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Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team.  Here are some of the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Success Is Not Always Founder Friendly (Silicon Valley – Episode 19)

HBO’s Silicon Valley is back, but Richard is still out as Pied Piper’s CEO. To recap how we got here: in the closing moments of last season, the Pied Piper team triumphed by successfully livestreaming its condor cam video to…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Credit Card Theft Plaintiffs Discover Warm Home After 7th Circuit Rulings

One of the great scourges for retail companies in the digital age has been the ever-present threat of massive data breaches by hackers attempting to steal millions of consumers ’debit and credit card information. In recent…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

European Court of Justice to Rule on Legality of Online Sales Bans

An appeal court in Frankfurt has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify the application of the competition rules to online sales. The Frankfurt court made its request in the context of a dispute between a leader in…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

DoD Proposes Cost Allowability Rule for Correcting Counterfeit Electronic Parts

The Department of Defense (“DoD”) recently proposed to make specified costs allowable that are associated with discovering and correcting counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic parts. DoD’s proposed rule would amend the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Military Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Update – City of Los Angeles Releases List of 13,500 Soft First Story Buildings Targeted for Earthquake Retrofitting

The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (DBS) has released its list of wood frame soft-story buildings that may be required to undergo mandatory retrofitting. The list can be obtained by request to DBS, and…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New York’s Highest Court Enforces Arbitration Provision in California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Agreement, Rejecting McCarran-Ferguson “Reverse Preemption”

A recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals underscores the Federal Arbitration Act’s(“FAA”) strong policy favoring enforcement of arbitration agreements—even in the insurance industry and despite federal policy…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Insurance

Mooting Class Actions by Offer of Judgment – Episode 2: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Back

In Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (Jan. 20, 2016), the Supreme Court resolved a split among courts and held that an unaccepted settlement offer of complete individual relief does not moot the plaintiff’s lawsuit. …more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories that…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume 4 – Key Issues in Government Contracts Due Diligence - This posting is the fourth in our ten-part series on unique issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors and…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Mergers & Acquisitions

San Francisco Becomes First U.S. City To Require Employer-Funded Paid Parental Leave

This month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance that provides six weeks of parental leave for bonding with a new child at 100% of the employee’s rate of pay (subject to certain caps). The…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Hotels and Hospitality in Cuba: OFAC and Obama Paving the Way

With more flights, relaxing regulations, a historic presidential trip to Cuba, and news of hospitality services expanding into Cuba, the pathway into Cuba for hotels and hospitality companies seems smooth. But businesses should…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

New Business Opportunities in Iran! Who Will Be Your Banker? Non-U.S. Banks Hesitant to Process Lawful Iran Transactions…and for Good Reason

- Sanctions relief presents new business opportunities with Iran - Most U.S. companies are still prohibited from Iran business, but the U.S. government is encouraging lawful business by non-U.S. companies - The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Did the FCA’s “Implied Certification” Theory Dodge a Bullet?

Yesterday’s argument before the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar had the potential to put false claims based on an “implied certification” in the crosshairs. Instead, based on the weight…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting, Health
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