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IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

Proceed To Check Out? The Impact Of 2018 European E-Commerce Reforms

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Summary - The European Union (EU) has made reform of the e-commerce rules in Europe one of its main priorities for 2018. The European Commission has already published two proposed Directives relating to cross-border...more

TCPA Vicarious Liability Limited by Ninth Circuit in Texting Class Action

In the high-risk Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) arena, the Ninth Circuit recently offered some respite. On January 10, 2018, the Ninth Circuit limited the potential liability that companies may unknowingly face for...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would take another pass at the “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans” (Payday Rule); the Financial...more

FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Shutdown Watch: 4 Days. The government will run out of money on Friday if it does not pass another short-term spending bill. Last week it looked like Congress was close to negotiating a short-term continuing resolution that...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2018

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recent years, the CFPB has struck fear into the C-suites of financial services companies. The agency was extraordinarily active in rulemaking that addresses every aspect of lending, prepaid cards and arbitration clauses in...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

FDA Proposes to Delay Off-Label “Intended Use” Rule

by Reed Smith on

Perhaps you have heard that elections have consequences. That is true not only for high-profile issues that hog the headlines on CNN and Fox News, but it is also true for drug and device litigation regulation. Such drug and...more

No Old Kentucky Home for Parallel FDCA-Based Tort Claims

by Reed Smith on

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Negligence Per Se Trivia,” we included the following: "In Kentucky, negligence per se has been codified, and claims based on federal (but not state) statutes or regulations (like the...more

Social Links: Facebook ups its facial recognition game; retracing Twitter’s 2017 missteps; YouTube stars’ fan bases reach their...

In order to comply with a new German law requiring social media sites to take down hate speech, Twitter and Facebook removed anti-Islamic social media posts authored by a German far-right political party....more

FDA to step up enforcement of homeopathic medicine

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Homeopathic medicine has long occupied a niche in American culture. Since 1988, with the issuance of the Compliance Policy Guide, § 400.400, “Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed,” the FDA has had a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Busy Holiday Season. We hope that all of you had a happy holiday season and wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. While the Roundup has been on hiatus during the holidays, the federal...more

2017 Year in Review: Data Breaches

The year 2017 saw the number of data breaches grow, and the trend is expected to continue and intensify. From Yahoo’s announcement that three billion of its user accounts were compromised to the Equifax breach and resulting...more

Regulatory Changes Ahead: The 2018 Landscape for Technology Businesses in Europe

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Summary - The European Union has published its 2018 Work Programme which sets out a challenging agenda of legislative and regulatory change for the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sectors, to be delivered in...more

Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges

"My Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on me 24/7 due to a hardware flaw,” wrote a tech blogger who purchased Google Inc.’s latest internet of things (IoT) device. Following the incident, a pact of consumer advocacy...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

State Of Louisiana, As Absent Class Member, Escapes CAFA Settlement Trap

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Pennsylvania district court decision holding the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution prevented a private party from enjoining the state of Louisiana from bringing...more

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Consumer Protection Laws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Unsophisticated consumers eager to make a profit remain susceptible to representations by companies that are false and misleading, and constitute deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission...more

Digital Health Year in Review: 2017 Trends and Looking Ahead to 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Introduction - Throughout 2017, the health care and life science industries experienced a widespread proliferation of digital health innovation that presents challenges to traditional notions of health care delivery and...more

Beware of the Man-in-the-Middle: Lessons from the FTC’s Lenovo Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent approval of a final settlement with Lenovo (United States) Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, offers a reminder that when it comes to consumers’ sensitive personal...more

A List of Lists - 2018

Often derided as clickbait, listicles get a bum rap. They can be light on substantive content, sure, but sometimes that’s a good thing, especially for the busy readers of legal blogs, who would do well to treat themselves to...more

What to Expect in UK Employment Law in 2018: GDPR, Brexit Negotiations and More

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Whilst 2017 was anticipated to be a fairly static year for employment law, that did not in fact prove to be the case, and there were various notable developments, including the following: ..The landmark defeat of the...more

Digital Antitrust – Outlook for the European Antitrust Year 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

With the New Year only a few days old, we want to present a short outlook what to expect from European antitrust enforcement in 2018, with a particular focus on Germany. ...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Telecommunications

Even though Congress spent much of last year focused on a number of bigger-picture priorities including healthcare, tax reform, and appropriations, lawmakers also developed a number of telecom-related bills. Recently,...more

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