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Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - CFPB Outlines Principles for Consumer-Authorized Financial Data Sharing and Aggregation. How companies share consumer data, and how much they tell consumers about their information sharing practices, has...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. (Wiseley v....more

Ninth Circuit Allows Class Arbitration To Proceed Despite Absence Of Express Reference To Class Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Lamps Plus appealed an order permitting class arbitration of claims related to a data breach of personal identifying information of its employees, alleging negligence, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, and other...more

A new division within the DIFC Courts, the Technology and Construction Division

by Hogan Lovells on

The DIFC Courts, last week, published Part 56 (Technology and Construction Division) of the Court Rules ("Part 56") marking the launch of the Court's new division - the Technology and Construction Division ("TCD"). This...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Reaffirms Strong Federal Preference for Enforcing Arbitration Agreements in the Evolving Era of...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a big win for the tech industry and app developers, and for other companies seeking to enforce arbitration agreements through web-based interactions, last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the plaintiff in...more

Equifax Breach Checker – Curiosity May Have A Cost (But It’s Refundable)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Individuals who have received notice of a HIPAA breach are often offered free credit monitoring services for some period of time, particularly if the protected health information involved included social security numbers. I...more

Second Circuit Issues Important Decision Strengthening the Enforceability of Digital Arbitration Agreements

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Businesses utilizing web or smart phone app-based contractual terms containing arbitration clauses made available by hyperlink should ensure that the link to the clause is reasonably conspicuous, and that the...more

Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disclosure Disputes Is a Bad Idea—For Defendants

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar recently said that the SEC is open to allowing companies that are going public to provide for mandatory shareholder arbitration in their corporate charters. Piwowar’s remarks have prompted a...more

Takeaways From TRANSACT: Payments Industry Legal and Regulatory Trends

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this month, the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) hosted its annual TRANSACT conference to connect and educate the various branches of the payments industry. Industry leaders spoke on technology, security,...more

Uber Hits a Bump in the Road with Its Self-Driving Technology with Alleged Trade Secret and Patent Violations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In February, Waymo LLC, formerly Google’s self-driving car development company, sued Uber Technologies, Inc. and others in federal court in San Francisco for, among other things, violations of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of...more

Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Earlier this month, in Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, the Federal Circuit concluded that the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia correctly confirmed an international arbitration tribunal's award...more

The 2017 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey

by Carlton Fields on

The 2017 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey has just been released, and the findings reveal some unexpected trends in class action litigation, based on insights provided by 387 general counsels and chief legal officers at...more

Ransomware: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Some forms of cyber extortion are automated and not targeted at any specific victim. For example, “ransomware” refers to a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their systems unless, and until, a ransom is paid....more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Orders Denying Arbitration In Two Class Action Lawsuits Against Samsung

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit issued two similar opinions arising out of Samsung’s appeals of orders denying arbitration in two putative class actions filed against it. The claims against Samsung allege that the smartphone maker...more

Ninth Circuit: In-Box Arbitration Clause Not a Binding Contract

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Adding more complexity to the issue of arbitration contract formation, the Ninth Circuit has rejected Samsung's attempt to compel individual arbitration of fraud claims asserted by plaintiffs in two class actions. Ruling in...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

by Carlton Fields on

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new privacy rules for telecommunications carriers after a 3-2 vote. After the reclassification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Octubre Información con Ènfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de Octubre destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio Internacional, Aduanero, Competencia, Normalización Telecom, Prácticas Desleales, Arbitraje ISDS....more

Patent Infringement Claim Exempts Related Counterclaims from Mandatory Arbitration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In reviewing the scope of an arbitration agreement that was part of a supply agreement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision, determining that the defendant’s breach of...more

Terms and Conditions Buried in Easily Ignored Scroll Box Don’t Cut It, the Seventh Circuit Holds

As we have noted before, if you want to increase the likelihood that your website terms of use are enforceable against users, you need to do two things. First, you need to display the terms to users in a conspicuous way, and...more

Re-Thinking the “Standard” Arbitration Clause in Cloud Agreements (Part III): Taking Full Advantage of ADR in Cloud Agreements

by LeClairRyan on

Part I of this three-part article included some history about how it came to be so common that modern technology agreements – including “cloud agreements” – often include a “standard” arbitration clause. Part II asked and...more

Rethinking the “Standard” Arbitration Clause in Cloud Agreements (Part II)

by LeClairRyan on

Part I of this article included a little bit of history about how it came to be so common that modern technology agreements – including “cloud agreements” – often include a rather ubiquitous, sort of “standard” arbitration...more

Rethinking the “Standard” Arbitration Clause in Cloud Agreements

by LeClairRyan on

Twenty or so years ago, arbitration began to gain wide acceptance among lawyers as a viable alternative for the effective resolution of civil disputes. Clients were beginning to view “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR) as...more

California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic Signatures by Employees

In many companies, new employees sign key documents and policies—including arbitration agreements—with the use of electronic signatures. There has been a growing trend in litigation brought by former employees to challenge...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Released

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) released the full text of the new transatlantic data transfer agreement with the European Union (EU). The new framework, known as the EU-US Privacy Shield, was agreed to in early...more

Business Litigation Report - November 2015

Deciding Who Decides Questions of Arbitrability: A Survey of American Law and a Comparative Perspective - Parties to commercial disputes frequently encounter and litigate the threshold issue whether their dispute is...more

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