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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.


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.


HTMLFCC to Consider Classification of VoIP Services for Pole Attachment Rates
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014
The FCC has been called upon again to determine whether Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services are telecommunications services. In order to resolve key issues in litigation over pole attachment rental rates, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division...


HTMLYour Car is Spying on You - How Car Manufacturers are Storing Data About You Without Your Consent
Andrew M. Hinkes; Berger Singerman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 10, 2014
A Government Accountability Office Report found that major automakers have collected data from onboard navigation systems about the whereabouts of the drivers of their cars, but that drivers cannot obtain that information, or request that it be destroyed. The GAO report which investigated the...


HTMLAdvertising Law in Lebanon
Nisrine W. El Haddad, Lara Salem; SADER & Associates (Advocates & Legal Consultants);
Legal Alert/Article
December 23, 2013, previously published on January 2013
Advertising is part of daily life, from street posters, print ads, and online campaigns to indirect advertising such as promotional events. A variety of laws dictate what may or may not be advertised or marketed and in which ways. Among these laws are the Penal Code, the Publications Law, the...


HTMLBills Introduced in Congress to Revise Cable and DBS Signal Carriage Rules
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 2013
A pair of influential members of the House of Representatives (Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)) have introduced end-of-session bills that would change the rules governing the carriage of broadcast signals by cable and DBS providers. While the bills differ in their approach,...


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