Legal

Illinois Attempting to Tax E-Commerce
February 8, 2011

Illinois is dangerously close to making an already challenging economy even more difficult for thousands of small businesses with a new e-commerce tax. Lawmakers recently passed the measure without regard for the potential impact on Illinois' technology businesses.

Children's Clothing Chain Rugged Bear Declares Bankruptcy
February 7, 2011

Rugged Bear, which operates 32 children's clothing stores, joins fellow retailers Anchor Blue, Orchard Brands and Ultimate Electronics in the bankruptcy courts in 2011. The retailer has $10 million to $50 million in debt and assets in the same range, according to court documents.

Judge Denies eBay's Motion to Dismiss Craigslist Lawsuit
February 7, 2011

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer denied eBay's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Craigslist in 2008, and rejected eBay's contention that the lawsuit was precluded by the findings of a Delaware court.

BJ's Wholesale Confirms it's for Sale
February 4, 2011

BJ's Wholesale Club said that it's decided "to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the company." That only confirms what the market has known for months: there's an auction going on for the retailer.

Wal-Mart Reaches Deal With NYC Construction Union
February 3, 2011

Wal-Mart has reached a deal in principle with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York that guarantees union workers will construct or renovate any stores that the retailer opens in the city during the next five years. The deal is a coup for Wal-Mart, which faces stiff opposition from grocery and retail unions worried that the retailer's entry into the New York City market will put downward pressure on the salaries of their members.

Hermes Sues Over Copied Design
February 1, 2011

Thursday Friday, an accessories company, is being sued by Hermes for copying its Birkin bag design. We're not talking about replica handbags here — we're talking about a picture of the Birkin bag itself.