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Adobe PDFHong Kong Court Calls for Proactive Measures Against Shadow Companies
Gabriela Kennedy, Eugene I. Low; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014
On 18 April, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a trial framework for the notification of simple concentrations or mergers. The Guidelines on the Notification of Simple Cases of Concentrations of Undertakings (Simplified Notification Guidelines) establish a procedural structure...


HTMLProposed California Legislation Would Limit and Possibly Punish Non-Disparagement Clauses in Online Consumer Contracts
Tenaya Rodewald; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014
On Tuesday, April, 22, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 10-0 to approve a so-called “Yelp bill” that would prohibit companies from suppressing negative consumer reviews through the use of “non-disparagement clauses” in contracts with consumers. Such clauses...


HTMLFTC Offers Guidance on Social Media Contests
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014
In a recent (March 20, 2014) letter, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offered guidance as to the factors to consider in evaluating whether entry into a contest on a social media site is a form of material connection requiring disclosure under the FTC Endorsement Guidelines. At issue before the...


HTMLWisconsin Limits Employers’ Access to Personal Social Media Accounts of Employees, Job Applicants
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014
Adopting restrictions on employers’ ability to access the social media accounts of employees and job applicants, Wisconsin has joined 12 other states with similar restrictions.


HTMLCopyright Office Schedules Webinar on New Electronic Statement of Account Filing System for April 24, 2014 at 2 PM
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014
The Copyright Office, which has been working for several years to develop an electronic filing system for cable operators’ semi-annual Statement of Account filings (known as the “Electronic Licensing” (or “eLi”) system), has scheduled a Webinar to describe the new...


HTMLFTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing Cybersecurity Information
Robert P. Davis, Lisa Jose Fales, Jason R. Wool; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 2014
On April 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a policy statement clarifying that the Agencies "do not believe that antitrust is - or should be - a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing." But while the policy statement may...


HTMLCalifornia Federal Court Requires Pre-Recording Notification of All Cell Phone Calls Under California Invasion of Privacy Act
Michael L. Mallow, Christine M. Reilly; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 2014
A federal district court in the Northern District of California in March refused to dismiss a consumer class action against wireless telecommunications company Verizon alleging that a third-party collections agency hired by Verizon violated the state's unlawful recording statute. California Penal...


HTMLPrivacy & Security Bits and Bytes
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 18, 2014
There has been so much news swirling in the data privacy and security world in the last few days, that it has been difficult to keep up. We’ll give you a roundup here for your Friday and weekend reading.


HTMLSocial Media Photo Contest Draws FTC Attention: Endorsement/Testimonial Guidelines Apply
Ed Chansky; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014
The FTC recently conducted an investigation of shoe manufacturer Cole Haan's "Wandering Sole" photo contest. The investigation focused on compliance with FTC guidelines requiring disclosure of material connections between an advertiser and consumers who offer testimonials or endorsements...


HTMLThe Second Opinion: A Defamation Claim without “Merit” — The BCCA Shields Directors from Liability for Statements made as part of Continuous Corporate Disclosure
Anthony M.C. Alexander; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014
Public corporations are required by law to provide continuous disclosure of information likely to be relevant to existing or potential shareholders. The directors of such corporations must be careful to ensure that such disclosure is timely and accurate, and that it cannot be characterized as...


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