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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 14, 2017 is below. Additional details regarding last week’s long-awaited report on online travel by the European Commission are featured in this week’s...more

FCC Vows Its Never Gonna Give Up On Bridging Digital Divide: Opens Rulemakings To Promote Access To Broadband Infrastructure

At the end of March, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai branded April “Infrastructure Month.” He paired this declaration with the announcement of a comprehensive agenda aimed at tackling a host of infrastructure-related challenges...more

An Opportunity to Shape Compliance with GDPR

by Hogan Lovells on

A close observer of the GDPR will have noticed that, in several places, individual EU Member States can implement derogations from the GDPR requirements. Of course, as a regulation under EU law there is less scope for local...more

Auction House Accused of Scraping Competitor’s Web Listings

Screen scraping is a problem that has vexed website owners since the early days of e-commerce – how to make valuable content available to users and customers, but prevent competitors from accessing such content for commercial...more

WIPO: Cybersquatting reaches all-time high with the introduction of new gTLDs

by Hogan Lovells on

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency based in Geneva that administers the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), issued a press release last month revealing that...more

App Privacy Litigation Settles For $5.3 Million

by King & Spalding on

Several major app developers, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Yelp, settled a putative class action pending in California federal court last week. The app companies have agreed to pay a consolidated $5.3 million...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

The Internet is Even Busier That it Was Last Year: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

About this time last year, I published (or re-published, if you will) a terrific infographic that illustrated what happens within the internet in a typical minute in 2016. Since I will be part of a panel discussion at The...more

Medical Supply Company Hit with Class Action TCPA Fax Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A class action fax lawsuit has been filed against a medical supply company in the federal district court for the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff seeks to represent a nationwide class of persons and entities who...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

China's draft data localisation measures open for comment

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 April 2017 the Cyberspace Administration of China published a circular calling for comments on its draft Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Sweepstakes Lawyer

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, a federal district court in Detroit refused to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit filed against Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation (“Dunham’s”) concerning the regional sporting goods retailer’s sweepstakes...more

Arizona Passes Groundbreaking Blockchain and Smart Contract Law – State Blockchain Laws on the Rise

The blockchain or “distributed ledger network” was originally conceived as the peer-to-peer technology platform that allows for the transfer of Bitcoin without the need for a trusted intermediary. However, the blockchain...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select...more

“Geofencing” and Health-Related Targeted Advertising: Massachusetts AG Has Something to Say

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that her office had reached a settlement with a digital advertising company, Copley Advertising, Inc. (Copley), prohibiting the company from using mobile...more

TCPA Connect - April 2017

FCC Combats Spoofed Robocalls - As part of an initiative that would enable voice service providers to better protect subscribers from illegal and fraudulent robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission has released a...more

OCR Levies Hefty Fine Against FQHC

Showing no signs of letting up on enforcement actions, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) late last week settled an investigation against Metro Community Provider Network MCPN, a Colorado based federally qualified health...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cross River Bank Takes on Colorado in True Lender Action. This past January, the Administrator of Colorado’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code filed a court action against Marlette Funding LLC (Marlette),...more

Comply with Telemarketing Laws or Face the Consequences

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with “the ring leader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not...more

Trump Privacy Rollback Continues, States Step Up

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed a repeal of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have subjected broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to more stringent consumer privacy regulations....more

Wells Fargo Resolves TCPA Class Action

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”) successfully resolved a “junk fax” Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action with an accepted offer of judgment that satisfied both the named plaintiff and the...more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

by King & Spalding on

Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

Social Links: Burger King ad triggers Google Assistant devices; suits allege infringement of copyrights in content posted to...

Without Google’s permission, Burger King ended one of its television commercials with a statement designed to automatically cause Google Assistant devices to read a list of the Whopper’s ingredients out loud. Having passed...more

What’s the State of the Tech Industry? Trump Admin’s Repeal Means Broadband Net Providers and Tech Companies Now Face Consumer...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A recent repeal of federal consumer privacy rules has opened the door to potential sharing and use of sensitive, consumer data with only individual state privacy laws standing in the way....more

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