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|Hong Kong Court Calls for Proactive Measures Against Shadow Companies|
Gabriela Kennedy, Eugene I. Low; Mayer Brown JSM;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014On 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...
|Proposed California Legislation Would Limit and Possibly Punish Non-Disparagement Clauses in Online Consumer Contracts|
Tenaya Rodewald; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014On 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...
|FTC Offers Guidance on Social Media Contests|
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014In 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...
|Wisconsin Limits Employers’ Access to Personal Social Media Accounts of Employees, Job Applicants|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 24, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014Adopting restrictions on employers’ ability to access the social media accounts of employees and job applicants, Wisconsin has joined 12 other states with similar restrictions.
|Copyright 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;
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...
|FTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing Cybersecurity Information|
Robert P. Davis, Lisa Jose Fales, Jason R. Wool; Venable LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 2014On 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...
|California 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;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 2014A 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...
|Privacy & Security Bits and Bytes|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 18, 2014There 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.
|Social Media Photo Contest Draws FTC Attention: Endorsement/Testimonial Guidelines Apply|
Ed Chansky; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014The 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...
|The 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;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014Public 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...