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Online Retailers Beware: ADA Expansion to Require Enhanced Web Accessibility for Disabled

Wheelchair ramps and accessible parking spaces soon may not be enough for retailers to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As companies continue to expand their online presence, the number of suits brought against retailers for non-compliance with the ADA has grown, especially litigation related to the websites of large retail chains, many of whose websites allegedly do not allow hearing- or sight-impaired individuals easy access to the services provided by retail websites.

On-Demand TCPA Plaintiffs? There’s An App For That

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted to protect consumers from abusive telemarketing practices by making it unlawful to initiate unsolicited telemarketing messages. Recently, however, there has been a significant increase in TCPA litigation involving on-demand solicited text messages that consumers affirmatively request to receive in response to a call-to-action display.

Challenges and Opportunities for International Brands Entering the Brazilian Fashion Market

Arent Fox Intellectual Property partner Cristina Carvalho and head of Arent Fox’s Fashion Law practice Anthony Lupo present, "Challenges and Opportunities for International Brands Entering the Brazilian Fashion Market" in partnership with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Fashion Counsel: Issues in Online Distribution

Worldwide e-commerce sales are anticipated to increase nearly 21% to $1.592 trillion in 2015. More fashion brands will consider omni-channelling to use technology to deliver their products across a variety of channels. These opportunities allow companies to grow, but also give rise to new legal hurdles.

Fashion Law Leader Anthony Lupo to Present During MAGIC Vegas

On February 17, Anthony Lupo, head of Arent Fox’s Fashion Law practice will present “Current Legal Trends in the Footwear, Fashion, Accessory, and Retail Sector” during MAGIC, in Las Vegas. The discussion will focus on issues in class-action lawsuits, omni-channeling, social media, and global data protection in the fashion sector. The presentation will provide best practices and lessons learned while in the trenches.

Massachusetts Issues Draft Guidance on POS Transaction Recordkeeping

What’s the News? The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently issued a draft directive setting out what records must be kept for all vendors, retailers, and contractors using computerized point-of-sale (POS) systems. The purpose of the new recordkeeping and record retention guidelines is to ensure that the state can suitably verify what was sold and whether the retailer paid the proper amount of tax. These new guidelines add to the growing list of state regulations targeting POS data collection practices.

Incentives and Promotions in the Fashion Arena: The FTC Weighs In

Fashion designers’ retail pricing and promotional strategies have quickly evolved in the last decade, with Internet channels dramatically altering distribution and sales tactics. Many designers craft tactics to carefully differentiate their contract terms among retailers, from high-end, brick-and-mortar stores to Internet retailers and others.

BOGO? More Like ‘No Go’

FTC Brings First Case Under Federal Negative Option Law What’s Making News? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first case under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA), a 2010 federal law that prohibits online sellers from charging consumers in an Internet transaction unless the seller has clearly disclosed all material terms of the transaction and obtained consumers’ express informed consent.

Including Canada? Make Sure Your E-Mail Policies Cover Canada’s Newest Spam Law

What’s New? One of the world’s most consumer protective spam laws recently went into effect in Canada on July 1, 2014, and many companies operating outside of Canada are learning that the law also impacts them because of how broadly it is drafted.

Federal Court Upholds Controversial Ban on Fur Sales in West Hollywood

Attention West Hollywood (WeHo) shoppers, new furs are no longer for sale in WeHo! A federal court recently dismissed constitutional challenges to the City of West Hollywood’s (WeHo) city-wide ban prohibiting the sale of fur products (Ordinance No. 11-877) brought by Mayfair House, Inc., a luxury retailer of clothing products including fur-lined parkas and shearling gloves and slippers.