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Maine Is Latest State To Restrict Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

Recently, Maine became the latest state to enact legislation restricting an employer’s access to employees’ and job applicants’ personal social media accounts. The new statute prohibits an employer from requiring, coercing or...more

Delaware Enacts Comprehensive Online Privacy Protection Law

On January 1, 2016, the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act (“DOPPA”) will go into force, a law that provides strong online privacy protection for its residents. The new law targets three areas of compliance: (1)...more

New Federal Budget Deal Provides TCPA Relief for Federal Loan Servicers

For years now, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been a looming threat to U.S. businesses. Although the TCPA was initially passed “to develop the necessary ground rules for cost-effective protection of...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — October 2015

FDA releases draft ICH guidance with aim to improve pharmaceutical benefit-risk assessments - The agency released ICH guidance to regulate how pharmaceutical makers should present benefit-risk information in regulatory...more

Media and political campaigns: From the era of free air time to that of free online advertising

The increasing influence of mass media in political campaigns has been an issue of concern for campaign finance regulators worldwide during the past decades. The role of media often goes beyond merely informing the citizens...more

BDC Bill Approved by Financial Services Committee

On November 4, 2015, the House Financial Services Committee voted 53-4 in favor of HR 3868 sponsored by Congressman Mulvaney. Among other things, the bill would make needed changes to the Securities Act that would bring the...more

One More Reason the New Budget Act Is Good for the Government, and Here’s a Hint: It Relates to the TCPA!

Anyone paying attention to goings-on in Washington last week might have heard a loud, bipartisan sigh of relief when both the House and the Senate passed a budget deal that temporarily averted another government shutdown or...more

Significant Exception to TCPA Likely to Pass

Congress is about to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The budget agreement includes significant amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As proposed, the TCPA will soon permit autodialed calls to cell...more

Performance Review Time: Congress Requests GAO Audit of Enforcement Bureau Management

Members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee) issued a letter late last week requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an audit of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau...more

New Presumptions of Coordination in CA Political Communications/Independent Expenditures

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has overhauled its regulations that define when an independent expenditure will be deemed to have been coordinated with a candidate or ballot measure committee. ...more

California Amends Data Breach Notification Statute by Requiring Specific Notification Content and Expanding the Definition of...

California’s Data Breach Notification Statute was amended on October 6, 2015, by Governor Jerry Brown. The amendment, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, makes important changes to the existing law, including new...more

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations

Municipalities Should Ensure They Will Be in Compliance - A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday deems approved an application for new wireless towers and facilities and some colocations. The law...more

Are You Providing Your Warranty Correctly? Congress Just Passed a Law!

Believe it or not, Congress passed a law. That law impacts how you, Automotive Industry Company, are providing your warranties (hopefully, limited warranties with limited remedies – but that is a topic for another post). The...more

Status Updates: People-rating app proves unpopular; new tech automates compelling-photo selection; Twitter 101 for the political...

Bad reviews. On September 30th, the soon-to-be-launched app Peeple was described by the app’s co-founder, Julia Cordray, as a “Yelp for people,” that is, a people-rating platform that would allow users to assign number...more

New Delaware Act Requires Online Privacy Policy for Websites

A new privacy law requires companies to make specific statements about what information is collected on its website. Like California, it also requires that companies state in writing whether they respect “Do Not Track”...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: Baby Steps Today, But What About Tomorrow?

For more than 50 years, an embargo and related sanctions regime has restricted U.S. businesses and individuals from virtually all economic activity involving Cuba or its nationals. This regime was implemented through a...more

The FDA Tiptoes – and Congress Splashes Into – the 21st Century

Here are a couple of non-litigation related matters that we thought our readers need to know about. First, the FDA. We’ve pointed out before that the FDA’s “intended use” regulations for drugs (21 C.F.R. §201.128) and...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

Stacy Allen Speaks: Newsroom Victories During the 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Sometimes, killing a bad bill can be as important as enacting a good one. So it was for newsrooms during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature. My partner Paul Watler and I were privileged to assist the Texas Association...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - September/October 2015

PTAB Update on Inter Partes Review - On August 19, 2015, the Director of the USPTO released a blog post reporting on the state of post-grant review proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and...more

U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce Announce Additional Revisions to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Last week, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building off the changes put...more

OFAC Updates Cuban Assets Control Regulations Easing Sanctions on Cuba

On September 18, OFAC issued a final rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to reflect policy changes previously announced by the Obama administration. With respect to financial transactions, the...more

Delaware Enacts Package of Internet Data Laws

Joining the collection of states with online privacy laws, Delaware has enacted a package of statutes governing the collection, storage and use of the personal information of Delaware residents by websites, Internet and cloud...more

You Want to Export to Cuba? Get Ready, But You Probably Can’t Quite Yet.

New rules came out on September 21, 2015 from both the Commerce and Treasury Departments. Although for the most part these changes only slightly broaden or clarify pre-existing exceptions to the embargo against Cuba, they...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: The Knot Further Loosens

Effective September 21, the U.S. Department of Treasury amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), providing further Cuba sanctions relief. In a coordinated action, the U.S. Department of Commerce simultaneously...more

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