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Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

by Buchalter on

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great ways to interact with friends, family and potential customers. They are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Kirsten Kjaer Weis, a respected Danish makeup artist who is well known by her initials “KKW” and for her KW-branded “natural, organic, luxury” cosmetics and skin care line, filed a complaint in late July against the queen of...more

3 Reasons Every Company Should Have a Business Transfer Clause in its Privacy Policy

Customer data is an extremely valuable business asset. It influences how companies communicate with customers, understand purchasing preferences, track time spent interacting with the brand, and identify habits and trends...more

USA Scam Warning

by Dentons on

Various services may contact you offering to “protect” or “register” your trademark for a fee ranging from $400-$2,000. These companies give the impression of being related to a governmental trademark organization and imply...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes....more

Are Your Consumer Contracts Being Invalidated By The Consumer Review Fairness Act?

On March 14, 2017, the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) will officially invalidate a whole bunch of consumer contract clauses that pertain to online reviews....more

Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Address New Laws, Omit Some Key Areas

by Perkins Coie on

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) published guidelines that delineated how and when the Agencies would evaluate intellectual property licensing...more

Keeping those New Year's resolutions just got a little easier in Ontario

by Smart & Biggar on

The Ontario Healthy Menu Choices Act and its Regulations, which became effective January 1, 2017, aims to allow Ontarians to make informed food and beverage choices when eating in a restaurant or purchasing take-away meals. ...more

The FTC’s Analysis of Lord & Taylor’s Social Media Marketing Campaign

New ways of monetizing digital media has brought challenges in regulating advertising. The FTC has recently issued guidelines to provide businesses and advertisers with insights as to how to comply with the FTC Act. Despite...more

Update on EU-US Transfer of Data and the Proposed Privacy Shield

On 29 February the European Commission released its draft adequacy decision about the proposed Privacy Shield, which is intended to replace the invalidated EU-US Safe Harbor. While Microsoft stated on April 11 that they...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #3

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Seven Points to Consider Regarding Advertising Claims

Under the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Act, advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive, advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims, and advertisements cannot be unfair. An advertisement is deceptive if it...more

[Event] Cybersecurity, Data Breach, and Privacy:A Dialogue on the Rising Risks and Evolving Legal Landscape - Oct. 12th, Los...

by Nossaman LLP on

Nossaman LLP and University of California, Irvine School of Law invite you to join us for this complimentary half-day seminar on recent developments in the areas of cybersecurity, data breach, privacy, and their implications...more

Guiding Opinions to Promote Healthy and Rapid Development of Cross-Border E-Commerce

The Chinese e-commerce industry is rapidly expanding, and the nation is the world’s second largest online retail market. The business-to-consumer industry in particular is expected to see record growth in the next few years....more

Antitrust Update: The Aggressive Global Enforcement Network

by Michael Volkov on

Companies face lots of risks – the soup du jour has been anti-corruption enforcement and compliance. Like any consistent restaurant you might visit regularly, one risk continues to grow, quietly and significantly –...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

Websites Required to Post "About Us" Contact Info Under New Florida Law

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Effective July 1, 2015, many websites will be required to comply with Florida’s new True Origin of Digital Goods Act. This Act adds Florida to the growing list of states with laws aimed at achieving transparency in online...more

Update on Chapter 93A

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Chapter 93A is the dominant law in Massachusetts governing business litigation. It applies to nearly all business disputes. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and...more

Product labeling requirements aren't all black and white

by McAfee & Taft on

Your company has created and developed a new, innovative product. You’ve tested your product, you’ve adopted a new trademark, and you’re ready to begin manufacturing. The remaining steps of preparing your product for sale,...more

5 Most Popular eMediaLaw Posts of 2014

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

This was one of the more interesting stories of the year – does the photographer who set up everything to allow for a monkey to take a selfie own the copyright to that selfie?  This year we learned that no, the photographer...more

Internet Licensing - The Licensing Journal, Vol. 34, No. 10, Pg 29–31

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Implementing and Enforcing Online Terms of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other Web sites must manage a large number of risks resulting from their interactions with users. In an effort to maintain a...more

Competition and Regulation Update: A Win For High Quality Brands And Distributors

by DLA Piper on

In December 2014, The Australian Competition And Consumer Commission (ACCC) Authorised Tooltechnic To Fix The Minimum Price At Which Its Dealers Could Sell Festool Tools To Consumers - That Is, To Engage In Resale Price...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

Recent Developments Relating to Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Patent Assertion Entities, FRAND and Patent Misuse

On Thursday November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments (MPHJ), a patent assertion entity, to settle the FTC’s Complaint that MPHJ allegedly made...more

Patent Assertion Entity Settles FTC Charges

by Snell & Wilmer on

Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) acquire patent rights and attempt to generate revenue by licensing or litigating the patents. In September 2013, the FTC announced its decision to collect empirical data to study the effects...more

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