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Social Links: Yelp’s Communications Decency Act claim; Twitter loosens its character limit; building a Snapchat audience

The California Supreme Court agreed to hear Yelp’s case arguing that requiring the company to remove a one-star review of a law firm “creates a gaping hole” in the immunity that shields internet service providers from suits related to…more

OSHA Increases Scrutiny of Whistleblower Settlement Agreements

Following the SEC’s lead, OSHA recently announced new guidelines that it will consider when deciding whether to approve settlement agreements reached during OSHA investigations of whistleblower claims…more

Second Circuit: “C” is for Comity; Price Fixing Judgement Against Chinese Vitamin C Sellers Reversed

Last week, in In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) vacated a $147 million jury award against Chinese vitamin C sellers Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. and North China…more

Yahoo Announces Large Data Breach

On September 22, 2016, Yahoo issued a statement confirming that hackers infiltrated its systems in late 2014 and lifted account data tied to at least 500 million users. In its press release, Yahoo said that a recent investigation…more

Land Use Matters, Alston & Bird LLP, August 2016

Land Use Matters provides information and insights into legal and regulatory developments, primarily at the Los Angeles City and County levels, affecting land use matters, as well as new CEQA appellate decisions. Please see full…more

DOT/PHMSA Proposes to Harmonize U.S. Lithium Battery Transport Requirements With International Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a proposed rule that would harmonize U.S. hazardous materials regulations with international hazardous materials transport standards…more

A New European Electronic Communications Code… And Some Other Changes

On September 14 the European Commission (EC) unveiled a series of measures of different legal nature, which together represent a very important and long-term effort to review the European telecommunications policy and legal framework…more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV Eligibility

By October 10, 2016, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and September…more

Blog: Amending the European VC Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

In July 2016, the European Commission published proposals to amend the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations; and submitted them to the Parliament and Council for possible adoption under the co-decision…more

DOL Joins SEC in Attack on Severance Agreement Clauses

Companies cannot prohibit their former employees from collecting whistleblower awards, says the DOL in a recently released memo. Moreover, even asking employees to disclaim any knowledge of any legal violations by the employer is seen…more

EBA Consults on Guidelines on Minimum Professional Indemnity Insurance under PSD2

On September 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper (EBA/CP/2016/12) on draft guidelines in relation to professional indemnity insurance (PII) and the criteria competent authorities should follow…more

It’s Not Just the Response, It’s the Disclosure: SEC Charges Against a Company and Its General Counsel Highlight Importance of Disclosing False Claims Act Claims

A recent complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission highlights some important considerations for companies and in-house counsel facing False Claims Act investigations. The action is SEC v. RPM International and Moore…more

The Ping FCPA Enforcement Action: Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action against an individual earlier this month when it announced the resolution of a matter involving Jun Ping Zhang, via a Cease…more

Florida Supreme Court Advises the Eleventh Circuit that A STOLI Policy Cannot Be Rescinded After the Contestability Period

The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals certified 2 questions under Florida law to the Florida Supreme Court relating to 3 STOLI life insurance policies. The Florida Supreme Court rephrased (and conflated) the 2 questions and stated…more

Order Compelling Arbitration Reversed Due To Failure To Determine The Existence And Scope Of Arbitration Agreement

The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court for compelling arbitration without issuing an order that (1) made “the necessary factual findings as to the parties’ communications,” (2) determined “the law applicable to contract…more

It’s All About Compliance

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which arise routinely with import and export transactions. These tips are published with the intention to aid international traders in their…more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored in the…more

UPDATE: Got Data? Actual Harm Not Required for FTC Enforcement Action for Lax Security Measures

As anticipated, things are getting even more exciting with the case previously covered in Password Protected. Specifically, LabMD is appealing the landmark data security case between it and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that…more

Key Legal Issues in Privacy and Data Security on Display in Sixth Circuit Data Breach Class Action Decision

A September 12, 2016 decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit adds new fuel to an ongoing legal debate: when a data breach places a business’s sensitive customer information into the hands of hackers, what must a…more

CMS Postpones Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would postpone the initiation of the CMS Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services (the “Demonstration”) in Florida, which was scheduled to begin in…more

Blog: The FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms

Nausicaa Delfas, the FCA’s Director of Specialist Supervision has delivered a speech at the FT’s Cyber Security Summit, about the FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms. There are 3 short takeaways..…more

“Going and Coming” Rule Intact Where Employee Not Required to Have Personal Vehicle Available for Company Business

In Jorge v. Culinary Institute of America (No. A143545, filed 9/16/16), a California appeals court held that an employer was not liable on a respondeat superior theory for the negligence of its employee as there was no evidence…more

NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready to defend…more

Who is Responsible for a Company’s Mood in the Middle? – the Wells Fargo Fiasco

Wells Fargo’s cultural tone is not easily segregated between “top,” “middle” and “bottom.” Despite the recent cross-selling scandal, in which the CFPB led an enforcement action whose fines total a whopping $185 million, Wells Fargo’s…more

Hillary Clinton Advises of Changes She Would Make to the Estate Tax Rate

And its not downward – surprise! Last week, Hillary advised that she would like to move the highest estate tax rate from its current 40% to 65%…more

