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Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Been There, Done That: Kohl’s Wins Dismissal of Copycat False Advertising Class Action

A California federal court recently denied a motion to certify a class of Kohl’s customers allegedly misled by false advertising, finding that plaintiff Wendy Chowning’s claim was a copycat of an earlier-filed case, Russell, et…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFPB Suffers First Official CID Challenge

On April 21, 2016, Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on the first judicial challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”) authority to…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking

Judge in High-Profile Case Obtains Attorney Agreement Not to Engage in Juror Social Media Snooping

It seems that almost everyone uses social media today. Of course, this means that most every juror is a social media user, and that courts are dealing with the thorny questions that arise out of the proliferation of social media…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Is the End in Sight? FDIC Proposes the Net Stable Funding Ratio (“NSFR”): Liquidity Risk Measurement Standards and Disclosure Requirements

On April 26, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) proposed a rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would implement a quantitative long-term liquidity requirement—the net stable funding ratio (“NSFR”)—for large…more
| Finance & Banking

What’s That Smell?: Eleventh Circuit Vacates Class Certification for Failure to Show Classwide Exposure to Misrepresentations in Electrolux Moldy Washer Case

On March 21, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit vacated a district court’s decision to grant class certification to California and Texas consumers claiming that Electrolux washing machines have a design defect that makes them prone to…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

CFPB Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Servicing Rules

On April 21, 2016, the CFPB reopened the comment period on a narrow portion of its December 15, 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”), which would amend the mortgage servicing rules in Regulation X and Regulation Z…more
| Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

No Tea Time for Class Action Plaintiffs: Class Certification Denied for Bigelow Green and Black Tea Drinkers

Northern District of California Judge William Orrick recently denied class certification in two food misbranding class actions challenging antioxidant claims for Bigelow green and black teas. Khasin v. R.C Bigelow Inc., Case No…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Possible Worlds Versus Probable Worlds - the Metaphysics of Systemic Risk: FSOC Revisits Asset Managers

On April 18, 2016, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) again warned that asset managers present systemic risk to financial stability in five key areas: ..liquidity and redemptions; ..leverage;…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Bimbo Bakeries Suit On Hold Pending Ninth Circuit Class Certification Appeals

We’ve recently reported on numerous district court—and even Ninth Circuit—stays in false advertising actions. Many of these stays have been based on FDA’s consideration of food labeling issues, such as those involving evaporated…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

New Jersey Supreme Court Questions Ethics of “Friending” a Litigation Foe

Attorneys often research adverse parties online to obtain potentially useful—and publicly available—evidence for use in a case. But, as an ethical matter, may an attorney access information available only through an adversary’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Law Practice Products & Services

Third Circuit Limits Federal Aviation Act Preemption for Product Liability Claims

In a departure from a string of cases supporting field preemption of state-law aviation product liability claims under certain circumstances by the Federal Aviation Act (FAAct), the Third Circuit recently held that the FAAct…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Products Liability, Transportation

New Executive Compensation Rule At-A-Glance

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration approved a proposed rule on incentive compensation under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The other appropriate Federal regulators, as defined in Section 956, are…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking
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