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Frito-Lay Drops ‘All Natural’ Labels to Settle Class Action

To settle a class action challenging advertising for chips and dip products touted as “made with all natural ingredients,” Frito-Lay North America, Inc., has agreed to change its labeling....more

Certiorari Grant This Week on Email Providers Served with Warrant for Emails

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Internet has not only become a backbone for social and business commerce, but, it has become a vehicle to pursue nefarious purposes. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies, believing that material evidence is located...more

Federal Court Finds Telephonic Access Could Be an Alternative to Website Accessibility

A federal district court in Los Angeles last week endorsed the possibility that a business may be able to avoid making a website accessible if it provides the same goods and services through telephonic customer service. The...more

Reminder: Action Required by December 31 To Avoid Losing DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

On December 1, 2016, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of this...more

Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Emails Case

In an order issued on October 16, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corporation, a case with potentially far-reaching implications for the privacy of electronic data maintained by...more

Automated Decision-Making Under the GDPR – A Right for Individuals or A Prohibition for Controllers?

by Hogan Lovells on

The complexity of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is often alleviated by the guidance of regulatory authorities who contribute their practical interpretation of the black letter of the law and provide...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

After Nearly 5 Years, FCC Lifting Freeze on Mods for Unrepacked Full-Power and Class A TV Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced late today that the freeze that has been in place since April 2013 which prevents full-power and Class A TV stations from filing applications to expand their coverage areas will be lifted temporarily, likely...more

United States v. Microsoft: Supreme Court to Resolve Lower-Court Dispute Over U.S. Warrants Seeking Foreign-Stored User Data

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court announced it had granted the government’s petition for certiorari in United States v. Microsoft and will hear a case this Term that could have lasting implications for how technology...more

eSports on the Rise as Collegiate Sport

Across the country, colleges and universities are turning to eSports as a new addition to their athletic programs. Earlier this year, the University of Utah became the first school from a major athletic conference to offer...more

SB 649 Small Cell Bill Vetoed by California Governor - Victory for Local Governments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Citing the value of local governments managing their own rights of way, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB 649, the controversial small cell bill, on Sunday. The bill, which barely passed through the state Legislature, would have...more

TTB Reopens Comment Period for Three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 11, 2017, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) reopened the comment period for the following three notices of proposed rulemaking... ...more

“KRACK” WiFi Security Vulnerability Discovered

Security researchers this week have found a new vulnerability that affects Wi-Fi Protected Access II, also known as WPA2, which is the security protocol used by many wireless networks....more

Microsoft: Supreme Court Decision on Jurisdiction over Foreign-Located Communications Anticipated

by Cozen O'Connor on

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Warrant to Search a Certain Email Account Controlled & Maintained by Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft). In taking the case for review, the Supreme Court has...more

Social Links: Russia’s threat to block Facebook; Google’s publisher-friendly move; a cease-and-desist letter worth emulating

As part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will be keeping records of immigrants’ social media handles and search results. Russia to Facebook: Turn over user-information or risk being blocked....more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 14

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Disputes Between Departing Member and Remnant Group - In Lyons vs. American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a dispute regarding the proper...more

Ajemian v. Yahoo: One Small Step For The Family, One Giant Step For Fiduciaries

by Murtha Cullina on

Yahoo! On October 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its long-awaited decision in Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc. (“Yahoo”), http://bit.ly/2zuW1T9, interpreting the federal Stored Communications Act (the “SCA”)...more

California AG Thirsty for Action Against Gatorade

The Gatorade Company violated state law by urging players of its advergame to ditch water for the sports drink, California’s attorney general alleged in an action against the company....more

EU Digital Single Market Update – Online Platforms and Illegal Content

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has identified the issue of combatting illegal content online as a key challenge for online platforms. It has now released guidance to online platforms...more

Cybersecurity Awareness: Limiting Your Exposure and Visibility

We spend so much time on our mobile phones and on social media, yet often we don’t think of how these tools are broadcasting our lives as we work and play. With just a few steps, you can limit what you are digitally telling...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

Cracking Open a Cold One: Plaintiffs’ False Advertising Suit Against Brewer Survives Dismissal

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this year, two plaintiffs launched a putative class action against Portland-based Craft Brew Alliance, the fifth largest brewing company in the U.S. and parent company of Kona Brewing Co. Craft Brew acquired Kona in...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues Found During Examinations

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on September 14, 2017 (Risk Alert). The Risk Alert highlights...more

Action Required to Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Parties that operate websites may enjoy immunity from copyright liability for the infringing posts of their users under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The DMCA offers a “safe harbor” from...more

New SEC C&DIs on Non-GAAP Financial Measures for Business Combinations

The SEC staff has issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, or CD&Is, on non-GAAP financial measures in the context of business combinations....more

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