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News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more…...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 5

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules - On January 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s funding portal rules and related forms for...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

Heavyweights Battle Over The Future Of Retail

Is the future of retail online, or will it remain in brick-and-mortar stores? It is a common topic of speculation among the retail industry, with some claiming that brick-and-mortar stores are a dying breed and others...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

Yahoo! Compensation Litigation – History May Not Repeat Itself but it Often Rhymes

The Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion on a Section 220 demand made against Yahoo! No complaint has yet been filed, and although Vice Chancellor Laster speculates on some inferences that can be drawn, no one has...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #13

FCA reinstates unfair contract terms library - FCA has reinstated its unfair contract terms library, which it has reorganised in the light of the Consumer Rights Act (CRA) and CMA guidance. FCA does not intend to publish...more

Advertising Law - January 2016 #2

Uber Drives Settlement With NY AG Over Data Breach, Privacy Violations - In a pair of settlements, ride-sharing company Uber agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for failing to report a data breach in a timely manner as required...more

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

CMA gives the cold shoulder to fridge and bathroom suppliers “MAP Pricing"

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) continues to focus its attention on resale price maintenance particularly where it relates to minimum advertised prices (MAP) on on-line sites. The CMA has a history of...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

Crowdfunding Portals Begin to Register With the SEC

The SEC registration process for Title III crowdfunding portals was recently commenced. So far we are aware of one Form Funding Portal that has been filed to begin the registration process. ...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

Children's Products: An Overview of Advertising Laws and Regulations

Like all businesses, manufacturers and retailers of children's products must comply with advertising laws and regulations. Advertising laws protect consumers by requiring advertisers to be truthful about their products....more

Criminal or Civil Liability for Sharing Streaming Accounts?

We are at the beginning of a new era of media consumption. Traditional content delivery systems such as satellite and cable television are hemorrhaging customers to a wave of “cord cutting” that has been facilitated by 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

Congress Acts to Ban Gag Clauses in Consumer Contracts

There is not a lot that all members of the U.S. Senate can agree on these days, but protecting the ability of consumers to write reviews of businesses is apparently an issue on which there is unanimity. First some background....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

Going Native? Part 2: The FTC’s Native Advertising Guide for Businesses – The Why, When and How of Effective Disclosures

At the end of December, we blogged about the FTC’s long-awaited Enforcement Policy Statement on Deceptively Formatted Advertisements. Along with the policy, the FTC issued a Guide for Businesses that contains seventeen...more

What's Coming in 2016? Data Security, Social Media and a Busy SEC

Data Security and Data Breaches! No surprises here. We’re getting a little fed up with spectacular stories about compromised personal data, but there is no doubt 2016 will show us more, and companies are adapting and...more

Joining the Crowd: SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Regulations - Part III - Intermediaries

On October 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules in the form of Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the securities-based crowdfunding exemption in Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

Supreme Court affirms government contractors qualified immunity

In a 6-3 decision issued on January 20, the Supreme Court affirmed in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, that federal government contractors are immune from litigation and liability if their work complies with federal...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

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