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The States Also Rise: Recent Settlements Illustrate Potential Pitfalls Regarding Children’s Privacy Laws

Earlier this summer, we highlighted a settlement where the FTC proposed its largest fine to date under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) against software maker InMobi. The InMobi settlement attracted...more

Bussiness Litigation Alert: "When It's Time for the Next Generation to Take Over - Lessons from Viacom, Inc."

What happens when a company's strong, charismatic leader can no longer run the day-to-day operations due to failing health, personal issues, or the like? If the business has a transition plan in place, the company has been...more

Top Privacy Cases of 2016: Midyear Report

Law360, New York (July 1, 2016, 12:12 PM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court made a big splash this year establishing a murky threshold for standing that has already been widely cited by both sides of the bar, while consumers...more

In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation: An IP Address is Not Always Personally Identifiable Information

What’s the Case About? In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation is a multi-district consolidated class action filed on behalf of children under the age of thirteen alleging that Viacom used child directed websites it...more

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of...more

Google Prevails In Privacy Case Before Third Circuit - But Court’s Decision May Leave Door Open For Future Video Privacy Suits

On June 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, rejected the allegation that Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) and federal and state wiretapping...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016

In Case You Missed It: Ruling in FTC v. Amazon Suggests a Way Forward for Companies Responding to Actions Brought by the FTC after a Data Breach. The FTC’s recent actions in the realm of data security have been predicated on...more

No VPPA Liability for Disclosure of Certain Anonymous Digital Identifiers

Another court has contributed to the ongoing debate over the scope of the term “personally identifiable information” under the Video Privacy Protection Act – a statute enacted in 1988 to protect the privacy of consumers’...more

Third Circuit Lets Google Give Cookies to Kids

Rarely does whether a child has a cookie rise to the level of a federal question. However, on June 27, 2016, in In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation, No. 15-1441, a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Third Circuit Tackles New VPPA and Other Privacy Questions in In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals handed the defendants a partial victory in In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation on June 27. While its decision last year in In re Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy...more

An IP Lesson from Bikini Bottom: What SpongeBob Teaches Us about Trademark Licensing and Liability

It turns out that SpongeBob Squarepants is more than just an absorbent, yellow and porous cartoon character who lives in a pineapple under the sea. He can also teach us an important lesson about trademark licensing and...more

Gibson Guitar Corp. v. Viacom International, Inc. (USCA, Ninth Circuit, February 19, 2016)

Ninth Circuit affirms district court's dismissal of SpongeBob SquarePants trademark suit against Viacom but revives claims against U.K.-based defendant on grounds that question of whether product was used in commerce in U.S....more

Spongebob Suitpants: Viacom Sues Proposed “Krusty Krab” Restaurant

Calling all Spongebob fans: there is a company in Texas that wants to create a real life Krusty Krab restaurant. For those not “in the know,” Spongebob Squarepants is a Nickeloden cartoon featuring underwater sea characters....more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Clark v. Viacom - USCA Sixth Circuit, July 8, 2015

Sixth Circuit affirms dismissal of defamation claims brought against Viacom by former American Idol contestants, holding that Tennessee’s “single publication rule” applies to online speech and thus majority of allegedly...more

Should Feds Regulate Persistent Identifiers as Personal Information?

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission settled an action it had brought against Nomi Technologies, a provider of “in-store analytics” technology. The fact that the action was brought against Nomi to begin with, considering...more

Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers. Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the...more

The Internship 2: Now Paid? Viacom Pays Record Settlement on Intern Lawsuit

Viacom recently announced a settlement of $7.2 million dollars to end litigation by numerous unpaid interns for the Company’s television networks. In 2013, two former interns sued Viacom claiming that it violated the Fair...more

Rewind and Replay: Plaintiffs Appeal Dismissal of VPPA Suits against Viacom, Google and Dow Jones

Plaintiffs in two recently dismissed class actions alleging violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) filed notices of appeal this week, asking the Third and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals to hit the rewind...more

Courts Continue To Find That Unique Device Identifiers Are Not Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Under The Video Privacy...

Two recent federal district court rulings regarding the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) follow the emerging trend of decisions indicating that courts are reluctant to find violations of the VPPA for sharing anonymous...more

Viacom and Google Win Important Dismissal in Online Tracking Class Action

Last week the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed, with prejudice, class action claims against Google and Viacom concerning targeted advertising and the online tracking of children through...more

When Plaintiffs Try to Fit Square Pegs in Round Holes – U.S. District Court Ends VPPA, State Law Class Action Against Viacom,...

On Tuesday, Jan.20, New Jersey Federal District Judge Stanley R. Chesler dismissed with prejudice the last remaining allegations in a multidistrict class action against Viacom and Google, formally ending plaintiffs’ suit...more

Google/Viacom Win Video Privacy Protection Act Case – Common Sense Finally Emerges

In an important decision in a federal court case in New Jersey, In Re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation, Google and Viacom obtained a dismissal of a claim against them under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The...more

Thinking about Hiring Interns? New Case Reminds Employers of Rules on Interns

Following similar decisions involving Hearst Corporation and Viacom, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted conditional certification of a potential nation-wide class of approximately 3,000...more

Southern District Of New York Judge Conditionally Certifies Another Unpaid Intern Collective Action

O’Jeda v. Viacom, Inc., 13 Civ. 5658 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2014): As we covered in our June 2013 and September 2013 issues, a number of intern misclassification cases are currently before New York courts. While those cases are...more

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