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Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

by Fisher Phillips on

When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - August 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Advising Clients Regarding Potentially Criminal Conduct – Assisting Clients in Connection with the Medical or Recreational Marijuana Industry - Rhode Island Ethics Advisory Panel Op. 2017-01 - Risk Management Issue: In...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mylan will pay $465 million to federal authorities to resolve claims that it overcharged the Medicaid program by millions for its EpiPen products. Though large, the figure represents about a third of the estimated...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

by Knobbe Martens on

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

Finding No Injury, First Circuit Tosses Deceptive Pricing Suits

In affirming the dismissal of a pair of deceptive-pricing class actions, the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that they suffered any injury. In separate cases—one against...more

Louisville’s “One-Touch” Make-Ready Ordinance Upheld

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In the first decision to consider the legality of a “one touch” make-ready ordinance, a federal district court in Kentucky upheld a City of Louisville law authorizing new attachers to utility poles to rearrange the pole...more

Eleventh Circuit Allows Partial Revocation of Consent under TCPA with Class and Contractual Consent Implications

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Last week, in Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, the Eleventh Circuit held that a consumer can partially revoke consent to be called under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Schweitzer gave her cell phone number when...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due September 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Form 477: Local Competition and Broadband Report - The Local Competition and Broadband Report, containing data as of June 30, 2017, must be filed by September 1, 2017. The report requires the submission of information...more

Troll Hunting: Practical Strategies for Businesses to Combat Anonymous Online Trolls

No matter the business you operate, modern commerce increasingly takes place online, rarely putting the consumer and your business face-to-face. A recent study revealed that approximately 80% of American consumers buy...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Proposes Changes to Broadband Data Collection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) voted unanimously in favor of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that explores ways to improve the value of data,...more

International Trademark Classes: What is the Nice Agreement?

by Revision Legal on

Filing for a trademark through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is probably a mysterious process for most people. There are several types of trademark applications and many different filing bases. Given...more

California Employers May Sue For Online Defamation

by Fisher Phillips on

The situation is a familiar one. Disgruntled current or former employees leave negative and harmful comments about their employer on online workplace review websites such as glassdoor.com or vault.com, or on customer review...more

0.44% of NFL Brains

by Wilson Elser on

When The New York Times reports that 110 out of 111 NFL brains (99.09%) have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), everyone pays attention. Mothers worry about their kids. Some worry about their jobs. Senate subcommittees...more

Scrambling After an Egg Crisis – EU Safety Guidance for Online Product Sales

EU food safety authorities are still feeling the repercussions of the insecticide-contaminated eggs crisis. That crisis highlights the many challenges of dealing with unsafe and non-compliant products in a single European...more

Scrambling After an Egg Crisis – EU Safety Guidance for Online Product Sales

EU food safety authorities are still feeling the repercussions of the insecticide-contaminated eggs crisis. That crisis highlights the many challenges of dealing with unsafe and non-compliant products in a single European...more

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted - BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For years, California cable operators have reduced the franchise fee paid to local governments by the amount paid to the California Public Service Commission. While a small amount for many communities, the deduction reduced...more

UK government publishes Statement of Intent on new Data Protection Bill

by Dentons on

On 7 August 2017, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published a Statement of Intent outlining proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill (the Bill). This is the UK's preparation for the General...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Ninth Circuit Finds Concrete Injury in Spokeo Remand

by Bryan Cave on

The U.S. Supreme Court held in its 2016 Spokeo decision that for a plaintiff to have standing to assert a claim based on a statutory violation that the plaintiff must have suffered real—and not just legal— harm. Spokeo...more

Third Circuit Steps Back from the Brink of a Circuit Split over “Ascertainability”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday, a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals took another step back from a circuit split over the extent to which aspiring class plaintiffs must show a “reliable and administratively feasible means of determining...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We got our dose of Fed minutes yesterday, and it appears that the Fed—like the rest of us—is scratching its head over the “new reality” of concurrent low inflation and low unemployment. Fed officials are hoping that the low...more

Judge Sides with Government over Google in the Latest Battle Rematch over the Territorial Reach of the SCA

Another federal judge has rejected the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s interpretation of the Stored Communications Act (SCA), and has ordered Google to hand over customer email traffic—wherever located—to U.S....more

Disabling Code: Franchisors Should Ensure Digital Properties Are Accessible

by Lewitt Hackman on

Are we still in the dawn of the digital age, or have we moved on to mid-morning yet? Only time, and your company's web site and applications, will tell. Unfortunately, when it comes to website accessibility, it is still...more

Many California Cities May Not be Receiving Full Cable Franchise Fee

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California suggests that many California cities are receiving less than the full cable franchise fee to which they are entitled....more

Desire for More Granular Deployment and Subscription Data Drives FCC to Propose Changes to Providers’ Form 477 Reporting...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Explaining that you “can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to revise the Commission’s Form 477 broadband and voice data collection requirements...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Consumer Alleging FCRA Claim against Spokeo Sufficiently Pled a Concrete Harm to Confer Article III...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a consumer’s allegations that the operator of a website reported inaccurate information about him...more

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