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Antitrust Alert - Le contrôle des concentrations en Europe - Ce qui change en 2017

Les règles de l’Union Européenne en matière de contrôle des concentrations coexistent avec les régimes nationaux du droit des concentrations dans la plupart des 28 Etats membres. La notification et l’approbation d’une ou...more

Antitrust Alert - Merger control in Europe - What changes in 2017

The European Union (“EU") merger control regime coexists with national merger control regimes in almost all of the 28 EU Member States. Depending on the parties’ turnover and market shares, the filing and clearance of...more

FDA Releases New Guidance On Menu Labeling Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration is moving forward with an Obama-era initiative requiring certain food establishments to list calorie information on menus and menu boards, including food on display and self-service food. The FDA...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Fresh off news of decreased SEC enforcement in the past year and the outgoing FDIC chief’s concerns about weakening regs, we’ve got word that the OCC is dialing back its regulatory bent in an effort to return to its “natural...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Communication Skills

by Thomas Fox on

In the episode, I consider two different issues around communication skills. The first is communicating across cultural boundaries. The second is the technique of asking questions to boost leadership. One of the things most...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Sears’ Petition to Modify Order Regarding Software Tracking Application

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The FTC is seeking public comment on a petition by Sear’s to reopen and modify its 2009 consent order to restrict the broad definition of “tracking application”. In 2009, the FTC issued an order settling charges that Sears...more

Proposed CFIUS Overhaul Focuses on Cybersecurity and High-Tech Sectors

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Recently proposed legislation would substantially overhaul current law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by dramatically expanding CFIUS’ authorities and calling for CFIUS to take...more

Proposed Ohio Law May Encourage Businesses to Adopt Cyber Standards

Recently proposed legislation in Ohio could provide businesses with special protection from lawsuits in the event of a hack under certain circumstances. Senate Bill 220 would shelter businesses that have been proactive in...more

Terms and Conditions Land Online Trader in Difficulty in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: A computer retailer was order to pay a fine for violating the Australian Consumer Law. The Impact: Businesses must ensure that the terms and conditions in their warranty notices comply with the law, or risk an...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Privacy Exclusion Bars TCPA Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) present numerous issues for insurance companies and policyholders. Because TCPA claims lend themselves to class action suits, the potential exposure can be...more

Privacy Shield Gets Passing Grade

In reviewing the first year of implementation of the European Union-United States Privacy Shield, the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council declared it “adequate.”...more

The First Step to GDPR Compliance Is Reintroducing Yourself to the Individual

by NAVEX Global on

The European Union’s looming new General Data Protection Regulation will be one of the biggest GRC issues companies face in 2018. Its extraterritorial reach is sweeping, potential penalties are high, and conceivable...more

New Head of Antitrust Division Commits to International Antitrust Efforts in First Public Remarks

Newly instated Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim recently delivered his first public remarks, at the Antitrust in Developing Countries conference at New York University School of Law....more

CFPB report on growth in longer-term “auto loans” could presage increased CFPB scrutiny

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new CFPB report, “Growth in Longer-Term Auto Loans”, discusses a CFPB finding that there has been a significant increase in the use of longer-term “auto loans” since 2009. ...more

EU Retail News - October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

One of the biggest threats to a retailer's reputation is an allegation of involvement in slavery, human trafficking, or child labour. Retailers are now expected to be more transparent than ever, with the Modern Slavery Act...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part III of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the third in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog. Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Renato Mariotti Declares Bid for Illinois Attorney General- Democrat Renato Mariotti, a cable news commentator and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago,...more

Update: President Trump Sticks a Knife in the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

Key Takeaway: For now, pre-dispute arbitration clauses with class action waivers are safe. On November 1, President Trump abrogated a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule that would have given consumers the...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

FTC Provides Additional Guidance on COPPA Policy for Voice Recordings

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clarified in recent guidance how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to internet-connected device companies and other businesses that collect and use children’s...more

Congress Overturns CFPB Arbitration Rule

by BakerHostetler on

On the afternoon of Nov. 1, President Donald J. Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, completing the process under the Congressional Review Act to disapprove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Consumer Arbitration Rule...more

GDPR and personal data breaches: what, when, who, and how?

by Dechert LLP on

What is a ‘personal data breach’? First things first, what exactly is a personal data breach? The GDPR defines it as “a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised...more

Breaking Insights: U.S. Senate Disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule

U.S. Senate disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule prohibiting arbitration clauses in consumer contracts with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote....more

New Jersey Supreme Court Announces Last Call for TCCWNA Happy Hour

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

In recent years, creative plaintiff-side class action attorneys in New Jersey have attempted to seek relief under the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), which allows for $100 in statutory damages...more

How the Arbitration Clause Got Its Groove Back

Though initially celebrated by many, the overturning of the CFPB’s arbitration rule could mean problems down the road for the financial services industry. The CFPB’s rule restricting arbitration clauses has been undone by...more

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