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You Could Lose More Than Just Customers: Why You Should Lock Up to Crack Down on Cyber Risks

The most searched word around the office is “cybersecurity”. This year promises to hear myriad cases centered on this suddenly-forefront topic. The issue of security for virtual information has been around for years, but with...more

Glue Company in Sticky Situation with FTC over “Made in the USA” Advertising Claims—Who Will Get Stuck Next?

In a recent post, we discussed the potential perils and pitfalls of advertising consumer products as “Made in the USA.” As we noted there, different federal and state regulatory regimes do not necessarily follow the same...more

New Guidelines on Collecting Biometric Data Help Businesses Stay Ahead of the Game

The amount of data collected worldwide is rapidly proliferating, and one international organization wants to make sure it’s clear how to protect what is arguably the most sensitive category of that data: biometrics....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack - Sacramento Bee - Feb 2 - California’s drought regulators agreed Tuesday to extend water conservation mandates...more

Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to Class Action Settlement Offer Pick-Off Defense

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 577 U.S. --- (2016), that a lawsuit is not moot after a plaintiff declines to accept an offer of judgment made by the defendant pursuant to Federal Rule of...more

Jesinoski Update: TILA Rescission in a Post-Jesinoski World

A little over one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 790 (2015), which resolved a circuit court spit regarding how a mortgage borrower may exercise the...more

Fannie And Freddie – Newly Implemented Independent Dispute Resolution

On February 2, 2016, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae took another step towards helping sellers of loans manage risk more effectively, and in turn, strengthen the home lending system. Through concurrently released...more

A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well,...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Agreement Reached - Replaces Safe Harbor Agreement

On February 2, 2016, The European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) reached a deal on a new transatlantic data-transfer pact to replace the 15-year-old Safe Harbor agreement. The European Court of...more

CFPB Enforcement Update

This update analyzes the trends and patterns in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s publicly available enforcement actions. Leveraging the analysis in our December 2014 White Paper, CFPB Enforcement by the Numbers...more

Latest OCR Enforcement Action: Underbed Storage is Not Appropriate for PHI

Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a...more

Do the Restrictions on Advertising with Nutrition and Health Claims also Apply to Communications Addressed Exclusively to Health...

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether the restrictions on promoting foodstuffs with nutrition and health claims also apply to communications addressed exclusively to health...more

Historic Moment: Husband Reports Wife’s HIPAA Violation Triggering Six Figure Penalty Against Employer

For the second time in history, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has imposed a civil monetary penalty (“CMP”) against a covered entity for violations of the Health Insurance and Portability Act (“HIPAA”). Lincare, Inc., a...more

Raising the Stakes for AML Compliance Officers: Court Refuses to Rule Out Potential Liability for Role in Employer's BSA...

Why it matters - A federal court judge in Minnesota has rejected the motion of a former chief compliance officer to dismiss the U.S. government's claim that he is liable under the federal Bank Secrecy Act for his...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

Safe Harbor is dead, long live Safe Harbor!

News broke late February 2, 2016 that the United States and the European Union Commission have agreed upon a revised and updated version of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, providing a new framework for transfers of personal data...more

CFPB Director’s Divisive View of RESPA Limitations Period Central to Ongoing UDAAP Action

In the ongoing Integrity Advance enforcement action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”), the Office of Enforcement this month filed a brief arguing that its claims for alleged unfair, deceptive,...more

Safe Harbor 2.0 Agreement Reached; New Program to be Named “Privacy Shield”

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced that EU and US officials had reached an agreement to implement a program known as the EU-US Privacy Shield. Privacy Shield is designed to be the successor to the Safe...more

Tentative Agreement on New “Privacy Shield” Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows Reached

On February 2, the United States and the European Commission reached tentative agreement on a new framework for the transfer of personal data between the European Union and the United States called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield....more

US and EU Reach a Deal to Save Safe Harbor

United States and European Union officials have reached a last-minute agreement in an attempt to salvage the US-EU Data Transfer Safe Harbor, nearly four months after the European Court of Justice issued an opinion...more

EU and U.S. Reach Deal on Safe Harbor for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced that the U.S. and European Union have reached a deal on a new Safe Harbor to replace the old Safe Harbor program that was struck down by the European Court of Justice on...more

EU-US Privacy Shield to Replace Safe Harbor

A new personal data transfer agreement was announced on February 3, 2016 between EU and US authorities: the EU-US Privacy Shield will replace the invalidated Safe Harbor programme. Since the landmark decision of the...more

European Commission and United States Agree to New Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows

On Feb. 2, the European Commission and the United States announced an agreement on a new framework for transatlantic data flows. The EU-US Privacy Shield will replace the Safe Harbor framework that was invalidated by the...more

There's Light at the End of the EU Safe Harbor Tunnel, and It's (Probably) Not an Oncoming Train - M&E Alert

It’s been four long and confusing months since the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) invalidated the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework on which so many companies relied for transferring data out of the EU and Switzerland and,...more

US-EU Agree on Privacy Shield to Replace Invalidated Safe Harbor

On February 2, 2016, it was announced that the United States and the European Union had reached an agreement on a new framework to replace the Safe Harbor that was invalidated back in October. The new framework, called the...more

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