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Retail & E-Commerce

  • July 26, 2018

    Skadden, Jones Day Guide UNFI's $2.9B Grocery Chain Deal

    United Natural Foods Inc. said on Thursday that it has agreed to buy Minnesota-based Supervalu Inc. for $2.9 billion, including debt and liabilities, in a deal guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Jones Day.

  • July 25, 2018

    Amazon Faulty Eclipse Glasses Suit Sent To Arbitration

    A South Carolina federal judge held Wednesday that a couple must arbitrate their claims stemming from Amazon.com Inc.’s sale of allegedly defective solar eclipse glasses that put wearers at risk of injuries like headaches and eye damage, saying they are both bound by the arbitration provision in the website terms.

  • July 25, 2018

    Gianni Versace Wins TM Case, Block Against Other Versace

    A California federal judge granted Italian luxury company Gianni Versace SpA summary judgment on its trademark infringement lawsuit against a company founded by an unrelated family that took advantage of the shared Versace name and began peddling similar fashion merchandise.

  • July 25, 2018

    NH Lawmakers Spar, Nix Bill To Combat Wayfair Ruling

    New Hampshire’s state legislators scrapped a bill Wednesday designed to protect in-state remote sellers from being subjected to sales and use tax after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Wayfair ruling, as lawmakers took umbrage with the bill’s provisions and what they said was a dearth of authors.

  • July 25, 2018

    Mister Cookie Face Rips Gorillas' Bid To Add NJ Claim

    Dessert maker Mister Cookie Face LLC cried foul on a bid by its former customer 600 lb. Gorillas Inc. to amend its complaint only days before a trial between the two over the butterfat content in ice cream by adding a claim under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, according to an opposition filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • July 25, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lincoln Property, FCI, Lion Financial

    Lincoln Property is reportedly buying a New York office and retail property for roughly $260 million, FCI Residential is said to have picked up nearly 33 acres in Florida for $16.1 million, and Lion Financial has reportedly loaned $12.5 million for a recent purchase of a Florida site that could be turned into a sports entertainment complex.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 24, 2018

    Target's $9M PAGA Deal Ending Seating Suits OK'd

    A California judge said Tuesday he’ll approve Target Corp.’s $9 million settlement resolving several suits alleging that the retailer violated the state's Private Attorneys General Act by failing to provide seating for more than 90,000 cashiers, calling it a model deal while expressing discomfort with its 40 percent attorneys' fee award.

  • July 24, 2018

    Brand Bankruptcy: High Court Mulls TM License Circuit Split

    The U.S. Supreme Court is currently weighing whether to tackle a tricky question that’s quietly led to a deep circuit split: What happens to a trademark license when the brand owner goes bankrupt? Experts say a clear answer can’t come soon enough.

  • July 24, 2018

    EEOC Accuses Fla. Retailer Of Systemic Racial Discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday accused Fanatics Retail Group LLC in Florida federal court of operating a screening room for its licensed sports merchandise that held black and white employees to entirely different standards and allowed blatant racism.

  • July 24, 2018

    PTAB Nixes 6 Auction Patents Under Alice In Win For EBay

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated six patents covering online auctions and electronic payment systems that eBay Inc. and PayPal Inc. have been accused of infringing, finding the patents did not pass the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • July 24, 2018

    Del. Court Flags Creditor Sale Of Aerogroup Ch. 11 Assets

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge cautioned Tuesday that he would likely block a planned foreclosure auction of shoe retailer Aerogroup International Inc. litigation rights if creditors and the company fail to come up with a plan that addresses other potential interests in the assets.

  • July 24, 2018

    25 Charged With Making $4.5M In Fraudulent Car Sales

    Dozens of people living in the U.S. and Moscow have been charged with participating in a scheme that generated $4.5 million from consumers who were duped into paying them for vehicles they never received, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • July 24, 2018

    Ticketmaster Website Not ADA-Compliant, Judge Finds

    Live Nation Worldwide Inc. and Ticketmaster LLC violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by making it nearly impossible to purchase tickets for wheelchair-accessible seats at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, a Washington federal court said.

  • July 24, 2018

    Walmart Absence Policy Harms Pregnant Workers, Suit Says

    A pair of former hourly Walmart employees hit the retail giant with a proposed class action lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday alleging that its policy of punishing workers for unscheduled absences discriminates against pregnant women.

  • July 24, 2018

    Amazon Ducks Out Of Insurer's Product Liability Suit

    Amazon isn’t on the hook for a defective laptop battery it sold that caused a home to burn down, a New Jersey federal court said Tuesday, finding the online marketplace behemoth is not a “product seller” as defined by the state’s Product Liability Act.

  • July 24, 2018

    Under Armour Investors Say Execs Misled Then Cashed Out

    Two Under Armour investors hit the athletic apparel giant with a derivative shareholder suit Monday in Maryland federal court, alleging the company’s executives artificially inflated its share price by issuing rosy projections and downplaying the impact of Sports Authority's bankruptcy, then cashed out hundreds of millions in stock options before the stock plummeted.

  • July 24, 2018

    Taxing Pot Could Raise $581M For Pennsylvania, Report Says

    Pennsylvania is forgoing over half a billion dollars in tax revenue every year by not legalizing and regulating marijuana products, the state's auditor general said in a report.

  • July 24, 2018

    Amadeus Reaches Deal To Exit Ticket Buyers' Antitrust Row

    Amadeus IT Group SA has agreed to settle a putative antitrust class action accusing it of colluding with other ticket distribution giants to negotiate advantageous contracts with major airlines that triggered higher airfares, according to a Monday filing in New York federal court.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • The Wayfair Brief: What You Should Know

    Clark Calhoun

    Alston & Bird LLP submitted an amicus brief on behalf of Americans for Tax Reform in South Dakota v. Wayfair. Two of the firm's attorneys, Clark Calhoun and Andrew Yates, analyze the fine points of the U.S. Supreme Court's majority and dissenting opinions in this case and offer recommendations for states and online retailers going forward.

  • High Court Kills Quill, But What's Left?

    Craig Fields

    While much attention will be paid to the decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the questions that the U.S. Supreme Court has left for another day are just as important, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • English-Only Rules In Today’s Multicultural Workplace

    Alex Lee

    Several recent events — including a lawsuit against grocery chain Albertsons filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — highlight that many employers may not be well-acquainted with the nuances of the law regarding English-only rules, despite the high potential for such sensitive issues to create problems, says Alex Lee of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • How Wayfair Decision Benefits New Jersey

    Gary Botwinick

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair will have a significant impact on commerce in many ways. Gary Botwinick of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC discusses its specific impacts on and benefits to the state of New Jersey.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Conn. Bets On 'Kill Quill' Camp With New Amazon Tax

    Kelly O'Donnell

    A Connecticut bill signed into law last week seeks to expand the conditions under which out-of-state retailers must collect and remit Connecticut sales tax. However, if the existing physical presence requirement, established by Quill v. North Dakota, is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the new reach of the Connecticut bill will almost certainly be considered unconstitutional, says Kelly O'Donnell of Pullman & Comley LLC.