marked the final day of the 2012 Retail Law Conference hosted by the Retail
Industry Leaders Association (RILA) in partnership with the Retail Litigation
Center (RLC). The third annual event covers a host of critical legal issues
facing the industry today.
Nancy A. Nord with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission opened the day
with a presentation devoted to educating retailers on recent changes to the
Commission’s authorizing statue and other changes and activities that will
impact the retail industry. Later, a session on legal ethics covered a case
study highlighting ethics in international operations.
day closed with a keynote address from Tom Goldstein, publisher of the
widely-read SCOTUSblog. SCUTUSblog is well-known for its analysis of the
Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act along with other
Supreme Court activity. Goldstein gave attendees an insiders look at the most
important cases of the 2012-2013 Supreme Court term and explained the potential
implications for the retail industry.
sessions qualified for continuing legal education (CLE) credits in most states
and were tailored towards retail and consumer product general counsel, senior
legal executives, and other in-house attorneys.
“The Retail Law Conferenceoffers retailers a wide range of
programs to increase their legal knowledge. We are happy to offer attendees
forums for discussion and education on emerging issues and trends in the legal
arena,” said Deborah White, executive vice president & general counsel
for RILA, and president of the RLC.“As
we close the third year of this successful event, we are excited about the
progress we’ve made and look forward to the upcoming year, particularly with
regard to advancing the interests of the retail industry though the activities
of the RLC."
Next year’s Retail Law Conference will be held October 16-18, 2013
at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, Arizona.
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 retailindustry. 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