The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), in partnership with the Retail Litigation Center (RLC), kicked off the 2014 Retail Law Conference today in Phoenix, AZ, with a keynote address from the Attorney General of California, the Honorable Kamala D. Harris. In its fourth year, the event, hosted by RILA and the RLC, brings together the legal leadership from across the retail industry to address the constantly shifting landscape.
A career prosecutor, Ms. Harris shared her vision of her role as the chief law enforcement officer for the state and chief lawyer for the people of California, while addressing legal issues on the horizon both in California and across the country.
“The general counsel of the retail industry and their teams face a broad array of ever-shifting issues on a daily basis,” said Deborah White, executive vice president and legal counsel for RILA, and president of the RLC. “The Retail Law Conference gives the retail legal community an opportunity to hear from the leading experts in key areas and to discuss with their peers the best strategies for navigating challenges from corporate governance to new technologies, and aggressive agency enforcement to plaintiff’s litigation."
The first day concluded with a presentation from Craig Tindall, General Counsel of the Phoenix Coyotes, the NHL franchise that calls Phoenix home. Mr. Tindall provided the audience insight into the day to day challenges associated with being general counsel for a professional sports franchise.
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.