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Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

Tax Court Déjà Vu – IRS Tried, and Failed, to Overturn Veritas

by Alston & Bird on

In a recent decision (Amazon Inc. v. Commissioner, March 23, 2017), the Tax Court handed the IRS an unsurprising loss when it attempted to relitigate many of the same issues it unsuccessfully raised before the Tax Court in...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

FTC and Amazon Withdraw Appeals in In-App Purchasing Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last year, we reported that a federal judge had found Amazon liable for charging customers for unauthorized in-app purchases made by the customer’s respective children in an action filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”...more

Co-Pending Litigation Is Not Sufficient Basis to Deny Transfer Motion

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing jurisdictional transfer issues in a divided opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted the extraordinary relief of issuing a mandamus order to transfer a patent infringement case, finding that...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

Amazon v. Commissioner: IRS Cost Sharing Buy-In Challenge Rejected Again

by Jones Day on

On March 23, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued its long-awaited opinion in a transfer pricing dispute involving Amazon's cost sharing arrangement ("CSA") with its Luxembourg subsidiary... ...more

Amazon’s Latest Trademark Battle: A Race Against “Chime”

Last month, Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) announced a new application, Amazon Chime, for online meetings, including video and voice conferencing, chat, and screen sharing. Amazon Chime will compete against a crowd of other...more

Tech Rally – Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 10, 2017, Google Inc. filed its objection to a Pennsylvania magistrate judge's order to comply with search warrants and turn over personal user data partially stored on foreign servers abroad. A number of technology...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

Lawyer’s Pants Literally Catch on Fire and Alexa to “Testify”: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

OK, this first story isn’t exactly an eDiscovery story, but it’s too good to pass up… Here’s a question for you: Would you believe what a lawyer was telling you during closing arguments if his pants were, literally, on fire?...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar generation hits new record high on California ISO grid - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 28 - On Feb. 24, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) reported a new...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In this week’s Common Sense entry, James Stewart lets us in on how an entity that loses so much money (Snap) could be worth so much [it gained 44 percent on its offering price in the first day of trading]. The answer is being...more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to...more

“Alexa, Are My Questions to You Discoverable?”

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled with your voice. It features a personal assistant, “Alexa,” who will perform various tasks for the user in response to the “wake word,” Alexa. Over the holidays, I observed...more

Speedtrack Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2017)

File-Searching Software Patent Found to be Patent Eligible - Speedtrack sued Amazon for patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,544,360 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. ...more

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle III: The Year In NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation

Two years ago, I started worrying about what would happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asked me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits that sports fans assume IP...more

Initial Interest Confusion: Initially Interesting, Ultimately Harmless?

In the market for sunglasses, I recently went to Amazon.com and searched for “Holbrook sunglasses.” HOLBROOK is, of course, a trademark of Oakley, Inc. – but I had no intention of purchasing Oakleys. Instead, I wanted a far...more

Alexa: Play Confession

by Ifrah PLLC on

It sits in your house, passively recording everything you say. It knows what you like. It knows what you listen to. It knows what you buy. It knows who’s in the room with you. And now, it might tell the police all about...more

I Now Call Alexa to the Stand: What Criminal Law Can Learn from Civil Law When It Comes to E-Discovery

by Exterro, Inc. on

More and more, electronically stored information (ESI) is being collected as evidence for criminal cases. The latest example came to light over the new year in the Washington Post article, “Can Alexa help solve a murder?...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s anticipating faster growth in the coming year and rate increases to go with it. That and a whole lot of uncertainty about the incoming administration are the big takeaways from the Fed’s December meeting minutes....more

Drone Patents

by Field Law on

Last month, Amazon made its first delivery via drone with its Prime Air service. Remember, this is an e-commerce company not a drone manufacturer. Amazon is pushing the limits in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and...more

Gavel to Gavel: Fake goods pose real risks when shopping online

by McAfee & Taft on

"'Twas the week before Christmas, and one click of the mouse ordered the presents for all in the house. With two-day free shipping and discounts galore, we just shop online – why go to a store?" Originally published in...more

District Court Strikes Infringement Contentions Pursuant to Doctrine of Equivalents Because They Contained Blanket Assertions That...

The Defendants filed a motion to strike the Plaintiff's infringement contentions, including their contentions under the doctrine of equivalents ("DOE"), for failing to comply with the Local Patent Rules ("P.R."). The...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Hello all, With the new year, we plan to post portions of the OTA & Travel Distribution Updates that I prepare and circulate among our hospitality clients each week. Although the posts will be a week or two behind the...more

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