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June 17, 2014

The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association asked an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by only a handful of merchants and would do nothing to bring the fees under control.

December 17, 2013

The paint industry has proved generally successful in court, dodging expensive lead-paint related rulings.

But not in California. Not Monday.

A judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled that paint companies must pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cites and counties -- including Los Angeles County -- as part of a lead removal program. Millions of older homes will be involved in the treatment.

December 16, 2013

The class-action settlement between merchants and Visa and MasterCard is signed, sealed and delivered. A federal judge approved the $5.7 billion -- that’s an estimate -- class-action settlement over credit card fees.

It’s a settlement that is believed to be the biggest of its kind for antitrust matters. And the National Retail Federation is not happy.

September 12, 2013

The National Retail Federation today asked a federal judge to “right or reject” a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees, saying the measure needs to be rewritten to do more to bring the soaring fees under control and that retailers who don’t support it should be allowed to completely opt out.

June 19, 2013

Following its asset acquisition deal with Lowe's, Orchard Supply Hardware is moving forward with its effort to close underperforming stores and has won approval to seek bids from liquidators to hold going-out-of-business sales.

March 18, 2013

Kansas City, Kan.-based DaVinci Roofscapes, maker of roofing materials including polymer slate and shake roofing, launched a home exterior color contest open to all homeowners.

March 15, 2013

Houston-based hardlines co-op Handy Hardware Wholesale submitted papers for their much-anticipated plan of reorganization March 6.

The 1,300-member regional co-op filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. Whether Handy can return to its place as a meaningful and profitable player in the hardware business remains to be seen. This much is certain: What was once $27 million in member equity in Class A and Class B shares has vanished.

March 4, 2013

A federal judge has ordered kgb USA Inc., the world’s largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services, to pay $1.3 million in minimum-wage compensation to 14,568 of its current and former employees nationwide for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

November 2, 2012

The National Retail Federation is continuing its fight against credit card swipe fees by asking a judge to reject a proposed class-action settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit, saying it would not bring the fees charged by Visa and MasterCard under control and does not give retailers who oppose it an adequate mechanism to opt out.

June 12, 2012

According to a report by Reuters, that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Friday said he was "seriously concerned" about whether the female plaintiffs suing Wal-Mart Stores have sufficient evidence to proceed with their re-filed gender discrimination lawsuit.

The group is again filing suit against Wal-Mart for allegedly denying them pay raises and promotions for gender-related reasons. The original class action suit of as many as 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employers was dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

April 27, 2012

The fact that contractors and remodelers have been losing bids over pricing should come as no surprise. They’re under tremendous pressure for price concessions from homeowners, and if they want to stay in the game, contractors have to lower their prices somehow. But how they choose to cut costs through purchasing, and what goes into their decision-making process, is the subject of a newly released study by L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm.

March 23, 2012

A federal district court decision on a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule requiring employers to post notices informing workers of their right to unionize could have a wide-reaching impact on most U.S. employers and their workers, according to experts.

March 19, 2012

KB Home is being sued by a group of homeowners in Cary, N.C., because it installed weather barriers behind fiber cement siding in some residential developments but not others, according to a case summary provided by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. 

A Business Court judge certified the lawsuit, describing the class as "all persons in the state of North Carolina who own a home that was constructed by KB Homes without a weather-restrictive barrier behind the exterior veneer of Hardiplank cement fiber lap siding."

December 15, 2011

A landmark settlement in toxic drywall cases was reached today, one that may  bring relief to thousands of homeowners and put an end to hundreds of state and federal cases filed against insulation manufacturers.  

November 29, 2011

A San Diego-area man convicted of killing a Home Depot manager during a robbery attempt will face lethal injection after a judge upheld a jury’s death sentence recommendation, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.

August 15, 2011

A judge in Eau Claire County Court has awarded Dawn Sands, the former general counsel for Menards’ home improvement chain, $600,000 in lost wages and benefits, according to an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

November 11, 2010

Bruce Karatz, the former chief executive of KB Home, received a sentence of five years...

September 28, 2010

A federal judge has ordered City of Commerce, Calif.-based 99¢ Only Stores to pay $409,490...

November 12, 2008

The Janovich family, owners of Samson Hardware, received word from a state judge in October...

September 21, 2008

Barbeques Galore, a chain of 65 stores selling barbecues and accessories in four western states,...

September 8, 2008

A California bankruptcy court judge has set a Sept. 10 auction date for the assets...

May 7, 2008

Struggling specialty retailer Linens ‘n Things has received preliminary approval for its recent bankruptcy filing...

March 16, 2008

Armstrong Garden Centers, a 34-unit chain based in California, has purchased 16 stores belonging to...