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A Thanksgiving of Patentable Nuts and Vintage Nutcrackers

No, this post is not about the Thanksgiving antics of eccentric relatives. Rather, it describes patented varieties of almonds, walnuts and pecans they may crack open with vintage nutcrackers—making a gleeful mess before...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As we’ve been expecting, the DOJ announced yesterday that it was suing to block AT&T’s $84.5 billion bid for Time Warner over antitrust concerns....more

Webinar Recording: Digital Single Market 2018 – It is becoming real!

by Hogan Lovells on

On Tuesday 14 November the Hogan Lovells DSM Taskforce (our dedicated pan-EU team of lawyers tracking the Commission’s DSM strategy) had its annual live meeting in Brussels to discuss the progress of the implementation of the...more

China Issues Rule on Security Assessment of New Technologies for Online News Services

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

China has promulgated a series of implementation rules and guidelines after the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect in June 2017. The most recent one requires that online news information service providers conduct security...more

Legislative Session Primer: Governor Holcomb's Agenda and Study Committee Recommendations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The legislative season will officially get underway on Tuesday, November 21 when the Indiana General Assembly convenes at the Statehouse for its annual Organization Day. Two newly elected state representatives will be sworn...more

US Court Shields Google from Canadian Court Order in Search Delisting Dispute

by Dechert LLP on

In Google LLC v. Equustek Solutions Inc.,1 a United States district court enjoined the enforcement of an order by the Supreme Court of Canada that directed Google to remove content from Google search results. The Canadian...more

Time is Running Out for Retailers to Register DMCA Agent, Preserve Safe Harbor Protections

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers who host third-party content and comments on their websites have until the end of 2017 to register as internet service providers through the new online system in order to preserve their protections under the Digital...more

Defense Security Service Puts Phone Log Requirement on Hold

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Defense Security Service (DSS) on Nov. 8, 2017, issued a Memorandum for Cleared Companies Operating Under Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence Mitigation Agreements Administered by the Defense Security Service. The new...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

Regulators Share Agendas and Insight on Consumer Protection Enforcement - Highlights from "Navigating the 'Age of Uncertainty'...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section on Nov. 8, 2017, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion...more

#MarketingLaw – Fake News, Auto-Renewal Subscription Plans, Influencers and the Latest from the FTC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

We are back from the 2017 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference, Break Through: Legal Strategies for Dynamic Businesses. It was a great three days in Chicago of educational seminars and networking with colleagues, clients, friends...more

FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...more

Cost Of Convenience For The Grocery Industry: On-Demand Grocery Delivery Service Presents Possible Legal Ramifications

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Amazon, Uber, Peapod and FreshDirect have changed the way people shop, travel and order food. Until recently, consumers continued shopping in brick-and-mortar stores for their groceries.  However, with the advent of third...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

We previously warned readers about the Locky ransomware, which is potent and designed to use phishing emails to lure users to click on links and attachments, including pdfs. Now, researchers at Cylance have discovered...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

Judge Bencivengo Refuses to Change Her Stripes - District Court Doubles Down on Romero and Again Dismisses TCPA Claim for Lack of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

She may be the only judge in the country still actively dismissing TCPA claims for lack of Article III standing following Spokeo, but Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo demonstrated on Thursday that she is not going to change her...more

FCC Continues Push for Media Modernization – Eliminates Media Ownership Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 16, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 in favor of eliminating several long-standing media ownership rules. The move by the FCC represents a major change in policy, and another step in the FCC’s ongoing media...more

If a Tree Falls in the Forest . . .

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

It was Bishop Berkeley who asked rhetorically, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” The judge in Pediatric Nephrology Assocs. v. Variety Children’s Hospital didn’t mention either the...more

Seventh Circuit Ties Class Counsel’s Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to Amount Claimed by Class, in Context of a Judgment

by BakerHostetler on

On November 14, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its third opinion ending a class action that was almost a decade old. Holtzman v. Turza, No. 17-2330, 2017 WL 5450484 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2017). The class action alleged that...more

FDA Publishes Supplemental Guidance on Menu Labeling for Chain Restaurants

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the latest in a series of industry draft guidance documents to help implement menu labeling and nutrient disclosure regulations applicable to chain...more

Ninth Circuit: Let’s Talk About Comic-Con

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a protective order in the dispute over the “Comic-Con” trademark, finding that a prohibition on the defendants from discussing the case on social media was...more

Don’t Play Around With Disclosures, CARU Tells Toy Channel

In a recent decision, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) called for more prominent disclosures of ad content on a child-directed YouTube channel....more

2017 Year in Review of Internet Companies’ Protection from Liability for Users’ Sexual Trafficking Content: The Courts Gave but...

by Butler Snow LLP on

At the beginning of this year, internet companies found strengthened protection from liability for users’ sexual trafficking content thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a key First Circuit decision...more

Keep It Concrete, Ad Groups Urge FTC

In new comments filed in advance of a workshop on “informational injury,” a coalition of advertising groups encouraged the Federal Trade Commission to take action in cases involving privacy or data security issues only when...more

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