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|Companies 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;
December 15, 2012, previously published on December 14, 2012Potentially 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...
|Lessons for Licensors: Keep your Brand Fresh|
Vanessa Udy; ROBIC, LLP;
December 12, 2012On 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...
|Upgrading Through Free Agency: Seasonal Hires In A Down Economy|
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
December 7, 2012, previously published on December 3, 2012Seasonal 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...
|Seventh Circuit Certifies Class Against Retailer for Faulty Washing Machines|
Barbara Fernandez; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP;
December 7, 2012, previously published on December 6, 2012The 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...
|Reforming Retail: India Allows FDI in Multi-Brand Retail|
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
December 4, 2012, previously published on November 29, 2012On 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...
|FAQ on the Proposed Canadian Regulations for Prepaid Payment Products|
Lisa K. Abe-Oldenburg; Bennett Jones LLP;
November 30, 2012, previously published on November 28, 2012Retailers 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...
|MOFCOM 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;
November 22, 2012, previously published by China Law InsightOn 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...
|Consumer Protection Act: Pricing and Advertisements|
Siaan Leaf, Siboniso Mncwango; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
November 8, 2012, previously published on November 2012What 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...
|California Class Action against Wal-Mart May Have Implications for Canadian Businesses|
Susan E. Sorensen, Cheryl M. Woodin; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
October 23, 2012, previously published on October 2012A 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.
|OFT Writes to Top Online Retailers Urging them to Change their Website Terms and Conditions|
Sarah Byrt, Oliver Yaros; Mayer Brown International LLP;
October 22, 2012, previously published on October 18, 2012The 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...