The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) kicked off its third annual 2012 Retail Law Conference in
Dallas, TX, with a keynote presentation from Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News,
Dan Abrams. The conference, hosted by RILA in partnership with the Retail
Litigation Center (RLC), brings together legal counsel from the retail industry
to discuss the ever-changing legal landscape.
Having covered many of the
highest profile trials of the past decade, Mr. Abrams offered his expertise on
the effect of media coverage on the courts and major court cases and decisions.
He also touched on the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Obama healthcare
mandate, and its implications for the retail industry.
“There are many legal issues
unique to the retail industry, so it makes sense for us to get together to
discuss these issues face-to-face,” said Deborah White, executive
vice president and legal counsel for RILA, and president of the RLC. “Keeping
up to date with the latest statutes, new legislation and regulations, as well
as agency rulemakings and court decisions is crucial to our businesses. Through
the Retail Law Conference, we are able to provide keen insight on navigating
these laws as they relate to retail.”
Retail employment law experts
from Gap Inc., Target Corporation, and The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. presented
a panel outlining recent National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) activities,
and their upcoming agenda. NLRB decisions directly impact retail employment
practices and affect the nature of human resources procedures, and thus are
critical to retail practices.
RILA 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.
The 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 consquences of legal issues before them.