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As Maine Goes, So Goes The Nation?

On January 9, 2014, Maine’s governor Paul LePage signed a bill into law that would require labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMO). Eighteen months from the effective date of the bill, any...more

Australia: South Australian Premier agrees to remove “Gambling starts with Games” advertisements

In its latest step to reduce the perceived harm that might be inflicted on children by simulated gambling, the South Australian Government has commenced an advertising campaign, featuring a billboard with an image of a young...more

Seventh Circuit Holds TCPA Does Not Preempt State Law Banning Robocalls

On November 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not preempt an Indiana statute that bans most robocalls without exempting calls that are...more

Defeat on Washington I-522 GMO Labeling

State-sponsored GMO-labeling efforts faced defeat in Washington State’s November 2013 election. Voters rejected Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522 (I-522) proposal, 51.21 percent to 48.79 percent.1 Washington’s...more

Are you ready for CASL? Should you be? Part 1

With the federal parliament returning from a long summer break, many in the legal and business communities will be closely watching for any signs as to the future of the still yet to be implemented federal legislation...more

Washington State GMO Labeling Initiative Defeated; Kaua’i Anti-GMO Law Vetoed; Big Island Anti-GMO Bill Pending

Washington voters rejected Initiative 522 at the polls by a considerable margin this past Tuesday. Initiative 522, a right-to-know law styled similarly to California’s Proposition 37 that was defeated last year, would have...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Patent Litigation Reform Bill - Last Wednesday, October 23, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), intended to curtail abusive...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity - Sen. Cruz Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chairman - Last Wednesday, October 16, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked an expected Senate vote on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to become the next...more

California Enacts Several Pieces of New Privacy Legislation

California is continuing to blaze new trails in the area of online data privacy. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law several new pieces of privacy legislation. The new laws affect all operators of commercial Web sites...more

Appeals Court Rules TCPA Does Not Violate First Amendment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently ruled that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not violate the First Amendment by requiring robocallers to identify themselves when making calls....more

California Set to Enact New “Do Not Track” Disclosure Requirement Law for Websites

On October 3, 2013 provided that California Governor Jerry Brown does not veto an internet privacy bill in California (which he is not expected to do), a new law will be enacted that has significant repercussions for nearly...more

Advertising News & Analysis - July 18, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Finalizes EnergyGuide Label Changes - Brand Protection: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Staffing Announcements Set Tone at FTC - FCC Rules May Disconnect Marketing to Mobile...more

Mobile Apps Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., continue to show interest in understanding and developing regulatory proposals relating to mobile apps. The interest appears to be driven, at least in part, by policymakers’ concerns about...more

Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"  [Video]

May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more

Legal Links of Interest for the week ending October 12, 2012

Legal Links of Interest for the week ending October 12, 2012 by Steven Getman Sunday, October 14, 2012 Attorney Steven Getman notes some of the stories about the law and lawyers in the news this past week: • One...more

Proposition 37 Permits "Natural" Labeling for Non-GMO Processed Food

Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act ("Prop 37”), if approved by the voters on November 6, 2012, will provide that food offered for retail sale in California produced with genetic...more

Episode 54 – Nature’s Path Founder Arran Stephens’ Fight Against GMOs

In Episode 54 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on March 17, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show host Dick Lyons continues his conversations with attendees of Natural Products Expo West 2012 in Anaheim. The show sees...more

Obama Sets Out Privacy Framework; FTC and DAA Preview Privacy Priorities

The White House Report. On February 23, 2012, the White House released a report entitled Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy,...more

White House Announces New Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Today the White House released its long-awaited Privacy Report in which it unveiled a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights intended to provide consumers with greater online privacy protection, and establish a blueprint...more

Advertising Law - December 8, 2011

In This Issue: Manatt Honored by The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel as Law Firm of the Year; Sen. Rockefeller Targets Online Tracking for Hearing; FTC Extends Deadline for COPPA Comments; Pope Doesn’t Like...more

House Hearing on Food Marketing to Kids -- Seller Beware

Two subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Health, held a joint hearing last week on the issue of “Food Marketing: Can...more

Federal Legislation Introduced Regarding Geolocation Information

The collection, use and disclosure of geolocation information obtained from customers' mobile devices has become commonplace among mobile phone providers and third party application developers. Geolocation information...more

EPIC Advises Congress on Do Not Track Proposal

EPIC submitted a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, following a hearing on "Do Not Track Legislation: Is Now the Right Time?" Congress is considering proposals that would enable users to opt-out of...more

California Considers Requiring Disclosure of Consumer Product Ingredients on the Internet

California’s legislature is considering new legislation that would ban the manufacture, sale, or distribution of certain consumer products sold in California unless manufacturers publish a comprehensive list of ingredients on...more

Advertising Law - June 22, 2010

In This Issue: *Diet Supplement Manufacturer Settles False Claims Suit for $2.5 Million *FTC v. Kellogg, Part II *Groups Respond to Boucher’s Privacy Bill *Virginia Passes New Law on Promotions *Senate Commerce...more

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