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hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp.: A Federal Court Weighs in on Web Scraping, Free Speech Rights, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, a number of firms in a variety of industries have utilized automated research methods, including web scraping tools and certain forms of artificial intelligence such as bots, to gather information from a...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #2

Seattle Approves Tax on SSB Distributors - The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on distributors of sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by the city’s mayor. SSBs covered by the tax include sports, fruit, energy...more

Colorado Moves to Dismiss Suits Seeking Judgment That Bank-Originated Loans Facilitated and Serviced by Online Platforms Are...

As we noted in a recent Alert, WebBank and Cross River Bank filed separate federal civil actions to enjoin the Administrator of Colorado's Uniform Consumer Credit Code from enforcing state lending laws against Avant, Inc. and...more

Facebook Successfully Dismisses Putative Class Action Alleging Violation of New Jersey’s TCCWNA Based on Choice-of-Law Clause in...

by Bryan Cave on

In Palomino v. Facebook, Inc., No. 16-cv-04329-HSG, 2017 WL 76901 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2017), two putative class representatives brought a claim on behalf of all “similarly situated New Jersey residents who created a Facebook...more

Banks Seek Judgment That Loans Facilitated By Online Platforms Are Exempt From Colorado Lending Laws

In the last two weeks, WebBank and Cross River Bank—federally insured banks chartered in Utah and New Jersey, respectively—filed separate federal court actions (WebBank Complaint; Cross River Bank Complaint) against the...more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

by Benesch on

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

The Solicitor General Weighs in on Madden v. Midland

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Solicitor General’s brief argues the Second Circuit’s holding was incorrect, but does not recommend a grant of certiorari. On May 24, the U.S. Solicitor General and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...more

Another Reason Why Medical Device Class Actions Don’t Work

by Reed Smith on

The Ninth Circuit filed a preemption opinion the other day that should help prevent the “foodification” of medical device litigation. That made-up word refers to the wasteful food-related class action litigation that has...more

6th Circuit: Fed Agency Had No Authority to Preempt State-Law Limitations on States’ Activities

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has decided a new federalism case. stopIn State of Tennessee, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission, decided on August 10, 2016, the Court of Appeals held that Section...more

FCC Thwarted in Efforts to Preempt State Broadband Laws

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has struck a major blow to the FCC’s efforts to remove barriers to broadband service and promote competition in broadband markets. In State of Tennessee v. FCC, the court...more

6th Circuit Reverses FCC’s Preemption of State Law

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Yesterday the Sixth Circuit granted two petitions for review in The State of Tennessee et al. v. FCC and issued its opinion reversing the FCC’s order that preempted the laws of Tennessee and North Carolina that limited the...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects FCC’s Effort To Preempt State Regulation Of Municipal Broadband Providers

The FCC’s February 2015 meeting yielded two significant and controversial orders premised on the agency’s authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act: its much-publicized Open Internet Order, and its less-publicized...more

Installment Lender Using Bank Partner Model Needs Maryland License, Court of Appeals Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, in CashCall, Inc. et al. v. Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation, recently affirmed the judgment of the Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) directing CashCall to...more

Recent Supreme Court Action Creates Uncertainty in Financial Industry

by Polsinelli on

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC. The High Court’s decision will allow a consumer class action against...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari To Review Second Circuit’s Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC. As previously reported, Madden involved a putative class action...more

California District Court Puts Baby In A Corner

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In the United States, federal laws take precedence over state law and common law causes of action where there is an overlap. This lesson was recently learned again in Lions Gate Entertainment Inc v TD Ameritrade Services...more

Sprint FCA Case Denied Certiorari by U.S. Supreme Court

by Reed Smith on

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a challenge by Sprint Nextel Corp. (“Sprint”) to a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit by New York state against it for sales taxes not collected and remitted on...more

Case Update: Midland Funding v. Madden: The Solicitor General Brief Could Be a Game Changer

In response to a request of the U.S. Supreme Court (discussed here), the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office on Tuesday filed a brief with the Court expressing the U.S. Government’s views on the merits of the claims brought in...more

Sprint Communications Inc. Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Bundling Issue

by Alston & Bird on

On February 18, 2016, Sprint Communications Inc. filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to review the New York Court of Appeals’ denial of Sprint’s attempt to dismiss the...more

Preemption: Oregon Has Not Gone Bananas

by Reed Smith on

Can you get sued over a picture of a banana? It seems the answer might depend on where you live and probably not in Oregon. That is one takeaway from a good preemption case that came out of the District of Oregon last week,...more

The Right of Publicity: How Much Control Do NFL Players Have Over Their Names?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

How much control should athletes have over their names? Not an unlimited amount, according to one recent court ruling. Late last month, in Dryer v. National Football League, the Eighth Circuit denied an appeal by three...more

Central District of California Holds That the California Resale Royalty Act Is Preempted by Federal Copyright Law

by BakerHostetler on

As previously discussed on this blog, the validity of the California Resale Royalty Act (the “RRA,” Civil Code Section 986), a 1976 law that requires resellers of fine art to pay a royalty of 5 percent to the artists behind...more

POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca Cola Co.: legal battle nearly over, but industry litigation landscape forever changed…

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 18, 2016, Pom Wonderful LLC made closing arguments in its trial against Coca-Cola for the alleged misleading marketing of a pomegranate-blueberry juice which contained only trace amounts of either pomegranate or...more

Cut the Fat . . . Just Not Yet: Court Rules that PHO Claims Are Preempted

Northern District of California Judge Maxine Chesney recently granted Nestlé’s motion to dismiss a challenge to partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in Nestlé’s Coffee-mate® coffee-creamer products, finding plaintiff’s claims...more

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