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Consumer Protection Class Action Lawsuit Over “Free” Candy Crush Plays Will Proceed

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit against the developer of Candy Crush will continue in Illinois federal court. According to the complaint, Candy Crush, a popular mobile game, entices users into sharing the game with Facebook friends in...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #4

Massachusetts AG Fences off Geofencing Ad Campaign - In what appears to be the first time a consumer protection law was used to object to a company engaging in GPS-based ad targeting, Copley Advertising settled with...more

GameStop Currently Investigating Possible Data Breach

by Revision Legal on

GameStop is the most recent potential victim of cyber data breach, and the company recently hired a leading security firm to conduct an investigation into allegations that the company’s website was hacked and that customer...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

eSports Lawsuit Over For Now, But State Action May Follow

by Goodwin on

On October 4, 2016, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington dismissed a suit against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) alleging that Valve and third-party websites had facilitated online gambling in violation of state...more

Pokémon GO: An Indicator of Product Liability in the App Economy

by Wilson Elser on

As a big law firm involved in the defense of Product Liability cases, of course we are interested in how Product Liability law will evolve to address the App Economy. Mobile apps (apps) are software applications designed...more

Riding the Initial “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon: Branding Basics

by Reed Smith on

Pokémon Go, released July 6, has unleashed a swarm of hopeful Pokémon trainers into the world, seeking to, as Pokémon famously says, “catch ‘em all.” And while Pokémon Go users are traversing cities, towns and hamlets to...more

The Paper Trail: The Potential Data-Breach Sitting in your Printer

In April 2016, the sensitive personal medical information of NFL players was stolen from the car of a trainer who had left the files in a backpack in his locked car. In 2014, Safeway, Inc. settled charges brought by the...more

Sony settles employees’ class action suit for up to $8M

The Sony data breach in 2014 was one of the most significant breaches experienced and was a first on many fronts. It was alleged to have been caused by North Korean hackers (calling themselves Guardians of Peace) seeking to...more

Hoverboards Under Attack

by Wilson Elser on

Multiple UK retailers have asked customers to throw out their hoverboards, the self-balancing scooters that have clambered onto holiday wish lists this season, due to suspected safety issues with the devices. The retailers...more

Mass Gaming Commission Holds Daylong Forum on Daily Fantasy Sports

by Goodwin on

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held a daylong forum to educate the MGC commissioners, staff and the public on Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and to inform the policy paper the MGC is...more

Advertising Law - December 2015 #2

Game's Over: Jordan, Grocers Settle Publicity Rights Suits - To avoid a second trial in litigation initiated by Michael Jordan challenging the use of his likeness in a commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated, the...more

Illinois Takes Consumer-Friendly Approach to Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation

Illinois is one of the latest states to initiate potential legislation involving daily fantasy sports (DFS). Like a number of other states, it is not declaring DFS illegal. Rather, it is taking a very consumer protection...more

Sony will pay up to $4.5M to settle data breach case with employees and up to $3.49 in attorneys’ fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys

Sony Pictures (Sony) agreed on Monday (October 19, 2015) to pay at least $2M and up to $4.5M to employees whose personal information was breached and posted online during the massive hack that hit Sony in 2014....more

Advertising Law - October 2015

Commercials Pulled After Endorser Admits 9/11 Lies - The revelation that an endorser lied about his whereabouts on September 11 led a national sports-themed restaurant chain to stop airing commercials where the actor...more

9th Circuit Holds No Private Right of Action for Data Retention Violation Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The decision further aligns the circuit courts in holding that the private right of action is limited to the Act’s prohibition on unauthorized disclosures only. A recent attempt to expand the breadth of the private right...more

Wyndham v. Deflategate: Where Are the Goal Posts?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As a privacy litigator, I could not help but observe an apparent contradiction in the way the Third Circuit allowed the FTC to pursue Wyndham Hotels for cybersecurity breaches under the FTC Act, but Judge Berman (SDNY)...more

Australia: Review of Interactive Gambling Laws Announced

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Government has commissioned a review of Australia’s online gambling laws. The review will be led by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and focus on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth). The terms of...more

Online entertainment network Machinima settles with FTC

California based Machinima, an online entertainment network that promoted Xbox One, has settled an investigation with the FTC surrounding its advertising practices. The FTC alleged that Machinima paid “influencers” to post...more

FDA Recalls Kim Kardashian’s Post

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last month, Kim Kardashian praised Diclegis, a drug for morning sickness, on her social media accounts. Since Kim doesn’t follow us on social media, we don’t always keep tabs on her. But when her posts raise regulatory...more

Netflix Defeats Video Privacy Class Action

by Benesch on

In Mollett, et al. v. Netflix, Inc., No. 12-17045 (9th Cir. July 31, 2015), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action filed against Netflix, Inc. for alleged violations of...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #5

Place Your Bets: Yahoo to Host Fantasy Sports Games - In a new business venture that adds to an ever expanding field, Yahoo announced that it will host daily and weeklong pay-to-play fantasy sports games for cash prizes....more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

Advertising Law - June 2015 #2

NFL Scores Victory at Eighth Circuit, $42M Deal With Former Players Upheld - The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the $42 million settlement between the National Football League (NFL) and almost 25,000 former pro...more

Amendments to Japan METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

by DLA Piper on

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in...more

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