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New Amendments to Proposition 65 Provide Clarity and Guidance to Clear and Reasonable Warning Requirements

by Reed Smith on

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) announced the approval of new amendments to regulations implementing the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as...more

Investing Intelligently in an E-Commerce Company: Challenges & Potential Innovations

by Dentons on

By 2027, Singapore’s e-commerce market is predicted to grow five-fold – to at least US $5.4 billion (S$7.5 billion), according to a study by Google and Temasek Holdings. E-commerce markets in other parts of Asia are also...more

Privacy Shield: Article 29 Working Party Calls Upon the European Commission and US Authorities to Restart Discussions

On November 28, 2017, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party issued its report on the First Annual Joint Review of the EU-US Privacy Shield, which was conducted on September 18-19, 2017....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

Another Foolish Inconsistency – This Time For Broker-Dealers

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post chided Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC for its inconsistent positions on majority rule. Today’s post tackles a foolish inconsistency in the California Codes. Section 25217(c) of the California Corporations Code...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) December 2017

by DLA Piper on

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) is our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspectives, analysis and visionary...more

Putting China's Fair Competition Review System Into Action

Shelley Zhang, an Intellectual Property partner in our Beijing office, and David Goldstein, an Antitrust & Competition partner in our San Francisco office, co-authored an article for Law360 that looks at how new rules...more

Australia to Join APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System

by King & Spalding on

Australia has announced that it will be joining the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system, a voluntary program that seeks to protect the transfer of information between APEC countries. This decision follows a...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

California Toughens Automatic-Renewal Law

by Reed Smith on

California’s proposed Automatic-Renewal Law (ARL) passed the state Legislature earlier this month, tightening the requirements on companies that sell subscription services with automatically renewing payments to consumers....more

Does Your U.S. Company Pull Data From European Citizens? Fall In Line with GDPR by May 2018 or Suffer Substantial Fines

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

The European Union (“EU”) has enacted a strict, comprehensive framework of security regulations aimed to protect its citizens. These regulations, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), provide a blueprint...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

November 2017: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update

Safe Harbors in, Ipso Facto Clauses out: A (Long Overdue) Shake Up of Australian Insolvency Laws. The federal government has this month passed a suite of insolvency reforms with the consequence of significantly elevating the...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

GDPR Update: Transfer of Personal Data (outside the EEA) (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR update, we will address the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). ...more

Indirect Purchasers Cannot Sue Qualcomm Under Federal Law, But State Law Claims Survive

A federal judge in California has refused to allow indirect purchasers of semiconductor chips—i.e., cell phone consumers—to bring claims against Qualcomm under federal antitrust law....more

Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...more

Consumer credit – walking the regulatory tightrope

by White & Case LLP on

Subprime and near prime lending have been subject to intense regulatory scrutiny during the aftermath of the financial crisis. The global economic crisis that took hold in 2007 has largely been attributed to the widespread...more

Forever 21 Latest Retailer to Suffer Credit Card Breach

Forever 21 has warned customers who used a credit card at any of its stores between March and October 2017 that their credit card may have been compromised....more

GDPR Update: Transfer of Personal Data (outside the EEA)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR update, we will address the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA)....more

The UK Data Protection Authority Clarifies the Status of the BCRs It Approves

by WilmerHale on

Brexit raises critical issues regarding the future transfer of personal data outside of the EU, not least as to the role of the UK Data Protection Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), and as to its...more

CFPB to Remove Arbitration Rule from CFR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB is scheduled to publish a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register removing the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). ...more

Ohio Proposes Act to Incentivize Consumer Data Security

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Legislation was recently introduced in Ohio encouraging businesses to take steps in protecting consumer data. Ohio Senate Bill 220, The Data Protection Act (the “Act”), provides businesses that take certain commercially...more

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