Legal

Bankruptcy Court Approves $15.4M Bonus Plan for Revlon's 'Critical' Employees
July 27, 2022 at 7:23 pm

Revlon, the makeup giant that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, will give 160 "critical" employees a bonus after a federal bankruptcy judge approved the bonus plan on Friday. The Manhattan judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court granted Revlon permission to spend $15.4 million as part of a "key employee retention plan," according to…

Ron Johnson's Enjoy Technology Files for Bankruptcy
June 30, 2022 at 6:13 pm

Enjoy Technology, a retail startup founded by former Apple and J.C. Penney exec Ron Johnson, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, mere months after it made its stock market debut. The company’s liquidity has dwindled while its business has suffered from staffing shortages. Enjoy, which operates mobile retail stores, went public in October…

Apple Workers at Maryland Store Vote to Unionize
June 20, 2022 at 5:20 pm

Employees at a Baltimore-area Apple store have voted to unionize, making it the first of Apple's 270-plus stores in the U.S. to join a union. In the election, 65 employees at Apple’s store in Towson, Md., voted in favor of being represented by the union, known as the Apple Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE),…

Revlon Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
June 16, 2022 at 12:13 pm

Revlon filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday evening as it grappled with a cumbersome debt load and a snarled supply chain. The cosmetics giant said it expects to receive $575 million in debtor-in-possession financing from its existing lender base, which will help to support its day-to-day operations. The filing “will allow Revlon to offer…

Starbucks Union Creates $1M Fund to Cover Lost Pay for Striking Baristas
June 2, 2022 at 4:56 pm

The union backing organizing efforts at Starbucks is creating a $1 million fund to cover lost pay for baristas who go on strike, giving workers more firepower in their fight to unionize. The financial backing comes amid a nationwide unionization push that has already included workers at some Starbucks locations staging walkouts and strikes. Once it’s…

Walmart Sues BJ's Over Self-Checkout Technology
March 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Walmart and its big-box warehouse subsidiary Sam’s Club are suing rival retailer BJ’s Wholesale Club, accusing BJ's of stealing technology that powers a popular self-checkout option in the Sam’s Club mobile app. The lawsuit, filed in federal court this week, claims Walmart worked for years to develop Scan & Go, a feature that lets Sam’s Club…

Amazon Referred to DOJ for Potential Criminal Obstruction of Congress
March 10, 2022 at 5:11 pm

A House Committee is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Amazon.com over what lawmakers contend is potentially criminal obstruction of Congress, reports CNBC. In a letter sent Wednesday and addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland, a bipartisan group of lawmakers alleged that Amazon repeatedly misled the House Judiciary Committee throughout a 16-month probe into…

Close the Gaps to Achieve California Privacy Act Compliance
February 9, 2022 at 11:20 am

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) data privacy legislation is certainly good news for California consumers, who can now control how their personal data is collected and processed. For companies doing the data collection, however, CCPA/CPRA is a wake-up call, alerting them to potential prosecution and crippling fines…

Supreme Court Blocks COVID Vaccine Mandate for Employers
January 13, 2022 at 6:53 pm

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, but allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments. The rulings came three days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency measure for businesses started to take effect. The…

Nike Sues lululemon for Patent Infringement Over Mirror, Fitness Apps
January 6, 2022 at 5:15 pm

Nike on Wednesday filed a lawsuit accusing lululemon athletica of patent infringement over the apparel maker’s at-home Mirror fitness device and related mobile applications, reports CNBC. Nike claims that in 1983, it invented and filed a patent application on a device for determining a runner’s speed, distance traversed, elapsed time and calories expended. It has…