Fashion is a $300 billion industry in the United States – even more on a global scale. The Federal Bar Association’s Fashion Law Conference on February 8, 2019 will explore a variety of concerns for the retail industry, including data breaches, data security, and counterfeiting and its evolution. In “Legal Roundup for Retailers:  What You Need to Know,” panelists Lorenzo Marcelli-Flori (North America Real Estate and Business Services), Lèna Saltos (URBN Urban Outfitters, Inc.), and Maria Vathis (Bryan Cave) will provide a broad discussion on the latest, most salient issues impacting retailers, from class action lawsuits, to data breach and counterfeit products.  Register today for the Fashion Law Conference at www.fedbar.org/fashionlaw19.

Data Breaches: Retail store data breaches are becoming all too common. Retailers process large volumes of payment data when customers shop and pay with credit cards thereby handing over potentially large amounts of personal information for hackers to get their hands on. With massive amounts of customer information being stored across multiple channels, the task of retailers successfully defending their networks from vulnerabilities is challenging, to say the least. Fashion Law Conference presenters will discuss legal issues associated with data breaches as well as the importance of utilizing IT resources and making cybersecurity a top priority.

Counterfeit Products: How can fashion brands prevent counterfeiters? What legal tools are at a retailer’s disposal to thwart or prevent counterfeiters? The biggest issue that has been eroding fashion brands for years is counterfeiting. Losses suffered due to global counterfeiting has amounted to billions of dollars. The globalization of trade and communication has offered endless opportunities for criminals to engage in counterfeiting. But fashion retailers have developed ways through the court systems to fight against the development and retailing of counterfeit goods.

Class Action Lawsuits: Last year, a group of California Walmart shoppers claimed that the retail giant shared their personal information with the social networking website Facebook without their permission. The plaintiffs allege that their personal information and shopping habits were recorded and shared by Walmart while they were shopping online at the store. Meanwhile, Ross Stores’ customers who sued the retailer in 2015 for what they called “misleading” and “deceptive” pricing practices recently asked a U.S. District Court to approve a settlement of their class-action lawsuit for approximately $4.9 million, which the retailer has agreed to. The plaintiffs accused the discount retailer of tricking consumers into thinking they were getting a big discount using fake price comparison tags.

Legal professionals and leading industry representatives will explore a wide array of legal issues pertaining to mass market retailers at the 2019 Fashion Law Conference. CLE credit will be available and attendees will have the opportunity to network throughout the conference. Although the arena of fashion has broadened in scope, our lens of focus remains sharper than ever. Sign up today for the Fashion Law Conference being held in New York City on February 8, 2019! Visit www.fedbar.org/fashionlaw19.


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.