Laws and Regulations

Patagonia Sues Apparel Company Over 'Petrogonia' Line
February 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Patagonia is back in the lawsuit headlines after suing the makers of a "Petrogonia" apparel line. OC Media has been selling a full line of apparel, including T-shirts, hoodies, hats and more, with a logo pretty obviously based on the Patagonia Fitz Roy logo, only replaced with oil field imagery...

NBCUniversal Gets $15.8M Fine Over Licensed Movie Merch in Europe
February 3, 2020 at 1:54 pm

Movie merch makes for a very profitable stream of income, but it can also yield some puzzling decisions. Based on findings from the European Union, NBCUniversal executed quite a few baffling moves, leading the EU to fine it $15.8 million for limiting cross-border goods sales to European markets...

Do You Need to Collect Sales Tax In Other States?
January 31, 2020 at 1:46 pm

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have sales in several states. Do I have to collect sales tax in states other than my own? Answer: Sales tax has always been a complicated issue, and it was made infinitely more complicated by the Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair in 2018. The decision means that…

Operation Team Player Nets $123 Million in Counterfeit Super Bowl Merch
January 31, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Operation Team Player announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations nabbed $123 million in bogus merchandise since last year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams...

Bill Could Jeopardize Independent Contractor Status in U.S.
January 29, 2020 at 1:43 pm

A bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives could change the way promotional products professionals who classify themselves as independent contractors do business. H.R. 2474 reworks the National Labor Relations Act to eliminate independent contractors as a classification of employee, stating that all workers in the U.S. are employees of their organization unless they...

WOV-IN Achieves QCA Accreditation
January 21, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has awarded QCA accreditation to WOVIN Brands. Based in Jackson, Wisc., the company operates under the brands WOV-IN, Promopet and Footprints USA. QCA-accredited companies endorse a self-certification, complete a rigorous self-assessment, and then submit their headquarters and their supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board uses a scorecard…

Ralph Lauren Sues Custom Apparel Company Over Bootleg Designs
January 17, 2020 at 12:32 pm

When we have given coverage to Ralph Lauren, the news has typically possessed plenty of positive qualities. Because of its fashion-industry renown, one might suspect that the company finds itself vulnerable to possible bootleggers, and that is the case this week, as the corporation is suing a custom apparel company for allegedly infringing upon trademarks to produce a variety of goods...

Ravens Fan Files Trademark for Team's Motto In Hopes of 'Partnering' on Designs for His Apparel Company
January 6, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Let's say your favorite team has been throwing around a sort of unofficial motto for the season that's become a rallying cry of sorts. It's fun. It's something every fan can feel a part of. But what if you wanted to be an even bigger part of the team and its identity? Would you trademark that phrase in an attempt to sort of extort the team into working with you? One Las Vegas apparel maker thought that was the best course of action...

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Essendant Relating to Staples Merger
January 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm

A Delaware court dismissed a case against Essendant, as of October the sister company of Staples, which claimed that it breached its fiduciary duty during the process of being acquired by Sycamore Partners. Shareholders said in the class action lawsuit that Essendant aborted a previous agreement to merge with another office supplies company, S.P. Richards.…

Delta Airlines Employees File Lawsuit Over Uniform Health Risks
January 3, 2020 at 2:06 pm

A group of 500 Delta Airlines employees is suing Lands' End with claims that their uniforms "pose an ongoing, unreasonable [risk] of physical harm." According to CNN, Delta employees reported that they noticed a wide range of symptoms, like vocal cord dysfunction, respiratory issues, skin blisters and rashes, blurred vision, nosebleeds, ringing ears, migraines and…