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Vermont AG Enters Largest Settlement With Online Payday Loan Processor

On May 20, the Vermont Attorney General announced a settlement with an Arizona processer of internet payday loans, resolving allegations that the company violated the state’s prohibition on unfair and deceptive acts in...more

USA vs. Europe: Patients Hang in Balance as Big Pharma Reports Drug Side Effects Differently to FDA, EMA

A newly published study shows that drugmakers are doing a disservice to patients by inconsistently reporting side effects of medications depending on whether the information is being filed with the U.S. Food and Drug...more

Brainstorm: FTC Continues Enforcement Trend Against Cognitive Function Claims

Continuing its trend of scrutinizing claims touting improved cognitive function, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with LearningRx Franchise Corp. (“LFC”), the developer and franchisor of a chain of...more

Common Advertising Mistakes

A substantial number of companies continue to find themselves repeatedly breaching the same CAP Code rules. The list below highlights: (a) common repeated offences that CAP continue to adjudicate; and (b) common problems with...more

FDA to Issue Revised Guidance on Nutrition and Supplement Facts and Serving Size Regulations

This Friday, May 27, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish its revised Nutrition and Supplement Facts and Serving Size regulations. The Serving Size regulation in public inspection view is close to 180...more

FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

Important Issues are yet to be corrected in the Right to be Forgotten

The recognition by the European Union of a “Right to be Forgotten” has caused much controversy, but seemingly progress is being made. The Right, which entitles Europeans to petition data controllers to prevent harmful...more

FDA Finalizes Revisions to Nutrition/Supplement Facts Labeling

On Friday, May 20, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced its final revisions to the labeling requirements for conventional foods and...more

Recommendations for Evaluating Your Organization’s Use of Social Media

The majority of organizations utilize social media to market their products and services, interact with consumers, and manage their brand identity. Many mobile applications and websites even permit users to sign-in with their...more

Oracle vs. Google: More Than Just Coffee

Java – what does it mean to you? If you are like me, it’s your favorite morning beverage. It’s also an island in Indonesia that you hope to visit someday on a dive trip. If you are the owner of an Android smartphone, Java...more

BPA in Plastics Requires a Prop 65 Warning — For Food Containers, California Imposes a Generic Point-of-Sale Warning

Last year the State of California added Bisphenol A (BPA) to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm under Prop 65 [the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986], a law which requires...more

Second Circuit Holds Manufacture and Sale of Counterfeit Goods Not an Advertising Injury

In its recent decision in United States Fidelity & Guarantee Co. v. Fendi Adele S.R.L., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 8973 (2d Cir. May 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had...more

New York Court Dismisses Defamation Suit Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On May 2, 2016, the New York Supreme Court for the County of Westchester granted defendant Seeking Alpha, Inc.’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Mark Nordlicht’s (“Plaintiff”) defamation complaint in the case styled as Nordlicht...more

Dual Decisions Provide Narrow Path for Plaintiffs to Establish Standing in Data Breach and Cybersecurity Suits

Last week, decisions by the United States Supreme Court and the Northern District of Georgia provided further guidance regarding the narrow path required for a class action plaintiff to successfully establish Article III...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team.  Here are some of the...more

Social Links—Twitter loosens up; case against Google stands; should millennials be in charge of big social media campaigns?

Here’s how Twitter is loosening up its 140-character limit. The federal government will now check the social media history of prospective employees before granting them security clearance....more

First Circuit Affirms FTC Social Media Order: Jerk.com users Jerked Around By Material Misrepresentations

In Fanning v. Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit affirmed a summary decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which found that Jerk LLC, the operator of Jerk.com, materially misrepresented both the source of...more

Tough New EU-Wide Cybersecurity Rules in Prospect: The Network and Information Security Directive

Two-thirds of large UK companies have come under cyber attack in the past year, according to the UK Government, and a quarter have been attacked at least once a month. But only half have taken any recommended actions to...more

The Network and Information Security Directive: Serious Cyber Attacks Will Require Notification

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) 17 May, ready for final adoption by the European Parliament. The Directive, initially proposed in 2013, has...more

Treasury Department Issues Marketplace Lending Report

On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (hereafter, Department or Treasury) released a report on “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The result of Treasury’s July 20, 2015 Request for...more

Tyson Foods Knocks It Out of the Park in Lanham Act Dispute over Hot Dogs

Baseball parks and hot dogs are staples of Americana. So, it is no surprise that both were recently on display in a Lanham Act dispute in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The court’s...more

No Common Sense – Today’s Cost of Doing Business

What is a retailer to do? The world today is filled with people assuming they are being disrespected and believing they are being defrauded. It’s not just that some customers can be surly and demanding when they are in your...more

Concrete and Particularized Part II: What Spokeo May Mean for Class Actions

This blog post is the second in a series of posts that Baker & Hostetler LLP is devoting to the significant decision Robins v. Spokeo, No. 13-1339, 537 U.S. ___ (2016) (Spokeo). Monday’s post focused on Spokeo’s effect on...more

CFPB launches Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts

The CFPB recently announced that it has launched official Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The CFPB previously launched a Spanish-language website and recently updated the translations on the “Ask CFPB”...more

Laurie & Monica Out-Action Jack…and Other Fiduciary Duties (Silicon Valley – Episode 22)

Episode 22 provides a decisive and satisfying showdown between Jack’s Box plan and Richard’s consumer platform option. Richard’s not-so-secret skunkworks project is dead, and the team sets to work on the Box believing that...more

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