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Soundboard Technology Calls Qualify as Robocalls Under TCPA

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

This past Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) which held that marketing calls placed...more

Negative Reviews: Seeing Stars or Trolls? Here's What You Can and Can't Do

by Lewitt Hackman on

Trolls aren’t just fictional creatures living under bridges in fairy tales – today they are anonymous but highly visible creatures plaguing individuals and businesses on social media. They’re angry, vindictive and financially...more

Effective Date of Philadelphia Wage Equity Bill Put on Hold

As you may recall, late last year we discussed a new Philadelphia law that banned private-sector employers from asking job applicants about their wage and fringe benefits history. The Wage Equity Bill, which was aimed at...more

Two New Rules for New York City Employers

by White & Case LLP on

Prohibition with Respect to Salary Histories - In an effort to combat gender pay inequality, New York City will join Philadelphia and Massachusetts in prohibiting employers from inquiring about the salary histories of...more

AR Game Maker Launches First Amendment Challenge

Candy Lab AR, makers of the augmented reality poker game Texas Rope ‘Em, sued Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, over an ordinance alleged to be violating the First Amendment. The ordinance states: “Permits shall be required before...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – April, 2017 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am the advisor for our school newspaper and the student editor-in-chief is a pain in the a**...oops, I mean an impressive young man. When I tell him to do something, he takes it as an opening...more

“Anti-Police” Painting Controversy: Court says, No First Amendment Rights at Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The US. District Court for the District of Columbia recently denied a preliminary injunction seeking the reinstallation of a controversial “anti-police” painting at the U.S Capitol complex. David Pulphus, a student...more

Social Links: Burger King ad triggers Google Assistant devices; suits allege infringement of copyrights in content posted to...

Without Google’s permission, Burger King ended one of its television commercials with a statement designed to automatically cause Google Assistant devices to read a list of the Whopper’s ingredients out loud. Having passed...more

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

The Continuing Story of Manufacturers' Off-Label Promotion of Approved or Cleared Medical Products

by Jones Day on

Prior to the end of the previous Administration, FDA released several draft guidance documents and a white paper addressing different types of communications about medical products. On January 18, 2017, FDA published two...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

SEC Provides Relief from Enforcement Actions Regarding Certain Portions of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 3, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia (the “District Court”) entered a final judgment (the “Final Judgment”) in the case of National Association of Manufacturers, et al., v. SEC. The Final Judgment...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A New Argument for Financial Regulatory Reform. Over the past several weeks, there has been a steady stream of pessimistic views on the prospects for meaningful financial regulatory reform. Senate Banking...more

Supreme Court Says Credit Card Surcharge Ban Regulates Free Speech

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Design et al. v. Schneiderman held that New York’s law prohibiting credit card surcharging (General Business Law §5 18) regulates speech, and on Wednesday asked the Second Circuit to...more

Supreme Court Holds Credit Card Surcharge Law is a Speech-Based Regulation

For nearly four years we have been tracking the ongoing legal battle over a merchant’s right in New York to charge a surcharge to customers who use a credit card as a method of payment. This saga came to a head on March 29,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Merchants in Credit Card Surcharge Case, But the Fight Isn’t Over Yet

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York statute restricting credit card surcharges regulated commercial speech. Yet, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman (No. 15-1391) did not decide whether such...more

Supreme Court Holds New York Credit Card Surcharge Statute Regulates Speech

by Reed Smith on

In the ongoing skirmishes between card networks and merchants in the surcharge world, the U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a significant ruling on a novel theory. Merchants in the State of New York sought to charge...more

Supreme Court "Expresses" Unanimous View That Credit Card Disclosure Rules Regulate Speech

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a New York law restricting the way merchants may communicate prices to their customers regulates speech and, thus, is subject to review under the First Amendment....more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That New York General Business Law § 518 Regulates Free Speech Provided for in the First Amendment

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously holds that New York law limiting credit card disclosures regulates speech under the First Amendment. In a unanimous decision in Expressions Hair Design, et. al. v....more

Ted Boutrous on the Trump Admin, the First Amendment, And Why Now Is Such an Exciting Time for Journalism

Josh Beser in conversation with First Amendment attorney Ted Boutros, who famously offered on Twitter to represent pro bono anyone sued by Donald Trump for exercising their free speech rights....more

New York’s "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law Regulates Speech, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New York's law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases (Section 518 of the state's General Business Law) regulates speech, thereby making the law subject to First Amendment scrutiny, the U.S....more

Food Fight: Two Sides to Every Chicken Filler Story

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently aired a segment reporting that real chicken content in Subway sandwiches amounted to a lot less than what the average consumer would expect. The network commissioned DNA...more

Artful Pleading is Insufficient to Evade Application of California’s anti-SLAPP Statute In Cases Involving “Mixed Claims”

In Nancy Lee Sheley v. Linda Harrop (No. C977747, filed 3/20/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held allegations arising out of a protected activity, as defined in California’s anti-SLAPP...more

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

by Fisher Phillips on

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) began to take effect yesterday, March 14, 2017. One aim of the CRFA is to protect consumers’ ability to publicly review services and vendors without being subject to restrictions or...more

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