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Crowdfunding for Real Estate - Buyer Beware

Much has been made in the press lately about online crowdfunding websites that allow people to contribute money to fund business start-ups in exchange for rewards such as a copy of the finished work, a special invite to a...more

Is Ashley Madison abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the Wake of Hack?

In July, a group of hackers identifying themselves as the Impact Team took over the computer systems of Avid Life Media (“ALM”), the parent company of the adultery-oriented website Ashley Madison, threatening to release the...more

Ashley Madison Fallout: Class Actions, Pentagon investigation and easily searchable data

We previously reported that hackers The Impact Team had posted legitimate detailed information about 36 million adultery website Ashley Madison users. In the wake of the shocking posting of the data last week, two class...more

Landmarks - Summer 2015

Technologically savvy shoppers visiting brick-and-mortar retail locations are increasingly engaging in “showrooming,” a practice where consumers use the brick-and-mortar retail location to evaluate a product in person, yet...more

Summary Judgment Ruling Not a Pretty Picture for Massachusetts Copyright Plaintiff

A recent decision from the District of Massachusetts demonstrates the difficulties that can arise when attempting to protect copyrighted works displayed on the internet. The July 29, 2015 order issued by the Honorable Patti...more

Has the Fifth Circuit Opened the Door for Potential Liability of Staffing Companies?

In Burton v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Manpower of Texas, LP, No. 14-50944, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4742174 (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for two...more

Legal Insights on the Ashley Madison Hack: Part I

Internet commenters and legal analysts alike are buzzing about the Ashley Madison hack. The website -- which billed itself as a networking site for anyone who wanted to discretely arrange an extramarital affair -- has already...more

Department of Treasury Extends Comment Period on Expanding Access to Credit Through Online Marketplace Lending

On August 18, the Department of Treasury extended the comment period for the public to respond to its Request for Information (RFI) on online marketplace lending, entitled Public Input on Expanding Access to Credit Through...more

Dr. Posner Will See You Now: 7th Circuit Judges Reignite a Spirited Debate over Judicial Internet Research

The fat was really thrown into the fire in the Seventh Circuit on August 19, 2015 on the long-mooted subject of the propriety of internet factual research by appellate courts. Judge Richard Posner, who often chafes...more

NIST Guide Highlights Cybersecurity Considerations for Utilities and Manufacturing Companies

In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 256 cyber-incident reports—more than half of them in the energy...more

FinCEN Determines That Issuing a Digital Certificate Evidencing Ownership in Precious Metals, and Buying and Selling Precious...

On August 14, FinCEN issued an Administrative Ruling, FIN-2015-R001, determining that a company that: i) provides Internet-based brokerage services between buyers and sellers of precious metals; ii) buys and sells precious...more

Ashley Madison’s Impact on New Jersey Divorce

Names, email addresses, credit card information, billing addresses and more for over 36,000,000 registered users have been released on the internet by the Ashley Madison Hackers. While many of the registered accounts may...more

China’s Draft Cybersecurity Law – A New Regime for Network Security

China’s current leadership has attached significant attention to network security, which is deemed to be a core aspect of national security. In early 2014, China’s President, Xi Jinping, who is also the head of the Office for...more

Sixth Circuit Consolidates Cases, Sets New Briefing Schedule in Appeals Involving Municipal Broadband Laws

As expected, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has consolidated the two Petition for Review proceedings brought by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina seeking review of the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Petitioner Argues If There Is No Actual Injury-in-Fact, Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Sue

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari on April 27, 2015 in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339, the Petitioner has weighed in with their brief. As you may recall, the question before the Court has the...more

FAQ - Russia’s Data Localisation Law

What does the new law do? It introduces a requirement for personal data of Russian citizens (individuals) to be processed by data operators who collect such personal data using data centres located in the Russian...more

FTC’s social media product endorsement guidelines

Back in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its ‘Endorsement Guides’ and followed up with an informal publication called “What People are Asking” to clarify some of the guides points. In May 2015, the FTC updated...more

Ontario Issues Guidance on Internet Publication

Ontario Municipalities Should Exercise Care in Publishing Personal Information - The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has published new guidance entitled, Transparency, Privacy and the Internet:...more

Have You Thought About Your Online Terms of Use Recently?

Nearly every website, app or online service posts a set of Terms of Use outlining company policies for users (sometimes called Terms of Service) (“Terms”), but many companies do not know if their Terms are enforceable in...more

FTC Considers Facial Recognition Parental Consent Method Under COPPA Rule

The Federal Trade Commission announced on July 31 that it is seeking public comment on a new verifiable parental consent method application submitted by Riyo under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. If...more

SEC Explains How to Form a Pre-Existing Relationship Using the Internet; New CDI’s Issued

The SEC granted no-action relief to Citizen VC, Inc. which appears to state, although subject to facts and circumstances, a pre-existing relation can be formed with a person that first contacts a seller of securities over the...more

CFPB files lawsuit against Internet payday loan companies

The CFPB has filed a complaint in federal district court in New York against a group of commonly-controlled companies for allegedly engaging in unlawful conduct in connection with making payday loans over the Internet. With...more

Will the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law become global? Google sure hopes not

While Google did in fact comply with the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) May 2014 order, which allowed individuals in Europe to request that a search engine ‘delist’ certain information about them from...more

The Fingerprint File Doesn’t Have to Bring You Down: NAI Offers Advertisers Guidance on Digital Fingerprinting & Location...

Advertisers who use tools such as location data and newer non-cookie technologies to deliver interest-based advertising must carefully balance the use of those tools with consumer privacy. To achieve this balance, the Network...more

Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles recalled due to hacking vulnerabilities

As technology moves forward, more and more of our everyday gadgets will be connected to the Internet. With that convenience may come some vulnerabilities. On July 24, 2015, Chrysler and its parent company FCA US LLC (FCA US)...more

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