Commercial/Consumer Law (CLE)

Commercial Real Estate Leases: Trends and Developments


The commercial real estate (CRE) industry continues to develop this 2020. Of notable significance are the general commercial real estate trends and their impact on leasing, bringing the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIORs) to pay more attention to the unique developments in their markets as well as the needs of consumers and owners of the property they serve.

Product Liability: Practical Tips and Strategies in Handling Multiple Fronts of Litigation


In recent years, product liability issues have continuously expanded in terms of complexity, range, and number. Companies must ensure that the crucial areas of litigation and liability risks are covered efficiently. They should consider negotiating with other regulatory agencies apart from their primary regulator. The current trends in treble damages claims and the increasing preference of multidistrict litigation (MDL) courts for early settlements should also be given significant attention.

Utilizing Consumer Surveys in Merger Investigations and Class Action Cases: Practical Guide


As the volume of merger activities increases, regulators are also intensifying their crackdown on potential antitrust violations. Recognizing the insufficiency of traditional market share measures in revealing the potential competitive impact of a planned merger, governments and parties are now shifting to the assessment of purchasing decision processes instead. Customer surveys, carefully done, can provide a better way to understand consumer behavior and predict market outcomes post-merger.

Commercial Litigation in 2020: Winning Tips and Strategies


Along with the increasing volume of commercial disputes is the emergence of various issues that continue to reshape the commercial law landscape. In this LIVE Webcast, seasoned litigators Reginald L. Snyder (Taylor English Duma LLP) and Steven Barber (Steptoe & Johnson LLP) will bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of commercial litigation.

The US Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program: Demystifying the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Designed to provide support for businesses having difficulties obtaining sufficient debt financing during today's market situations, the US Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program in March 2020. The program promised several opportunities especially for businesses that are too large for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. However, a myriad of legal issues must still be considered thoroughly by companies who plan to register. Having a thorough understanding of its legal requirements and provisions is essential to ensure sound compliance and avoid pitfalls. 

The Evolving Landscape of the CCPA and COPPA: What You Should Know and Do


The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect on January 1, 2020, is the newest statute intended to improve the data use transparency and privacy rights within the state. One of its significant prohibitions is the selling and disclosure of California residents’ personal information, particularly of children under 16 years old. Businesses and individuals who fail to comply with and violate these prohibitions are further confronted with increased liability under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law that restricts the collection and use of personal information of children under the age of 13.

The U.S. Cannabis Industry: Trends, Developments, and Issues You Should Know


The cannabis industry has been continuously evolving over the years. Legalizations have become more rampant not just inside the U.S. but also around the globe. However, along with this expanding acceptance are the intensified probes and regulations from federal and state legislators which have created further confusion and conflicts and compromised consumer protection.

Food and Beverage Litigation: Recent Trends, Issues, and Challenges Explored!


In recent years, the food and beverage industry has been the focus of food-related disputes and class action lawsuits brought by various claims including product labeling, price gouging, foodborne illnesses, and other deceptive acts allegations. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prescribed guidance on unfair or deceptive practices involving material representation, omission, and practice that can be misleading to consumers.

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