Proposed LHWCA Maximum Compensation Change May Concern Some Employers

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Department of Labor, posted proposed rules affecting section 906 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act 33 U.S.C. § 901 et seq., Federal Register, Volume 81, No. 166, August…more

Eighth Circuit: A Debt Collector May Call A Third Party More Than Once Without Violating § 1692b(3) of the FDCPA

In Kuntz v. Rodenburg LLP, No. 15-2777, – F.3d –, 2016 WL 5219884 (8th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016), the Eighth Circuit held that a law firm hired to collect a debt did not violate § 1692b(3) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”)…more

[Video]The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Permitting Process

In this video, Co-Chair of the McNees Food & Beverage Group Kimberly Selemba discusses the alcohol and tobacco tax as well as the process of obtaining a permit with the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Bureau (TTB)…more

Yuba Sutter Medical Center Hit With Ransomware

Yuba Sutter Medical Center in California (Yuba Sutter) has notified its patients that it has suffered a recent ransomware attack that caused parts of its network to be incapacitated. As a result, patient files were unable to be…more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37588 - Prime Locations of CT, LLC v. Rocky Hill Development, LLC - When a commercial condominium unit owner’s association refused to grant their approval for a crematorium to be…more

HM Treasury Consults on Definition of Financial Advice

HM Treasury published a consultation paper on amending the definition of regulated advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 to bring it in line with the definition of “investment…more

Contract Corner: Term (Part 1)

What is the term of your contract? It is one of the most basic questions with regard to any agreement, but drafting provisions regarding the “Term” raises multiple issues, both legal and practical…more

Clinton vs. Trump: How the U.S. Presidential Election Could Impact IP Law

A great deal has been made of the distinct policy differences between Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee Donald Trump in such areas as immigration, national defense, crime and taxation. But the 2016…more

EU Legislation Listing High-Risk Third Countries under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

A Commission Delegated Regulation identifying high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, based on deficiencies…more

Digging deeper: Chinese cross-border mining M&A steals the spotlight

Mining M&A is now a China story. The country has served as one of the few legitimate catalysts for deals since January 2015, closing 20 cross-border mining acquisitions worth approximately US$8.3 billion. The momentum has continued in…more

Expanding Overtime to Farmworkers: Will California Start a Trend?

On September 12, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066. The bill, which is the first of its kind in the nation, will entitle California farmworkers to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in California…more

My Project Changed—Is My EIR Still Valid: A New California Supreme Court Case Provides Guidance

Change is inevitable. Many times between project approval and project construction fluctuations in market conditions, financing terms or other factors mandate project changes. Do the changes require a further or modified California…more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Initial Proposals on the Trading Obligation under MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The trading obligation is applicable to classes of derivatives…more

Does An Emailed Copy of a Complaint Start the 30-Day Removal Clock?

In today’s litigation practice, a defendant often receives a copy of a filed complaint before it is formally served with the pleading. Sometimes, plaintiff’s counsel emails a copy to the defendant’s counsel after filing. If it is a…more

Breaking bad: Tackling European NPLs

The latest EBA stress test results paint a broadly positive picture for Europe's banks but high levels of non-performing loans continue to weigh down heavily on Europe's banking sector…more

Aftermath of the Yahoo Breach: M&A Risk and Cybersecurity

In the midst of its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc., Yahoo Inc. disclosed what looks like one of the largest reported thefts of user information in U.S. history. Yahoo has confirmed that a “state-sponsored” hacker…more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect for a few…more

Ugly details emerge on how Big Pharma fueled painkiller scourge

New information has surfaced about Big Pharma’s relentless campaign to sell the public on prescription, opioid painkillers-powerful, addictive drugs whose wide availability and abuse now has become a killer scourge that claims almost…more

EEOC Sues M&T Bank for Disability Discrimination

Bank Fired Manager Instead of Accommodating Her Disability, Federal Agency Says - BALTIMORE - Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, doing business as M&T Bank, violated federal law when it refused to provide a reasonable…more

Electronic Discovery Preparedness Audit Handbook

While your organization may not regularly be involved in costly or complicated litigation, there are instances in which it may nonetheless be required to identify, collect, and produce documents most likely in the form of…more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 18

The SEC recently adopted new rules that substantially amend Form ADV under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act). Although not as comprehensive as the Form ADV amendments adopted in 2011, the new rules…more

How Construction Contracts are Made. Hint: It’s a Bit Like Making Sausage

Construction can be a messy affair. In a sense, that’s to be expected when you’re building a complex structure, involving the coordination of several parties and numerous persons, in the natural environment and in the elements, subject…more

New York Regulators Propose Stricter Cybersecurity Rules

On September 13, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed first-of-their-kind rules that would require financial institutions to develop and implement detailed cybersecurity programs. The proposed rules would apply only to banks…more

Few Give Their Policy Management Systems Passing Grades

This article originally appeared on TLNT. The days of organizations conducting policy management through spreadsheets, email and generic document-sharing platforms aren’t over yet. But they probably should be. Originally published…more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Designates BACS Current Account Switching Service as an Alternative Arrangement

The UK Payment Systems Regulator published a decision designating the Current Account Switch Service operated by BACS Payment Schemes Limited as an alternative arrangement under the Payment Accounts Regulations 2015..…more

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