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Advertising Law - October 2015

Commercials Pulled After Endorser Admits 9/11 Lies - The revelation that an endorser lied about his whereabouts on September 11 led a national sports-themed restaurant chain to stop airing commercials where the actor...more

New Defense Department Guidance on Mergers and Acquisitions

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD or the Department) issued new guidance that reaffirmed its earlier view that it would not look favorably on mergers of “top tier defense firms.” The Department declared...more

EU Safe Harbor Program declared invalid by EU’s highest court

The European Court of Justice, (the EU’s highest court), ruled on Tuesday, October 6th that the safe harbor pact between the EU and the U.S. should be declared invalid because it fails to provide adequate protection for EU...more

US v Bayer: Randomized Clinical Trials not Required for Dietary Supplement Structure Function Claims – Key Takeaways

In a much anticipated opinion for the dietary supplement industry and for products making health benefit statements, the District of New Jersey in US v. Bayer has found in favor of Bayer in holding that the government failed...more

Privacy Tip #4—What do I do when I get a letter informing me of a data breach?

We’ve all gotten them–the dreaded letter that informs us that our data has been compromised, including our Social Security number. Some have received so many of these “notifications” that they are de-sensitized, throw their...more

HorrorFest 2015 Celebration Part II – The Cat People, the Schrems Decision and FCPA Investigations

It’s the second Friday in October and I am continuing my HorrorFest month. I usually call it Monster Movie Fest but this year I am celebrating the films of Val Lewton who really worked more broadly in the horror genre, rather...more

FTC Continues Aggressive Enforcement of HSR Act, Levies $656,000 Fine Against Investor

Investor Len Blavatnik has agreed to pay $656,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) by failing to obtain clearance prior to acquiring voting...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - October 2015

We hope you enjoy this edition of our Tech Newsletter. As technology continues to drive business innovation and growth, new and existing companies positioned to take advantage of the tech trends for 2016 will be better...more

Third Penalty in Two Months Against a Minority Investor Again Signals Increased FTC Enforcement of the H-S-R Act

For the third time in less than two months, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced an enforcement action against a minority investor who failed to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act notification...more

Erasure Laws Don’t Equal Right to be Forgotten

We have previously blogged about the “right to be forgotten,” which has gained a substantial foothold in Europe, and which one nonprofit consumer group has urged the Federal Trade Commission to adopt. While that “right”...more

New Uncertainties for European-US Data Transfers: EU Court Strikes Down 15-Year Old Safe Harbor Agreement

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (the European Union's highest court), struck down the US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement that previously provided companies to store personal data about Europeans on U.S. servers,...more

EU-US Data Transfer Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid

In a decision sure to have widespread implications for over 4,500 US companies doing business in Europe and anyone else who accesses data from the continent, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the 15 year-old...more

Safe Harbor Dead: What U.S. Businesses Need to Know/Do Next

The decision of Europe’s top court yesterday to confirm that the ruling that the Europe Union(EU)/U.S. Safe Harbor scheme, Commission Decision 2000/520, was invalid has major implications for any businesses transferring data...more

EU High Court Invalidates Safe Harbor Framework for Cross-Border Data Transfers

On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a highly anticipated judgment that has the potential to impact how thousands of companies transfer data from the EU to the United States. The...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2015

President Xi's State Visit Brings Announcements on Cybersecurity and Climate Change - In late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. Cybersecurity and climate change...more

Navigating the Unsafe Harbor: Keep Calm and Carry On

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its landmark decision in Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner on October 6, 2015, ultimately invalidating the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Under...more

Court of Justice of the European Union Invalidates U.S. Safe Harbor Framework

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that the EU Commission's decision establishing the Safe Harbor data transfer framework is invalid because the Commission failed to determine that the protection...more

Some Useful Insights from Steris-Synergy Merger Case

The Federal Trade Commission suffered a rare loss when, on Sept. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied its request for a preliminary injunction, despite having accepted the FTC’s “actual...more

EU Court Rejects “Safe Harbor” Agreement Permitting Customer Data Transfers to U.S.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck down the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” agreement that permitted companies operating in Europe to transmit personal user data to the United States, as long as the U.S. ensures an...more

Special Alert: Cross-Border Data Transfers Significantly Impacted by EU Court Decision Invalidating Adequacy of U.S.-EU Data...

On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (“Schrems”) declared “invalid” a decision of the European Commission that the United States-European Union Safe...more

Effects of Schrems Ruling on International Internal Investigations

In a recent landmark decision, Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, Europe’s highest court struck down a US-EU agreement that allowed companies to move personal electronic data between the European Union and...more

[Webinar] Information Security: Background & Recent Developments - Oct. 15th, 12:00pm ET

Join us for an in-depth webinar presented by litigation attorneys James Ward and Phil Stein on the trending topic of information security and how to protect your company from a data breach. This webinar will address what you...more

Uncertainty Abounds After EU High Court Invalidates EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework

On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union declared invalid the more than 15-year-old EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework. Thousands of U.S. businesses have complied with, and thus relied upon, the Safe Harbor...more

FTC Addresses Sharing Economy Following June Workshop

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently made statements regarding regulation of the developing “sharing economy” exemplified by on-demand apps and websites such as Uber and Airbnb that connect sellers of a...more

EU High Court Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

As has been widely reported, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor – probably the most commonly used method for transferring personal data to the United States – has been invalidated by an EU court. The court’s decision has wide-ranging...more

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