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Shifting Course: Expanding the Scope of Permissible Cuba Transactions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has issued its first set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) to begin implementing a major policy shift in United States–Cuba...more

Quoth the Maven: “Without More!” Federal Judge Dismisses Dow Jones VPPA Class Action, While Hulu Parties Square off Over...

A Growing Chorus of Federal Courts Finds User IDs, by themselves, Do Not Count as Personally Identifiable Information under the VPPA Recently, a federal district judge joined a number of his colleagues around the country who...more

Internet of Things: Federal Agencies Offer Privacy and Data Security Best Practices

The recently released Federal Trade Commission staff report, Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World, provides companies with insight into the FTC's consumer privacy and data security expectations for the...more

Advertising Law - January 2015 #3

President Obama Focuses on Cybersecurity, Privacy, Data Breach Notification - Data security and privacy concerns received special attention in President Obama’s State of the Union address where the President advocated...more

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015

Fox Broadcasting Company v. Dish Network LLC - USDC, C.D. California, January 12, 2015 - District court grants in part and denies in part cross-motions for summary judgment, finding that Supreme Court’s recent Aereo...more

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations

In December, the American Bankruptcy Institute issued its Final Report and Recommendations of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. The Report is almost 400 pages long and contains more than 200 recommendations....more

New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce...more

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2015 #2

More Important Rulings From J.P. Morgan's New York Coverage Litigation - Why it matters: A New York Appellate Court unanimously held that a group of insurers could not invoke a Dishonest Acts Exclusion in a...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 06

In this issue: - “Google It”: The Search Engine’s Trademark May Be a Verb, But It’s Not Generic - You Say “Tom‘ah’to,” I Say “Tom‘ay’to”: Determining the Correct Pronunciation of Uniquely Coined...more

FTC Recommends Privacy and Data Security Protections for "Internet of Things"

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report, "The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World," setting out the staff's privacy and data security recommendations...more

When Plaintiffs Try to Fit Square Pegs in Round Holes – U.S. District Court Ends VPPA, State Law Class Action Against Viacom,...

On Tuesday, Jan.20, New Jersey Federal District Judge Stanley R. Chesler dismissed with prejudice the last remaining allegations in a multidistrict class action against Viacom and Google, formally ending plaintiffs’ suit...more

Sacking UK Employee for Inappropriate Tweets May be a “Fair” Dismissal Under UK Law

In the recent case of Game Retail Limited v Laws, the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (or “EAT“) considered the fairness of an employee’s dismissal for offensive tweets. This is the first time this issue has been considered at...more

LAG Düsseldorf: Unternehmenseigene facebook-Seite und Mitbestimmung des Betriebsrats

Social-Media- und in diesem Rahmen vor allem facebook-Auftritte von Unternehmen sind mittlerweile vielleicht noch nicht die Regel, aber jedenfalls weit verbreitet. Da überrascht es nicht, dass es jetzt erste...more

The National Labor Relations Board: 2014 Year in Review - The NLRB's Expansion of Employee Rights Under the National Labor...

In 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) scrutinized employer policies and practices, protected employee use of social media and employers' email systems to organize and engage in protected concerted...more

Net neutrality, zero-rating and today’s news from the Netherlands and Slovenia

The issue of net neutrality is certainly the current hot topic in the world of telecoms regulation. I thought I would just add a few (personal) thoughts on the matter following this week’s (in my view) shocking news from the...more

US Patent and Trademark Office Lowers Filing Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals in 2015

Effective January 17, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reduced the filing fees for trademark applications. The new per-classification fee for a standard trademark application has been reduced from...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Obama administration recently announced the most significant changes in years to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, allowing expanded travel, trade, and exchange in targeted areas....more

Important royalty withholding tax decision

The taxpayer, Seven Network Limited, has won a recent decision (22 December 2014) in the Australian Federal Court, Seven Network Limited v Federal Commissioner of Taxation (2014) FCA1411, which is significant to all...more

Privacy Update: Protecting Children From Cyber-Bullying

The Federal Government's Enhancing Online Safety For Children Bill 2014 Is A Significant Cyber Reform. The First Direct Response To Cyber-Bullying It May Also Herald A New And Targeted Approach To The Online Activity Of...more

Supreme Court Tackles Tacking Question in Hana

On January 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, case number 13-1211, unanimously held that in cases (1) that go to a jury and (2) whose facts do not warrant either summary judgment...more

District Court Holds Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Attorneys Jointly and Severally Liable for Attorney's Fees and Costs After Finding...

After trial, HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. ("HTC") filed a motion seeking to recover attorney fees and costs from plaintiff's attorneys as well as from plaintiff Intellect Wireless, Inc. ("IW"). IW withdrew its...more

Hold the Phone: Judge Holds Dish Network on the Line for Tens of Millions of Calls, but Leaves Silver Lining for TCPA Defendants

On December 12, 2014, Judge Sue E. Myerscough issued an epic 238-page order granting in part and denying in part cross summary judgment motions filed in United States of America, et al. v. Dish Network, L.L.C. (“Dish...more

Venture Capital Coast-to-Coast – January 2015

Concern over higher valuations? Apparently not, as $59 billion invested in 2014 breaks the post-crisis record. LPs also set a post-crisis record with $32 billion in commitments to U.S.-based VC funds. PitchBook Data, Inc.,...more

They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq. When corporate goes criminal, i.e., an investigation involving a corporation leads to a criminal case headed to trial, you often need computer forensic experts to testify about...more

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