WASHINGTON — Retail associations yesterday praised new legislation that would make it a federal felony to conduct what is known as organized retail crime, or the large-scale theft of product from retailers. House Resolution 6491, the Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008, also seeks to impose new restrictions on online marketplaces, where the bill’s proponents say much of the goods that are stolen from retailers is resold. John J. Motley III, senior vice president of government and public ...

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