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See You In Court! - July/August 2016

Out of the blue, Nancy Newshound, longtime reporter for the Nutmeg Bugle called Mr. Superintendent. “I understand that a student hacked the district’s system and changed a bunch of grades,” she stated. “What can you tell me...more

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.25.16

The bids are all in, and Verizon’s the big winner. Well, both “big” and “winner” are relative, especially with news of a brutal Q2 for Marissa Mayer and her crew, but nevertheless, Yahoo’s core business is now Verizon’s in...more

OCR Announces First HIPAA Enforcement Action against a Business Associate

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced an agreement with Catholic Health Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS), settling allegations that CHCS violated the Health...more

Avatar Wins Against Another Copyright Owner… in an Unusual Manner

A recent decision from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, ended the hopes and dreams of a copyright owner from receiving a share of the $2.8 billion earned by James Cameron’s Avatar film. In this...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

Facebook v. Vachani – User Authorization Can Be Revoked By Service Providers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that could have far reaching implications for the relationships between companies that provide online services, their customers or users, and third...more

Controversial New Jersey Consumer Protection Law Creates a Potential “Gotcha” for E-Commerce Companies

If your company is involved in selling products or services to consumers in New Jersey over the web or through mobile apps, you’ll want to read this blog post....more

Secondary Trading in Regulation A+ Securities; $4.4 Million Committed by Investors Under Regulation Crowdfunding

In connection with the SEC meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the SEC posted a presentation which deals in part on secondary trading of Regulation A+ securities. Among other things, it includes...more

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

Cable and Satellite Royalty Claims Due to the Copyright Royalty Board by August 1, 2016

This advisory is directed to television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried by at least one cable system located outside the station’s local service area or by a satellite provider that...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.19.16

The Carlyle Group is staring down the barrel of a $1 billion civil lawsuit by the failed Carlyle Capital Corp.’s liquidators over the 2008 collapse of the mortgage-bond fund. The trial’s taking place in Guernsey, a British...more

Clarity Coming Soon About What New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”) Actually Requires

Remember that wave of class actions under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), N.J.S.A. § 56:12-14 et seq., that hit New Jersey courts earlier this year, claiming that website terms of...more

European Parliament Calls for Extended Application of Country of Origin Labeling in the EU Just When the WTO Dispute on the United...

On May 12, 2016, the European Parliament renewed its call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) for meat and dairy products not currently subject to such marking rules. The reasoning behind requiring additional...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill as Part of Budget Package

Pennsylvania has enacted tax law changes projected to generate $752M in new revenue. The changes include severe restrictions on the vendor sales tax discount for timely filing, imposition of sales tax on digital downloads and...more

Game Over: Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges Relating to Video-Based Influencer Campaign

Earlier this week, the FTC announced that Warner Brothers entered into a consent order as a result of a complaint charging failure to adequately disclose that the video game publisher paid influencers to promote a new video...more

RETAIL 2020: Future Ready – Innovate to Succeed

In late June, members of the local and national retail community convened at Goulston & Storrs’ Boston office to participate in an interactive panel discussion billed as RETAIL 2020: Future Ready. Panelists included Ben...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2016

BREXIT – BUSINESS AS USUAL...AT LEAST FOR NOW - What do you need to know? Despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union ("EU"), companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the EU in...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.13.16

On Tuesday, the SEC announced that Citigroup would pay $7 million and admit that it submitted “inaccurate trade data” to the Commission over a period of 15 years in order to resolve claims that it left out “thousands of...more

Internet Service a Utility in Bankruptcy? It Might Be Now.

One of the many fascinating things about restructuring work is its willingness to evolve by borrowing from other areas of the law. Just as business practices change, new financing techniques evolve, and transactions become...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

Brumley Heirs Win Fight over Rights to Old Gospel Song *WEB ONLY**

Addressing the termination right given to authors and their heirs under the Copyright Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded that four siblings could use their right to terminate the transfer their...more

Prop. 65 Notices Allege BPA in Receipts, Water Cooler Jugs

Although the Prop. 65 warning requirement for bisphenol-A (BPA) took effect on May 11, only two 60-day notices have been served alleging harmful exposure to the chemical without providing a warning. Those notices, both served...more

FTC Increases Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Act, COPPA, and Other Violations from $16,000 to $40,000

On June 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an interim final rule that substantially increases the maximum civil penalties for violations of the competition and consumer protection laws enforced by the FTC...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act and Venture Capital Bill Pass House

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 394 to 4. It doesn’t look much like the original bill we reported on here. As passed by the House, the bill allows special purpose...more

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