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Retail & E-Commerce

  • December 4, 2018

    DC Council Gives Final OK To Post-Wayfair Tax Law

    The District of Columbia, following the Supreme Court's landmark South Dakota v. Wayfair ruling, would begin requiring remote retailers to collect and remit sales and use tax on Jan. 1, under legislation given final approval Tuesday by the district council.

  • December 4, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: KLA Elementary, S3 Capital, Toys R Us

    KLA Elementary has reportedly landed an $18.72 million loan for a Miami school project, S3 Capital is said to have loaned $75 million for a Bronx multifamily project and a store in Florida formerly occupied by bankrupt retailer Toys R Us has reportedly sold for $6.5 million.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    7th Circ. Revives Suit Over Defective Sports Tech

    A Seventh Circuit panel has salvaged a suit by a sports electronics company alleging its supplier sold it defective parts, saying that while five of the seven claims were rightfully barred, the fraud claims can proceed.

  • December 4, 2018

    KKR Pours $367M Into Asian Luxury And Wellness Retailer V3

    KKR & Co. LLP on Tuesday said it would make an investment of up to S$500 million ($366.5 million) in luxury and wellness product retailer V3 Group Ltd. as the Singapore-based company looks to grow in the U.S., China and Japan.

  • December 3, 2018

    9th Circ. Gives EBay, Sotheby's Attys' Fees In Royalties Row

    EBay and Sotheby’s can recoup attorneys’ fees from a group of artists who unsuccessfully sued the companies under a California state royalties law, even though the Ninth Circuit had previously declared that law largely unenforceable, the federal appeals court said Monday in a published order.

  • December 3, 2018

    Gov’t Told To Say Why CVS-Aetna Deal Needs Quick Wrap-Up

    A D.C. federal judge rebuked the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for trying to speed through the CVS-Aetna merger before he carried out his role in clearing the deal.

  • December 3, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Dave & Buster's, Fla. Land Deal, Midtown

    Dave & Buster's is reportedly eyeing a move to 40,000 square feet in a Chicago mall, 3.2 acres of Florida land that could support a movie theater as well as retail and residential space has traded hands for $23.5 million, and a Midtown Equities venture is said to have landed a $124 million loan for a New York City building.

  • December 3, 2018

    Bike Rally Co. Wants $207K Attys' Fees In TM Dispute

    Lawyers in a trademark-rights suit revolving around the famous South Dakota motorcycle meetup Sturgis want the Eighth Circuit to award them $207,000 in legal fees for claims on which they prevailed.

  • December 3, 2018

    Former Walmart Pharmacist Says Race Played Role In Firing

    A former Walmart pharmacist has asked a Texas state court for more than $1 million, alleging her manager favored black pharmacists and she was fired after working more than 20 years for the retail giant because she is white.

  • December 3, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ace Hardware, Arconic, Altria

    Ace Hardware and Centerbridge Partners are reportedly considering a bid for the home services division of Sears, Apollo Global Management is leading the pack in an effort to snap up Arconic, and Altria Group Inc. is in early talks to buy Cronos Group.

  • December 3, 2018

    Chancery Finds Plimus Exec Liable In $115M Fraud Suit

    Private Equity firm Great Hill Equity Partners won a Delaware Chancery Court fraud claim Monday against the former CEO of payment processing company Plimus Inc. along with an opportunity to seek capped restitution for breaches of assurances by some of its directors in connection with the $115 million purchase of Plimus in 2012.

  • December 3, 2018

    Walmart, 3 Pharma Cos. Sued Over Tainted Combo Drug

    Walmart and three pharmaceutical companies were hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Saturday alleging they contributed to the production and sale of contaminated batches of a drug used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • December 3, 2018

    NYC Council Bill, Hearings To Target Amazon Deal's Secrecy

    After Amazon's win of major tax breaks from New York to place its new offices in New York City, three City Council members have said they'll introduce legislation targeting secrecy in such negotiations, while the council speaker said he would hold public hearings to scrutinize the deal.

  • December 3, 2018

    US Unlikely To Allow Tariff Exclusions During China Truce

    White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Monday he did not expect the Trump administration to set up a process for importers to earn exclusions from its latest round of China tariffs while the U.S. and Beijing hold broader trade negotiations.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Walmart 'Flaunting' Disdain For Calif. Labor Law, Judge Told

    An attorney representing tens of thousands of current and former Walmart workers in a certified class action over missed meal break payments and incomplete pay stubs kicked off a California federal bench trial Friday by saying the big-box retailer is “flaunting its disregard” for labor laws, warranting hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties.

  • November 30, 2018

    Kansas Grocer Fights To Keep Ex-Tuna Exec On The Hook

    Kansas City-based grocery company Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. asked a federal court Thursday to keep alive its price-fixing suit against Bumble Bee Foods' former CEO, challenging the executive's bid to toss the case over questions of jurisdiction and timeliness.

  • November 30, 2018

    Sears Looks To Sell Package Of Stores, Leases For $62M

    Sears Holding Corp. has asked a New York bankruptcy court for permission to sell 13 Kmart and Sears locations for $62 million to a real estate buyer for U-Haul International, saying the stores are not essential to its future operations.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Calif.'s Updated Slack-Fill Law: What Cos. Should Know

    Kristi Wolff

    California recently amended its slack-fill packaging law, creating several new exemptions that may provide companies some relief from the slack-fill lawsuits that have proliferated in the state, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • From Medicine To Sexbots, AI Raises Liability Questions

    Ileana Blanco

    Artificial intelligence is already in use for applications like calculating drug dosages for cancer patients. But future uses of AI could range much further, perhaps even as depicted in TV shows like "Westworld." We are only beginning to grapple with how the law will treat liability issues raised by such technological advances, says Ileana Blanco of DLA Piper LLP.

  • Why Enviros, Agencies Disagree On Safe Glyphosate Levels

    Lori Elliott Jarvis

    An environmental group is criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their actions and policies regarding levels of glyphosate in oat-based products. Advocacy groups will likely continue to press the issue, with individual companies being pulled into the debate, say attorneys at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Deciding Class Action Removal Rights At High Court

    Archis Parasharami

    An overbroad interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shamrock Oil & Gas v. Sheets has created a loophole for avoiding the Class Action Fairness Act to pursue interstate class actions in state court. However, in Home Depot USA v. Jackson, the court will address two questions that have the potential to close it, say Archis Parasharami and Daniel Jones of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Costco Settlement Shows CPSC Still Imposing Big Penalties

    Charles Samuels

    Earlier this month, Costco agreed to pay a $3.85 million penalty for an alleged failure to timely report defective trash cans to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This settlement suggests that large penalty actions are far from moribund even with the CPSC under Republican leadership, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • Pros And Cons Of California’s New Corporate Blockchain Law

    Sara O’Connell

    A new California law will allow privately held companies to use blockchain technology for stock issuance and other corporate records. However, corporations should be cautious about moving into this relatively uncharted territory, say Sara O’Connell and Riaz Karamali of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 4 Things To Watch In The Sears Bankruptcy

    Karen Park

    Following Sears' bankruptcy filing this week, there could be an announcement that the company has agreed to sell its most valuable stores to an affiliate of its largest shareholder, say Karen Park of ParkLaw LLC and Tara Desai of Greenhouse Branding Inc.