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|No CPSC Enforcement Can be Admissible Evidence in a Products Liability Case|
Daniel J. Herling; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 30, 2013, previously published on August 24, 2013The role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in product liability cases is often a two-sided coin. Evidence of a recall is sometimes allowed to establish notice of a defect though the standard to invoke a recall of a product is not the same as proving a design, manufacturing or failure...
|Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance For Mobile Data Collection Practices|
Barry M. Benjamin, Jeremy A. Schachter; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP;
August 13, 2013, previously published on August 9, 2013The Digital Advertising Alliance (the “DAA”) recently released guidance on the application of the DAA’s self-regulatory principles for online behavioral advertising (the “ Self-Regulatory Principles ”) to the mobile marketing environment, specifically mobile data...
|Massachusetts Enacts Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services|
Christopher M. Flanagan, Karl P. Fryzel, Rebecca Melaas, Nicholas V. Romanos; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
August 9, 2013, previously published on August 2013On July 24, 2013, the Massachusetts legislature overrode Governor Deval Patrick’s veto to enact a transportation finance bill (H. 3535) which significantly changes the application of the sales tax to the computer service industry in Massachusetts. Prior to the new legislation, the sale of...
|Computer System Design and Software Modification Services Now Subject to the Massachusetts 6.25% Sales and Use Tax|
Nicola Lemay, Sharon C. Lincoln, Earl W. Mellott; Foley Hoag LLP;
August 2, 2013, previously published on August 1, 2013Effective as of July 31, 2013, the Massachusetts 6.25% sales and use tax has been expanded to apply to certain types of computer system design and software modification services (“Computer/Software Services”).
|Version 1.4 of the Florida House of Representatives' Mobile App Now Available|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
July 26, 2013, previously published on July 24, 2013Available as of July 23, 2013, mobile device users are encouraged to download version 1.4 of FL House, the official mobile app of the Florida House of Representatives. The new version includes improved search functionality throughout the app, the opportunity to provide feedback, share bills via...
|Information Governance (IG) Programs|
Monica McCarroll, Stephen G. Test; Williams Mullen;
July 16, 2013, previously published on July 12, 2013As every contractor knows, the volume of Electronically Stored Information and Data (ESI) generated by a typical construction project has exploded. Yet many contractors have a hodgepodge of systems and practices regarding data management. In addition to the standard office products such as...
|Vermont: Sales Tax Moratorium for Remote Software Sales Removed|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 3, 2013, previously published on June 27, 2013Existing Vermont law (HB 528), which temporarily placed a moratorium on taxing remote software sales, is set to expire on June 30, 2013. Beginning July 1, 2013, certain remote sales of computer and similar electronic software will be subject to Vermont’s 6 percent sales tax. While many...
|EU Debate over Cybersecurity Laws|
Duane Morris LLP;
June 24, 2013, previously published on June 20, 2013We gave a progress report earlier this week in our Alert on the European Commission's plans for wide-ranging changes to data protection laws. It is worth remembering that the European Commission is also considering additional new laws to try and deal with the growing threats to cybersecurity that...
|Medical Devices and Hospitals Must Tighten Password Security|
Shapiro Lewis Appleton Duffan P.C.;
June 19, 2013FDA is telling the medical device industry and hospitals that it must take password security more seriously, due to risks of hacking, unencrypted data transfer and many other privacy and security threats
|Implementing Data Protection Policies in Russia: Hidden Issues|
Pavel Karpunin; Capital Legal Services;
June 12, 2013, previously published by The Moscow Times on May 2013Companies operating worldwide generally adopt data protection policies to be implemented by all of their offices. For instance, many foreign companies operating in Russia require that certain data be transferred from their Russian offices to the headquarters located abroad. As an alternative, some...