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New Tool in Calif. AG’s Privacy Enforcement Efforts: Consumers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is enlisting new enforcers in her efforts to get companies to comply with the state’s privacy policy requirements: members of the public. On October 14, Harris released an online...more

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Provides New Online Tool to Report California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Violations

It’s time for a compliance check on those website or mobile app privacy policies, before the California Attorney General comes knocking. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of a new tool for...more

California Attorney General 'Crowdsources' Reporting of Privacy Policy Violations

This initiative by the Attorney General is effective immediately and is just the latest example of California’s effort to increase enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the privacy and data security of individual consumers....more

DOJ Continues ADA Web Accessibility Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a consent decree to resolve allegations by a blind student regarding the accessibility of a university's website and other technologies. The DOJ requires the university to pay...more

Awful law firm websites: The ‘Small-Firm Trifecta.’

Nothing says “Small, mediocre law firm” like a website home page full of obvious stock photos and free clip art. And in my opinion, the worst of the worst are those that combine multiple clichés in a single photo....more

UK ICO Offers Guidance on Privacy Notices Under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

In an anticipated guidance, the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) updated its code of practice for privacy notices titled Privacy notices, transparency and control (the Code). Significantly, the ICO has...more

Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q3

We are thrilled to bring you the third installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. We are proud of the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge across our firm's 13 offices nationwide and are...more

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So, you’re ready to launch your new online business or mobile app. The website looks great, and the app tile has an elegant, simple design that’s sure to stand out on phone and tablet screens. Missing anything? Oh, yeah, that...more

Bank Websites Targeted for Title III ADA Violations – 12 Ways to Comply

An increasing number of companies in the banking industry are reporting receiving demand letters from law firms alleging website violations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title III). These letters...more

California Helps Consumers Crowdsource Privacy Policy Violations

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced yesterday that her office has rolled out a new online form to help consumers report companies who violate California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). Under the...more

WARNING: Prop 65 Can Expose Product Manufacturers to Increased Litigation in California

California's Proposition 65 ("Prop 65") requires product manufacturers and sellers to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone in California to a chemical listed by the...more

Know Thy Software Vendor: Website Operator Cannot Sidestep Copyright Infringement Claims over Link to Allegedly Infringing...

Last month, a New York district court refused to dismiss most of the copyright infringement claims asserted against a website operator based on an allegation that the website linked to an infringing copy of plaintiff’s...more

SCRA website malfunctioning

According to an announcement posted on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Website, “[a] bug in the SCRA website is causing the site to give false negatives for some National Guard members whose service should be positively...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Brazil v. Dole Decertification Due to Faulty Damages Model

In Brazil v. Dole, No. 14-17480 (9th Cir. Sept. 30, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part three different orders issued by the U.S. District Court for the...more

Federal Website Lawsuits Top 100 As New Wave Of Demand Letters Hits Community Banks

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal lawsuits alleging inaccessible websites continues to increase, along with the number of law firms filing them. Businesses need advice now on how to manage risk in this chaotic...more

Social Links: Yelp’s Communications Decency Act claim; Twitter loosens its character limit; building a Snapchat audience

The California Supreme Court agreed to hear Yelp’s case arguing that requiring the company to remove a one-star review of a law firm “creates a gaping hole” in the immunity that shields internet service providers from suits...more

European Court Of Justice: Linking To Playboy Pics May Infringe Copyright

On September 8, 2016, the European Court of Justice rendered a controversial decision in GS Media v. Sanoma Media, which has been acclaimed by copyright holders and heavily criticized by internet companies....more

Copyright Alert: The European Union Exposes Websites to Copyright Liability for Linking to Infringing Material of Third Parties

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on September 8, 2016 that websites that merely link to infringing material (instead of copying it) can be liable for copyright infringement. If this decision, GS Media BV v....more

CFPB announces enforcement actions against auto title lenders

The CFPB announced that it has filed administrative enforcement actions against five Arizona auto title lenders for alleged violations of Truth in Lending Act advertising requirements. According to the CFPB, the lenders...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Two Recent Decisions Further Definining Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two decisions by which it intends to clarify liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (“CFAA”). The CFAA imposes criminal penalties and...more

Eight Law Firm Branding/Website Makeovers: 8 Before-and-Afters

For most new law firm websites, I think the most-interesting question is how big an improvement is it over the previous one(s). Is it just a polished-up 2016 version of the previous site?  Or is it a significant...more

Attorneys Cannot Sue Avvo for Unauthorized Profiles According to Illinois Federal Court

An Illinois federal judge dismissed a proposed class action of lawyers whose business information was published by the online attorney database Avvo without their permission. The lead plaintiff, a Chicago-based personal...more

Update: Fundamental Change to U.S. Warranty Law: Consumer Warranties Can Soon be Posted Online

Recent changes to the federal statute governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty...more

Liability under CDA Section 230? Recent Lawsuit Tries to Flip the Script against Social Media Service

Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, also known as the “Communications Decency Act of 1996” or “CDA” was signed into law in Feburary 1996. The goal of the CDA was to control the exposure of minors to indecent...more

Litigation Alert: The Ninth Circuit Limits Immunity From Negligent Failure To Warn Cases Under The Communications Decency Act

Last week, the Ninth Circuit limited the ability of websites and online services to use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to shield themselves from failure to warn lawsuits arising out of the offline conduct...more

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