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Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Why Was Facebook Fined by AEPD?

Today, the Spanish data protection agency (AEPD) fined Facebook 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million USD) in connection with how the company collects personal data for advertising purposes. The AEPD said Facebook did not get...more

Second Circuit Holds Contractually Provided Consent Cannot Be Revoked

by Burr & Forman on

Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104-cv (2nd Cir. August 21, 2017) - Plaintiff leased a car from Defendant. A term of the lease stated: You [Reyes] also expressly consent and agree that Lessor...more

Circuit Court Finds Putative Class Affidavits, Combined With Other Records, May Satisfy Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Defendants BMW and Creditsmarts were parties to a marketing agreement through which BMW offered its direct automotive “up2drive” loans to borrowers at participating independent car dealers through Creditsmarts’ internet-based...more

The Ninth Circuit Bars Wrongful Act Coverage Against TCPA Claims Despite Strong Dissenting Opinion that Majority Misconstrued the...

by Nossaman LLP on

On August 23, 2017, in a split Opinion, the Ninth Circuit issued its ruling in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., Case No. 15-55777 (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2017), an insurance coverage dispute related to an underlying...more

Privacy Perils: Weather Apps Tracking more than Weather Patterns

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

If you're like millions of Americans, you use the AccuWeather app for iOS to keep up to date about whether the weekend's forecast means fun in the sun or hiding out from the rain. It turns out that AccuWeather may have been...more

TCPA Connect - August 2017

Lacking List of Recipients, Sixth Circuit Denies Class Certification - Finding that the question of consent in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action requires an individualized inquiry and without a list...more

Kids Apps Tracking Users, New Lawsuits Claim

In a pair of essentially identical lawsuits, a parent alleged that The Walt Disney Co. and Viacom Inc. ran afoul of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by tracking her child through their apps....more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

The FTC Data Security Settlement with Uber

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Risks of Overpromising and Underperforming - Demonstrating its authority over all things cybersecurity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has entered into a proposed consent order with Uber for the...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

Call Me Maybe: 11th Circuit Broadly Interprets TCPA to Allow Partial Oral Revocation of Consent

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In light of the flux of recent litigation arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq., resulting in multimillion-dollar settlements and adverse judgments against companies across all...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

Nevada Becomes Third State with Privacy Policy Law

Joining the ranks of California and Delaware, the state of Nevada adopted a new law mandating that, beginning Oct. 1, websites and other online services post a privacy policy....more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Privacy Perils: The Price of Consumer Loyalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

People love a good discount, which is why almost 75% of adult Americans are signed up for at least one customer loyalty program. We love to rack up points with airlines for a seat upgrade, get a free Starbucks latte on our...more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine for Illegally “Spoofed” Robocalls

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) imposing a $82 million penalty against Best Insurance Contracts (d/b/a Wilmington Insurance Quotes) and its owner/operator Philip...more

Update on FCC Privacy Rules

We previously reported on the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order, “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” impacting Internet service providers’ data privacy practices and obligations and...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day Two

Here are my highlights from the second day of DRI’s 2017 Class Action Seminar: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements (Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells) - Neal Katyal is a leading Supreme Court advocate and is litigating...more

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date...more

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