are estimated to make up approximately half the companies that would be hit by the tax, and the deterrence of high-tech investment in the EU, says Stefanie Hardy of Nauta Dutilh.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • FDA Notices Show Agency Is All In On Tobacco Regulation

    Paul Cicelski

    In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three advanced notices of proposed rulemaking on tobacco, nicotine, flavors in tobacco products and premium cigars. Advertisers and manufacturers of tobacco products seeking to help the FDA craft better, more representative rules must provide comments to the agency by mid-June, says Paul Cicelski of Lerman Senter PLLC.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • A Clearer Forecast On Cloud Computing Tax In Illinois

    Samantha Breslow

    Determining whether computer software is taxable is no easy task, especially in light of the changing technological landscape. However, in several nonbinding letters, the Illinois Department of Revenue has recently provided clarification on several key issues, including the taxability of cloud computing, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 2

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle this week for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP explores the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century.

  • A Pre-Conference Guide To Early Seattle TM Cases: Part 1

    David Kluft

    As many attorneys head to Seattle for meetings of the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, let's explore the city's history through trademark disputes from the early 20th century, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.