Balough Law Offices, LLC

FTC Settles with Developer Who Installed Apps Without Permission

Users who downloaded a browser extension game were the ones who got played, according to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action. General Workings, Inc., d/b/a Vulcun purchased the Running Fred online extension game from its…more
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Trade Personal Info for Benefits? It Depends, Survey Finds

A new study finds Americans are willing under certain circumstances to share personal information for tangible benefits but are frequently unhappy about what happens to the information once they give it out. The Pew Research…more
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Government to Fast Track Rules to Get Driverless Cars on the Road

In an effort to speed the development of autonomous vehicles, in the next six months the U.S. Department of Transportation will prepare proposed rules for their deployment and operation. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony…more
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FAA App Helps Find Safe (and Legal) Place to Fly Your Drone

Want to know where it is safe (and legal) to fly your new drone? The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) now offers a smartphone app that identifies flying restrictions for you. It is currently available only for iPhones, but an…more
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FTC Hits Lumosity for Deceiving Consumers with Brain Training Claims

It was a no brainer for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to charge the owner and marketer of the Lumosity brain-training program with deceiving customers through unsupported claims. Lumos Labs, Inc. d/b/a Lumosity, along…more
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Federal Circuit Finds Section 2(a) of Lanham Act Violates First Amendment

The restrictions prohibiting the registration of trademarks that are scandalous, immoral, or disparaging violates the First Amendment and are unconstitutional, the Federal Circuit found. Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars…more
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Be Careful Opening Attachments; New Ransomware Attack Underway

A new surge in ransomware attacks is underway, posing a threat to businesses and consumers, Symantec Corporation says. The computer security company said attackers are encrypting files and demanding ransom by using an updated…more
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FAA Sets Deadlines to Register Small Drones

After you unwrap that new holiday drone, you’ll need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before you fly it outside. The FAA announced that drones that weigh between a half pound and 55 pounds,…more
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Pepperidge Farm Sues Trader Joe’s Over Cookie Configuration and Packaging

Maybe the Cookie Monster will need to decide this trademark case. Pepperidge Farm, Inc. alleges in a recently-filed lawsuit that Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies infringes the Milano cookie configuration trademark. The suit claims…more
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Cyberattacks on Cars Coming in 2016 and Beyond

Cyberattacks on automobiles will increase in 2016 and beyond, “likely resulting in lost lives” according to McAfee Labs’ 2016 Threats Prediction. The problem is acute because there has been a rapid deployment of hardware in…more
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FTC Continues To Target Supplement Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is continuing its crackdown on dietary supplement marketers who cannot substantiate their health claims. The latest target is Sunrise Nutraceuticals, LLC. The company markets supplements…more
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New Defense: I Didn’t Write That Email Response, Google Did

Don’t have time to draft a response to your emails? No need to worry. Gmail will draft a response for you. Google is rolling out a new Gmail feature called Smart Reply, which determines what emails need an answer and then…more
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Court Affirms Yoga Sequences Are Not Copyrightable

A sequence of twenty-six yoga poses and two breathing exercises by Bikram Choudhury is not copyrightable because it is an unprotected system or idea. The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling throwing out a lawsuit…more
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Judge Posner Won't Cut Down Chicago's Weed Ordinance

One man’s weed is another man’s native plant, which caused Appellate Court Judge Richard Posner to write a 16-page opinion on whether Chicago’s weed ordinance is unconstitutional. Discount Inn, Inc. sought to have the city’s…more
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FTC Sues Weight Loss Supplement Marketer for Gag Clause

Customers who say anything negative about a weight-loss supplement marketer would find their wallets a lot thinner as a result of a gag clause in the sales contract—a deceptive practice according to the Federal Trade Commission…more
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