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Aftermath of the Yahoo Breach: M&A Risk and Cybersecurity

In the midst of its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc., Yahoo Inc. disclosed what looks like one of the largest reported thefts of user information in U.S. history. Yahoo has confirmed that a “state-sponsored”...more

Ugly details emerge on how Big Pharma fueled painkiller scourge

New information has surfaced about Big Pharma’s relentless campaign to sell the public on prescription, opioid painkillers-powerful, addictive drugs whose wide availability and abuse now has become a killer scourge that...more

New York Regulators Propose Stricter Cybersecurity Rules

On September 13, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed first-of-their-kind rules that would require financial institutions to develop and implement detailed cybersecurity programs. The proposed rules would apply only...more

September 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft...more

NHTSA Releases Guidance on Enforcement of Safety-Related Defects in Automated Vehicle Technologies - Agency’s stance raises...

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its final Enforcement Guidance Bulletin on Safety-Related Defects and Automated Safety Technologies. The Guidance makes clear that the agency’s...more

First Privacy Shield Guidelines for Companies published by German DPA

On September 12, 2016, the Data Protection Authority of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (“DPA NRW”) became one of the first EU data protection authorities to issue guidance on the implementation of the...more

GMO Food Labeling And CRISPR

A new law targeted at GMO food labeling instructs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish standards for identifying “bioengineered” food. While many might think CRISPR-modified foods will be covered by such a law, certain...more

EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Pose Challenges for Industry, Particularly Importers

Importers, retailers, and others that sell goods containing plywood or other composite wood products face significant compliance challenges from EPA’s new Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products (the Standards)....more

Can Antitrust Prevent Excessive Drug Price Increases?

The antitrust agencies are often asked to intervene in markets where pricing appears to be excessive to help protect consumers and stabilize markets. In the drug arena, healthcare providers, consumers and politicians have...more

Health Update - September 2016

The Election’s Impact on Healthcare: Preparing for Potential Scenarios - Editor’s Note: Election 2016 will have a major impact on federal and state healthcare policy. To be prepared for all the possibilities, it’s...more

Taking Measure of HIPAA Enforcement

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the largest settlement to date for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)....more

New York DFS Proposes New Cybersecurity Regulations

Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions. This proposal is, according to Governor Cuomo, a “new...more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

TCPA Connect - September 2016

SPECIAL FOCUS: Responses to Retail Webinar Attendee Questions - During our hugely successful “Avoiding TCPA Pitfalls: Essential Guidance for Retailers” webinar this summer, we received dozens of questions from attendees,...more

FDA Mandates Black Box Warnings For Opioids And Benzodiazepines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently decided to require so-called “black box warnings” on nearly 400 products, warning of the risks of combining certain opioid medications and central nervous system depressants...more

Cruise Line to Pay up to $76 Million to Settle TCPA Violations

Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., The Berkley Group Inc., and Vacation Ownership Marketing Tours, Inc. settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action last week for up to $76 million (and not less than $56 million)....more

N.Y. Moves Ahead with Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) will require all institutions subject to NYDFS supervision to establish and maintain a cybersecurity program meeting "certain regulatory minimum standards." All financial...more

Autonomous Vehicles: USDOT Issues New Policy on Development and Deployment of Automated Vehicle Technologies

On Tuesday, September 20, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will release a new policy designed to expedite the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies in the United States while...more

Buying and selling online: the EU's new findings on e-commerce

On 15 September 2016, after more than a year of information-gathering and analysis, the European Commission published a voluminous report (291 pages) of preliminary findings from its large-scale e-commerce inquiry (the...more

Sixth Circuit Rules That Theft of PII from Insurance Company Results in Article III Standing

In its recent decision in Galaria v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., no. 15-3386 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016). Co., No. 15-3386 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016), a divided Sixth Circuit panel held that plaintiffs had standing to assert...more

Third Circuit says sunk discovery costs not a proper factor in class certification analysis

It is not every day that antitrust plaintiff classes fail to win certification due to lack of numerosity under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a)(1). Yet this week, absence of numerosity was the reason a Third Circuit...more

LabMD Seeks To Stay FTC Decision Related To Evidence Of Consumer Harm Pending Appeal

LabMD—a medical testing lab that, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) alleged, exposed consumer personal information through a peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file-sharing network—is now seeking a stay pending its appeal of the FTC’s...more

Battery Problems Spread to Smartphones

After more than a decade of laptop battery fires, coupled with the surge in new battery operated devices causing fires (including hoverboards and e-cigarettes), it seemed almost impossible that news of a new string of...more

Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Auto-ISAC Pushes To Protect Internet-Enabled Connected Cars

In July 2016, the nonprofit Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (“Auto-ISAC”) released a series of auto cybersecurity best practices to collectively address cyber threats that could pose unreasonable risks to...more

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