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Ninth Circuit Pauses Seattle Ride-Share Union Ordinance, But Uncertainty Remains

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the implementation of Seattle Ordinance 124968, which would allow drivers for ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft to form unions, while a suit over...more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2017

Revocation? Think Again. - On June 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit issued what might be the most business-friendly Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision we have seen in a long time in Reyes v....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Republican Ashley Moody Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican Ashley Moody formally announced her candidacy to become Florida AG. Moody is the third candidate to enter the 2018...more

Health Alert (Australia) 8 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 2 May 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Social-Lites Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 398 - TRADE PRACTICES – misleading...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2016

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the second 2016 edition of Class Action Roundup! The first quarter of the year witnessed a few key Supreme Court decisions, even with the passing of Justice Scalia, and several settlement cases decided. The issue...more

When are Universities and Executive Agencies “State Actors” for Antitrust Immunity?

More than fifty years ago, the Supreme Court formalized the “state-action antitrust immunity” doctrine - a judge-made rule that certain state governmental conduct is immune from challenge under the federal antitrust laws....more

Automotive Law Group News: Appellate Court Win for Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association

by Murtha Cullina on

Murtha Cullina's automotive industry team achieved a victory on behalf of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association on March 17, 2016 when the Massachusetts Appeals Court voted unanimously to affirm the dismissal...more

Are Your Sales Practices Too Aggressive?

by DLA Piper on

The Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO) prohibits traders from engaging in aggressive commercial practices, including harassment, coercion, or exerting undue influence on customers. DLA Piper explores what employers and...more

FTC Clarifies Native and Online Ad Obligations

by BakerHostetler on

The FTC, in recent staff statements, has sought to clarify advertisers’ and publishers’ obligations regarding native advertising and social media promotions, particularly regarding when and how to clarify to readers that a...more

New Insights from FTC on Its Endorsement Guides to Reflect Continued Focus on Disclosures

by Reed Smith on

After the FTC revised its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials (the “Guides”) in 2009, it followed up with a set of frequently asked questions entitled “What People Are Asking” (the “FAQs”) to address...more

Use of Big Data in Recruiting and Screening Could Mean Big Problems for Employers

Recently, Allison Grande of Law360 reported on the warnings representatives from the FTC and EEOC provided to employers about using big data in the workplace at a panel hosted by the FTC. This post briefly explores those...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - September 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment - TCPA Update: Recent Decisions and Significant Upcoming Change to...more

Franchising Newsletter – April 2013

by K&L Gates LLP on

Overview - There have been several franchising developments since our last update in February. This edition discusses: - minimising the risks when marketing through social media - comments from...more

Advertising Law -- Apr 18, 2013

In This Issue: No Rest for the NAD, As it Decides Multiple Mattress Disputes; Fur Sure? Retailers Make Faux Faux Fur Claims; Got Settlement? Muscle Milk Suit Settles for $5.3 Million; TCPA Class Actions Prohibited in New...more

Supreme Court Raises The Bar For Class Actions

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a pivotal decision, holding that as a prerequisite for certification of a class action, a plaintiff must introduce admissible evidence to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...more

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - March 2013

by McAfee & Taft on

In This Issue: - 3 Monitoring employees’ use of company trademarks in social media - 5 Keys to ensuring the secrecy of trade secrets - 6 FTC amends Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule - Excerpt from...more

Social Networks and Trade Secret Misappropriation: Can your company’s “friends” list be a trade secret?

Trade secrets are aspects of your company that, if discovered/used by a competitor, could significantly impact your bottom line or your ability to compete in the marketplace. Recently, a federal court in Colorado held that...more

Online Data Seller Settles with FTC over Sale of Social Media Data

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission’s willingness to exercise its enforcement authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was evident again last week in its $800,000 settlement with data broker Spokeo, Inc., described in an FTC...more

Background Checks: There's An App For That

by Fisher Phillips on

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning to three companies that sell mobile applications (apps) which provide background reports, including criminal record reports. The issues are whether...more

Act Now Advisory: FTC Warns That Background Searches via Mobile App May Violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act .

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 25, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") sent warning letters to three companies that market, in total, six mobile phone applications ("Apps") that provide users with background check...more

Is Your Company's Social Media Launch Ahead Of Its Compliance Program

Many businesses are still coasting along enjoying the marketing advantages of social media without making sure they have a good compliance program in place. For every company with a Facebook fan page or Twitter account...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 2, Issue 2 - April 2011

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In this issue: FTC Charges Google With Deceptive Practices; California District Court Holds Facebook Posts Subject to CAN-SPAM Act; Ninth Circuit Takes Sides in Battle Over Terms of Use in World of Warcraft Case; New Charge...more

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