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New Rules for Cannabis: The Coming Wave of California False Advertising and Unfair Competition Claims

by Wilson Elser on

The cannabis industry in California should expect to see a sharp increase in false advertising and unfair competition claims in 2018. These claims will be premised on violation of the state cannabis regulations, but will be...more

#Trending: The FTC has stepped up regulatory investigations on social media. Is your company in compliance?

by Hogan Lovells on

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms have become the format of choice for many companies that want to advertise their products and services. At the same time, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

Intellectual Property Basics

by Jackson Walker on

This handout provides an entry level discussion of intellectual property and sets out IP action steps. TABLE OF CONTENTS - Introduction - Trademarks - Copyrights - Patents - Trade Secrets - Keep Attorneys From...more

CA Renews Auto Renewal Law

Advertisers, take note: California recently enacted changes to the law governing automatic renewal programs. Enacted in 2010, the California Automatic Renewal Law (ARL) mandated that companies clearly disclose the material...more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

Selective distribution and online sales: complying with EU competition law after the Coty judgment

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued a landmark judgment that will affect distribution and online sales in particular in the consumer goods and digital sectors....more

A TCPA Slam Dunk in the Ninth Circuit?

by LeClairRyan on

The fight is not over yet, but the insurance industry just had a significant victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The scenario is likely familiar to most. You’re invited to send a text and...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Claims of Would-Be Ad-Blockers

On November 22, 2017, the Second Circuit in Heskiaoff v. Sling Media affirmed the dismissal of a class action complaint against Sling Media that alleged deceptive business practices in connection with Sling’s introduction of...more

No Written Consent, But Still No Harm: TCPA Class Certification Denied Under Spokeo

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Chicago-based litigators Sarah Zielinski and Jason Chrestionson bring us an update on the issue of individualized inquiry and Article III’s injury-in-fact requirement under the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Spokeo,...more

Ride Sharing App Lyft Hit With TCPA Claim Based on Marketing Partner

by Reed Smith on

Lyft, Inc. was hit with a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) this month. The plaintiffs allege that Lyft is liable for text messages sent by Jobcase, Inc., Lyft’s marketing agency....more

FDA Releases New Guidance On Menu Labeling Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration is moving forward with an Obama-era initiative requiring certain food establishments to list calorie information on menus and menu boards, including food on display and self-service food. The FDA...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Privacy Exclusion Bars TCPA Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) present numerous issues for insurance companies and policyholders. Because TCPA claims lend themselves to class action suits, the potential exposure can be...more

EU Retail News - October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

One of the biggest threats to a retailer's reputation is an allegation of involvement in slavery, human trafficking, or child labour. Retailers are now expected to be more transparent than ever, with the Modern Slavery Act...more

Second Circuit Refuses to Rehear Consent Revocation Case

In the TCPA lawsuit, Reyes v. Lincoln, filed in 2015, Reyes leased a new luxury Lincoln and provided his cell phone number in his lease application. The application included a provision that Reyes “expressly consent[ed]” to...more

FTC Provides Additional Guidance on COPPA Policy for Voice Recordings

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clarified in recent guidance how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to internet-connected device companies and other businesses that collect and use children’s...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Announces Last Call for TCCWNA Happy Hour

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

In recent years, creative plaintiff-side class action attorneys in New Jersey have attempted to seek relief under the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), which allows for $100 in statutory damages...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition to Rehear Decision Holding that the TCPA Does Not Permit a Consumer to Unilaterally Revoke Consent...

by Burr & Forman on

On October 20, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for panel rehearing, or in the alternative, for rehearing en banc of its decision in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, 861 F. 3d 51 (2d...more

New York Public Service Commission Issues Rules for Distributed Energy Resource Suppliers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) recently issued Uniform Business Practices for distributed energy resource (DER) providers (or suppliers), similar to the consumer protection standards that are already in place...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

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

“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

Update Your Browsewrap and Clickwrap Agreements

by Revision Legal on

A recent California case reminds businesses and website owners that browsewrap and clickwrap agreements must be conspicuous for courts to enforce them. See Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., 245 Cal.App.4th 855 (2nd Dist. 2016)....more

The Morning Risk Report: Data-Transfer Case Creates New Uncertainty

Tim Toohey was quoted in a October 5, 2017, Wall Street Journal article written by Ben DiPietro discussing the decision by Ireland's High Court to refer a data-transfer case involving Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield to the...more

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Tom “Syndicate” Cassell and Trevor “TmarTn” Martin serve up high-octane reviews and commentary on games and gaming culture on YouTube. Both are wildly popular – Cassell’s YouTube channel is one of the top 100 subscribed...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

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