Legal

Amazon Sues Texas Over Uncollected Sales Tax Issue
January 20, 2011

Four months after Texas officials told Amazon.com Inc. that it owes $269 million in uncollected sales taxes, the online retail giant has filed a lawsuit demanding that the comptroller's office release the audit information it used in arriving at that amount.

Following Bankruptcy Filing, Anchor Blue Closing All Stores
January 19, 2011

After more than 30 years as a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories for the teenage and young adult markets, Anchor Blue is closing all 117 stores. Store-closing sales began on Jan. 7 and will continue until all merchandise and store fixtures are sold.

J.Crew Set to Go Private, No Rival Bids Placed
January 19, 2011

J.Crew received no rival bid during a solicitation period and will stick with its nearly $3 billion buyout offer made by two private equity firms in November, according to Reuters. J.Crew agreed to be taken private by the two firms.

Anchor Blue Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
January 13, 2011

Apparel retailer Anchor Blue has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than two years. Although the filing is a repeat for the retailer, it's a first for the industry: it's the first bankruptcy filing of 2011.

Bankruptcy Filing on the Horizon for Struggling Borders?
January 5, 2011

While Barnes & Noble touts stellar holiday sales, rival Borders continues to teeter on the verge of a bankruptcy filing. Widespread reports indicate Borders CEO Mike Edwards is meeting with publishers in New York this week to get their sign off on a plan to refinance debt and suspend payments. In response, one major distributor, the National Book Network, said it will suspend book shipments to the retailer. 
 

eBay Sellers File Antitrust Lawsuit over Feedback Policy
December 28, 2010

Several sellers filed an antitrust lawsuit against eBay last week over its Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR) feedback policy instituted in 2008. The lawsuit alleges that eBay's DSR policy restrains competition between sellers within the online auctions market to the financial benefit of eBay, and it says the policy "undermines the ability of small auction sellers to compete with larger sellers."

Loehmann's Seeks Bankruptcy Protection
November 18, 2010

Discount apparel retailer Loehmann’s is seeking bankruptcy protection after it failed to reach a debt-extension deal with creditors.

The Midterm Election's Impact on Retail
November 4, 2010

In an election that will have significant implications for a wide range of public policy issues facing the retail industry, Republicans rode a tide of voter discontent over job losses and the economy to win control of the House on Tuesday, while Democrats saw their majority narrowed in the Senate.

USPS Price Increase Still Likely ... Just Later and (Hopefully) Less
November 1, 2010

In early October, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) was applauded by the mailing industry when it denied the USPS its exigent price increase, which would have taken effect in January 2011 for an average increase of 5.6 percent, with specific products receiving higher or lower increases (catalogs were expected to see increases ranging from 4 percent to 10 percent).