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Vermont Becomes Second State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into a law a bill that legalizes and regulates the operation of paid-entry fantasy sports contests within the state. Vermont is at least the eleventh state to pass a...more

Twitter Updates its Privacy Policy

Twitter recently announced updates to its Privacy Policy. The updates are effective on June 18, 2017. By using the social media platform on or after that date, Twitter users will be deemed to have agreed to these updates....more

CMA bids to end online exclusionary practices as auction house offers commitments

by Bryan Cave on

On 30 May 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it was consulting on proposals from an online bidding platform to change its terms, following concerns from the CMA that the platform was engaged in...more

Europe: Enforcement of IP Rights – A new hope for the Enforcement Directive?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Digital Single Market is starting to take shape. A central part of this project is the reform of the European Copyright framework. But while it is apparent that the Directive 2004/48 on the enforcement of intellectual...more

Getting Past the Last Mile: Delivery Challenges For E-Commerce Businesses

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

E-commerce businesses have changed the relationship between consumers and retailers through the advent of expedited and low-cost home delivery services. Now, many consumers anticipate both free shipping with their purchase,...more

Wikitribune and broken news

by Hogan Lovells on

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales completes crowd-funding this week for his latest venture: Wikitribune, a news platform that, while not affiliated with Wikipedia, applies Wikipedia’s collaborative model to journalism. Wales...more

Impact of Online Sales Restrictions on EU and German Competition Enforcement

by Reed Smith on

In the course of its E-commerce Sector Inquiry (Sector Inquiry) launched in May 2015, the European Commission gained an insight into the standard business practices engaged in by producers of consumer goods when distributing...more

The Polish regulator’s position on insurance companies publishing their standard contracts on their websites

by Hogan Lovells on

Based on the new regulation in the Polish insurance market that entered into force on 1 January 2016, the general terms and conditions of insurance (“GTC“) as well as other standard contracts must be published by insurers on...more

Horseracing-based Fantasy Sports Game Found Illegal

In a follow up to a lawsuit we previously reported on, a California District Court ruled on summary judgment that a horseracing-based fantasy sports game constitutes illegal wagering....more

Digital Copyright Ruling Creates New Vulnerabilities for Moderated Online Platforms

by Reed Smith on

A recent federal appeals court decision may lead online platforms that post user-generated content filtered by moderators to think twice before posting copyrighted material. In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc.,...more

Digital Single Market: Commission takes stock at halftime

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission is taking stock of what has been accomplished regarding its Strategy for a Digital Single Market. Two years ago, on 6 May 2015, Commissioners Oettinger and Ansip announced their strategy to create a...more

Insight: Patchwork of Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Will Increase Costs and Frustrations for Emerging Industry

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Arkansas has become the most recent state to enact legislation aimed at regulating the Daily Fantasy Sports marketplace. Daily Fantasy Sports, or more commonly known as DFS, is a form of online entertainment where users play...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

Central Bank Reviews Outsourcing Arrangements of Fund Administrators - The Central Bank completed a review on outsourcing carried out by Irish regulated Fund Administrators....more

UK: FCA General Insurance and Protection Sector Views 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCA has outlined the current trends, risks and its overall assessment of the General Insurance sector in its 2017 Sector Views, published last week.  ...more

Finding the Perfect Fit: Garment Sizing Technology

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Despite the advent of online shopping, many consumers still do not feel comfortable buying clothes online given the risk of receiving clothes that do not fit. This lack of confidence hurts fashion e-retailers, as well as...more

To Tax or Not to Tax Internet Retailers, that is the Question

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since the dawn of the age of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retailers have championed “the level playing field”. Their battle cry: Internet retailers should be subject to sales tax just like us!...more

Impact of the Act No. 2016-1321 Dated 7 Oct. 2016 for a Digital Republic on Online Intermediation Platforms

by K&L Gates LLP on

The French Act No. 2016-1321 of 7 Oct. 2016 for a Digital Republic (the “Digital Republic Act”) amends the existing framework for online intermediation platform created under Article L.111-5-1 of the French Consumer code by...more

The proposed shake up of Employment Tribunals

by Dentons on

Digital claims, the delegation of authority to caseworkers and a tailored composition of tribunal panels are just three of the proposed reforms to Employment Tribunals. On 23 February 2017, the government published its...more

Do You Even Meme Bro? The Law of Internet Memes

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You know you’ve chuckled at a few of them–the ubiquitous internet meme. But, have you ever wondered whether all this sharing, changing and going “viral” is legal....more

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Announces New Online Complaint Form

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has announced the launch of a finalized version of its online portal to assist Michigan consumers with the filing of electronic complaints. DIFS' Office of...more

BuzzFeed Faces $11 Million in Defamation Suit by British News Agency

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

BuzzFeed, the popular independent digital media company, was hit with an $11 million defamation suit in January 2016 by journalist Michael Leidig and Central European News (“CEN”). Leidig and CEN are demanding more than...more

WIPO - France: Domain name used for cyber fraud

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Panel ordered the transfer of a domain name because, although it had never been...more

DSM webinar highlights tax, competition law, copyright, AVMS and data economy issues for 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In a February 7, 2017 webinar, the Hogan Lovells Digital Single Market (DSM) team presented its take on new developments for 2017. Peter Watts introduced the session by warning that the loss of the UK voice in EU policy...more

EU Commission agrees new rules allowing Europeans to watch online content services across EU borders

by Hogan Lovells on

On 7 February, negotiators for the European Parliament, Member States and the Commission agreed the proposal for a regulation on EU cross-border portability of online content services. This is the first agreement relating to...more

Think Twice Before Tweeting up a Storm

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One of the more memorable lines from 1989’s Steel Magnolias is “if you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.” That sentiment— referred to as “schadenfreude” in German — is amplified on social media, and this...more

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