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San Francisco Bans Fur Sales

If San Francisco lawmakers have their way, the fur trade could soon go the way of the dodo. On March 20, 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban the sale of fur in the city, making it the largest city in the United States to do so.

Anthony Lupo and James Ravitz on Perfumes and Cosmetics in the Retail Sector

Gone are the days where a brand's DNA is defined solely by clothing and accessories. With the luxury goods sector experiencing a recent downturn, more and more companies are breaking into the perfume and cosmetic spheres. The movement may be attributed, in part, to the "lipstick index," a phrase coined in 2001 by Leonard Lauder, then-chairman of Estee Lauder, to describe how beauty products may act as affordable indulgences during times of economic recession.

California Retailers: Use of Thermal Receipt Paper Gets Costly

The first NOV involving register receipts was issued by the Center for Environmental Health against a restaurant in Lake Forest  California retailers appear to have two options: post warning signs in the store or switch to electronic receipts or BPA-free paper Since May 11, 2016, consumer products sold in California that contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) require a Proposition 65 Warning Notice at the point of sale or on the products themselves.

Rule Changes at the USPTO Allow for a more Streamlined Industrial Design Registration Process for Foreign Applications

Starting on May 13, 2015, Applicants in the United States who file a single industrial design application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in English have the opportunity to obtain protection for up to 100 different industrial designs across 44 countries and intergovernmental organizations. This change was published in the USPTO’s Final Rules relating to “Changes to Implement the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs” in April.

World Renowned Fashion Giant Ralph Lauren Corporation Resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigation with DOJ and SEC for $1.6 Million

On April 22, 2013, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that fashion powerhouse Ralph Lauren Corporation (RLC) has agreed to pay $1.6 million collectively to resolve allegations of misconduct under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for allegedly bribing government officials in Argentina to obtain improper customs clearance of merchandise and for illicitly providing expensive gifts to Argentine officials to secure the importation of RLC’s products into Argentina.