The second day of the fourth annual Retail Law Conference, hosted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Retail Litigation Center (RLC), featured a full slate of educational sessions focused on a wide range of issues important to the legal leadership of the retail industry.
Lawyers from the firm Hunton & Williams opened the conference with an extended session on the challenges associated with activist shareholders. The panelists discussed emerging trends and underlying causes, while offering strategies for successfully balancing shareholder requests and long-term corporate strategies.
“The retail industry remains committed to understanding and addressing the full spectrum of today’s legal issues.” said Deborah White, executive vice president and legal counsel for RILA, and president of the RLC. “To that end the Retail Law Conference serves an immensely important function for the industry, acting as a forum for executives where they can educate themselves about emerging trends and discuss successful strategies and best practices.”
Breakout sessions during the day addressed a multitude of issues legal counsel for the retail industry can expect to face, such as data privacy issues that stem from emerging technologies; strategies for defending EEOC enforcement actions; insurance solutions for wage and hour litigation; implementing the new healthcare regulations; federal regulations concerning consumer products in forward and reverse distribution channels; and the latest pronouncements from the National Labor Relations Board on issues, such as micro-unions.
John Dean, former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon, and Jim Robenalt, an attorney from Thompson Hine LLP, closed out day two of the 2013 Retail Law Conference, delivering a keynote address on legal ethics. Throughout the two hour session, Mr. Dean and Mr. Robenalt walked attendees through the events of Watergate and the legal decision making during the time, comparing those decisions to today’s legal rules.
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 is a public policy organization that identifies and engages in legal proceedings which affect the retail industry. The RLC, whose members include some of the country’s largest retailers, was formed to provide courts with retail industry perspectives on significant legal issues, and highlight the potential industry-wide consequences of legal principles that may be determined in pending cases.