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Is Google Incs Australian subsidiary a "publisher" for the purposes of a defamation claim - Mr Defteros claimed damages for...

by Dentons on

The alleged defamatory matter - Mr Defteros claimed damages for defamation against both Google Inc and its Australian subsidiary, Google Australia Pty Limited about the alleged publication of search result pages by...more

Utah District Court Limits Reach Of Morrison By Holding That Section 10(b) Of The Exchange Act And Section 17(a) Of The Securities...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) motion for a preliminary injunction in a securities fraud case against Traffic Monsoon, LLC, an...more

Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

by DLA Piper on

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

Southern District Of New York Finds That Government Leaks Do Not Warrant Dismissal Of Insider Trading Charges Against Billy...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 1, 2017, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied professional gambler William “Billy” Walters’ motion to dismiss his indictment on charges of insider...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017

by Bennett Jones LLP on

As we start 2017, uncertainty abounds. Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the Presidency and populist movements in Europe and Britain are set to upend global norms and challenge the status quo. Serious questions are being raised...more

Court Suggests Companies Can Be Liable as Soon as Claims Become Stale

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

It’s a common question. A company creates a product with a competitive advantage; it takes steps to substantiate a superiority claim; and, satisfied that it has met the legal standard, it bases an advertising campaign on that...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Caremark Claim Exists Based On Illegal Conduct

by Morris James LLP on

This decision explains when a Caremark claim exists based on illegal corporate conduct. The “substantial likelihood” of liability that justifies excusing a pre-suit demand on the board must involve a knowing violation of the...more

Legal Advice Or PR Plan? A Pertinent Privilege Conundrum

The ever-expanding scope of what constitutes the “press” creates new issues for companies and their counsel dealing with disputes that either are in or will develop into litigation. Routine corporate disputes that received no...more

AGG Litigation Insights Newsletter - Spring 2016

Potential plaintiffs and freshly sued defendants often discount the importance of damages analysis when it comes to litigation planning and execution. After all, disputes over liability receive far more attention during...more

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: New Data Types and E-Discovery

by Exterro, Inc. on

Almost any activity we take part in creates data; it no longer resides just on email servers or your laptop or mobile phones. Data resides in the cloud, in apps, on social media, in your watch or fitness tracker. For...more

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Claiming Statute That Authorizes “Gag Orders” Is Unconstitutional

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Adding to the number of recent, high-profile confrontations between the government and tech companies concerning the limits of government investigations and the protection of privacy interests, last week, Microsoft filed a...more

Good Lord, & Taylor! Of Course You Need to Disclose Native Ads

by Ifrah PLLC on

On March 15, 2016, national retailer Lord & Taylor agreed to settle FTC charges that it “deceived consumers by paying for native advertisements.” The settlement is the first of its kind following the December 2015 guidance...more

New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

by Nossaman LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS...more

Groundhog Day: Don’t Get Stuck When Collecting New Data Types

by Exterro, Inc. on

February 2nd is Groundhog Day, and while we all know of the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil’s famous shadow forecasting the arrival of spring, many of us can’t help but think of the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, he...more

The Privilege of PR: Application of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Crisis Communications and Public Relations in Breach Response...

Cyber-attacks have become a matter of everyday reality for all businesses: regardless of industry or size, it is no longer if a data breach will happen, but when. And waiting for a breach to occur before designing and...more

SEC-JPMorgan Securities Settle False Advertising Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The holiday season may be a time of good cheer. Wall Street banks may not agree, however, at least for this year. As the season began to unfold JPMorgan settled a Commission action centered on conflicts by admitting the facts...more

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection

Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking...more

D&O Policies: A Possibility for TCPA Coverage?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Business is booming for plaintiffs’ attorneys wielding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The TCPA restricts unsolicited telemarketing by fax, voice calls and text messages. Violations can trigger liability of at...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms 2014 Opinion on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Alston & Bird on

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its 2014 ruling that struck down the requirement that public companies must disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and on their...more

“Pocket-Dial” Mobile Phone Calls: Private or Not?

by Snell & Wilmer on

If you accidentally “pocket dial” someone on your mobile phone, do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy about what’s said in that call? Here’s how courts looked at this issue recently. What Happened? James Huff...more

ConAgra Brands; Taxpayer Loss in First Post-Gore Decision Signals More Challenges for Intercompany Transactions in Maryland

by Reed Smith on

The Maryland Tax Court recently issued its decision in ConAgra Brands Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury, 09-IN-OO-0150 (Md. Tax Ct., Feb. 24, 2015). The case involved the Comptroller’s assertion of nexus over ConAgra...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more

Unincorporated Associations Can Protect Unregistered Trademarks Under The Lanham Act

by Nossaman LLP on

Can an unincorporated association own a trade mark and enforce trademark rights under the Lanham Act? The Ninth Circuit says that it can. (Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, No. 13-55780, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis...more

“Don’t tell me not to worry, and please don’t call me partner.”

by Allen Matkins on

How many websites and marketing materials have you seen that identify a company’s suppliers and other vendors as “partners”? Does this mean that the company actually intends to communicate that it has formed a legal...more

Unrealized Gains: Integrated Employment Agreement Bars Employee's Recovery of Additional Compensation

In Volpe v. Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., No. 652308/2012, Judge Eileen Bransten granted defendant The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.’s (“IPG”) motion to dismiss plaintiff Ray Volpe’s (“Volpe”) complaint,...more

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