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The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of...more

EU-US Privacy Shield to Launch August 1, Replacing Safe Harbor

I. Introduction: Privacy Shield to Go Live August 1 (at Last) - The replacement for Safe Harbor is finally in effect, over nine months after Safe Harbor was struck down by the Court of Justice of the EU in the Schrems...more

The FTC Social Media Consent Order Against SmartClick

The FTC continues its efforts to combat deceptive social media advertising. In June 2016, the FTC brought an enforcement action against SmartClick Media LLC and its owner. The FTC alleged that SmartClick engaged in the...more

Legal FAQ: Introduction to Patent Litigation

Who enforces a patent? When can a district court patent case be filed? What does the patent holder have to prove to win an infringement suit? Fenwick patent litigators Charlene Morrow and Dargaye Churnet cover these and other...more

FTC Acts Against Warner Bros.' YouTube Promotion Campaign

Last week, the FTC announced an agreement containing a consent order, subject to final approval, resolving its claims against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (Warner Bros.) for the company’s misleading use of social...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #3

Wikipedia Link Trips up Ninth Circuit False Ad Suit - Ruling that a California federal court incorrectly relied upon a Wikipedia link when considering a summary judgment motion in a false advertising suit, the Ninth...more

Privacy Shield is final: What it means for businesses

The US Department of Commerce announces that it will begin accepting applications for Privacy Shield certifications beginning on August 1. For US organizations collecting personal data from the EU, the past year has been...more

FTC Settles with Fraudulent Debt Collectors for Millions as Operation Collection Protection Continues

On July 14, 2016, the FTC announced that, as part of an ongoing crackdown on deceptive collection practices, it reached a settlement with two debt collectors and three companies charged with using illegal collection tactics....more

FTC Acts Against Warner Brothers’ YouTube Promotion Campaign: Disclosure of Affiliation Below the “Fold” Is Not Enough

Last week, the FTC announced an agreement containing a consent order, subject to final approval, resolving its claims against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) for the company’s misleading use of social...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

Privacy Shield to Open for Business August 1

After more than two years of negotiations, on July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”) framework as a valid mechanism for transfers of personal data from the EU...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

Self-Certification Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to Commence from August 2016

Following the formal approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield by the European Commission on 8 July 2016, the arrangement will come into force in the U.S. commencing 1 August 2016 and will provide a convenient framework to allow...more

FTC Dismisses Challenge to Hospital Merger, Takes Shots at Cooperative Agreement Arrangements

The FTC dismissed its antitrust complaint against a proposed West Virginia hospital merger in a 3-0 vote in light of a recent West Virginia law immunizing hospitals from antitrust scrutiny. “Our decision to dismiss this...more

Manatt Digital - July 2016

A message from our Chair: We are pleased to bring you this month's newsletter as the first edition under our new brand—"Manatt Digital." Our new name, which replaces Manatt Digital Media, is reflective of our...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2016

United States: January – June Update - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2016. In some instances, the...more

Alert: Shareholder Activism and HSR Collide: DOJ Obtains Record Fine from ValueAct

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced on July 12 that ValueAct Capital agreed to pay a record $11 million civil penalty to settle claims that ValueAct purchased over $2.5 billion in Halliburton and Baker...more

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #3

In Case You Missed It: Court certifies class in suit against Apple. On July 15, 2016, U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar certified a class of users of the mobile app Path, who allege that Apple facilitated the app’s access...more

Court Allows An Exhausted FTC To Serve Summons On The California Secretary Of State

The Federal Trade Commission is not pleased with Discountmetalbrokers, Inc. In fact, the FTC is so unhappy with the company that it filed a complaint alleging that the company held itself out as a legitimate seller of gold...more

Health Law Pulse - July 2016

On June 14, 2016, a federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois denied a request from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a preliminary injunction to enjoin the pending merger of Advocate Health Care...more

Lowered Risk for Inventors Who Use Contract Product Development or Manufacturing

On July 11, in The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that a contract manufacturer's sale of manufacturing services to an inventor did not constitute a commercial sale of the patented invention for...more

EU Approves New “Privacy Shield” Data Transfer Accord With U.S.

On Tuesday July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the EU – U.S. Trans-Atlantic Privacy Shield data transfer deal, commonly referred to as the “Privacy Shield”. The action followed an earlier vote by...more

EU Article 31 Committee Approves EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Program – Client Alert – Wilson Elser

On April 5, 2016, Wilson Elser released a client alert that outlined the details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program, the proposed replacement for the Safe Harbor arrangement for transfers of EU citizens’ private data to...more

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