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|The "Third-Party Allegation" Rule May Not be Dead Yet|
Thomas J. Williams; Haynes Boone LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014To paraphrase Mark Twain's famous quote, it appears that reports of the death of the third-party allegation rule in Texas defamation litigation may have been exaggerated.
|The Year Ahead in Privacy and Data Security|
Timothy J. Toohey; Morris Polich Purdy LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on January 27, 20142014 promises to be another eventful year in the privacy and data security fields. Although predictions are necessarily risky, there is little sign that the revelations regarding government surveillance will cease, that cyber criminals and insiders will stop hacking into personal and proprietary...
|Police Officer’s Facebook Rants Not Protected Speech under the First Amendment, Federal Court Rules|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014A 26-year veteran police officer’s “venting on Facebook” about her department’s decision not to send officers to attend the funeral of an officer killed in the line-of-duty in another community was not protected speech under the First Amendment, the federal District Court...
|European Commission Legislative Proposal for Banking Structural Reforms|
Withers Bergman LLP/Withers LLP;
February 7, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014The European Commission has published a legislative proposal for a Regulation introducing structural reforms to the EU banking sector.
|How to Deal with Harmful Wikipedia|
Vorys Sater Seymour Pease LLP;
February 7, 2014, previously published on February 05, 2014Wikipedia is home to more than 30 million articles and has nearly 80,000 active contributors, according to the website. These figures are a product of its “openly editable model,” where virtually anyone with internet access can add or edit content on the website. The online...
|Ripoff Report Removal Strategies: How to Deal with False and Damaging Ripoff Report Posts|
Jordan S. Cohen, Colleen M. Devanney, Whitney C. Gibson, James W. Kelly; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP;
February 7, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014Everyone has heard the saying “the customer is always right.” Taken a bit out of context, this seems to ring true on consumer complaint website Ripoff Report - even when one of its users is completely in the wrong, by posting false and defamatory information about a business.
|A New Era of US-EU Safe Harbor Scrutiny by the FTC? FTC Reaches Consent Agreements with 12 Different Safe Harbor Certified Companies|
David L. Anderson, Ari Z. Moskowitz, Mark E. Schreiber; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 6, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014Recently announced FTC actions are a signal of renewed focus and enhanced enforcement by the FTC on companies which have pledged to adhere to Safe Harbor obligations. Some see this as a response by the FTC to EU pressures arising from the NSA disclosures and attempts to eliminate or re-align the...
|Electronic Discovery & Information Governance - Tip of the Month: Social Media E-Discovery|
Anthony J. Diana, Kim A. Leffert, Richard E. Nowak; Mayer Brown LLP;
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014A large corporation has been sued by former employees who allege that their supervisors harassed them and made inappropriate remarks in the workplace and on social media. During discovery, the corporation receives a document request for the supervisors’ social media postings, emails and...
|Data Privacy Day 2014|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014The “observance” of Data Privacy Day annually on January began in 2008. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will be kicking off today’s events with a live stream of its press conference in Washington, DC.
|FTC Issues Updated Media Guidance for Screening Fake Weight Loss Claims|
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014On January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced “Operation Failed Resolution”, targeting false and deceptive claims made by marketers of weight loss products. As part of this initiative, the FTC issued updated guidance for use by the media to help them spot phony weight-loss...