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FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting
Data Center Networks – Interview with Jeff Moerdler, Member, Mintz Levin
What to expect from FCC Post-Governement Shutdown
Employer Social Media Policies – Interview with Mitch Danzig, Member, Member, Mintz Levin
Jason Maloni on Data Security
JOBS Act Implementation Regulations
Ernest DelBuono on Aviation
Jack Deschauer on Government Investigations
PODCAST - Inside Law - Public Policy Issues in 2013
Condo Adviser: Condominium Rules and Enforcement
Condo Adviser: What is 'FHA approved,' exactly?
Condo Owners and Dealing with Uncooperative Management Companies
Reserve Funds: Purposes and Common Mistakes
Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"
Social Media At Work - What's Allowed and What Isn't? PODCAST - Inside Law
Release of new book on the 'Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act"
[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account?
Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance
Serving Legal Documents Through Social Media
Social Media Law Report - Who Owns Your LinkedIn Account, FTC Guidance on Social Ads, More...
An announcement from the UK justice minister has confirmed that the new Defamation Act ("the Act") will take effect from 1 January 2014.1 The Act makes major changes to existing defamation laws in the UK and will seek to curb...more
SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Workshop on Native Advertising – The “Blurred Lines” Remain Fuzzy -
The increased prevalence of online native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial comment –...more
Since 2009, former student-athletes have been litigating the issue of whether the apparent commodification of student-athlete likenesses in video games entitles the athletes to compensation. Defendants in these lawsuits...more
A decades-long string of libel opinions by the Texas Supreme Court in favor of media defendants came to a resounding halt this summer. In Neely v. Wilson, the Court reversed summary judgment for an Austin television station....more
As this blog illustrated recently, sentiments posted on Facebook, if sufficiently vulgar or offensive, can cause a person to lose his job.
The Seventh Circuit recently issued a decision analyzing whether a profane and...more
Child-Directed Sweepstakes Ran Afoul of COPPA -
A sweepstakes conducted by a magazine for tween girls raised concerns under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Children's Advertising Review Unit...more
Employers may have a defense to defamation claims if they include hyperlinks to authoritative sources in their social media activities, e.g., blogging, Facebook posts or "tweeting", according to a New York federal court in...more
In recent years, numerous class actions alleging false and misleading labeling and advertising have been filed in California regarding use of the terms "All Natural" or "100% Natural" on a wide range of food and beverage...more
In This Issue:
- Recent Significant Developments and Rulings
..California Court of Appeal Clarifies Reach of “Reasonable Consumer” Standard in Food Labeling Cases ..Court Denies Motion to Dismiss in Part Food...more
Last week, the Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments on whether a party can use a pre-suit deposition to identify an anonymous blogger. The petitioner tried to use a pre-suit subpoena to force Google to identify a...more
On September 24, 2013, Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) reached a $40 million dollar settlement of lawsuits over the use of college athletes’ likenesses in EA’s popular college football video game series NCAA Football. EA also...more
A Royal Charter (the “Charter“) representing a landmark reform of press regulation was approved by the Queen on 30 October 2013. The Charter, agreed by the three main political parties, was sealed by the Privy Council in a...more
For even the most novice internet user, hyperlinks are undoubtedly helpful to the browsing experience. Hyperlinks assist users in navigating through the vast amounts of undesirable content on the web by providing a reference...more
In the case of Delfi AS v Estonia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld an Estonian domestic court decision to hold Delfi, one of the largest Estonian internet news portals, liable for defamatory comments posted...more
With the rapid growth in Chinese media services and increased awareness of legal rights among the Chinese, defamation litigation in China is on the rise. Generally speaking, defamation is usually treated as a civil matter,...more
Via Section 230, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) provides broad immunity for service providers, hosts and website operators for claims stemming from their publication of information created by third parties....more
Introducing TCPA Connect -
On October 16, the FCC's updated Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulations finally took effect. The new rules pose significant challenges for companies seeking to communicate with...more
Two federal appellate courts held this summer that the First Amendment does not insulate video game maker Electronic Arts (“EA”) from right of publicity suits brought by football players whose likenesses it used as part of...more
As a lawyer who regularly represents victims of sexual abuse, I was interviewed by Law Times about the quantum of damages awarded to successful plaintiffs in civil claims for sexual assault and sexual abuse. While the courts...more
The Italian Supreme Court held that a TV company was liable for the defamatory comments from the host of one of their TV programs because they did not exercise the requested monitoring activity on him....more
Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites have become the latest battleground between two often conflicting legal concepts: the right of a person to speak freely, even in a vitriolic way, versus the right of another...more
In France, judges consider that the answer to this question depends on the parameters of the employee’s profile on Facebook.
In a decision of April 10, 2013, the French Supreme Court ruled that when insulting comments...more
North Carolina House Bill 683, known as the Commonsense Consumption Act (“Act”), became effective on October 1, 2013. The Act contains two main provisions. First, it provides that no city or county ordinance may prohibit the...more
This is the inaugural edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that will provide analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more
Beware the law of unintended consequences. The Texas high court has just denied review of a court of appeals opinion in a case that began as a defamation action brought by a Texas state court judge against a Dallas-area...more