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Hidden Costs of Common Beauty Treatments?

The “toxic trio” is a foreboding name some associate with common and seemingly innocuous manicures and pedicures. Salon workers suffer higher-than-average rates of birth defects, miscarriages, cancers, and skin afflictions...more

Magistrate Judge Rules LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Does Not Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act

As we discussed in a previous post, a class action lawsuit (Sweet, et al. v. LinkedIn) was filed last year against LinkedIn in California based on allegations that the reference reports LinkedIn generates for premium...more

FTC Clarifies Native and Online Ad Obligations

The FTC, in recent staff statements, has sought to clarify advertisers’ and publishers’ obligations regarding native advertising and social media promotions, particularly regarding when and how to clarify to readers that a...more

WTF Day 2

As in, “Way Too Frequently” we are hearing and reading about cyber and data breaches. The ironic hack du jour: LastPass. Wait for it: A company that lets a customer store all of his or her passwords online in a single storage...more

New Insights from FTC on Its Endorsement Guides to Reflect Continued Focus on Disclosures

After the FTC revised its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials (the “Guides”) in 2009, it followed up with a set of frequently asked questions entitled “What People Are Asking” (the “FAQs”) to address...more

Technology And The Workplace

How Email And Texting Are Transforming Business Interactions - The automotive industry has embraced technology. Most dealerships have installed business development centers, and Internet departments to attract the...more

When is a Background Search not a Background Search?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted to insure that consumer reporting agencies act with “fairness, impartiality, and respect for the consumer’s right to privacy.” But one federal court held recently that...more

California District Court Holds That LinkedIn’s “Reference Searches” Function Not a Consumer Report under the Fair Credit...

A Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of California recently handed down an important decision regarding the application of the Fair Credit Reporting Act to one of LinkedIn’s search products. The decision in Sweet v....more

California Teams-Up with Internet Search Engines to Block Unlicensed Payday Lender Advertising

On April 7, the California Department of Business Oversight announced a new initiative to prevent unlicensed payday lenders from advertising on major Internet search engines, including Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo....more

It’s Data Privacy Day 2015

Use the Opportunity - Data Privacy Day is another opportunity to push out a note to employees regarding their own privacy and security — and how that can help the company. Emails with articles and reminders are...more

ITALY: More liberal approach on monitoring of employees

It is possible to collect location data relating to employees through smartphone Apps if used in order to optimize the usage of resources and improve their management, coordination and timing provided that this practice...more

Use of Big Data in Recruiting and Screening Could Mean Big Problems for Employers

Recently, Allison Grande of Law360 reported on the warnings representatives from the FTC and EEOC provided to employers about using big data in the workplace at a panel hosted by the FTC. This post briefly explores those...more

For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Avoiding Class Certification Through an Offer of Judgment - CLASS CERTIFICATION DECISIONS: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike ..Decisions Denying Motions to Strike...more

In with the New: 2014 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions

Data privacy and security made the headlines practically daily in 2013. Our second annual Privacy and Data Protection 2013 Year in Review topped 65 pages! What privacy, advertising and digital media trends will make...more

Privacy Monday - July 1st, 2013

Privacy Tidbits to start your week - The Risk-Benefit Analysis of BYOD: As we have written in the past, the proliferation of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend is a high-wire balancing act for IT and...more

Busy at Work: California Legislature Addressing Data Privacy Concerns with Data Privacy Law

The California legislature is busily at work, staying at the forefront with the development of data privacy laws. More than 15 bills related to data privacy concerns are currently making their way through the legislature, and...more

Advertising Law -- Apr 18, 2013

In This Issue: No Rest for the NAD, As it Decides Multiple Mattress Disputes; Fur Sure? Retailers Make Faux Faux Fur Claims; Got Settlement? Muscle Milk Suit Settles for $5.3 Million; TCPA Class Actions Prohibited in New...more

Business Law Newsletter - July 2012

In This Issue: - Tax Law: Important Tax Developments From the First Quarter of 2012...Page 1 - Alert for Trademark Owners: Trademark Monitoring and Registration Scams...Page 2 - Excerpt from Important Tax...more

Advertising Law -- June 21, 2012

In This Issue: Status Update: Facebook Seeks to Add Children; NLRB Speaks Again on Social Media; The Happiest – and Healthiest? – Place on Earth; NYC Considering Ban on Large, Sugary Drinks; Microsoft’s IE 10 Will...more

Update: Spokeo Settles with the FTC for $800,000

Today marks a first for the FTC, which announced a settlement with Spokeo to the tune of $800,000. This is the first case of it's kind, involving the investigation of a web-based search engine by the FTC, resulting in a big...more

States Introduce Bills Penalizing Overseas Call Centers

In December 2011 we reported on a federal bill that would make companies that relocate call centers to locations outside of the United States ineligible for federal grant or guaranteed loan programs for five years. Under this...more

Federal Bill Would Make Companies That Offshore Call Centers Ineligible For Federal Grants Or Loans

Calling outsourcing "one of the scourges of our economy," Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would make companies that relocate call centers to locations outside of the United States ineligible for...more

Is Your Company's Social Media Launch Ahead Of Its Compliance Program

Many businesses are still coasting along enjoying the marketing advantages of social media without making sure they have a good compliance program in place. For every company with a Facebook fan page or Twitter account...more

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