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Negative Reviews: Franchises Pursuing Truth, Justice, & Defamation Claims

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchised businesses, particularly restaurants, hotels, automotive servicers and others have been falling victim to the digital age. Many consumers now choose the places they do business based on what they read on Yelp,...more

Dynamic IP Address May Now be Protected Personal Data Under EU Law

On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment determining that dynamic Internet protocol (IP) addresses may constitute “personal data” subject to protection under the EU’s Data...more

Anonymous or Not: Court of Justice Issues Ruling on IP Addresses

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a ruling on the question of whether IP addresses constitute personal data. The ruling has direct implications on the general question of when data...more

New SFO Bribery Case: Can’t Pay? That Might Be Okay…

by Reed Smith on

The UK Serious Fraud Office has entered its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with a company accused of bribery. Links to the SFO press release, and the detailed preliminary and final judgments of the court are...more

The UK’s second DPA: a hopeful judgment

by WilmerHale on

The approval of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and XYZ Limited (XYZ) by Leveson LJ on 8 July 2016 has generated much breathless commentary, not least because it is only the...more

Germany’s Financial Regulator Establishes New Whistleblower Platform

Last week, Germany’s Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) unveiled a centralized platform for receiving whistleblower complaints, including anonymous complaints, of alleged violations of supervisory provisions within the...more

Secretive Direct Marketers Face Fresh Restrictions on their Anonymity

by Reed Smith on

From 16 May, those making (or instigating) direct marketing telephone calls must provide Caller Line Identification (‘CLI’) when making calls live or through automated means. The display of their telephone numbers to...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

by Bryan Cave on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March 2016 #5

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly NewsBlast. Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a large high school, I get a lot of letters. I have been around, and I know all about keeping legitimate items of...more

German Federal Supreme Court specifies monitoring duties of online rating portals

by Reed Smith on

In a Judgment dated 1 March 2016, case no. VI ZR 34/15, the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC”; Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) specified the scope of monitoring duties of an online rating portal for medical professionals in...more

Florida Biotech Firm Seeks Identity of Anonymous Message Board Posters in Libel Suit

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A critical factor in effectively defending corporate reputation is to know when to take action and when to walk away. Making that decision will often turn on the source of the attack and the credibility of the person or...more

Actor James Woods Defeats Anonymous Tweeter’s Special Motion to Strike Defamation Suit

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In July 2015, renowned film and television actor James Woods filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against anonymous Twitter user “Abe List,” alleging that Abe List falsely accused Woods of being a cocaine addict. The...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Launches Pilot Program for Settling Uncertain Tax Issues—Lack of Anonymity in Settlement...

by Reed Smith on

Continuing its efforts to improve the process for resolving tax disputes in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has released final AP 637 Voluntary Disclosure Program for Settlement of Uncertain Tax Issues...more

You won the lottery, now what?

by Bryan Cave on

With up to $1.4 Billion at stake in Wednesday’s Powerball, those who play the lottery are busy making plans for what to do with all the money they may win. If you win it, you won’t ever have to worry about money again –...more

CFPB urges federal district court to disclose names of plaintiffs filing lawsuit against CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In October 2015, the D.C. federal district court ruled that the plaintiffs’ names should be redacted in all documents filed in a lawsuit against the CFPB initiated by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are a group of businesses...more

The Downside of De-Identification

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent blog published in the Yale Journal of Law & Technology highlights rising concerns that use of anonymized “big data” can cause just as many societal problems as use of non-anonymized consumer data. ...more

Anonymous Threats Cannot Be Ignored

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Employee complaints based on anonymous harassment pose special problems for employers. How do you uncover the source of the problem when no one is able to identify who acted inappropriately? ...more

OCR Launches Platform for Developer HIPAA Questions

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released a new platform to provide mobile health developers (and any other interested stakeholders) a sounding board to ask questions, voice concerns, and “spitball” ideas about HIPAA...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 6, Issue 4

Five social media law issues to discuss with your clients - The explosive growth of social media has clients facing legal questions that didn’t even exist a few short years ago. Helping your clients navigate this...more

Is an Internal Investigation Privileged?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

An internal investigation into whistleblower allegations was privileged, thus protected from disclosure, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently held in Talisman Energy Inc v Flo-Dynamics Systems Inc, 2015 ABQB 561...more

Judge Orders Yelp to Identify Anonymous Negative Commenter

by Reed Smith on

On September 15, a judge in Boston ruled that Yelp must reveal the identity of an anonymous commenter who wrote a negative review of a jeweler on the online review site. The order to non-party Yelp in the attempted...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Employer to High Standard for Responding to Anonymous Workplace Harassment

Employers and employees often face frustrations when trying to determine the identity of persons who engage in anonymous acts of harassment in the workplace. These acts can involve notes, graffiti, telephone messages or other...more

Yelp Fights for the Right to Complain Anonymously

by Ifrah PLLC on

In e-commerce, user reviews can make or break a business. Review sites such as Yelp are a double edged sword for merchants and service providers: on one hand satisfied customers can generate buzz about the company and bring...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 2 - May 2015

In This Issue: - Court Protects Anonymity of Yelp Users - FTC Issues Landmark Report on Internet of Things - Who Will Update My Status When I’m Dead?: The Biggest Social Media Platforms’ Policies on...more

Court Protects Anonymity of Yelp Users

Virginia’s highest court recently held that Yelp could not be forced to turn over the identities of anonymous online reviewers that a Virginia carpet-cleaning owner claimed tarnished his business....more

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