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Washington State Imposes New Reporting Requirements for Out-Of-State Sellers Not Collecting Sales Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of Washington State’s efforts to collect more sales tax on out-of-state companies’ sales to Washington customers, the Legislature recently enacted H.B. 2163. The bill, signed by the Governor on July 7, imposes notice...more

2017 N.C. Legislative Session in Review

by Smith Anderson on

The N.C. General Assembly worked into the early morning hours on June 30 to finish its business for the 2017 legislative session. The session officially began January 11 and ran for six months for a total of 93 legislative...more

New Canada Anti-Spam Law (CASL) Regulations Take Effect

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

This month marks a significant milestone for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”), which was passed into law in 2010 and became effective in 2014. CASL, which is widely regarded as the strictest anti-spam legislation in the...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

Advertisers, Data Collection, and the GDPR

by Morgan Lewis on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU legislation that will take effect in May 2018, will drastically change how companies can collect and use personal data about web users in Europe. Among other things, the GDPR...more

There May Be Coverage for the Defense and Settlement of FTC Claims

A number of companies have been sued by the FTC in recent years, alleging, for example, that the company made claims regarding the product or service without adequate substantiation. Many of these companies are small private...more

Organizing Data Privacy Within A Company

by Bryan Cave on

Although organizations have dealt with privacy issues for years, only in the past decade have they begun to view the complexities of privacy as requiring formal organizational structure, dedicated employees, and/or dedicated...more

FINRA Permits Related Performance Information in Institutional Communications for Registered Closed-End Funds

Introduction In an interpretive guidance letter issued to a registered closed-end fund on June 9, 2017, FINRA permitted the use of “related performance information” in communications that are distributed solely to...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate E-Mail: Navigating the Morass of Personal Communications in Investigations

by King & Spalding on

Experienced practitioners know that the purpose of the attorney-client privilege is to protect the confidentiality of client communications. Thus, as company policies that allow monitoring of emails or provide third party...more

Judge Bumb Answers Key Question That No One Asked: TCPA Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Recover on Unanswered Calls

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Watkins v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-cv-5712 (RMB)(KMW), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84503 (D.N.J. June 2, 2017), the defendant challenged a plaintiff’s TCPA claim on MSJ, arguing that the plaintiff could not have revoked...more

Over-Analyzed and Under-Protected: Cybersecurity Compliance is Actually Pretty Simple

by JD Supra Perspectives on

While certainly not easy, data security and privacy compliance is actually pretty simple....more

Application of the U.S. Risk Retention Rules to “Indenture-Style” Cellular Tower Securizations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

17 C.F.R. Part 246, adopted jointly by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and five other federal agencies in October of 2014 (the “U.S. Risk Retention Rules”), requires a sponsor of asset- backed securities...more

Obtaining Counsel from a Mobile App Attorney Is a Must

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Mobile App Attorneys Provide Necessary Guidance for Your Mobile App Business - Mobile applications, or “apps,” are becoming an indispensable tool for a wide range of businesses, from brick-and-mortar entities, to strictly...more

Manatt Digital - May 2017

Proud to Be in the Startup Hustle - Manatt Digital works with companies across all stages, but we certainly have a soft spot for our startup clients, many with whom we get to help in launching and accelerating their growth...more

Mind what you submit - €110 million fine for submitting misleading information during a merger notification

by DLA Piper on

On May 18, the European Commission (the Commission) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 WhatsApp merger notification (under the 2004 EU Merger Regulation - the EUMR)....more

Trailblazer Foods’ President Rob Miller discusses business acumen, industry growth in Pacific Northwest: Schwabe, Williamson &...

With all the branded products available in today’s grocery stores, what does it take for a private label manufacturing company to make it?...more

Security Due Diligence In A Merger Or Acquisition: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data security practices of a company that it acquires. Evaluating a potential target’s data security practices, however, can be daunting and complicated by the fact that...more

Five Things to Consider Before Launching a Crowdfunding Offering

by Smith Anderson on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation Crowdfunding. This created a new way for small companies to raise the capital they need to build their businesses by publicly offering investments...more

Privacy Due Diligence In A Merger Or Acquisition: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data privacy practices of a company that it acquires. Evaluating a target’s data privacy practices, however, can be daunting and complicated by the fact that many “data”...more

Ransomware Attacks: Why They're Growing, Who They Target, and What You Can Do

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In the world of cyber-espionage, ransomware is playing a huge and growing role....more

To Boycott, or Not? How Business Owners Should React

by Payne & Fears on

From Fox News to United Airlines to the “Trump Effect,” consumer boycotts are trending. But when do boycotts actually work, and how should business owners react? The rise of instant media consumption certainly parallels...more

Indiana Enacts New Telemarketing Statute

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law a telemarketing statute that will significantly affect the way in which telemarketers conduct business within the State....more

Habla Inglés?

by Zelle LLP on

English has been called the “global language of business” because of its international significance. In 2014, a group of investigators studied the global influence of languages by looking for connections through translations...more

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