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fashionFashion Law and Business, PLI’s new Treatise, has been getting rave reviews!  Check out the latest review from AALL here and below.  If you have any questions or would like to order the book, please email the PLI Library Relations Department or call 877-900-5291.

Book Review: Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers

BY: Andreea Alexander | February 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Lois F. Herzeca & Howard S. Hogan.  2013. Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers.  Practising Law Institute: New York.  847 pages.  $185 from publisher; $145.48 from Amazon.com

While the subject hasn’t yet garnered the broad name recognition of practice areas like sports law and entertainment law, those familiar with the actual study and practice of fashion law understand that it’s about more than whether you should match your shoes to your belt (or even the Louboutin red soles case).   Fashion law encompasses a broad range of issues such as corporate law, international trade, labor and employment, real estate, and of course intellectual property.  And now, with Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers, Lois F. Herzeca and Howard S. Hogan take fashion law a little further into the mainstream legal world.

If your library purchases only one book on fashion law, this should be it.  Now, admittedly, there are only a handful of books explicitly dedicated to fashion law currently in print, so the options are fairly limited.  But in my opinion, this book is by far the most helpful for students and practitioners alike.  As one might deduce from the publisher, the Practising Law Institute, this text is targeted more toward practitioners, and was in fact written by two attorneys who Co-Chair their firm’s Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Practice Group.   The authors explain in the introduction, “[T]his book is structured on the presumption that fashion law can be best examined in the context of an understanding of the business and operations of the fashion industry.”  This is not a casebook, and it’s not written to be a textbook (although it would be helpful in a fashion law course).  It is the most comprehensive guide to fashion law that has been published so far, with 847 pages (more than twice the pages of the next longest text on fashion law), and accurately captures both the large and small issues of the subject.

Other in-depth examinations of fashion law feature chapters written by different scholars and practitioners on various topics; this leads to some redundancy as similar ideas are reiterated in different contexts.  Fashion Law and Business benefits from a unified tone thanks to the treatment of each topic by the same two authors.  The finding aids are excellent, including a detailed table of contents, a 36-page index, and a table of authorities allowing the reader to focus on specific cases or statutes.  Cases are not reprinted but are discussed in some detail, and the authors wisely chose to incorporate not only overtly fashion law-oriented cases but also cases that do not involve fashion but are critical to understanding a given topic in fashion law; for example, the grey market is a major issue in fashion law, but a basic understanding of the grey market would be incomplete without John Wiley & Sons v. KirtsaengFashion Law and Business includes an explanation of that case alongside more clearly fashion-oriented cases like Abercrombie & Fitch v. Fashion Shops of Kentucky.

If I have one quibble with Fashion Law and Business, it’s that references are grouped at the end of each chapter as endnotes, instead of in footnotes on the relevant pages; flipping back and forth is a little bit bothersome for someone accustomed to the reference style of law reviews and journals.  But this is a minor issue, and the benefits of this text far outweigh that small irritation.  It’s also a comparatively good bargain—other fashion law texts are published in paperback and cost upwards of $80; at about $145 (prices via Amazon.com), this hardcover text delivers more content and promises to be more physically resilient.

I’ve followed the recent publication of fashion law books with great interest, and this is the first one I felt I could unreservedly recommend for the libraries of both law schools and law firms.  It is thorough, well-written, and may help your library’s patrons see that “fashion law” means something more than “leggings aren’t pants!”
Andrea Alexander is a reference librarian and assistant professor at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law’s Taggart Law Library.  She never wears leggings as pants.

Our Lucky Discover PLUS Kayak Raffle Winner

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On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute  announced its lucky sweepstakes winner,  Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.

We received an overwhelming amount of submissions, which meant you shared in our excitement in giving away our Discover PLUS branded REI Kayak and Paddle! Discover PLUS–PLI’s eBook library containing our authoritative Treatises, Course Handbooks, and Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts–was named 2013 New Product of the Year at this year’s annual meeting.  As such, we wanted to offer a raffle prize that reflected our sincere gratitude at being awarded this honor and that paid homage to our host city of Seattle.  A kayak seemed like the perfect fit.

Ruck lives in Florida and manages all aspects of the Merlin Law Group’s document management system, library and informational operations. He ensures that all legal research and supporting documentation associated with current and previously litigated cases is accurately maintained, catalogued, updated, and accessible to the firm’s attorneys and designated staff personnel. Congratulations and enjoy!

