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Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FTC Data Security Authority

On April 7, 2014, in a landmark decision with broad implications for American businesses, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s authority to regulate data security...more

Issue Of Gmail Users’ Consent To Google’s Email-Interception Practices Defeats Class Certification

Google recently scored a big victory in its battle against claims that it is illegally intercepting and scanning the content of emails in order to provide personalized advertisements to Gmail users. Plaintiffs in the various...more

Federal Court Upholds FTC’s Authority To Bring Enforcement Actions Over Data-Security Standards; Will Class Actions Follow?

Already, 2014 has been an eventful year in the world of data breaches and cybersecurity. In addition to a flurry of litigation over high-profile breaches at the start of the year, the National Institute for Standards and...more

U.S. District Court Confirms FTC Authority To Regulate Corporate Data Security Practices

On April 7, 2014, Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the first ever motion to dismiss filed in Federal court that challenged the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (“the...more

Federal Court Holds That FTC May Regulate Company Data Security Practices

In a closely watched and first-of-its-kind case, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey rejected, for purposes of a motion to dismiss, a defendant company’s argument that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

New Jersey Federal Court Upholds The FTC’s Authority To Regulate Data Security

On April 7, a highly anticipated opinion was issued by New Jersey District Court Judge Esther Salas in a case that will likely have broad implications in the realms of privacy and data security. The case in question is FTC v....more

FTC Found to Have Authority Over Standard for Consumer Data Security by NJ District Court

In a first of its kind opinion, a New Jersey district court holds that the FTC has the authority to set a standard for consumer data security and that it can sue for breach of that standard under its authority to bring...more

Part I: The Elephant Emerges From the Mousehole: The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police Data...

In support of its motion to dismiss the FTC’s complaint alleging data security deficiencies in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation cited the Supreme Court’s opinion in Whitman v. American...more

Court Sides with FTC on Sweeping Data Security Role

Executive Summary: Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. A U.S. District Court has ruled this week that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act to bring enforcement...more

Court Finds That System Is Not An ATDS Unless It Can Generate (As Opposed To Merely Dial) Numbers On A Random or Sequential Basis

Judge Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted Yahoo! summary judgment in a case challenging Yahoo’s automatic email to text alert system because it did not use an automatic telephone dialing system...more

With Nowhere to Hide, Couch Potatoes Offer Opportunity and Peril for Content Providers

The emerging home entertainment market is rife with both opportunity and peril for media and entertainment content providers. Home entertainment is increasingly provided through “Smart” devices such as Microsoft Xbox and...more

Financial Services Law

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Fed’s Debit Card Fee Cap, Antiexclusivity Rules - Dealing a blow to merchants nationwide, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and upheld the rules promulgated by the...more

Will A New Wave Of Class Actions Spring From Patent Infringement Litigation?

It is no secret that many private class actions are filed as follow-on lawsuits to news reports, government investigations, regulatory developments, and identical earlier-filed class actions. But a recent gambit by the...more

Lance v. Wyeth: A New Cause of Action in Pennsylvania?

Issuing an opinion over two years after oral argument, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week in Lance v. Wyeth that pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for negligence in the design and marketing of drugs....more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 23, 2014

In this issue: - Former BCP Director Discusses how FTC Picked its Fights - Court Pierces the Veil on Anonymous Online Reviews - FTC Finds Green Diaper Claims Don’t Hold Water - A Warning Letter is...more

The Warning Letter Is Only the Start

So you’ve had a bad day — FDA has told you to stop marketing your product. The good news, things can only get better, right? Maybe not if a class action follows hot on the heels of FDA’s order. This, in brief, is the...more

Damages Issues Again Thwart the Bulk of Plaintiffs’ Claims in the PlayStation Network Data Breach Class Action

In the latest chapter in the Sony PlayStation Network (“PSN”) data breach saga, a decision that issued on January 21, 2014 permanently dismissed all but a handful of the class action claims advanced in a 51 count complaint. ...more

Innocent Bystanders of Cybersquatting: Neutral Domain Name Registrars - Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) v. GoDaddy.com, Inc.

Addressing for the first time the issue of whether the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), which added two cybersquatting causes of action to the Lanham Act, provides for secondary liability, the U.S. Court of...more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Rules There Is No Cause of Action for “Contributory Cybersquatting”

On December 4, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d) does not provide a cause of action for contributory cybersquatting. In Petroliam Nasional Berhad...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - European Union

Outside of the EU, concerns continue after the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks demonstrated issues related to U.S. handling of European data. Beginning in July, 2013, the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment...more

Denied Again: Alleged Violation of Statute is Enough for Hulu Privacy Case to Proceed

On December 20, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation that solely addressed the issue of whether the Video Privacy Protection Act (the “VPPA”)...more

The Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Lazy Cakes Suit Where Product Packaging Belies Misrepresentation and Omissions Claims

On November 18, 2013, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a putative class action suit against HBB, LLC. Cheramie v. HBB, LLC, Case No. 12-55148 (9th Cir. Nov. 18, 2013). HBB produces Lazy Cakes, a...more

Advertising Law -- Oct 28, 2013

"Made in California" Label Program Enacted - Will "Made in California" be the new trend in advertising? On October 4, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law into effect that creates a "Made in...more

Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss class action...

In Brief - In a significant ruling on email privacy, the Northern District of California held that Google’s interception and scanning of user emails for the purpose of creating targeted advertisements and user profiles...more

Delaware Federal Court Holds No Harm From Third-Party Cookies’ Collection Of Personal Information, Dismisses Broad Consumer...

On October 9, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a broad, consolidated action against an Internet company alleged to have circumvented an Internet browser’s cookie blocker to collect personally...more

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