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HTMLCompanies Should Take Steps Now to Ensure Compliance with New Children's Products Regulations
G. William Austin, Joseph M. Beck, William D. Meyer, Jason M. Wenker; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 15, 2012, previously published on December 14, 2012
Potentially burdensome regulations governing children’s products take effect in less than two months. The new regulations, issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), apply to children’s products manufactured after February 8, 2013. “Children’s...

 

HTMLLessons for Licensors: Keep your Brand Fresh
Vanessa Udy; ROBIC, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2012
On June 21, 2012, the Superior Court of Quebec rendered a judgment in favour of Dunkin Donuts franchisees operating in Quebec, ordering their franchisor, Dunkin' Brands Canada Ltd. (formerly Allied Domecq Retailing International (Canada) Ltd. "ADRIC") to pay more than $16,4 million in...

 

HTMLSeventh Circuit Certifies Class Against Retailer for Faulty Washing Machines
Barbara Fernandez; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 7, 2012, previously published on December 6, 2012
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit again considered class certification of a case against defendant retailer involving allegedly defective washing machines. The district court denied certification of claims in which plaintiff consumers sued over a design defect in certain washing...

 

HTMLUpgrading Through Free Agency: Seasonal Hires In A Down Economy
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 7, 2012, previously published on December 3, 2012
Seasonal hiring is a critical element of retailers to successfully maximize sales and profits over the holidays. Increased crowds of shoppers require additional staff to provide quality customer service. With the competition of Internet shopping, retailers must provide an in-store service...

 

HTMLReforming Retail: India Allows FDI in Multi-Brand Retail
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 4, 2012, previously published on November 29, 2012
On September 14, 2012, the Indian government announced that it would relax restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. India—a country that traditionally excluded foreign investment—opened its doors to global supermarkets, such as Wal-Mart and Tesco. While the...

 

HTMLFAQ on the Proposed Canadian Regulations for Prepaid Payment Products
Lisa K. Abe-Oldenburg; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 30, 2012, previously published on November 28, 2012
Retailers and Financial Institutions in Canada need to be aware of the proposed Prepaid Payment Product Regulations which will apply to both physical and electronic payment cards that are, or can be, loaded with funds and used by a customer to make withdrawals or purchase goods or services (Prepaid...

 

Adobe PDFMOFCOM Approved Wal-Mart’s Acquisition of Controlling Stake in Yihaodian but Said NO to VIE Structure
Susan (Xuanfeng) Ning, Han Wu, Hazel Yin; King & Wood;
Legal Alert/Article
November 22, 2012, previously published by China Law Insight
On 13 August 2012, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) approved Wal-Mart Stores Inc (“Wal-Mart”)’s proposed acquisition of 33.6% share of Niu Hai Holdings (“Niu Hai”), which enables Wal-Mart to have a controlling stake in the online direct sales business of...

 

HTMLConsumer Protection Act: Pricing and Advertisements
Siaan Leaf, Siboniso Mncwango; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2012, previously published on November 2012
What does the Consumer Protection Act say about pricing goods and what solutions are there to some of the pricing problems faced by suppliers? Generally, a retailer may not display goods for sale without displaying the prices to the consumer. A consumer is not obliged to pay a price for goods or...

 

Adobe PDFCalifornia Class Action against Wal-Mart May Have Implications for Canadian Businesses
Susan E. Sorensen, Cheryl M. Woodin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2012, previously published on October 2012
A recently launched class action lawsuit in California should be noted by all Canadian businesses that make use of debit and credit card machines for customer transactions.

 

HTMLOFT Writes to Top Online Retailers Urging them to Change their Website Terms and Conditions
Sarah Byrt, Oliver Yaros; Mayer Brown International LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2012, previously published on October 18, 2012
The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) wrote to 62 of the top online retailers last week to point out that they need to change their website terms and conditions in order to avoid infringing consumer protection laws during the upcoming busy Christmas period. The OFT’s actions follow on from a...

 


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