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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 28th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending April 28, 2017 is below. Loyalty program updates feature prominently in this week’s Update as well as story on some important changes at Airbnb to lure corporate...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 10, 2017 is below. A few more stories in this week’s update in comparison to the last few weeks of update. Plus, given the increasing importance of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Hello all, With the new year, we plan to post portions of the OTA & Travel Distribution Updates that I prepare and circulate among our hospitality clients each week. Although the posts will be a week or two behind the...more

Will Uber Ever Hit the Skies?

While Uber has been trying to pioneer self-driving technology, debuting its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last month, Uber is now looking at “vertical take off and landing” (VTOL) technology. This VTOL...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Vehicle-related cyber incidents could have devastating and deadly effects, particularly as cars and trucks become more highly automated and rely more heavily on wireless technologies. To combat this threat, the U.S....more

Privacy Tip #52 – Sharing Your Information with Your Rental Car

I travel a lot and frequently rent cars in cities all over the country. Those of you who know me, (and my husband and children will attest), know that I will not ask for directions. I am definitely more like a man than a...more

FCC Fines Non-Telecom Companies for Lapse in Compliance with Wireless Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

FCC Fines Non-Telecom Companies for Lapse in Compliance with Wireless Rules August 19, 2016 The enforcement action highlights the importance of complying with FCC rules with respect to their wireless facilities and devices....more

New EU e-Commerce rules are set to facilitate online buying and selling in the single market

by Bryan Cave on

On 25 May 2016, and following an in-depth sector inquiry and consultation period, the European Commission (“EC”) published proposals for a set of new e-Commerce rules. The EC believes that this three-pronged strategy will...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

by Bryan Cave on

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

Recent Decisions in Class Actions Mixed Bag for Uber, Lyft

by Bryan Cave on

It was a mixed bag on the litigation front for Uber and Lyft last week following a string of decisions in class action lawsuits against these companies. On Tuesday, April 5, the Ninth Circuit granted Uber’s petition to...more

Cuba: The Risks and Rewards for U.S. Businesses

by Carlton Fields on

Background - Last week, the Obama Administration announced that the President intends to visit Cuba next month. He will find a political mixed bag of optimism and resignation. American businesses will find an equally...more

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

Delivery Drones: Fantasy, or the Future of Online Retail?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Amazon, Walmart, and other retail giants are piloting drone delivery programs, all vying to be the first real-life Gryzzl (hopefully with less unauthorized surveillance). Consumers are receptive to the idea ? especially if it...more

Regulatory Expansions Provide Enhanced Business Opportunities in Cuba

by King & Spalding on

On September 21, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published updates to their respective Cuba embargo regulations. These...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

A BrandVerb Uber Alles?

Uber, the popular brand that helps people arrange prompt ground transportation, is now also being called a verb. The Star Tribune recently reported that the founder of iHail, a recent competitor of Uber in the Twin Cities...more

What Does Uber Mean for Telecom Carriers?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The business model employed by ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, Inc., has certainly been disruptive in the transportation business. Now, a decision involving Uber may have implications for telecommunications carriers...more

Avoiding Uber Trouble via Good Terms of Service

In a recent lawsuit, Uber Technologies Inc. is accused of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Uber misleads its users by: (1) falsely advertising its services as cheaper...more

Proposed Law Before N.C. General Assembly Would Overhaul State's Billboard and Outdoor Advertising Laws

Filed March 17, 2015, Senate Bill 320 proposes significant revisions to State laws governing billboards and outdoor advertising. In this post, we review some of the changes that would result from Senate Bill 320 in its...more

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon...more

Australian Competition Law Update For The Aviation Industry

by DLA Piper on

Airlines operating in Australia currently face an unprecedented degree of legal and regulatory change. This shifting landscape presents both opportunities and risks. The below table summaries key competition cases in the...more

FAA Allows First Commercial Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Continental United States

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the requests of six video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in their businesses. The six companies were among the first to...more

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