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YouTube Rulings Emphasize the Importance of an OSP’s Terms of Service in Social Media Marketing

Two recent cases serve as a reminder of the key role an online service provider’s (OSP) terms of service play in social media marketing. The courts in Darnaa, LLC v. Google, Inc., 2015 WL 7753406 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 2, 2015) and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: recent developments with regard to a major Alien Tort Statute...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Colorado-Based “Buy-Here Pay-Here” Auto Dealer

On January 21, the CFPB filed a consent order to resolve allegations that a Colorado-based subprime auto dealer violated the TILA and the CFPA by engaging in abusive financing and marketing schemes. Specifically, the CFPB...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 1

Three Steps To Help Ensure The Enforceability Of Your Website’s Terms Of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other websites typically manage their risks by imposing terms of use or terms of service for the...more

Plaintiff Lacks Control of Employees’ Personal Accounts, Motion to Compel Denied (California)

Matthew Enter. v. Chrysler Grp., 2015 WL 8482256 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2015) - In this case, the defendant moved to compel additional ESI, including emails from employees’ corporate Gmail accounts and financial documents....more

California Supreme Court Denies BOE Petition for Review in Lucent Technologies

Last week, the California Supreme Court denied the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE’s) petition for review in Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. State Bd. of Equalization, No. S230657 (petition for review denied Jan. 20, 2016)....more

How Not to Moot a Case: Supreme Court Rules Case Remains Live After Unaccepted Offer of Settlement

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided another case in a line of cases addressing the issue of class action mootness. Specifically, the justices ruled that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer...more

TruGreen, Inc. Escapes TCPA Class Action, Compels Arbitration of Individual Claim

In Stevens-Bratton v. TruGreen, Inc., No. 15-cv-2472, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3365 (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 12, 2016), the District Court for the Western District of Tennessee denied class certification of a putative class action...more

SCOTUS to TCPA Defendants: Offer of Complete Relief to Lead Plaintiff is No Easy Out from Class Actions

What happens when you make an offer they can't refuse . . . and they refuse? The Supreme Court addressed this question in the context of complete relief offers to lead plaintiffs in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Removes An Important Wrench From The Defendants’ Toolbox For Defeating Employment Discrimination Class...

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an important ruling that will affect employers’ ability to defend against a variety of lawsuits brought as class actions, including employment discrimination,...more

Moratoriums Do Not Prohibit Billboard Relocations

Because billboards are typically near public transit, they are routinely impacted by public projects such as street widenings, highway and freeway expansions, and grade separation projects. When impacted, billboard companies...more

Ninth Circuit Opens the Door to Relaxing Decades-Old Law Restricting Supplier-Paid Advertising in Retail Establishments

In a decision released on January 7, 2016, Retail Digital Network LLC v. Jacob Appelsmith, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned 29-year-old precedent set in Actmedia Inc. v. Stroh, which held that those...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

This newsletter aims to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Court Rejects Class Settlement Bid in MSG Case...more

Ninth Circuit Opinion Calls into Question Constitutionality of California Tied-House Laws

On January 7, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Retail Digital Network, LLC v. Appelsmith, overruling longstanding Ninth Circuit precedent concerning the legality of certain...more

Branding Checklist: Boom Or Bust 2016

2016 is already upon us! Now is a good time to thoroughly review your business’ branding, advertising and trademark portfolio. Your trademark represents the goodwill of your business, and therefore proper procurement,...more

FCC Modified Pole Attachment Formulas to Bring Telecom Rates Down to Parity with Cable Rates

On November 24, 2015, the FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration (“Reconsideration Order”) updating the telecommunications carrier pole attachment formula in its rules. The Reconsideration Order granted a four-year old...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole: Trends in Software Patent Court Decisions Post-Alice - Why it matters: In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court held that claims for a computer-based software method for reducing...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2015

In an article published by Financial Advisor on December 8, 2015, Burr & Forman Associate Rhett Owens discusses a proposed rule change from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding variable annuities (VAs) that’s set to...more

Financial Statement Countdown for Remote Sellers Selling into Alabama

Remote sellers making sales into Alabama have until January 1, 2016, to begin collecting sales tax regardless of their physical presence in the state or consider whether there is any impact on financial statement issues as a...more

Supreme Court Disconnects Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Avoid Class Arbitration Waiver

In a 6-3 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___, S. Ct. (2015) reversed a decision of the California Court of Appeals that refused to enforce a class action arbitration waiver on...more

Canadian Trademark Changes Delayed Once Again – Five Things to Do While You Wait

Canada is a critical U.S. trading partner. Products and services move fluidly across the border, which makes protecting trademarks in Canada exceptionally important for U.S.-based companies. However, Canada’s anachronistic...more

Merry Christmas! Rights to “Santa Claus’ Is Comin’ to Town” Return to Songwriter’s - Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.

Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.Addressing issues of copyright ownership and the effectiveness of copyright termination notices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the district court’s summary...more

DIRECTV v. Imburgia: Supreme Court Again Preempts State Law That Barred Waiver of Classwide Arbitration

On December 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court considered a contract provision preventing classwide arbitration and providing that, “[i]f the law of your state would find this agreement to dispense with class...more

No Fresh Wrong, No Duty to Defend - Hanover Ins. Co. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc.

Where an alleged trademark infringement began 16 months before an insurance policy took effect, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that the insurer had no duty to defend or...more

SCOTUS Finds California’s Contract Interpretation Skills Lacking In New Arbitration Decision

Just under the wire, SCOTUS released an arbitration opinion today, ensuring that 2015 would continue the string of years with cases interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act. In DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court found...more

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