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Retail & E-Commerce

  • January 15, 2019

    Google, Amazon Urged To Keep Face ID Tech From Feds

    Dozens of advocacy groups joined together Tuesday to push Microsoft, Google and Amazon to refrain from selling face surveillance technology to the federal government, arguing that such a move would undermine public trust in their businesses and hand the government sweeping new power to target immigrants and minorities.

  • January 15, 2019

    FYE Managers Get Tentative OK In Misclassification Suit

    Store managers at Trans World Entertainment Corp.’s media retailer FYE who contend they were misclassified as exempt from time-and-a-half overtime requirements had their lawsuit conditionally certified as a collective action by an Albany federal judge on Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2019

    Walgreen, Equity Co. Can't Dodge Doctor's Work Bias Suit

    Walgreen Co. and a Chicago private equity investment company must face a woman’s lawsuit claiming they wrongfully fired her from a business she helped create and they now own because they held substantial control over her working conditions, an Illinois federal judge held Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB To Review IBM Patent Despite $57M Groupon Case

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review an IBM Corp. e-commerce patent challenged by a group of travel websites, rejecting Tuesday the argument that it should deny the petition in light of a recent jury verdict against Groupon Inc. in a $57 million infringement dispute.

  • January 15, 2019

    US Trustee Rips Bankrupt Makeup Co.'s $1.4M Exec Bonus Bid

    The U.S. Trustee’s Office on Tuesday asked a New York bankruptcy court to deny cosmetics maker Glansaol Holdings Inc.’s request to pay up to $1.4 million in executive bonuses, saying there was no proof the goals are a stretch or that bonuses won’t be going to insiders.

  • January 15, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Rilea, Pan Am Equities, LIT Industrial

    Rilea Group has reportedly bought part of a Florida shopping center for $10.37 million, Pan Am Equities is said to have purchased a New York apartment building for $90 million, and LIT Industrial reportedly picked up a Miami warehouse from Tropical Shipping for $32.6 million.

  • January 15, 2019

    Kroger Employees Can't Claim Retaliation In ERISA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge tossed a retaliation claim from Kroger workers' Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit accusing their multiemployer pension plan of wrongly ignoring a proposal that would preserve their benefits, finding that the grocery store workers didn't show that the plan treated them differently after they filed the suit.

  • January 15, 2019

    AmEx Anti-Steering Claims Cut Down By High Court Ruling

    Several retailers are headed to trial against American Express Co. armed with only a fraction of their original antitrust allegations brought amid multidistrict litigation challenging AmEx's restrictive merchant contracts, as a Brooklyn federal judge heavily pared the retailers' suit Monday to align with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • January 15, 2019

    Paul Weiss Steers $250M Cannabis Co. Revenue-Share Deal

    Cannabis company Tilray Inc. on Tuesday said it struck a deal worth up to $250 million that will see Authentic Brands Group market the Canadian firm’s products across its portfolio, with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP steering the global brand licenser.

  • January 14, 2019

    Skip Md.'s Bid To Revive Price-Gouging Law, Justices Urged

    The generic-drug industry on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to turn down Maryland's attempt to revive a state law targeting price gouging, arguing that Maryland is attempting to skirt a "bedrock principle of federalism" by regulating what happens in other states.

  • January 14, 2019

    Del. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey To Retire In August

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey will retire from the Delaware bench in August after nearly 14 years of presiding over insolvency cases in the state, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware announced Friday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Doorstep Delivery FLSA Suit Settled After Decertification

    Doorstep Delivery has been able to settle a driver’s Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service claiming that he was misclassified as an independent contractor and not properly paid overtime.

  • January 14, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Overseas Union, Amazon, Two Roads

    Overseas Union Enterprise is reportedly looking to get roughly $700 million for US Bank Tower in Los Angeles, Amazon is said to be close to leasing roughly 10,000 square feet at the Chrysler Building in Manhattan, and a Two Roads Development venture has reportedly scored a $24.5 million loan for a Florida condo tower project.

  • January 14, 2019

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP and Gerstein Strauss & Rinaldi LLP were among more than a dozen law firms that guided the largest New York City deals that hit public records last week, a group that included two transactions north of $100 million.

  • January 14, 2019

    Kirkland, Skadden Aid On L'Occitane's $900M Skincare Deal

    Private equity-backed luxury skincare brand Elemis has agreed to be acquired by high-end cosmetics company L'Occitane International SA in a deal worth $900 million, the companies said Monday, in a deal guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    CVS-Aetna Judge To DOJ Attys: 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'

    A D.C. federal judge Friday ripped into the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust attorneys who have been pushing him to approve CVS Health Corp.’s purchase of Aetna Inc. assets after they filed a status report claiming they cannot work on the case until the government shutdown ends.

  • January 11, 2019

    Judge Sours In Yogurt Co. Fight, Calls Attys 'Children'

    The back-and-forth between Chobani and Dannon in a dispute over the sugar content of the companies' yogurt drinks left a bad taste in the mouth of a New York federal judge, who chided the attorneys for "behaving like small children" Friday in a terse response to a motion.

  • January 11, 2019

    Bon-Ton Can't Confirm Ch. 11 Plan, Seeks Case Dismissal

    Defunct department store chain Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has asked a Delaware bankruptcy court to dismiss its case and let the company dissolve now that its remaining stock has been liquidated after a $775 million April buyout.

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • 21st Amendment Vs. Commerce Clause At The High Court

    Alva Mather

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, highlighting the conflict between states’ rights to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment and the restrictions in the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause on states’ power to regulate interstate commerce, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • How Retailers Can Avoid Discrimination Claims From Clientele

    Edward Harold

    In a country with an increasingly diverse population of consumers, becoming known as a store that treats minority customers poorly is a surefire way to lose business. Retailers need to understand how these claims can come about in order to prevent the underlying issues, says Edward Harold of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • A Look Back And Ahead At Background Reports Under FCRA

    Matthew Simpson

    Since 2017, Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation has increased by 4 percent. As this rise continues, Matthew Simpson of Fisher Phillips examines some of the familiar trends these cases follow.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Amusement Tax In Chicago And Cook County

    Samantha Breslow

    Although the Chicago and Cook County amusement taxes are similarly imposed, there are notable differences, particularly with respect to potential exemptions and electronically transferred amusements, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.