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10 Marketing Law Takeaways From ANA/BAA 2017

We just got back from the Association of National Advertising (ANA) and Brand Activation Association (BAA) Marketing Law Conference in Chicago, held earlier this week. With hundreds in attendance, and dozens of speakers...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...more

Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...more

Detroit News gets facts wrong on No-Fault car insurance reform

by Michigan Auto Law on

Detroit News editorial on reforming No-Fault law makes up facts, avoids reality of how No-Fault system works - The Detroit News at least got the title of its Tuesday editorial correct when it said, “Make auto insurance...more

Digital Single Market: Draft Copyright Directive – What is the current state of the European ancillary copyright for publishers?

by Hogan Lovells on

The ever-lasting discussion regarding the implementation of a European ancillary copyright for press publishers has now entered the next round. In March 2017, MEP Therese Comodini Cachia, who then was the rapporteur of the...more

Charges of "Fake News" May Bring New Threats from Jury Verdicts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Alarmingly high defamation damages—such as Hulk Hogan's $140 million Florida verdict against Gawker and a broadcast network's reported $177 million settlement with a South Dakota beef producer—are disturbing recent...more

Fake and Consequences: Weathering the Reputational Risks and Financial Fallout of “News” that Abuses

In today’s political climate, the phrase “fake news” gets bandied about quite a bit. In addition to its more traditional meaning—news that is false, purposefully misrepresented or outright propaganda—fake news is also...more

Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online — not just in news, but also in offerings of goods and services. Fake online stories, like the PizzaGate story,...more

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

by Jones Day on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

Proliferation of User Generated Fake News Sites Targeting Small Businesses

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A recent investigation uncovered two separate networks that together own at least 30 identical sites, each of which allows users to “prank” their friends by creating their own false news stories and post the creations to...more

German Draft Law Against Hate Speeches: Solo Run Or A Model For Europe?

by King & Spalding on

In March 2017, Germany’s minister of justice, Mr. Heiko Maas, released a new draft law “for the improvement of law enforcement in social networks” (Entwurf eines Gesetztes zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen...more

Fake News, Fake Tender Offer, Yields SEC, DOJ Charges

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission brought an enforcement action, in conjunction with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, charging Robert Murray with conducting a fake tender offer using fake news. The purpose was to manipulate the share price...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #3

Employees Criminally Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets From Two Financial Services Trading Firms: One former employee of Susquehanna International Group LP (“SIG”) and another from KCG Holdings, Inc. were criminally charged...more

Gloom Descends on This Year’s SXSW Interactive

For the third year in a row, Socially Aware co-editor Aaron Rubin and I attended SXSW Interactive, which arguably has become the premier annual gathering for the global tech community. But this year, SXSW Interactive had a...more

Bankruptcy Bulletin Blamed for Blabbing Bondholders; New York Court Appoints Itself Arbiter of Who is “Legitimate Media”

by Bryan Cave on

We are all very used to (and very bored of) the on-going debate of what actually constitutes “the media” or “legitimate news.” In most instances, this sort of debate pits exclusive, Columbia-educated, “proper” journalists...more

Social Links: Instagram makes it easy to label content as “sponsored”; Facebook combats fake news; better firefighting through...

A court ruled that a particular 98-character tweet wasn’t sufficiently creative to warrant protection under German copyright law. Inspired by a recording posted to Snapchat of a physical attack on a 14-year-old boy, a...more

California Considers Following New England Colonists In Outlawing Fake News

by Allen Matkins on

California Assemblyman Ed Chau introduced a bill (AB 1104) that according to its author “attacks the problem of ‘fake news’ by creating a new state law designed to make it illegal for someone to make false or deceptive...more

Fake news? Trolls? Science, medical journals struggle with online woes

Online trolls who have wreaked havoc on traditional news sources also are bedeviling scientific and medical publications. Although experts have benefited from much greater access to information about studies and key...more

Ted Boutrous on the Trump Admin, the First Amendment, And Why Now Is Such an Exciting Time for Journalism

Josh Beser in conversation with First Amendment attorney Ted Boutros, who famously offered on Twitter to represent pro bono anyone sued by Donald Trump for exercising their free speech rights....more

Just the Facts

by Jackson Walker on

“Just the facts, ma’am.” This was the admonition of Detective Sergeant Joe Friday from the iconic ‘60s TV series Dragnet, when interviewing a witness who would rather offer conjecture or opinion than an objective description...more

The News is Fake, but the Trademarks are Real

The trademark filings for new political slogans and catchphrases continue. Over the last couple of months, Donald Trump has repeatedly accused various news sources of disseminating “fake news.” As a result, 14 trademark...more

BuzzFeed Faces $11 Million in Defamation Suit by British News Agency

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

BuzzFeed, the popular independent digital media company, was hit with an $11 million defamation suit in January 2016 by journalist Michael Leidig and Central European News (“CEN”). Leidig and CEN are demanding more than...more

Personal and Corporate Reputation: Five Lessons from 2016

On November 19, 2014, Sabrina Erdely’s Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” went viral. The article depicted the violent gang rape of a University of Virginia student...more

Who’s Responsible for Policing Fake News?

by Jackson Walker on

For many of us, gone are the days of reading the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee. Instead, the majority of U.S. adults now obtain their news via social media. We’ve grown accustomed to having information at our...more

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