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SEC Charges Broker-Dealer for Failure to Protect Against Insider Trading by Employees

The Securities and Exchange Commission for the first time brought charges against a broker-dealer for failure to adequately protect against insider trading by its employees. The charges stem from a broker’s use of a customer’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Hollywood Leads The Way On Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that — before now — wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes in the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Privacy, Transportation

Reg A+ Debate Continues

The debate regarding state preemption for Tier 2 Regulation A+ offerings appears to continue. Late last week, a group of Congressmen sent a letter to SEC Chair White reaffirming their view that the SEC has authority to define…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

EC publishes Standardisation Guidelines for cloud sector

In November 2012, the European Commission published a Communication on Cloud Computing intended to ‘unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe.’ Twenty months later, the Commission has begun to deliver on its key actions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Data on Rule 506 Offerings

Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions to the global crowdfinance marketplace, has shared with us for publication data collected through their network of intermediaries…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

FTC Warns Advertisers to Check the Fine Print in “Operation Full Disclosure”; Shot Across the Bow Could Signal Law Enforcement Actions to Come

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent warning letters to more than 60 national advertisers regarding the inadequacy of disclosures in their television and print ads. The letters are part of an…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

FTC Comments on the CFPB’s Foray into Mobile Financial Services, Emphasizing Its Extensive Consumer Protection Efforts in the Space, Including Enforcement Actions

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to the CFPB’s June 2014 request for information (RFI)…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - September 2014 #10

Hooray for Hollywood. According to a new study by KPMG, television and movie viewers have never had it better. A report by the consulting company found that the overwhelming majority of well-known movies and television shows are…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

Status Updates - September 2014 #8

..Pin Money. Brands of all sizes have long used the virtual pin board/social media site Pinterest to promote their wares and drive traffic to their web sites. Beginning in October 2014, companies will be able to purchase paid…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Vermont GMO Food Labeling Law Challengers Seek Preliminary Injunction

In the court battle to have Vermont’s genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling law (Act 120) overturned, plaintiff trade associations filed a motion for preliminary injunction on September 11, 2014, seeking to enjoin…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Status Updates - September 2014 #9

Status check. In the recently released Corporate Directors Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers, 41% of corporate board members reported that their companies monitor social media for adverse publicity. That’s up from 32% in…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The More Things Change….

Today, September 23rd, is the one year anniversary of the effective date of the changes relaxing the prohibition against general solicitation in certain offerings made under Rule 506 and resales made pursuant to Rule 144A…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

To Click or Not to Click? Ninth Circuit Rejects Browsewrap Arbitration Clause

In Kevin Khoa Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 15868 (9th Cir. 2014), decided on August 18, 2014, the Ninth Circuit rejected an attempt to bind a consumer to an arbitration clause found in an online terms of…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

An Era of Transformation

The depth and impact of the 2007-08 financial crisis, rooted in residential finance, have been apparent for some time. There has never been doubt that its aftermath would transform the way mortgage lending operates in the United…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Status Updates - September 2014 #7

..Time out. New FTC rules will generally require Internet retailers to give consumers the option of a full refund for an online purchase that the retailer failed to ship within the time period promised in the retailer’s…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection
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