Retail & E-Commerce

  • February 26, 2024

    Google Judge Rips $700M Antitrust Deal: 'It's Not Great'

    A California federal judge lambasted a $700 million deal that consumers and state attorneys general struck with Google blocking antitrust claims related to Android apps and the Play Store for 127 million consumers for the next seven years, saying Monday he's "never granted prospective relief" and that plaintiffs "folded" with "four aces."

  • February 26, 2024

    Amazon Loses Round In Suit Over Subscription Renewals

    Amazon must face claims in a proposed class action that its automatic renewal for Prime, Kindle and other services violates California and Oregon consumer laws, according to a Washington federal judge who said Monday that it was unclear if the retail giant did enough to make it easy to cancel after a free trial.

  • February 26, 2024

    Altria Unit Drops Suit Against Dozens Of Vape Makers

    Altria Group Inc. subsidiary NJOY has quietly dropped a California federal lawsuit accusing more than 30 vape product makers of breaking state and federal laws by selling flavored tobacco products that are forbidden in the Golden State.

  • February 26, 2024

    AmEx Fights To Arbitrate Merchant's Girardi-Linked Suit

    An attorney for American Express Co. urged a California federal judge on Monday to reconsider his tentative ruling declining to force a costume merchant to arbitrate malicious prosecution claims over charges disputed by Erika Girardi, saying the agreement in question applies to the merchant and not just his company.

  • February 26, 2024

    Family Dollar OKs Record $41.7M Deal With DOJ Over Rodents

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced that Family Dollar Stores LLC will pay $41.7 million after pleading guilty to storing food and drugs in unsanitary conditions at a rodent-infested warehouse, in what federal prosecutors called the largest monetary penalty in a food safety case.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apple Antitrust Class Action Gets Early 2026 Trial Date

    A California federal judge on Monday set trial in a high-stakes consumer class action antitrust fight over Apple's App Store policies for February 2026, but refused to weigh in on Apple's request to pause certain discovery while the tech giant appeals the judge's recent class certification decision.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chinese Retailer Miniso, Underwriters Beat IPO Suit For Now

    Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities Inc. and a Chinese retailer have secured the dismissal of a class action suit in New York federal court, with a federal judge ruling that the suing investors have failed to identify any actionable misrepresentations or omissions made by the company in connection with its 2020 initial public offering, among other things.

  • February 26, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Bankruptcy Fraud Threat Can't Tank Deal

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday that coupon marketing agency Valpak's alleged threat to report a franchisee for bankruptcy fraud was not extortion and refused to set aside the settlement that ended the franchisee's suit accusing Valpak of wrongfully terminating their agreement.

  • February 26, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Freshub Didn't Lie To Revive Patent App

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a Texas federal court's ruling that Amazon's Alexa voice assistant didn't infringe voice-processing system patents owned by Freshub and that Freshub didn't use nefarious means to obtain those patents.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Blacklist Canadian Surveillance Co. Over Egypt Work

    The Bureau of Industry and Security added Canadian network surveillance provider Sandvine Inc. to its export blacklist on Monday over the surveillance provider's support to the Egyptian government's program of censorship and political repression.

  • February 26, 2024

    Vape Wholesaler TM Dispute Booted From Illinois Court

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed a trademark dispute between HS Wholesale Ltd. and HS Global Distribution LLC, saying HS Global doesn't have sufficient contact with the state for the court to have jurisdiction over the claims.

  • February 26, 2024

    Dry Cleaning Magazine In NJ Must Pay $8.2M For Defamation

    A dry-cleaning industry publication was hit with an $8.2 million verdict by a New Jersey federal jury on Friday on claims that it ran a yearslong defamation campaign in its magazines against a dry-cleaning supply business and its competing trade publication.

  • February 26, 2024

    Mass. Casino Gets 2nd Fine For Taking Illegal College Bets

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday fined Encore Boston Harbor $40,000 for improperly taking bets on games involving in-state colleges, the second such punishment doled out to the casino in the past seven months.

  • February 26, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery dropped two potentially far-reaching decisions last week: one about founder control at Moelis & Co. and another about TripAdvisor's planned move to Nevada. On top of that, there were new cases involving Citrix Systems, Alcoa Corp., BGC Partners Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

  • February 26, 2024

    Burford, Sysco Object To Nixed Swap In Price-Fixing Suits

    Restaurant food distributor Sysco and a Burford Capital affiliate both objected to a federal magistrate judge's decision not to allow the affiliate to replace Sysco in sprawling price-fixing lawsuits against pork and beef producers, asserting that the denial contravenes civil procedure rules and public policy.

  • February 26, 2024

    FTC Challenges Kroger's $25B Albertsons Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission announced a new, national front Monday against Kroger's heavily criticized $24.6 billion purchase of fellow grocery store giant Albertsons, challenging a deal it said threatens both shoppers and workers and cannot be saved by the planned divestiture of a "hodgepodge" of hundreds of stores.

