Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Retail Litigation Center
(RLC) opened the second day of the Retail Law Conference with sessions covering
global sourcing and compliance.
J. Fuhr, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP discussed the importance of
compliance in the retail community particularly in international operations. As
retailers expand their supply chains and store operations around the world,
they are confronted by a variety of cultures and legal systems that differ from
those in the U.S. and that present challenges for U.S. companies from a
"Retailers are committed to compliance across the enterprise,
but are nonetheless challenged to keep up with both international and U.S. law
and to implement systems and processes based on these laws,” said
Deborah White, executive vice president & general counsel for RILA, and
president of the RLC. “Providing
forums for discussion and access to expert panels on these topics help
companies ensure that they are keeping up with the latest trends and business
panel later in the afternoon also focused on compliance and risk management.
Kelly Barrett, vice president, internal audit & corporate compliance for
The Home Depot, Inc. and Wilma Wallace, vice president, deputy general counsel
for Gap, Inc. provided insight on the programs that their companies have
developed to integrate compliance throughout the enterprise, and to identify
and mitigate risks. Company commitment to a compliance-focused culture, frequent
communication across the enterprise along with accessible tools for reporting,
and managing data all contribute to a successful compliance program.
breakouts filled the day’s schedule, devoted to issues regarding EEOC class
action litigation, audits and procedures for compliance with U.S. sentencing
guidelines, patent litigation, privacy of consumer online data, class action
trends in California, and legal tips for retailers expanding to Canada. In
addition, roundtable discussions allowed for retailers to interact on topics
such as current risks in social media, information technology security, and the
role of legal departments in enterprise risk management.
strategist & political analyst for NBC News and contributing editor for
TIME Magazine Mike Murphy closed the day with a humorous and enlightening
presentation on Election Day 2012, focusing on the numbers behind President
Obama’s victory, the results of the Congressional races, and providing unique
anecdotes from election night. He also gave an insider’s view of the outlook
for both parties in the near future.
is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers,
and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in
annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores,
manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
Retail Litigation Center (RLC), directed by the chief legal officers of the
country's leading retail companies, identifies and engages in legal
proceedings that affect the retail industry. The RLC participates in
both state and federal cases, principally at the appellate level, giving the
retail industry an opportunity to weigh in on important legal issues and
highlight for courts the importance and potential industry-wide consequences of
legal issues before them.