Ballard Spahr's Retail and Fashion Industry Group is excited to introduce Retail Rap, a newsletter that provides analysis of legal and business developments and industry trends. We’d like to hear from you. If there are topics you would like us to explore, please reach out to me or any member of the team.

– David Landau, Practice Leader, Retail and Fashion Industry Group


Installment Payments: How Millennials Are Shopping

Millennials don't own or use credit cards nearly as much as past generations. According to a survey conducted by Bankrate last year, only 33 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 have a credit card. Having seen the aftermath of the financial crisis, millennials are wary of the high interest rates and open-ended nature of credit cards. To help retailers capture that lucrative market, financial technology—or Fintech—companies have begun offering a wider variety of online payment options that divide purchases into four equal, interest-free installments.

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Navigating the Post-Wayfair Tax Maze: What’s Happening, What’s Next, and What’s at Stake

Considerable changes to sales tax laws in more than two dozen states continue to challenge online retailers, who must swiftly comply with a complex and shifting network of regulations.

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What's "Kicking" at the ITC – the All Star Sneaker Battle

One of the biggest trademark cases in 2018 addressed the issue of secondary meaning in product design—specifically, Converse’s rights in its signature Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe. In Converse v. ITC, the Federal Circuit reversed a ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that Converse’s registration was invalid and it did not own common law rights in the mark. The Federal Circuit held that the ITC had applied an incorrect standard in its ruling.

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News at the Firm

Aliza Karetnick, a prominent intellectual property and commercial litigator IP who focuses on the cosmetics, fashion, fragrance, and flavor industries, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in our Philadelphia office. She is particularly well known for her work with trademarks and trade secrets.

Aliza advises manufacturers, distributors, marketers, and retailers—from leading branded corporations and emerging companies to start-ups. She serves as outside general counsel, guiding companies through regulatory and compliance matters, supporting corporate transactions, and advising on advertising, labeling, counterfeit product issues, and claim substantiation. She has successfully litigated commercial and intellectual property disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts.


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