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eSports on the Rise as Collegiate Sport

Across the country, colleges and universities are turning to eSports as a new addition to their athletic programs. Earlier this year, the University of Utah became the first school from a major athletic conference to offer...more

EU Digital Single Market Update – Online Platforms and Illegal Content

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has identified the issue of combatting illegal content online as a key challenge for online platforms. It has now released guidance to online platforms...more

Limiting Your Exposure and Visibility

We spend so much time on our mobile phones and on social media, yet often we don’t think of how these tools are broadcasting our lives as we work and play. With just a few steps, you can limit what you are digitally telling...more

CFPB provides update on HMDA platform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In August 2017, we reported that the CFPB had given the mortgage industry a first look at the Internet-based platform it is developing for industry members to use to submit data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)....more

Action Required to Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Parties that operate websites may enjoy immunity from copyright liability for the infringing posts of their users under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The DMCA offers a “safe harbor” from...more

Lessons from Birkenstock's Dispute With Amazon Over Product Control

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales platforms have made shopping more convenient for consumers around the world. Consumers can purchase goods abroad and receive them within days. This convenience, however, has not come without controversy....more

European Commission Calls for Enhanced Responsibility of Online Platforms for Illegal Content

by Reed Smith on

Addressing the detection of and removal of illegal content from online platforms represents an urgent challenge for the digital society today. However, so far, there is no harmonised and coherent approach across the European...more

Study Shows The Gig Economy Isn’t Just For Start-Ups

by Fisher Phillips on

When most hear the phrase “gig economy,” they immediately think about giants like Lyft and Uber. Personally, I use Lyft and Uber often while traveling and enjoy talking to drivers about why they choose to work in the gig...more

San Francisco Encourages Worker Empowerment with New Gig Economy Guidance

by Fisher Phillips on

When it comes to passing new laws designed to protect workers, San Francisco is one of the busiest municipalities in the country. In recent years, the City has passed ordinances addressing paid sick leave, lactation in the...more

Protecting Your Privacy Online Is Possible

Navigating the crossroads of security and convenience is a balancing act, but it can be done. Two minutes. That’s all it takes to perform a Google search on yourself—or anyone you choose—and obtain a virtual encyclopedia...more

August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

NLRB Fires Shot At Handy, Taking Aim At Gig Economy In General

by Fisher Phillips on

Josh Eidelson from Bloomberg reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against gig economy mainstay Handy earlier this week, alleging that the on-demand workers who provide home cleaning...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | August 2017

"Miracle Gel" Not a Salon Gel Manicure, Ad Board Says - In an appeal from a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) upheld a recommendation that Coty discontinue...more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

by Hogan Lovells on

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Red Shield Net Sword...more

Coty: Selective distribution and the luxury of prohibiting third party platform sales

by DLA Piper on

With the meteoric rise in internet selling, the permissibility of banning selective distributors from selling via "third party platforms" is a hotly debated topic across the EU, particularly in Germany and Austria. In...more

One click away from a marketplace ban?

by Dentons on

Luxury brands can lawfully prevent their authorised dealers from selling their products on third party online platforms such as Amazon.com and eBay, according to Advocate General Wahl's Opinion for the European Court of...more

Rolling in the Regulations for Robo-Advisers

by Bryan Cave on

Robo-advisers have surged in popularity as people seek low-cost, automated investment opportunities. In a worldwide forecast, the number of people to use robo-advisory services is estimated to reach 95.4M by 2021 compared to...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A number of updated and new stories in this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 14, 2017. We hope you enjoy. Expedia’s MeetingMarket Now Speaks English [OTA/GROUP] ("Expedia extends...more

Ashley Madison Settles Data Breach Case for $11.2M

Ashley Madison, which suffered a data breach in 2015 involving the loss of 37 million users’ personal and financial information, has settled the suit for $11.2 million....more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

by Carlton Fields on

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Moving Beyond #Ad: Instagram Unveils New Tool for Disclosing Endorsements

by Hogan Lovells on

Instagram recently rolled out a new feature to a select group of its users who use the social media platform for promotional purposes. This tool allows influential users to add a new subheading to posts that reads “Paid...more

Higher Regional Court of Cologne: Customer review with care – they could be advertising

by Hogan Lovells on

The Higher Regional Court of Cologne decided in its ruling of May 24, 2017 (OLG Köln 6 U 161/16) that the publication of customer reviews on a company website may be considered as advertising in the classical sense...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Hong Kong Consultation on Guidelines on Online Distribution and...

by Dechert LLP on

The use of online platforms for distribution of financial products has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. In May 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Consultation Paper inviting comments...more

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

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