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Yeah, About That Consignment Agreement … How You Can Lose Your Goods in a Retail Bankruptcy [Alert]

Allen Guon and Robert Fishman discuss the Uniform Commercial Code and the steps necessary to perfect your consignment under it.


Cozen O’Connor’s Retail Industry team serves as a one-stop shop for all segments of the retail industry. Led by attorneys who are widely recognized as trusted partners to and advocates for many of the country’s most prominent brands, our Retail Industry Group has a deep understanding of the multitude of issues that retailers face in both ordinary — and extraordinary — times.       

Trusted Advisers to Retailers on COVID-19 Issues

The retail industry is faced with significant challenges during this unprecedented health crisis. 2020 and 2021 have brought heightened concerns for both essential and nonessential retailers. Our cross-practice group works hand-in-hand with retailers and other consumer-facing companies, helping them navigate a range of pressing and ever-changing concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

By assessing issues, benchmarking practices, and identifying practical solutions in real time, we assist retailers in minimizing disruptions and maximizing protections. Our cross-disciplinary team advises on a host of issues including:

  • Workforce changes
  • Employee leave, work-from-home and travel policies
  • Health and safety policies and procedures for employees and consumers
  • Face covers and temperature checks
  • Employee and consumer privacy
  • State and local regulations regarding store operations and closures
  • Store-reopening protocols
  • Negligence and other tort claims related to alleged exposure
  • Asset protection
  • Contracts with suppliers, operations vendors and other parties
  • Real estate leases
  • The CARES Act
  • Event and subscription services cancellations
  • Returned goods and return policies
  • Shipping disclosures
  • Retooled manufacturing efforts for production of PPE
  • Intellectual property concerns
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Commercial disputes
  • Consumer, employee and shareholder class actions
  • Customer communications
  • Dynamic pricing and promotional activities
  • Marketing
  • Limitations on telemarketing triggered by state declarations of emergency
  • Immigration and human movement restrictions
  • False Claims Act suits
  • Regulatory compliance

Our Public Strategies Group counsels clients on the latest COVID-19-related policy developments affecting retailers and engages with federal, state, and local governments to pursue comprehensive government solutions. We ensure that retailers have visibility and clarity when it comes to the latest developments that may have implications for their businesses.  

We have never been more proud of being a partner to the industry, and we are committed to assisting retailers navigate these uncharted waters. 

Partners to Retailers in an Evolving Legal Landscape

We recognize that the retail industry is unique. Our firm has a deep industry focus that enables us to be strategic partners to our clients in a complex and ever-changing landscape. We are not merely lawyers who happen to advise retailers. We are retail lawyers.    

As retailers grapple with a multitude of issues — including heightened demands for personalized customer experiences, new innovations in technology and data analytics, trade uncertainties, pricing pressures, litigation challenges, supply chain disruptions, enhanced consumer privacy protections, and changes to the workforce — we provide practical and business-oriented counsel to ensure our clients’ interests are thoroughly protected. Our lawyers are out in the marketplace, meeting with technology vendors and testing the latest tools being developed and pitched to the industry — and assessing their potential privacy, regulatory and legal implications. And we are sought after to speak and write on issues pertaining to the retail industry.      

Our clients include many of the country’s largest and most prominent retailers, as well as international fashion houses, niche and specialty brands, emerging ventures, and e-commerce companies. Our geographic reach, relationships with leading industry associations, and wide array of services, enables us to address any question or issue as it arises, and help retailers remain nimble in this dynamic environment. 


We recognize and address the shared and individualized needs of different segments of the industry. Our clients include retailers of all sizes and scope:

  • Department stores
  • Apparel
  • Grocery
  • Luxury
  • Fashion
  • Beauty
  • Technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Children
  • Pet
  • Restaurants
  • Accessories
  • Office supplies
  • Electronics
  • Financial products
  • Specialty
  • Direct-to-consumer
  • E-commerce


  • Advertising
  • AG investigations and enforcement
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration agreements and class action waivers
  • Artificial intelligence, AR/VR and biometric tools
  • Asset protection
  • Automatic renewals/subscription services
  • Brand protection
  • Business disputes
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Class actions
  • Co-branded credit cards
  • Consumer products
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Credit reporting
  • Crisis management
  • Consumer class actions 
  • COVID-19 issues
  • Customs and trade
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Data breach
  • E-commerce
  • Email campaigns
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee health and safety
  • Employee training and management
  • Employment litigation
  • Executive compensation
  • Fair pay
  • False claims
  • Foreign practices
  • Franchising
  • GDPR
  • Gift cards
  • HR investigations
  • Human trafficking
  • Influencer marketing
  • Immigration
  • Internal investigations
  • International
  • IP
  • Labor disputes
  • Licensing
  • Loyalty programs
  • “Made in USA”
  • Marketing practices
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Mobile apps
  • Pay cards
  • Pricing and promotions
  • Privacy compliance
  • Privacy litigation
  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)
  • Product labeling
  • Product safety
  • Proposition 65
  • Real estate
  • Reference pricing
  • Remote workforce
  • Restructuring
  • Rewards programs
  • Securities
  • Shipping and delivery
  • Social media
  • Sponsorships/collaborations
  • Supply chain
  • Sweepstakes
  • Tax
  • Technology transactions and licensing
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Terms & conditions and terms of use
  • Text messaging
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets
  • Wage and hour class actions
  • Website and mobile app accessibility (ADA)
  • Weights & measures
  • Workplace safety




Yeah, About That Consignment Agreement … How You Can Lose Your Goods in a Retail Bankruptcy [Alert]

December 08, 2020

Allen Guon and Robert Fishman discuss the Uniform Commercial Code and the steps necessary to perfect your consignment under it.

A Wave of Privacy Class Action Litigation in the Wake of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

November 23, 2020

Michael McTigue, Meredith Slawe, and Daniel Brewer co-authored an article published by the American Bar Association discussing how the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has sparked a meaningful shift in the nature of privacy class action litigation and how the TCPA impacts businesses and customers today.

New U.S. Ban on Chinese Cotton Suppliers Adds Stress to Fashion Industry’s Weakened Supply Chain [Alert]

September 21, 2020

Danielle Garno, Heather Marx, and Samuel Mogensen discuss U.S. Customs and Border Protection five WROs banning cotton, apparel, and other goods that were produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Fashion Industry Adaptations Amid Trade War, Pandemic

September 18, 2020

Danielle Garno and Heather Marx published an article to Law360 discussing the different effects that trade policies and the COVID-19 pandemic have had on the fashion industry.

DOJ Prosecutes Fashion Company For Skirting Customs Tariffs - Could This Be The Hot New Trend? [Alert]

September 02, 2020

Danielle Garno, Rachel Collins Clarke, and Joseph Simpson discuss the DOJ's action against Ambiance Apparel and what it could mean for other fashion companies.

The benefits of long-term relationships in influencer marketing

August 14, 2020

Danielle Garno and Mayura Noordyke contributed an article to Agility PR Solutions discussing how putting in the work to build long-term relationships with influencers is the best way for brands to reap stable and continuing benefits.

Making Sense of "Made in the USA"

July 30, 2020

Richard Fama and Brenden Coller contributed an article to Retail Leader discussing what “Made in the USA” really means and if the definition of that phrase will change given the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent announcement of a proposed rule governing “Made in the USA” claims.

Lease Forbearance Agreements in the Age of COVID-19

June 02, 2020

Adam Silvermann discusses a variety of issues and provisions landlords (and tenants) should consider when crafting a lease forbearance agreement during the COVID-19 crisis.

While the world is on pause, it’s a good time to review your social media compliance policy

April 20, 2020

Danielle Garno and Brianne Polito contributed an article to Agility PR Solutions encouraging businesses to review their social media advertising strategies and compliance programs to ensure that they are updated, specifically tailored to the business, and that their marketing teams as well as influencers understand what is required under the FTC regulations.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

DePaul Sports Law Journal Symposium 2020

November 18, 2020 - Chicago, Illinois

Innovators in Fashion

March 25, 2020 - Miami, FL

In The News

Class Actions Group Files Amicus Brief in the Eleventh Circuit Related to Data Breach Class Action

May 06, 2021

Mike McTigue, Meredith Slawe, Becky Girolamo, and Max Kaplan of the Class Actions Practice Group filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit in support of Brinker International, the parent company of the Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurant chains, on May 5, 2021.

