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Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

by MoFo Reenforcement on

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

TTB Clarifies Recall Information

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published a circular clarifying its position on voluntary beverage recalls for adulterated or mislabeled products....more

Pitfalls of Holiday Specific Branding

The holiday season in the United States starts around Halloween and extends for a two-month period until the beginning of January. The holiday marathon sparks a flurry of purchasing events – such as booking airline tickets,...more

FTC Drives Auto Dealership to $1.4M Civil Penalty

Providing an important reminder about complying with the terms of a Federal Trade Commission order, a California-based auto dealership agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle charges that it violated a 2014 administrative order....more

Pentagon Web Monitoring Data Exposed

Security researcher Chris Vickery has confirmed that web-monitoring data from the Department of Defense (DOD) was exposed through Amazon Web Services by the way the DOD configured access by authorized users. According to...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...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

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On November 7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the latest in a series of industry draft guidance documents to help implement menu labeling and nutrient disclosure regulations applicable to chain...more

Adverse Event Reports for Food, Supplements and Cosmetics Are Now Publicly Available: What Manufacturers Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Enhancing transparency has been one of the FDA’s top priorities for nearly a decade. In late 2016, the agency continued to advance this goal by publishing data relating to food, cosmetics and dietary supplements from its...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway:...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2017

Social Media, Behavior Policies Tossed by NLRB ALJ - Why it matters - Prohibiting social media activity by employees that “reflect[s] poorly” on the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), an...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017

NOSB Votes to Continue Allowing Hydroponics - The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has reportedly voted to continue allowing food grown in water-based nutrient solutions to be labeled “organic,” rejecting a...more

4 Out of 5 IPRs Ain’t Bad: Judge Oetken Grants Motion to Stay Pending Resolution of IPR Proceedings Despite Advanced Stage of...

On October 27, 2016, District Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendant Comcast Corp.'s ("Comcast") motion to stay the case pending resolution of inter partes review ("IPR") proceedings instituted by the Patent Trial...more

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and...more

White House Announces Possible Precursor to Stricter Local Regulation for Drone Journalism

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House has announced a new Department of Transportation (DOT) pilot program for state, local, and tribal governments "to test the further integration of" drones into the national airspace....more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

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. The vulnerability, Key Reinstallation...more

Amazon’s Scanning Technology for Package Delivery

If you haven’t yet heard about it, Amazon is on the forefront of package delivery. And if you think that is old news (which it is!), have you heard about Amazon’s scanning technology capable of scanning the homes down below...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

Does Explanatory Language on Your Specimen Make a Mark Descriptive?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision denying registration of the mark FIRST TUESDAY for use in connection with lottery services and games based on...more

The Cheerios Challenge of Registering Color Marks

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) delivered a primer on demonstrating the acquired distinctiveness of product packaging or trade dress, including color marks, in refusing registration of a trademark application for...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - SEC Issues Risk Alert Regarding Advertising Rule Compliance Based on Recent OCIE Examinations

On Sept. 14, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a risk alert outlining certain compliance issues identified by the regulator’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) related to...more

Seeing 2020: FDA Proposes New Compliance Date for Revised Nutrition Facts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, September 29, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) proposed to give food manufacturers an additional year and a half to comply with the revised Nutrition Facts regulations that were published in May 2016....more

FDA Proposes Extension Dates for Labels and Serving Size Final Rules

by Baker Donelson on

On Friday, September 29, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its proposal to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule...more

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