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Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

To Connect Or Not To Connect, That Is The Non-Solicitation Agreement Question

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A former employee’s social media activities were not “solicitations” that breached his employment non-solicitation agreement where no suggestion to join the former employee was apparent from the activity....more

Commission Overturns Summary Determination in Optical Fibers Investigation

by Jones Day on

In an earlier post, we summarized ALJ McNamara’s recent Summary Determination in Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, And Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1031, Order No. 33 (July 6,...more

Supreme Court to Review Digital Privacy (Part 1)

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In 1986, Congress passed an obscure statute called the Stored Communications Act that has become much more relevant 30 years later. The U.S. Supreme Court will have two opportunities to help define the scope of digital...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Recent Eighth Circuit Case Illustrates the Need for Newest Members of the NLRB to Be Confirmed Sooner Rather Than Later

In another example of a federal circuit court taking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to task for stretching federal labor law past the point of recognition, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals recently refused to...more

New York Federal Courts Allow ADA Website Accessibility Claims to Continue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two federal courts in New York recently joined the growing list of those finding that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does apply to websites. Both courts denied motions to dismiss by businesses that had...more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

TCPA Tracker - August 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - FCC Imposes Potential Liability on Technology Platforms for Involvement in Unlawful Robocalls - On July 26, 2017, the FCC released the text of the Forfeiture Order adopted at the Commission’s July 2017...more

Judge Oetken sua sponte Stays Case Pending Ex Parte Reexamination after Three Previous Denials

On August 2, 2017, Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied Plaintiff Infinity Headwear & Apparel, LLC’s (“Infinity”) motion for summary judgment as to patent infringement, false patent marking and false advertising and denied...more

Truffle Kerfuffle: Truffle Lawsuit Not on the Menu for Plaintiffs

Truffles are renowned as one of the rarest delicacies in the world. Perhaps not quite as rare, but still fairly uncommon, is the dismissal with prejudice of a false advertising class action without the plaintiffs being...more

Two New York Federal Judges Refuse to Dismiss Website Accessibility Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two New York federal judges recently said that the ADA covers websites (even those not connected to a physical place) and one held that working on improving the accessibility of one’s website does not make...more

Appeal Held Moot and Dismissed By Court of Appeals

by LeClairRyan on

Last June, I wrote about the non-party subpoena served on the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss the CEI filed in response. In that post, I mentioned an earlier case where subpoenas were...more

Comparison Pricing Victory for Ross Stores in California

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a putative class action lawsuit against Ross Stores that accused the discount retailer of misleading promotional pricing practices....more

Hutchinson Revisited Surname + Merely Descriptive Term May or May Not Be Registrable

In Earnhardt v. Kerry Earhhardt, Inc., [2016-1939] (July 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a TTAB decision dismissing Earnhardt’s opposition because it found that there was no likelihood of confusion between...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day Two

Here are my highlights from the second day of DRI’s 2017 Class Action Seminar: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements (Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells) - Neal Katyal is a leading Supreme Court advocate and is litigating...more

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order - Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An FCC order that local governments, schools and the public have opposed for almost a decade was reversed by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is Montgomery County v. FCC, which had its genesis in an FCC...more

Who Owns The Copyright In The Photograph That Launched A Thousand Pleadings?

Over a decade ago, a lawyer snapped a photograph of the Indianapolis skyline, thus opening the gates to perhaps the most prolific flood of copyright litigation in the history of Indiana. Over the last five years or so, this...more

What the Third Circuit’s Decision in Susinno Means for Spokeo-Based Standing Arguments in TCPA Cases

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) plaintiffs often file putative class actions seeking potentially crippling statutory damages. Not surprisingly, TCPA defendants often seek an early dismissal based on Spokeo, Inc. v....more

Bebe Stores Settles TCPA Class Action

by Reed Smith on

Last month, women’s fashion retailer Bebe Stores, Inc. agreed to settle a proposed class action over purported violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), which alleged that the retailer sent unwanted spam...more

9th Circuit rejects argument that ‘No Added Sugar’ means ‘healthy’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The relationship between “added sugar” and adverse health outcomes has been a subject of debate. When the FDA proposed adding a line for “added sugar” to the nutrition labels on packaged food (a requirement that has gone into...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES - Olsen v. Facebook Inc., 2016 NSSC 155, per Wood, J. [4231]

by Field Law on

IV. PRACTICE ISSUES - A. The Court may order a social media provider such as Facebook to reveal the identity of anonymous posters where the interests of justice favour such disclosure. Olsen v. Facebook Inc., 2016 NSSC...more

Hide and Seek: Plaintiff Permitted to Subpoena Internet Service Provider to Identify Alleged Infringers

Recently, E.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold ordered that a third-party subpoena may be served upon an internet service provider (“ISP”) to identify information about network users who allegedly infringed copyrighted...more

First District Court Of Appeal Strikes Small, But Meaningful, Victory For Businesses Combatting Online Libel.

by Weintraub Tobin on

Just last week, California’s First District Court of Appeal handed a small, but meaningful, victory to businesses that resort to litigation to defend their reputations against anonymous, online attacks. In ZL Technologies,...more

Follow the Money and Beware the Extra “L”: First Department Sustains Claims against Fund Administrator After Hackers Grab Millions

A legal feud is underway between the world’s biggest hedge fund administrator and a former client over an email scam that resulted in hackers stealing millions in client funds. And not surprisingly, the time-honored...more

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