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Court Limits the Enforceability of "Browsewrap" Terms of Use—Best Practices in Online Contracting

In an important decision regarding the viability of so-called "browsewrap" agreements, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit—which covers California, among other states—recently affirmed a district court's...more

Confidentiality & Sealing Orders in Software Disputes

Two software companies wanted to integrate their software products. The relationship soured and one of the parties - McHenry - purported to terminate the Software Licensing and Development Agreement and then launched a...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Refusal to Enforce Arbitration Clause in Barnes & Noble’s Browsewrap Agreement—Conspicuous...

E-commerce forges ahead as many consumers’ preferred way of buying things, and the law is evolving to meet the demands of advancing technology while also accounting for the public’s protection. In the most recent example, the...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Decision Not To Enforce Browsewrap Arbitration Agreement

On August 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision not to enforce a retailer’s online “browsewrap” arbitration agreement because the retailer failed to provide adequate...more

Website Hyperlink Alone Does Not Establish User’s Assent to Arbitration Agreement, Ninth Circuit Holds

In a case intersecting the 89-year-old Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the digital era, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a consumer who did not read the company’s terms of use when ordering a product on its website was not...more

Clicking “I Agree” Renders Mandatory Arbitration Provision Enforceable

Day in and day out, Internet users sign various forms of agreements for a variety of reasons, from joining a dating site, to participating in an online auction, to uploading media to a storage locker. These agreements,...more

Arbitration is not just for those who have agreed…

We all know that public policy, legislation and the courts favor enforcement of agreements to resolve disputes by arbitration rather than litigation. The Federal Arbitration Act, and the states’ laws providing for...more

Insurance Coverage for Data Breach Claims

Recent examples of data breaches resulting in invasion of privacy lawsuits abound. Target and other retailers, financial services companies and other businesses have had their internal data systems breached and consumers’...more

FTC v. Actavis on Remand: A New Chapter

District Court refuses to grant renewed motion to dismiss based on Noerr-Pennington doctrine. In re AndroGel Antitrust Litigation (No. II), MDL No. 2084 (re Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., No. 1:09-CV-955-TWT)...more

2014 Resolutions Series: Don’t Just Throw in the Towel

A business relationship is just that: a relationship. It has phases like any other relationship, and takes effort and mutual interest from both parties to keep it functional. While ideally every business relationship will...more

Use of ADR in Technology Transactions

A recent WIPO Survey assessed the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses in various technology transactions, and the results make for interesting reading for anyone who is in the business of negotiating...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll take a look back to the developments from the last quarter of 2013, and look ahead to some percolating issues at the Appellate...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Online Marketing Company Consumer Contract, Arbitration Agreement

On December 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that an online marketing company cannot compel arbitration in a suit brought by a putative class of consumers who claim they were improperly charged for a...more

Medicis Pharma. Corp. v. Anacor Pharma., Inc., C.A. No. 8095-VCP (Del. Ch. Aug. 12, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint for specific performance of a license agreement, holding that the plaintiff’s claims were not subject to mandatory...more

Xbox One: Single Player Lawsuits Only

Microsoft is dropping its new console, the Xbox One, just in time for Christmas this year. The official unveiling occurred last month and reviews have been . . . mixed. The most controversial aspects of the console were...more

Arbitral Award of Perpetual License Upheld by Fifth Circuit

Once in a while it seems the people who design live-action war-based video games get into real-world non-virtual disputes of their own. When “Timegate” promised to “Southpeak” that it would design a videogame named “Section...more

New EU rules on online and alternative dispute resolution - a win/win?

On 22 April 2013, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) adopted a regulation on online dispute resolution (“ODR”) and a directive on alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). Tonio Borg, the EU's Commissioner for...more

Game Developer’s Conduct Justified Granting Publisher a Permanent Royalty-Free License

On April 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued an order upholding an arbitration award against a video game developer and granting a publisher a perpetual license in the developer’s game due to the...more

Mediating Non-Compete Disputes in the Medical Device Industry

The medical device industry remains a hotbed for non-compete litigation, and the reason is plain and simple. Economic justification. Sales reps develop close relationships with surgeons who purchase millions of dollars worth...more

FTC Announces Investigations of Kids App Providers and California’s AG Sues Delta over Fly Delta App’s Privacy Practices

Two recent developments should have all app providers reviewing their privacy practices and policies. On Monday, December 10, the Federal Trade Commission released its latest report on privacy disclosures and kids apps....more

Are Your Company’s Consumer Terms and Conditions Enforceable?

Internet giant Paypal recently joined Sony, Microsoft, and Netflix to become one of the latest major companies to include a provision banning consumer class actions in its terms of service. Such waivers now frequently appear...more

Federal District Court Refuses to Compel Arbitration, Holding That Zappos.com's "Browsewrap" Agreement Was Not a Valid Contract

The recent decision in In re Zappos.com Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation is an important reminder to online businesses that rely on browsewrap agreements to ensure that they effectively bind their end users to a...more

Browsewrap Arbitration? Enforcing Arbitration Provisions in Online Terms of Service

Originally published in the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer Newsletter, Fall 2012, Vol. 5, No. 2 on October 29, 2012 Companies that provide services to consumers have often sought to reduce the risk of class action...more

Online Browsewrap Agreement Unenforceable Due to Lack of Notice, Illusory Terms

In In re Zappos.com, Inc., 2012 WL 4466660 (D. Nev. Sept. 27, 2012), a Nevada district court ruled that an arbitration clause contained in a browsewrap agreement that could be accessed via an inconspicuous link buried near...more

In Clickwrap Data Pass Contract Dispute. Second Circuit Sacks E-mail Notice of Post-Transaction Terms

In an important opinion on the enforceability of online contract terms, Senior Circuit Judge Robert D. Sacks walks through the last decade and a half of online contracting law on the way to invalidating an arbitration...more

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