Join PLI for a Lunch & Learn at the AALL Annual Meeting

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For additional information or questions, please contact PLI Library Help Desk at
libraryrelations@pli.edu or (877) 900-5291.

Practising Law Institute Receives AALL New Product of the Year Award 2013

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The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the nation’s oldest organization for law librarians and related professionals, has awarded its 2013 New Product of the Year Award to PLI for our new eBook library Discover PLUSAALL will present the award in Seattle during the conference next month.

The New Product of the Year Award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures, or innovative products that improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials.

Practising Law Institute’s Discover PLUS is a comprehensive eBook library, offering customers electronic access to PLI’s authoritative Treatises and Answer Books. In addition, Discover PLUS offers exclusive access to the organization’s Course Handbooks, Program Transcripts, and Legal Forms derived from its acclaimed seminars and publications. In developing Discover PLUS, PLI worked closely with law librarians, attorneys, and law students in order to create an intuitive, user-friendly platform that reflects the desires of the users themselves. This product was created by legal researchers to meet the needs of legal researchers; rather than just digitizing our books, PLI strove to truly optimize its print content for an online environment.

“It is truly an honor to win this award,” said Alexa Robertson, Director of Library Relations at PLI. “We had law librarians in mind as we developed our eBook library and worked with them every step of the way.  We’re thrilled that Discover PLUS is a product AALL saw fit to recognize.”

 For more information on Discover PLUS go to discover.pli.edu



We’re Going to AALL

In just a couple of weeks, PLI will be going to Boston for the AALL annual meeting!

Stop by our booth (#323) to say hello and watch a demo of our brand new eBook library, Discover PLUS.

We’re also doing another “New Yorker”-style caption the cartoon contest this year and the winner will receive the New iPad! We’ll accept caption submissions at the booth.  Click here to view the cartoon and start thinking of your best caption–you can also submit your caption online if you won’t be at SLA or AALL.

So stop by, learn about Discover PLUS, and submit your most clever caption for our cartoon to win a new iPad.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

PLI Cordially Invites You to Attend our Discovering Discover PLUS Breakfast at AALL this Year

Be among the first to learn about our new eBook library! We will provide a live demo of Discover PLUS at the breakfast.  What is Discover PLUS, you may ask?  It’s is PLI’s new eBook library compiled from our renowned authoritative treatises, answer books, course handbooks, program transcripts, and legal forms. The database also features new ways to manage your research and a customer feedback-driven user-interface.

Want to learn more? Join us for breakfast on Monday, July 23rd from 7:00 – 8:15 AM at the Sheraton.  Please email libraryrelations@pli.edu to let us know you want to attend and we’ll include the Sheraton room number in your confirmation.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

See you in Philly!

PLI Library Relations hopes to see you in Philadelphia at the AALL Annual Conference.  We’ll be at booth #832 – please stop by to say “hello”.  We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions or to give a demo of PLI Discover.  Or you can drop off your entry for the Caption the Cartoon sweepstakes.  Let us know what our law book is dreaming about and the person with the cleverest entry will win an iPad.

And we hope to see you at our Cocktail Reception on Sunday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  If you haven’t yet done so, please RSVP at libraryrelations@pli.edu.  There is still space available!

PLI Reception at AALL

Practising Law Institute cordially invites you to join us during the AALL Conference for a Cocktail Reception to celebrate our continuing commitment and ongoing collaboration with the library community. 

The reception will be held on Sunday, July 24th 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

 Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as you reconnect with old friends, network, and plan your conference schedule.

Space is limited so please RSVP by July 11th to libraryrelations@pli.edu.

We’re going to AALL

PLI is going to AALL in July!  Stop by and visit us at booth # 832.

The 2011 AALL Conference will be in Philadelphia, PA.  Please stop by to say hello and find out about our new products and services. On display will be our latest research solution PLI Discover, your direct source to our treatise and course handbook titles.

Volunteer at the AALL Conference

This year’s conference in Denver is going to be amazing, I can already tell. If you’re a first year attendee, or just want a guaranteed way to meet some amazing people, volunteer! You can see the whole kit and caboodle from the inside, while ensuring a wonderful and smoothly run conference for your fellow law librarians.

(And when you’re there, stop by our booth and say hi. We’ll give you a pig.)

Volunteer information here.