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Choppy Waters: Pacific Sun Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and What This Could Mean for Retail Landlords

04/13/16 posted by Ben Ellison

Pacific Sun, commonly referred to as "PacSun" by California surfers and 90's kids, is in financial distress. The trendy skate and surf shop with 600 stores nationwide is just one of many retailers that overestimated consumer demand and expanded too quickly. Keep Reading »

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Court Invalidates Per-Day Limit on Amount of Spirits and Wine That Retailers Can Sell to Restaurants

05/13/13 posted by Ben Ellison

As most readers know, Initiative 1183, passed in 2011 and enacted in 2012, privatized liquor sales in Washington. Among other things, the Initiative created two new types of retail liquor privileges. Keep Reading »

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Washington State Liquor Control Board to Auction Off Remaining Inventory on November 1

10/30/12 posted by Ben Ellison

On Thursday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board ("WSLCB") will sell its remaining inventory at a live auction to be held at its distribution center on East Marginal Way. Keep Reading »

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Merchants Beware: After a Recent Court Decision, Printing any Part of the Expiration Date on a Credit or Debit Card Receipt May be a Willful Violation of Federal Law

08/21/12 posted by Ben Ellison

Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, or FACTA, retailers, hotels and restaurants that accept credit or debit cards may not print the expiration date or more than the last five digits of the card number on any electronically printed receipt provided at the point of sale. Keep Reading »

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Music Licensing 101: The Basics for Hotel & Restaurant Operators

06/21/12 posted by Ben Ellison

Under federal copyright law, the owner of a music copyright has the exclusive right to "perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission." 17 U.S.C. § 106(6). If you play music in your business, you may be liable for copyright infringement if you do not first obtain a license from the copyright holder or from a performance rights organization. Keep Reading »

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