Representative Experience

  • Drafted legislation that persuaded Congress to grant a six-month extension for disclosure compliance under the CARD Act, saving client Blackhawk Network significant cost.
  • Represented Petco Animal Supplies in its transfer of operations and management, and its acquisition of a retail pet food and supplies business and a chain of retail pet food and supplies.
  • Secured a win for client Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in one of the first FACTA cases resulting from the printing of credit card expiration dates on customer receipts.

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  • Gift Cards & Prepaid Cards
    • Represented a five-star hotel in its defense against a class action suit brought on behalf of purchasers of gift cards and certificates.
    • Represented a national book retailer in its defense against a class action alleging that refusal to redeem gift cards for cash violates California’s gift card statute and unfair competition law.
    • Helped a national home improvement retailer successfully resolve a series of consumer class actions challenging the store’s current and former gift cards, resolving all cases by successful motions or minor settlements.
  • Corporate Counseling
    • Provided a home and office computer manufacturer with advice regarding state, federal and international privacy laws and regulations as well as on spam laws and marketing efforts over their website.
    • Provided a leading international private financial institution with ongoing advice regarding state, federal and international laws and regulations governing money transmissions through brick-and-mortar stores and via the internet.
    • Helped an online insurance provider obtain necessary licensure and continue to review ads, marketing offers and website screens for regulatory compliance regarding the creation of “quality seals” for online retailers.
    • Advised a global energy company and its retail outlets regarding credit cards, gift cards, financial services products, branding and numerous regulatory issues.
    • Represented a major supermarket chain regarding expansion into financial services products, state and federal privacy requirements, money services, business regulations, unclaimed property obligations, collection practices, and related licensing requirements.
    • Advised a satellite TV service regarding state and federal regulations governing payment mechanisms and warrant issues as well as state consumer law requirements.
    • Represented a global book retailer of books, music and other entertainment with antitrust, unfair competition, suppliers, gift cards and state consumer law issues.
  • Global Sourcing
    • Represented an international clothing manufacturer and retailer with major technology procurement and sourcing activities including desktop workstations and ERP system procurement, customization and support.
    • Represented an affinity card startup with the negotiation of underlying technology and partnership agreements with credit card processors.
    • Represented a supermarket chain with the negotiation of a full-scope IT outsourcing contract for data center operations, network management desktop support and applications development.
  • Real Estate
    • Represented an international shopping center developer on leasing and development matters for more than 20 of its regional shopping and entertainment centers throughout the US.
    • Represented national retail chains and shopping center developers on zoning, land use and development matters concerning new strop shopping centers, renovation of existing centers and standalone pad sites.

Practice Area Highlights

  • Ranked nationwide by Chambers USA since 2016.
  • Pillsbury is truly a one-stop-shop for consumer and retail clients from payments and gift cards, to cybersecurity and data protection, sweepstakes to real estate, and tax issues to consumer class actions.
  • Recognized by Chambers Global as one of the world’s foremost practices in Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy.