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Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber investor Benchmark (a Silicon Valley VC fund) is looking to recover for the lost-investment costs associated with the rocky 2017 at the ride-hailing company, and it has former CEO Travis Kalanick in its crosshairs....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news in the streaming world late yesterday, with Disney announcing that was acquiring a 75 percent stake in BamTech and would be pulling all of its content from Netflix in anticipation of launching its own streaming...more

FCC Actions Affecting Building Owners

Owners and managers of multi-tenant environments (“MTEs”), such as apartment buildings, filed initial comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) proceeding to reexamine various types of arrangements between...more

A real estate broker’s guide to avoid being a victim of cyber fraud

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

The headline’s become all too familiar: “Cyber thief hacks real estate broker’s email, steals retired couple’s nest egg,” or something similar. The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in such incidents, with the FBI...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Integration of Short-Term Rentals Continues [METASEARCH / SHORT-TERM RENTALS] - ("Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool," Skift Travel News, July 20, 2017) - In what was an...more

Anonymous Poster of Defamation Unmasked

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Anonymity on the Internet has encouraged some to feel they live in a culture that feels no responsibility for what might be posted and where there may be no consequences for what one posts. That is, however, not the case as...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Court holds that displaying photos requires more than making them available

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While a donut with no hole may be a Danish, a photograph is not publicly displayed if the public never sees it. And in photography copyright cases, these near metaphysical questions matter....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Beach to ski town and every city in between, it’s easier than ever to book vacation rentals. Today, travelers and homeowners are directly connected through the home-sharing websites Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, and...more

Trust No One - Lunchtime Deals Should End in Intention, Not Retention

by Burr & Forman on

What You Can Learn about Vendor Management from the DocuSign Breach While some industries may get away with the “trust but verify” model, heavily regulated industries such as financial services have no such luxury. Trust...more

Did WannaCry make you want to cry? Real risks for landlords and tenants

by Hogan Lovells on

As the extent of the damage caused by the recent WannaCry ransomware virus becomes clearer, businesses across the world have been reminded of the critical importance of cyber security measures, and the potential fall-out...more

DocuSign Breach Leads to Email Malware Campaign Requesting Wire Transfers

Electronic signature technology company DocuSign has admitted that it suffered a breach of one of its computer systems resulting in stolen data including customer and user email addresses. The breach has allowed the hackers...more

DocuSign Breach a Strong Reminder for the Mortgage Industry to Manage Third-Party Service Provider Risks

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 16, DocuSign confirmed that a data breach resulted in widespread malware phishing attacks targeting its customers. DocuSign provides electronic signature solutions for many companies in the mortgage banking industry...more

A new dawn? Revised Telecoms Code receives Royal Asset

by Hogan Lovells on

In the sweep-up sessions just before Parliament was dissolved earlier this month, the Digital Economy Act 2017 received Royal Assent. The Act, once brought into force, includes a new Electronic Communications Code. What is it...more

Two CFPB enforcement actions tried in federal court

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two enforcement actions filed by the CFPB recently went to trial in federal district court. One of the cases was filed by the CFPB in July 2014 in a Wisconsin federal district court against two law firms and four of the...more

CFPB investigating Zillow for RESPA compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

For years many industry participants wondered if allowing their real estate agents or loan officers to engage in co-marketing on Zillow Group applications and websites posed a risk to their companies under RESPA. The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Foreclosure stats are a far cry from their heights in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. But the big news in the industry is the rise of party players that were barely a blip on the scene (if around at all) 10 years...more

Solving the Problem of the Unchecked Rise of Short-Term Rentals

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Internet has created innovative inroads into traditional vacation lodging. Websites like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey provide vacationers with affordable lodging in prime locations, furnished with all the comforts of a home....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. Discounted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We had a pretty good inkling this was coming. Yahoo and Verizon are reportedly nearing a new deal, with Y! knocking something close to $300 million off of the sale price to ensure that Verizon will still go through with the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 27th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 27, 2017 is below. Not a lot of news to report this week; surprisingly little came out of this past week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in...more

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