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Retail & E-Commerce

  • September 18, 2018

    VC-Backed Eventbrite Raises IPO Funding Target To $230M

    Venture-backed online ticketing platform Eventbrite Inc. on Tuesday raised the price range and fundraising target of its initial public offering to $230 million, possibly indicating demand for its impending IPO was better than expected.

  • September 18, 2018

    NCSL Slams Post-Wayfair Bill In Letter To Congress Leaders

    The National Conference of State Legislatures in a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday opposed a bill that would delay states’ implementation of remote sellers’ sales and use tax rules for large sellers, and put implementation on hold indefinitely for smaller sellers.

  • September 18, 2018

    Calif. AG Blasts Tribal Biz's Challenge To Tobacco Taxes

    California's attorney general urged a federal court to dismiss a business entity of the Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians' challenge to certain state taxes linked to the sale of tobacco products, saying the tribal entity is not exempt from the taxes.

  • September 18, 2018

    Visa, Mastercard, Banks Ink New Deal In Swipe Fee Row

    Visa, Mastercard and several major banks will shell out up to another $900 million on top of $5.3 billion already paid to resolve a major chunk of an antitrust multidistrict litigation over card-swiping fees, in a New York federal court class action settlement with merchants announced on Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2018

    Beijing Tees Up New Duties After Trump's $200B Strike

    The mounting trade imbroglio between the U.S. and China continued to intensify Tuesday as Beijing plowed ahead with new duties on $60 billion in U.S. goods, a day after President Donald Trump whacked $200 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs of his own.

  • September 18, 2018

    Judge Urges Deal In Perfume Co.’s Bid For Jay-Z Calendars

    Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition in a New York state courtroom, but it came up anyway on Tuesday in heated arguments between lawyers for Jay-Z and a company that made his signature fragrance and is accusing the hip-hop superstar of failing to promote the product.

  • September 18, 2018

    EU Lays Out Sweeping Vision For WTO Reform

    As the global trading system sags amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners, the European Union on Tuesday unveiled an informal proposal to reform the World Trade Organization by modernizing its rules, improving its oversight function and repairing its hobbled dispute settlement system.

  • September 17, 2018

    Judge Boots $1.6M Neiman Marcus Breach Deal And Class

    An Illinois federal judge Monday decertified a consumer class and declined final approval of its $1.6 million deal with Neiman Marcus Group LLC that would have ended an action over credit card data that was exposed in a 2013 breach, finding conflicts between class members.

  • September 17, 2018

    Claire's Strikes Deal With Oaktree Over Contested Ch. 11

    After several hours of negotiations, Claire's was able to avoid what was likely to be a highly contentious confirmation hearing for the accessory retailer's Chapter 11 restructuring plan after settling with second-lien creditors now set to recover millions more under the plan.

  • September 17, 2018

    Mass. To Enforce 'Cookie Nexus,' Revenue Dept. Says

    Massachusetts made it clear Monday that it will continue to enforce its “cookie nexus” regulation reaching back to October 2017, when the regulation was promulgated.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ulta Shoppers Say Risk Of Buying Used Makeup Justifies Suit

    A proposed class of Ulta Beauty Inc. customers told an Illinois federal judge to reject the makeup retailer’s bid to dismiss their claims the company sold used products, arguing in part that misleading customers about what they were buying is enough to establish standing.

  • September 17, 2018

    Trader Joe's Settles Underfilled Tuna Can Suit For $1.3M

    Trader Joe's has agreed to settle for $1.3 million a proposed class action in California federal court from customers claiming the retailer underfilled 5-ounce tuna cans.

  • September 17, 2018

    Sport Supplement Co., Consumers Settle Deceptive Label Suit

    Dietary supplement manufacturer PhD Fitness LLC and a putative class of consumers have told a South Carolina federal court they've agreed to end a suit accusing the company of deceptively labeling its sport supplements.

  • September 17, 2018

    BuzzFeed Latest To Face Patent Suit By Cloud Company

    BuzzFeed Inc. has become the latest high-profile website to face an infringement suit over cloud storage patents from PersonalWeb Technologies LLC, a software developer that has filed dozens of similar suits against customers using Amazon's web services offerings.

  • September 17, 2018

    J&J Hit With Another Suit Over Alleged Talc-Related Death

    The husband of a woman who died of ovarian cancer in 2015 is suing Johnson & Johnson and a talc supplier, claiming the companies have known for decades about talc’s links to cancer but still sold and promoted products containing the substance as safe to use.

  • September 14, 2018

    Oaktree Flags Claire's Modified Ch. 11 Plan

    Oaktree Capital Management LP on Friday objected to the modified Chapter 11 plan of fashion accessory retailer Claire's Inc., claiming last-minute changes significantly impact the amount of claims to be paid and contesting the debtors' call to bar certain evidence at a confirmation hearing set for Monday.

  • September 14, 2018

    14 Firms To Steer 8 IPOs Topping $3B As Busy Autumn Nears

    Fourteen law firms plan to guide eight initial public offerings that could raise more than $3 billion during the week of Sept. 17, led by an estimated $1.4 billion offering by Eli Lilly's animal health unit, as IPO activity accelerates ahead of an expected busy autumn.

  • September 14, 2018

    IKEA Shortchanged Coupon Users' Refunds, Customers Say

    A Pennsylvania man assembled a proposed class action suit in a Philadelphia federal court Thursday after he was allegedly shortchanged by IKEA’s coupon and return policy.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trustee Of Modi's Jewelry Cos. Starting Ch. 11 Claims Probe

    The recently appointed Chapter 11 trustee of three bankrupt U.S. jewelry companies linked to Indian billionaire Nirav Modi’s massive $2 billion bank fraud has asked for authorization to begin sending out subpoenas while he investigates further.

  • September 14, 2018

    Car Dealer Loses RICO Suit Over Alleged Scam By Employees

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday canned a racketeering suit brought by an auto dealership owner accusing his former business associates of conspiring to run his business into the ground, saying his failure to prove they were part of an enterprise proved "fatal."

Expert Analysis

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The AmEx Case

    Evan Chesler

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.

  • Taiwan Digital Tax Law Leaves Open Questions For Corps.

    Michael Wong

    Taiwan introduced a number of significant income tax reforms this year, including becoming the first regime in the world to levy income tax on the cross-border digital economy. The most significant issue regarding this new tax on e-service suppliers is the substantial uncertainty as to its scope and applicable rates, say Michael Wong and Dennis Lee of Baker McKenzie.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • LED Bulb Case Shines Light On FTC Enforcement

    Terri Seligman

    Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced it would be mailing almost half a million checks to consumers who previously purchased Lights of America LED lightbulbs. This enforcement action holds key lessons for companies and their counsel involved in formulating advertising claims, particularly technical claims about performance, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Confusion In Calif. Privacy Act’s Anti-Discrimination Rule

    Grant Davis-Denny

    A unique feature of the California Consumer Privacy Act is its provision that expressly prohibits businesses from discriminating against California residents for exercising their CCPA rights. It allows two exceptions, but both contain significant ambiguities, says Grant Davis-Denny of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.