L'Oreal Announces Deal to Buy Carol's Daughter Brand

October 24, 2014

L’Oreal SA, the world’s largest cosmetics maker, announced on Oct. 20 that it has an agreement to acquire recently reorganized beauty brand Carol’s Daughter through a U.S. unit, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Carol’s Daughter will continue to operate from its New York headquarters under its current leadership team, according to the L’Oreal statement. CD Stores LLC got bankruptcy court approval of its chapter 11 plan on Sept. 2. In bankruptcy, the company consolidated retail operations into two stores in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. A 10 percent distribution was paid to creditors under the plan, according to a Sept. 15 closing report.

After JPMorgan Breach, a Greater Push to Fortify Wall Street Banks

October 22, 2014

This summer’s huge cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase and a dozen other financial institutions is accelerating efforts by federal and state authorities to push banks and brokerage firms to close some gaping holes in their defenses, the New York Times reported today. Top officials at the Treasury Department are discussing the need to bolster fortifications around a critical area of cybersecurity: outside vendors, which include law firms, accounting and marketing firms and even janitorial companies. The sweeping effort began before the hacking of JPMorgan, which compromised some of the personal account information of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. Under discussion is a requirement that the banks put in place more stringent procedures and safeguards to make sure that outside firms have, at the least, basic defenses.

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In related news, Staples Inc., the world’s largest office-supply chain, is investigating a potential breach of customer credit card data, becoming the latest retailer to confront a threat from hackers in recent months, Bloomberg News reported today. Staples has contacted law enforcement authorities and is working to resolve the matter, according to Mark Cautela, a spokesman for the Framingham, Mass.-based company. The potential data theft adds to a wave of breaches at companies such as Home Depot Inc., Target Corp., Sears Holdings Corp.’s Kmart chain and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. that have put pressure on retailers to bolster security. The Staples incident, reported earlier by independent journalist Brian Krebs, may involve the theft of card information from Staples locations in the Northeast.