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Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times explores the $27 billion in fixed-income-trading income that has seeped out of Wall Street over the past 5 years thanks to “a combination of tough regulations, new technologies, calm markets and changing customer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Google linked to new allegations of collusive keyword practices; Argentina's distribution...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Happy New Year from Seattle... I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays. Our final, year-end OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 29, 2017 is below. ...more

TMT Horizons 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Some of the 800+ Hogan Lovells lawyers who look at the TMT Industry Sector share their perspectives on the future. From Tokyo to Mexico; from Blockchain to satellites; from M&A to privacy. Please see full Publication below...more

Reflections on Technology-Related Legal Issues: Looking Back at 2017; Will 2018 Be a Quantum Leap Forward?

As we approach the end of 2017, it is a time to reflect on the dizzying pace of technology evolution this year, and the amazing array of legal issues it presented. Similarly, it is a time to look forward and anticipate what...more

Making VHS Relevant Again: The Uncertain Scope of Personal Information Protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988

The Ninth Circuit recently became the third federal appellate court to tackle what constitutes “personally identifiable information” protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“VPPA”). Last year, the First Circuit...more

The Future of Retail: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

by DLA Piper on

Once concepts belonging purely to science fiction, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have changed from being mere constructs of our imagination to a powerful marketing tool with tremendous business potential....more

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

In a brief, unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of right of publicity and privacy claims against a host of self-publishing platforms and service providers for distributing an erotic (and purported...more

Consent under the GDPR: Official Guidance Now Available

One of the most striking changes to EU privacy law under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (which goes into effect May 25, 2018) is the very strict approach to user consent. For many years, companies operating in...more

Company Abandons ICO, Agrees to Cease-and-Desist; SEC Chairman Issues ICO Warning

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

December 11, 2017 was a day of reckoning for entrepreneurs conducting or contemplating initial coin offerings, and for securities professionals who advise them. ...more

Contract Corner: Software License Checklist for Licensees: 20 Issues to Consider When Working from the Vendor’s Form (Part 2)

by Morgan Lewis on

Picking up where we left off, below is the remainder of our quick checklist of issues that customers should consider in any software licensing agreement. Today’s items include more traditional legal issues to add to those...more

Contract Corner: Software License Checklist for Licensees: 20 Issues to Consider When Working from the Vendor’s Form (Part 1)

by Morgan Lewis on

Everybody does it. We may say that we only use the “customer’s paper” when contracting, but we know that is often not the case when entering into licenses for commercially available, off-the-shelf (COTS) software products....more

Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | December 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Sen. Hatch Introduces New Bill Regulating Cosmetic Safety - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced legislation aiming to modernize cosmetics regulation, proposing amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act...more

Crowdfunding 101

by LeClairRyan on

“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...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

Companies Outside Retail And Financial Industries May Have Additional Arguments To Challenge Standing In Data Breach Cases

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was one of the most serious and possibly one of the top ten largest data breaches of the 21st century, compromising background investigation records for some 22...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

GDPR Breach Notification Checklist

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

U.S. companies now have to consider breach notification requirements under the GDPR in addition to data breach notification laws in the U.S. (enacted by 48 states and numerous regulators). Follow our chart to determine if...more

Online Retailers Beware: Court Holds Website Violates ADA Despite Lack of Physical Store

by Bryan Cave on

Courts across the country continue to weigh in on the issue of website accessibility. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire denied a motion to dismiss filed by online food delivery servicer Blue...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As retailers do all they can to fight the e-commerce wave, some bricks-and-mortar shops are experimenting with a rather counterintuitive strategy: smaller spaces and a showroom-style approach....more

How to gather snowflakes: big data, AI and predictive analysis of customers

by DLA Piper on

Ask people to think of something unique, and it doesn't take long before they mention the snowflake: fragile, perfect, utterly individual and completely different from every other snowflake that has ever fallen. And surely...more

Adverse Event Reports for Food, Supplements and Cosmetics Are Now Publicly Available: What Manufacturers Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Enhancing transparency has been one of the FDA’s top priorities for nearly a decade. In late 2016, the agency continued to advance this goal by publishing data relating to food, cosmetics and dietary supplements from its...more

Dutch Court Affirms Ban on Nonauthorized Online Resellers

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: On October 4, 2017, the Amsterdam District Court upheld Nike's ban on authorized distributors selling Nike products on the online platforms of unauthorized resellers. The Result: Under this Dutch ruling, a...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

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