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The Value of Terms Limits: YouTube’s Broadly Defined TOS Does the Trick

Frequent readers of our blog will recall that in prior posts on companies such as Uber, Ashley Madison and Twitter, we have stressed the importance of having a robust terms of service (TOS) agreement. In many instances, TOS, if…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more……more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

EU and U.S. Reach Data Transfer Agreement: Perhaps a Shield, But No Silver Bullet

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce reached an accord on a new transatlantic data transfer protocol. Nicknamed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the framework would replace the 15-year-old…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Government Contractors Brace For Continuing Changes in Cybersecurity Regulations

The federal government has responded to recent data breaches by making cybersecurity a top priority, and it continues to consider and implement a number of regulations that affect government contractors. Over the past year…more
| Government Contracting, Military Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The ITC Tries an En Banc Shot to Redefine Its Regulatory Authority

In our recent post, Living in a Nonmaterial World: Determining IP Rights for Digital Data, we discussed the potential impact of the Federal Circuit decision in ClearCorrect v. ITC, 2014-1527, in which the appeals court held that…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Here Comes the Sun: New CPUC Tariff Preserves Most Benefits for Rooftop Solar

On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in a 3-2 decision to approve a new tariff that preserves net energy metering (successor tariff). In retaining net metering, the successor tariff will…more
| Energy & Utilities

Uber and Lyft Choose Different Routes in Navigating Legal Challenges

The future of ride-sharing companies has hung in the balance for more than two years while class actions and labor complaints were pending against industry giants Uber, Lyft and others. The ride-sharing companies have primarily…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

CMS Proposes Expansion of RAC Program to Medicare Part C – All Medicare Advantage Contracts to Become Target of RADV Audits

On December 22, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a request for information (RFI) and a proposed statement of work (SOW) seeking industry feedback on the expansion of the recovery audit contractor…more
| Health

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/29/16

It’s been a week when virtual reality news reigns supreme, with the technology shown off in medicine, film and entertainment, and as part of Apple’s future plans. The FCC has even suggested a spectrum designation for it. Oh, and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

HSR Thresholds Will Increase for 2016 Transactions

On February 25, 2016, revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) will take effect. The thresholds determine whether parties involved in proposed mergers, consolidations, or other acquisitions of voting securities,…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions

Twitter, the Drone Selfie and Charting a Course for New Technology

A recently published patent application filed by Twitter provides a possible glimpse into the future of social media and selfies—and it’s a future arriving on the wings of that poster child of modern technology, the unmanned…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

UK Companies Must Disclose Beneficial Owners

From April 2016, UK companies will be required to maintain a publicly available register of people who have “significant control” over them. This new register is part of a wider movement to increase transparency around who…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/22/16

Stories of interest include Apple’s moves in VR and AR, the future of AI research, the security holes in the Internet of Things, and more…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation
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