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Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber investor Benchmark (a Silicon Valley VC fund) is looking to recover for the lost-investment costs associated with the rocky 2017 at the ride-hailing company, and it has former CEO Travis Kalanick in its crosshairs....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news in the streaming world late yesterday, with Disney announcing that was acquiring a 75 percent stake in BamTech and would be pulling all of its content from Netflix in anticipation of launching its own streaming...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Foreclosure stats are a far cry from their heights in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. But the big news in the industry is the rise of party players that were barely a blip on the scene (if around at all) 10 years...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. Discounted...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We had a pretty good inkling this was coming. Yahoo and Verizon are reportedly nearing a new deal, with Y! knocking something close to $300 million off of the sale price to ensure that Verizon will still go through with the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 20th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 20, 2017 is below. Not a lot of significant developments this past week, but next week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Journal reported yesterday that more than 6,000 Wells Fargo branches were routinely tipped off to inspections by internal risk monitors, a practice that allowed the bank’s sham-account scandal to go undetected for years....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.5.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Investor plaintiffs won a big discovery battle with the US gov’t over its 2012 decision to seize Fannie & Freddie’s profits. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney has ruled that the government improperly invoked the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.8.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In a move anticipated over the past year or so, Caliber Home Loans—with PE Lone Star Funds’ backing—is making more loans to “borrowers with spotty credit histories.” A euphemism for subprime, by the way. That targeting has...more

CFPB July 2016 complaint report highlights credit card complaints, complaints from Washington consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

CFPB has issued its July 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about credit cards and complaints from consumers in Washington and the Seattle metro area. The CFPB began taking credit card complaints on July 21,...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

by Dechert LLP on

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

CFPB June 2016 complaint report highlights consumer loan complaints, complaints from Arkansas consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its June 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about consumer loans and complaints from consumers in Arkansas and the Little Rock metro area. The CFPB began taking consumer loan complaints in...more

SF Supes Vote to Violate Communications Decency Act with Amendment to Airbnb Law

by Bryan Cave on

On June 7, 2016, which also happens to be primary day in California, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the City’s Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance (the so-called Airbnb Law) to require...more

Traps for the Unwary: Text Messages, Authorized Agents, and Binding Letters of Intent

A recent Land Court decision strongly suggests that sellers should proceed with caution when negotiating real estate transactions via email and text messages. In determining whether a contract was formed between two companies...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #17

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FOS publishes latest Ombudsman News - The latest edition of Ombudsman News focuses on cases relating to cars and debt management. (Source: FOS publishes latest Ombudsman News)... FOS responds to feedback on...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Payment Processing Company and Mortgage Servicer

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) recently took action against a payment processing company, Paymap Inc. (Paymap), and mortgage servicing company, LoanCare, LLC (LoanCare), for deceptive conduct in connection...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The Continuing Wrong Doctrine

by Morris James LLP on

It is settled law that a cause of action accrues when the wrong is committed, not when its effects continue to be felt in the future. But as this decision makes clear, that is not always the case. When additional wrongdoing...more

Real World: An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Government Consultation on Reforming the...

by Dechert LLP on

The Electronic Communications Code, set out in Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984 and amended by the Communications Act 2003, has been much criticised over the last 30 years for being unclear, out of date and...more

DBO Defeats Preliminary Injunction Files Suit Against Prorater

by Allen Matkins on

Last month, I wrote about Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to preliminarily enjoin the Department of Business Oversight’s investigation of Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. for unlicensed activity under California’s Check...more

Insurance Recovery Law - April 2015 #2

Policyholder Can Keep Selected Counsel, Court Rules; Insurers’ Objection Too Late - Why it matters: A policyholder was able to maintain its selected defense counsel after a federal court judge ruled that the insurers’...more

Financial Services Law - April 2015

This special edition of the Financial Services Law Newsletter includes a series of blog posts written by Peer-to-Peer Lending and Crowdfunding partner Brian S. Korn for the LendItUSA 2015 conference to be held April 13-15 in...more

The Electronic Communications Code - Security of Tenure

by DLA Piper on

This is our second article on the Electronic Communications Code. A key issue for operators to be aware of when entering into agreements with landowners or occupiers for the siting of telecoms apparatus on their land is...more

The Electronic Communications Code - Some Basics

by DLA Piper on

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) provides statutory rights to telecommunications operators to install and maintain electrical communications apparatus in, over or under land. The principle of the Code is that no...more

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