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HTMLA 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;
Legal Alert/Article
February 6, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
Recently 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...


HTMLElectronic Discovery & Information Governance - Tip of the Month: Social Media E-Discovery
Anthony J. Diana, Kim A. Leffert, Richard E. Nowak; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014
A 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...


HTMLData Privacy Day 2014
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014
The “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.


HTMLNew Timeline for Adoption of Definitive EU Data Protection Regulation
Susan L. Foster; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014
(LONDON) The European Commission announced yesterday that it is working towards a revised timeline for the adoption of a definitive Data Protection Regulation by the end of 2014.


HTMLFTC Issues Updated Media Guidance for Screening Fake Weight Loss Claims
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014
On 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...


HTMLComment and Reply Comment Deadlines Set Regarding FCC’s Proposed Elimination of Sports Blackout Rules
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding, Ari Z. Moskowitz; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014
As announced last month, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to eliminate its “sports blackout rules,” which allow sports teams to demand that cable systems and DBS providers black out imported distant broadcast signals when they are presenting a live telecast of a local...


HTMLBREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple
Cynthia J. Larose, Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 15, 2014
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) has agreed to provide consumers full refunds of at least $32.5 Million Dollars to settle the Commission’s complaint alleging that Apple billed consumers millions of dollars in charges...


HTMLFerreting Out the Frauds: a Virginia Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Users
Alicia Sienne Voltmer; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 28, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014
Social media is widely used in the hospitality industry for everything from promoting sales to recruiting new talent. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, and a number of other sites provide hoteliers and restaurateurs with nearly limitless access to local, national, and international...


HTMLHarsh Lessons on Social Media and Photography Use
Alicia Calzada; Haynes Boone LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014
Can news organizations take images from a social media site and use them without asking permission? Over a year ago, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York said no, and in November, a jury awarded the photographer in that case $1.22 million dollars for such conduct. The verdict should...


HTMLVirginia Sets Standard for Piercing Online Anonymity
Gregory S. Emrick; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 17, 2014, previously published on January 2014
The Virginia Court of Appeals set the evidentiary standard for piercing the constitutionally protected anonymity of reviewers when they are alleged to have defamed a company in an online review.


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