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Virtual Legality Episode 193

"Essential Retail"? The Legalities of GameStop's Claim

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GameStop has instructed management to counter law enforcement efforts to close down its stores by referring to the video game provider's services as "essential retail".

But is the claim quite as crazy as it seems?

GameStop may be oily, but is it "essential" oil? We consider...in Virtual Legality.

#GameStop #EssentialRetail #Lockdown


Discussed in this episode:

"GameStop: We Can Stay Open During Lockdowns Because We're 'Essential Retail'"
Kotaku - March 19, 2020 - Jason Screier
https://kotaku.com/gamestop-we-can-stay-open-during-lockdowns-because-wer-1842415962

"This could be a good virtuallegality"
Tweet - March 19, 2020 - The ReTweeter (@BoneSawIsReady_)
https://twitter.com/BoneSawIsReady_/status/1240770027227353090

"GameStop claims it is ‘essential retail’ to remain open amid coronavirus shutdowns"
The Verge - March 19, 2020 - Megan Farokhmanesh
https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/19/21187357/gamestop-coronavirus-essential-retail-shut-down-open

"San Francisco Issues New Public Health Order Requiring Residents Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs"
Office of the Mayor of San Francisco - March 16, 2020
https://sfmayor.org/article/san-francisco-issues-new-public-health-order-requiring-residents-stay-home-except-essential

"California governor issues statewide order to ‘stay at home’ effective Thursday evening"
CNBC - March 19, 2020 - Weizhen Tan and Riya Bhattacharjee
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/california-governor-issues-statewide-order-to-stay-at-home-effective-thursday-evening.html

"EXECUTIVE ORDER N-33-20"
State of California - March 19, 2020
https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf

"IDENTIFYING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE DURING COVID-19"
CISA Website
https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

"GameStop Instructs Employees to Ignore Law Enforcement And Not Shut Down"
Vice - March 19, 2020 - Patrick Klepek
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkew4g/gamestop-instructs-employees-ignore-law-enforcement-not-shut-down-coronavirus

GameStop Letter to Customers
Updated March 19, 2020
https://www.gamestop.com/preventive-measures.html

"A Note From Best Buy About COVID-19"
Best Buy Blog - Updated March 19, 2020
https://corporate.bestbuy.com/a-note-from-best-buy-about-covid-19/

"GameStop's Employees Fear Its Coronavirus Policies Are Dangerously Flawed"
Kotaku - March 16, 2020 - Ian Walker
https://kotaku.com/gamestops-employees-fear-its-coronavirus-policies-are-d-1842367297


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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