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Data Breach Notification Revisions in North Carolina Would Bring Radical Change

by Vedder Price on

A North Carolina bill designed to strengthen the state’s data breach notification statute could radically change incident response. Through the Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections, North Carolina could quickly become...more

2017 in Review: Three State Enforcement Trends Impacting the Auto Finance Industry

Auto lenders, like many private citizens, began 2017 curious as to what change the impending Trump administration would bring. In the landscape of government enforcement, however, the consensus amongst industry participants...more

Should Your Consumer Arbitration Clause Be Broader?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After a Central District of California Judge dismissed a consumer’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case on a Motion to Compel Arbitration, companies should consider broadening their consumer arbitration provisions....more

Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

California Grocer: Brewing Debate in California Proposition 65 Coffee Action Coming to a Close

by Downey Brand LLP on

For the past six years, a collection of coffee brewers and retailers have been embroiled in a legal battle with Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) over whether certain coffee products sold in California must...more

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

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

John Flannery’s been working hard to right the ship at GE, but the seas have turned choppy again this week on news that the company’s taking a $6.2 billion Q4 write-off “after conducting a review of the insurance portfolio...more

EU issues warning on data transfers to the UK post-Brexit

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has issued a notice explaining some of the legal ramifications of Brexit on transfers of personal data from the EU to the UK....more

WARNING: Prop 65 Has Changed – If Your Product Is Sold In California Or You Do Business In California, Pay Attention

What is Prop 65? - Prop 65 is a California law that requires California consumers receive warnings regarding the presence of chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The law is highly technical, constantly...more

Prop 65: 9 chemicals added to California’s list for required warnings

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

During 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added nine compounds to its list of chemicals that product manufacturers are required by law to disclose to consumers. The disclosure...more

Debt Collection Letter's Inclusion Of Court Costs Was Not Deceptive

Any opinion that starts out by stating “[t]his case is about $82.00” is not likely to go well for one party and in this instance, that was the case for Nestor Saroza....more

GDPR: Ready for the EU’s New Data Privacy Law? What You Need to Know

by Knobbe Martens on

What is the GDPR? The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law going into effect on May 25, 2018 that grants European residents broad, never-before-recognized data privacy rights, and imposes...more

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

Makeup Shake Up: Potential New Federal Cosmetics Regulations

“Make fine lines and wrinkles disappear!” “Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles!” At first read, these claims sound one in the same. But for decades, a slight difference in phrasing of cosmetics claims—created...more

CFPB’s Payday Loan, Auto Lending Rules in Jeopardy

More Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules may be reversed as lawmakers moved to dismantle both the payday loan rule and the auto lending rule. Meanwhile, a kinder, gentler CFPB announced its intent to revise its final...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

GDPR: FAQ for Non-EU Fund Managers

The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) comes into force automatically in each of the European Union Member States (“EU”) on 25 May 2018. Data protection regulation is not new, with the GDPR building on what is...more

UK Merger Control Scheme Is More Than Just Voluntary

Orrick’s Douglas Lahnborg and Saira Henry co-authored an article in Law360 about the merger process in the UK, and whether companies should consider seeking approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The...more

Transferring Data from China: Who Must First Pass a Pre-Export Security Assessment?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

China’s new data protection framework clearly creates a requirement for local storage and conducting a security assessment before personal information or important data is shared with other jurisdictions, but it is currently...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

DHS Amplifies Call for Public-Private Partnership in Cyberdefense and Pledges to “Intervene Directly”

The worldwide WannaCry attack from May 2017 has been officially blamed on North Korea. In a press briefing publicly announcing the Administration’s declaration of North Korean culpability, the Department of Homeland Security...more

California Clarifies Requirements for Consumer Product Warnings When Marketing Over the Internet or in Catalogs

by Reed Smith on

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently clarified its regulations on when a warning needs to be given when marketing consumer products via the Internet or catalogs. The regulations...more

NAIC’s Model Law Opens Door for State Data Security Standards

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

There appears to be no stopping the continued breathtaking pace of cyberattacks as we head into 2018. In 2017, the Equifax data breach exposed the nonpublic information of over 140 million consumers; there were allegations...more

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