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    Amazon Pays $1.9M To Abused Workers In Saudi Arabia

    Amazon has paid $1.9 million to over 700 migrant workers who suffered human rights abuses at two of its warehouses in Saudi Arabia, the company said.

  • February 23, 2024

    Russia Assets Seen As Key To Tipping The Scales For Ukraine

    The 500-plus sanctions the U.S. added against Russia and its enablers Friday will continue to make the Kremlin's war more costly, but experts say the key to a real sea change in Ukraine is giving it Russia's seized assets abroad.

  • February 23, 2024

    'Copy-And-Paste Errors' Not Worth Sanctions, Texas Judge Says

    A federal magistrate judge in Waco, Texas, says he doesn't think "some copy-and-paste errors" are enough to hook a prolific litigator of patent lawsuits to paying legal fees in a shell company's latest failed campaign against Salesforce.

  • February 23, 2024

    Grocery Delivery Co. Weee Escapes Data Breach Suit

    A New York federal judge has tossed a proposed class action against online grocery-delivery company Weee Inc. over a data breach without leave to amend, saying the plaintiffs failed to show a risk of injury since the leak only concerned low-risk data and not information such as payment records or passwords.

  • February 23, 2024

    Gun Cos. Can't End New York AG's Ghost Gun Crisis Suit

    A New York federal judge Friday largely denied a dismissal bid by gun distributors accused by New York Attorney General Letitia James of selling gun parts that can be easily converted into "ghost guns" to customers without background checks, rejecting the distributors' argument that the state's claims infringe on the Second Amendment.

  • February 23, 2024

    Netflix, Hulu Don't Owe Franchise Fees, Calif. Panel Rules

    Netflix and Hulu have again beaten a proposed class action from a California city claiming the streaming providers should be regulated like cable companies and pay franchise fees to localities, with a state appeals court ruling the city had no right to private action under a 2006 statute.

  • February 23, 2024

    Google Says Innovation Led To Dominance In Closing Brief

    Google is telling the D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice's monopoly case against the search giant that its innovation and relentlessness are the forces driving its dominance in search, not anticompetitive agreements as the Justice Department has alleged.

  • February 23, 2024

    GameStop Can't Ditch Suit Over Data Sharing With Facebook

    A California federal judge has refused to shut down a putative class action accusing GameStop Inc. of unlawfully sharing its customers' personal information with Facebook, ruling that the video game retailer qualified as a "video tape service provider" covered by federal privacy law. 

Expert Analysis

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    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Key Lessons After A Rare R&W Insurance Ruling

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    The recent New York state court decision in Novolex Holdings v. Illinois Union Insurance is noteworthy as one of the rare judicial opinions arising in the context of representations and warranties insurance, serving to remind parties entering into R&W insurance policies that they may not be immune from some doctrines unfavorable to insurers, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Retailers Must Be Mindful Of Sale Ads As Class Actions Rise

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    A recent uptick in class actions filed against retailers over a breadth of allegedly deceptive pricing practices — including misleading reference prices for sales and discounts offered on a perpetual basis — show no sign of slowing down, indicating that class counsel are laser-focused on challenging advertising strategies, say Louis DiLorenzo and Paavana Kumar at Davis+Gilbert.

  • NY's Revamped Card Surcharge Ban Is Unique Among States

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    Newly revised New York legislation bolsters the state's ban on credit card surcharges, potentially reinvigorating similar laws across the country despite the fact that many of them have been ruled unconstitutional, say Tom Witherspoon and Audrey Carroll at Stinson.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's On The Horizon In Attorney General Enforcement

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    A look at recent attorney general actions, especially in the areas of antitrust and artificial intelligence, can help inform businesses on what they should expect in terms of enforcement trends as 10 attorney general races play out in 2024, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Will Guide Social Media Account Ownership

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision in JLM Couture v. Gutman — which held that ownership of social media accounts must be resolved using traditional property law analysis — will guide employers and employees alike in future cases, and underscores the importance of express agreements in establishing ownership of social media accounts, says Joshua Glasgow at Phillips Lytle.

  • Del. Segway Dismissal Suggests Execs Not Liable For Biz Risk

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    While the debate continues within the Delaware Chancery Court over whether Caremark liability applies to matters of pure business risk, the court's recent rejection of Segway’s suit against the ex-president who oversaw financial difficulties suggests the court is uninterested in undermining the deference the business judgment rule grants corporate fiduciaries, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Exporters Should Approach Self-Disclosure With Caution

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    A January Bureau of Industry and Security memorandum created an abbreviated process for disclosing export control violations that lack aggravating factors, but deciding which disclosure method to utilize remains a complex strategic undertaking to which companies must give careful consideration, say attorneys at Covington.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

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