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To Settle Privacy Law Claims, California AG Requires Firm to Hire a Chief Privacy Officer and Assess Privacy Risks

In October 2015, California Attorney General Kamela Harris announced a settlement with Bay Area housing design startup Houzz, Inc. to resolve alleged violations of California privacy laws. According to the AG’s office, for...more

California AG Settles with Houzz Regarding Recording of Calls

California Attorney General Kamala Harris reached a settlement with Houzz Inc., an online platform for home remodeling and design. The AG alleged that Houzz violated California privacy laws by recording incoming and outgoing...more

Employee’s “Trick” Results in a Halloween Bag of Rocks From the Jury

In prior blog articles, we’ve sought wisdom from Sun Tzu, an audit of Santa’s Workshop, a theoretical application of the faithless servant doctrine to A-Rod, and Pooh Corner for some Zen advice on day-to-day employment...more

Smart-TV now regulated under new California law

Californians are now protected from smart-TV eavesdropping under new law, Assembly Bill 1116, which requires that smart-TV manufacturers ensure that voice-recognition features will not be enabled without consumer consent, and...more

Court Denies Spoliation Motion, Stating that Sanctions would not Alter Case Outcome (New York)

Deanda v. Hicks, 2015 WL 5730345 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2015)- In this constitutional rights violation case, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally engaged in the spoliation of audio and video tapes...more

ARB Rules That Secret Recording of Workplace Conversations Can Be Protected Whistleblowing Activity

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) held that the recording of workplace conversations can be protected whistleblower activity under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974...more

1 Billion Android phones vulnerable to new Stagefright bugs

Two new bugs, dubbed Stagefright 2.0 have impacted up to one billion Android phones since 2008. When the bugs are triggered, they allow attackers to use booby-trapped audio or video files to put malicious code on the phones....more

Insurance Company Not Required To Defend Its Insured Against Illegal Recording Of Telephone Communications Class Action Lawsuit

On September 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s order of dismissal and determined that First Mercury Insurance Company (“First Mercury”) did not have a duty to...more

Illinois Resurrects Anti-Recording Law

Most states have laws restricting surreptitious recording of conversations, although the terms often vary as to what consent is required. While a prior Illinois law had been declared unconstitutional after a citizen was...more

Don’t Let Your Lack of Audio Discovery Speak Volumes

Even for organizations not subject to laws that require them to keep certain oral communications, such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, audio recordings are becoming more prevalent in requests...more

Achiote Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Young, Male Mexican-American Workers Were Sexually Harassed by Restaurant Manager, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A San Ysidro, Calif., restaurant which serves Mexican food just north of the U.S.-Mexico...more

Throwback Thursday: Why Trade Secret Theft Isn’t Just a Digital Problem And What Businesses Can Do About It

With stories of cyberattacks and data breaches on a seemingly endless loop, businesses and governments have been doubling down on their efforts to protect digital information and assets.  But, in some industries, the greatest...more

Can You Videotape Someone Else’s Conversation?

Careful about protecting the safety of his customers, A.R. Remington, owner of Fishinabarrel Gun Range, installed surveillance cameras to blanket his premises, except the restrooms. Last week while target practicing with his...more

The Ray Charles’s Foundation Doesn’t Have to “Hit the Road Jack”: Ninth Circuit Permits Foundation to Challenge the Validity of...

On July 31, 2015, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Central District of California’s dismissal of an action brought by the Ray Charles Foundation, seeking, among other things, a judicial determination of the validity and...more

Third Circuit Says Employer Did Not Retaliate Against Employee by Disallowing Tape Recording of Disciplinary Meeting

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to engage in an interactive process to determine if a qualified individual with a disability can perform the essential functions of the job through provision of...more

The 7 Deadly (Tech) Sins of Divorce – Part 1

For anyone involved in a divorce there are always pitfalls to be avoided, no matter where you are in the process. Some of the pitfalls are obvious, others less so. Today we’ll discuss the first three in a set of seven areas...more

Think Fast: HR’s Prompt Investigation Key Factor in Sexual Harassment Case Win for Employer

A recent ruling from a Tennessee appeals court reinforces that a prompt and reasonable investigation can help save an employer from liability in response to sexual harassment charges....more

NJ Attorney General Releases New Directives and Guidance on Police Use-of-Force Investigations and Body Cameras

On July 28, 2015, John J. Hoffman, Acting Attorney General, issued a supplemental directive regarding the Uniform Statewide Procedures and Best Practices for Conducting Police Use-of-Force investigations (“Supplemental...more

Spotlight on Louisiana: 2015 Legislative Session Increases Tax Burdens to Balance State Budget

Even though Louisiana's 2015 legislative session has concluded, the dust may be far from settled as to how increases in tax burdens meant to balance the State's budget will impact taxpayers. At least one industry trade...more

Recording Customer Phone Calls: Is Your Hotel Violating the Law?

In the past few years, class action plaintiffs have recovered billions of dollars in punitive damages by exploiting strict liability laws that punish businesses for failing to properly notify customers when a phone call is...more

7 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Transcription Vendor

Lawyers, doctors, corporations and government entities often need to have audio files transcribed into text. Examples can include: court hearings and trials, voicemails, examinations, meetings (board, annual, financial, town...more

Insurance May Cover Call Recording Class Actions

Companies often monitor or record conversations between their employees and customers for training or quality control purposes. California law prohibits monitoring or recording unless both parties consent. Class actions have...more

NC General Assembly Overrides Veto of Property Protection Bill

Last week, the North Carolina House and Senate overrode Governor McCrory’s veto of legislation intended to shield employers from video or other data or documents release by employees. H.B. 405, called the “ag-gag” bill by...more

New Guidance Regarding Employee Handbooks Part Five: Rules Restricting Employees From Leaving Work: What Are The Boundaries?

This post is the fifth in a series providing guidance on federal rules regarding permissible and impermissible employer handbook policies and rules. See Guidance Regarding Confidentiality Rules Here, Employee Conduct Rules,...more

“Blurred Lines” Artists Lose Multi-million Dollar Copyright Lawsuit

Pop artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” song was the most popular single in 2013, topping the U.S. and international music charts. The song has sold over 6 million copies and its accompanying video has...more

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