7th Circuit Considers Scope of IL Biometric Info Privacy Act

April 06, 2021

Mike McTigue, Meredith Slawe, and Marie Bussey-Garza in the Class Actions Practice Group; Anna Wermuth in the Labor & Employment Practice Group; and Michael De Leeuw, Stephen Miller, and Tamar Wise in the Appellate & Supreme Court Practice Group collaborated on an amicus brief that was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday, April 5.

Legal Groups Back White Castle's 7th Circ. Bid To Curb BIPA

April 06, 2021

Meredith C. Slawe, Michael W. McTigue Jr., Stephen A. Miller, Marie Bussey-Garza, Michael de Leeuw, Tamar S. Wise, and Anna Wermuth, the attorneys for the amici curiae, were featured in an article published by Law360.

Pepperdine School of Law profiles Danielle Garno

November 10, 2020

Danielle Garno's alma mater, Pepperdine School of Law, profiled Danielle and her fashion law practice, featuring her advice for Pepperdine law students hoping to follow her career path, as well as highlighting her recent co-authored Law360 article.

Meredith Slawe Honored as a 2020 Best Law Firm Mentor by The Legal Intelligencer

September 29, 2020

Meredith Slawe, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Class Actions practice and co-chair of the Retail Industry team, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Law Firm Mentors category.

Tariff Takedown: Why Ambiance Apparel's $118 Million Federal Case is Fashion's Cautionary Tale

September 22, 2020

Danielle Garno and Rachel Collins Clarke were featured in a Sourcing Journal article which discusses how federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Los Angeles Fashion District clothing importer.

What Happens When A Beauty Brand Claims A Product Is Vegan That’s Really Not?

July 20, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in Beauty Independent discussing the possible consequences for claiming a product is vegan when its actually not.

Why Fashion Brands and Their Retail Landlords Are Suing Each Other

June 26, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in the Business of Fashion discussing the legal battles going on between fashion brands and their retail landlords.

Cozen O'Connor snaps up high-profile litigation team

May 28, 2020

Cozen O'Connor was highlighted for their recent additions of two of the country's leading class action litigators.

Class Action Litigators Bring Team to Cozen O'Connor: Michael W. McTigue Jr. and Meredith C. Slawe Spearhead National Class Actions Practice; Recognized White Collar Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer Mira Baylson Joins

May 27, 2020

Continuing the firm’s strategic expansion of complex litigation and investigations practices and the premier Technology, Privacy and Data Security Team

What the Bankruptcy Onslaught Means for the Future of Retail

May 11, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in The Business of Fashion explaining that retailers, healthy and distressed alike, have tapped their credit lines with banks, which are now “overextended and cautious about the sector.”

Thinking of Not Paying Rent Amid COVID-19? Landlords Sue Ross Stores, Other Commercial Tenants

May 05, 2020

Danielle Garno was featured in the Daily Business Review warning that parties to the lawsuit must understand how intertwined their businesses are in order to come to a resolution, rather than just enforcing obligations under the lease.

What To Do About Rent

April 02, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in the Business of Fashion, discussing the best thing for tenants to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Miami-based Litigator Danielle N. Garno

February 24, 2020

Cozen O’Connor announced Danielle N. Garno, a seasoned litigator, who has joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, will be a member in the firm’s Miami office. Garno will chair Cozen O'Connor’s Retail Industry Team and lead the firm’s fashion, beauty, and luxury goods practice.


Meredith C. Slawe

Co-Chair, Class Actions
Chair, Retail

(215) 665-4175



Meredith Slawe Honored as a 2020 Best Law Firm Mentor by The Legal Intelligencer

September 29, 2020

Meredith Slawe, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Class Actions practice and co-chair of the Retail Industry team, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Law Firm Mentors category.

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