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Status Updates - August 2014 #12

..What’s not to like? The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an employee’s Facebook “like” approving of another employee’s statements about their employer may constitute “concerted activity” under federal labor law…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Regulation AB II

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted final amendments related to Regulation AB that were first proposed in 2010.1 The changes address the offering process and disclosure and periodic reporting requirements for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Status Updates - August 2014 #11

Breaking the ice. No one expected that people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads for charity would become the viral phenomenon that it has. One key technical secret to the success of the “ice bucket challenge” may…more
| Communications & Media Law

How Website Operators Use CFAA To Combat Data-Scraping

“Web scraping” or “Web harvesting” — the practice of extracting large amounts of data from publicly available websites using automated “bots” or “spiders” — accounted for 18 percent of site visitors and 23 percent of all…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Out of the Box: Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry - Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Are Offers Of Free Credit Monitoring About To Become Mandatory In Data Breach Incidents? - Mandatory “Made-In” Labeling in the EU - A New Dawn for California Class Actions - Recent…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

UK’s Financial Services Regulator Issues Draft Guidance on Social Media – should we Favourite* or #Fail?

On 6 August 2014, the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), issued long-awaited draft guidance on the use of social media in financial promotions by regulated financial…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

Status Updates - August 2014 #10

..Death in the digital age. When someone dies, his or her heirs or executor will have broad rights to access the deceased person’s letters, documents and other physical assets. Delaware has just become the first state to enact…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Status Updates - August 2014 #9

..Beyond wearables. Wearable Internet devices like Google Glass have made an impact. Could “nearables” be the next new thing? That’s the name that some people are giving to sensors or “beacons” attached to ordinary objects or…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bribery, Twice Removed

Charles Duross is the head of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Anti-Corruption Practice. He is the former head of the Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit, where he took a leading role in developing and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - August 2014 #8

..Reality test. Facebook has begun to test a new feature that marks as “satire” material from satirical or comedic websites that appears in the guise of “fake news.” Some users, evidently unable to tell reality from clever…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

Class Action Suit Against Sunflower Seed Manufacturer Dismissed as Implausible

In a recent food mislabeling case, Judge Manuel Real of the Central District of California dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit finding the plaintiffs’ claims to be implausible as a matter of law. Last year, Judge Real and…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

SEC Launches Exam Initiative for Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC is not wasting any time making sure that newly registered municipal advisors are introduced to their regulator. On August 19, 2014, the SEC announced a two-year examination initiative for municipal advisors that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Weeks II: Innovator Liability Finds a Sweet Home in Alabama

Last week, the Supreme Court of Alabama confirmed its January 2013 holding that manufacturers of brand drugs can be liable for injuries caused by generic drugs. Weeks v. Wyeth, Inc., No. 1101397, slip op. (Ala. Aug. 15, 2014)…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology
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