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Recent Case Highlights Best Practices for Website Terms and Conditions

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently decided the case of Kevin Khoa Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., No. 12-56628 (9th Cir. 2014). This case highlights the importance of making website Terms of Use...more

New Ninth Circuit Opinion Requires Companies Seeking to Enforce Arbitration to Pay 'Sirius' Attention to Contract Formation

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continued its recent trend of declining to enforce arbitration clauses after finding that the contracts containing those clauses were never actually formed...more

Sirius XM Faces Class Action Because Arbitration Agreement Provided Late Is Invalid

A few months ago, the Ninth Circuit found that the arbitration agreement in Barnes & Noble’s website was not enforceable. This week, the Ninth Circuit found that the arbitration agreement Sirius XM Radio relied upon was not...more

This Week at the Texas Supreme Court

Wednesday, November 5: No. 12-0946, In re Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC - Relator Bridgestone seeks a writ of mandamus compelling dismissal of the underlying case for forum non conveniens. The case involves...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 6 - November 2014

In This Issue: - To Click or Not to Click? Ninth Circuit Rejects Browsewrap Arbitration Clause - “Operation Full Disclosure”: FTC Warns Advertisers to Check the Fine Print - New York Family Court...more

Ghomeshi Claim Faces Significant Challenges

The controversial firing of former CBC radio host and personality Jian Ghomeshi has captured the public’s attention in recent days for many reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the law. In terms of the legal issues...more

New Laws Affecting California Employers

The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide arbitration data on their websites, in a...more

Are Your Website’s Terms and Conditions Enforceable? Ninth Circuit Rejects Barnes & Noble’s Browsewrap Terms of Use

Like most online retailers, Barnes & Noble posts “Terms of Use” on its website, which users may review by clicking on a hyperlink that takes them to the webpage on which the terms of use are displayed. Barnes & Noble relied...more

Court Rules That Settlement Term Sheet Is Not Worth The Paper It’s Written On

Judge Amy J. St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois recently held that a purported settlement agreement in a putative class action filed by Craftwood Lumber Co. against Interline Brands, Inc. was not enforceable. See...more

Covered or Not: Has Hartford v. Swift Opened a Faster Lane for Intellectual Property and Insurance Mediation?

The California Supreme Court recently issued its longawaited coverage decision in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014). The Court, applying California state law, upheld the trial...more

Arbitration Agreement On Barnes & Noble’s Website Not Enforceable

In a case between an on-line customer and Barnes & Noble, the Ninth Circuit recently refused to enforce the arbitration agreement found in the website’s “Terms of Use.” Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., __ F.3d__, 2014 WL...more

Browsewrap Agreement Held Unenforceable Against Consumer Due to Insufficient Notice

Many commercial websites rely on “browsewrap” agreements to bind visitors to commercial terms. A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit suggests that a review of how those terms are presented may be in order to ensure...more

Challenging Delegated Top-Level Domains: ICANN’s Trademark Post Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure

This year, hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are changing the landscape of the Internet. The long-awaited result of ICANN’s new gTLD program, top-level domains such as .NYC, .WINE, and .WTF will now join the...more

TCPA Connect - June 2014

TCPA Suit Based On Texts Unrelated To Promotion - Running a Cyber Monday promotion led to a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit for Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts. ...more

California District Court Compels Arbitration of TCPA Claim

The Eastern District of California recently compelled arbitration of a TCPA claim based on the broad language of the plaintiff’s arbitration agreement. See Delgado v. Progress Financial Company, No. 14-0033, 2014 WL 1756282...more

Arbitration: coming to store near you?

The food industry may be catching on to the growing trend of binding arbitration agreements. General Mills recently added a binding arbitration provision to the legal terms on its website, then withdrew the changes a few days...more

You’ve Looked At My Site And Now You Have Waived Your Right To Sue Me. Is That Legal?

I’ll admit, General Mills did not go that far. What they did, according to The New York Times was notify customers that if they downloaded a coupon, joined a forum or entered a sweepstakes, the customer would waive their...more

Social Media a Risk Management Tool?

I recently read an article titled “When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue,” written by Stephanie Strom of the New York Times, that reported an interesting change in the way manufacturers are dealing with...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Did They Really Do That?"

General Mills Reverses Binding Arbitration for Facebook Fans - General Mills recently made headlines for its attempt to bind consumers to an arbitration agreement if they “liked” the company’s Facebook page, downloaded...more

Imburgia v. DIRECTV: Did a California Court of Appeal Really Say You Can Contract Around Congress?

On April 7, 2014, a California appellate court sweepingly rejected DIRECTV’s appeal from a lower court decision finding unenforceable the arbitration clause in DIRECTV’s consumer contracts, which contained a class action...more

Consumers & Binding Arbitration - Company Websites & Social Media

Can a company require that you give up your right to sue the company if you download a coupon from the company’s website? What if you “like” one of the company’s products on Facebook? Over the last month, General Mills...more

A Significant Development In Alternative Dispute Resolution

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Strine v Delaware Coalition for Open Government, Inc., 2014 US Lexis 1984, and let stand a ruling from the Third Circuit (733 F3d 510). The Third Circuit ruling...more

General Mills dips a toe in forced arbitration for sweepstakes, contests

Last week, The New York Times reported that General Mills added language to its website notifying its customers that if they downloaded a coupon, joined the company’s online community on places like Facebook, or entered a...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

Financial Services Law -- Jan 17, 2014

Community Banks and the Volcker Rule: What’s Next? - For now, banks that have investments in CDO securities that are issued by funds that are invested in trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs) have dodged a bullet. On...more

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