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In the Wake of Equifax: What Auto Dealers Need to Know About Data Privacy

Following the recent Equifax data breach wherein millions of consumers’ private information may have been compromised, it is increasingly clear that consumer-interfacing businesses need to, and in some cases are required to,...more

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Security Rating Agency

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

One can hardly check out any news outlet today without reading or hearing about a security breach. Experts frequently advocate performing internal assessments to identify security weaknesses. Commentators tout the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

When is a private company considered a public body and subject to the EU procurement rules? A recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) case has thrown up a novel legal issue which will be of interest to all public...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Three Point Shot - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 25th, 2017, in a convincing knockout, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed dozens of lawsuits against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather alleging Pacquiao's concealed shoulder injury impacted the quality of...more

Foreign No More: Transferring Data on Demand U.S. Companies and GDPR Data Portability

Much has been written about the consternation and concern of businesses around the world regarding the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR applies to...more

Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules on Payday and Vehicle Title Loans—Little Impact for Auto Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The new rule is effective in 2019 and imposes stringent underwriting requirements and...more

Bank Compels Arbitration of Overdraft Class Action

Reversing a Florida district court action, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit agreed with a national bank that a class action challenging overdraft fees should be moved to arbitration....more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

NYC To Defer To The FDA In Calorie Posting Rules

by Cole Schotz on

As New Yorkers enjoy their pumpkin spice lattes, the fact that a Grande (16oz) serving will cost them about 380 calories (including 2% milk and whipped cream, because why not?) is becoming common knowledge. Calorie...more

Implementing a Policy Review to Ensure You Are Protected Under The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Part 2: How to Conduct Your...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) and situations that are readily prohibited by the CFAA, such as when current or former employees gain access to an employer's databases or files...more

Are Restaurant No-Tipping Policies the Product of an Antitrust Conspiracy?

In July of 2013, Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tweeted that he was considering eliminating tipping at his restaurants and solicited the opinion of other restaurant owners. Meyer and others...more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

The CFPB’s Payday Lending Rule: An Opportunity in Disguise?

by Vedder Price on

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its nearly 1,700-page final rule for short-term loans (“Payday Lending Rule”). Notably, almost simultaneously with the CFPB’s announced Payday...more

CFPB Overreaches in Handling Alleged RESPA ABA Exemption Issues in Meridian

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the settlement of its Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) enforcement action against Meridian Title Corp. (Meridian), an Indiana-based...more

The Data Report Episode 17: What the GDPR Means for American Companies

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Five: International Law (Part II) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward expands his discussion on the GDPR, examining what it means for American companies and how thoughtful steps can be...more

Amazon Delivers Pricing Challenge to Arbitration

Amazon successfully moved a putative class action challenging its pricing practices to arbitration after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit held that the retailer’s agreement was not unconscionable....more

Insuring the Product Liability Risks of Cannabis

by Wilson Elser on

Legal adult-use marijuana is associated with risks that may cause bodily injury and property damage. Many of these risks have been well documented and widely discussed in the media, including theft, fire, motor vehicle...more

Validity of personal data export mechanism thrown into question

by Dechert LLP on

The Irish High Court recently asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule on the validity of “standard contractual clauses” as a basis for transferring personal data out of the European Economic Area...more

“I’m Unavailable to Take Your Advertisement Right Now”: FCC Regulation of Direct-To-Voicemail Marketing

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The days of lamenting the dinnertime telemarketing call seem to have faded, but as communication technology ? particularly cell phone and smartphone usage ? has become ubiquitous, advertisers have found new avenues to...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

By now, most people that follow financial news are aware that the amount of troubled healthcare related companies are on the rise, which by its very nature, causes more distressed healthcare related debt in the market....more

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds that Consumers Cannot Pursue Class Action Claims Against TGI Fridays for Inflated Drink Prices, But...

by Genova Burns LLC on

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision on two consumer class actions under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”) and the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”). In two separate cases,...more

CFPB Releases Final Payday Lending Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its final rule for short-term loans. The nearly 1,700 page rule appears to follow the proposed short-term lending rule with several notable changes. Most...more

CFPB Releases Long Awaited Small Dollar Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know

After months of speculation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final small-dollar loan rule on October 5. If the final rule takes effect, lenders will be required, among other things, to determine...more

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