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|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.
|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...
|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...
|Recent FTC Findings Signal Closer Eye on Social Media Contests|
Michael D. Adams, Christopher C. Mackey; Mayer Brown LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014In closing a recent investigation, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced for the first time that an individual’s participation in a social media contest may constitute a product endorsement under FTC regulations. Consequently, companies that use social media contests to advertise...
|States Further Attempt to Protect Minors' Privacy Online|
Kenneth R. Florin, Nerissa Coyle McGinn, James D. Taylor; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 2014Following the adoption of a California law protecting minors under the age of 18 online, Delaware has now introduced House Bill 261, which would add a new section called the Child Online Protection Act to Title 6 of the Delaware Code. The California bill, which was enacted in September 2013 and...
|U.S. and U.K. Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Data Privacy Enforcement|
Kenneth R. Florin, Ieuan Jolly, James D. Taylor; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 2014Citing the increasing frequency with which consumer information crosses international borders and the need for coordinated monitoring and enforcement strategies related to consumer privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its U.K. counterpart,...
|Preparing The Boss For Media Interviews|
Kevin Sullivan; Fisher Phillips LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014Smart executives and business owners know that a good public-relations program can build a brand and burnish a reputation. Good PR costs less than advertising and lends credibility to your organization, products, and services.
|Discovering, Authenticating & Utilizing Social Media in Litigation: Strategy Considerations|
Donald L. Carmelite, Allison M. Domday; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
March 17, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014Social media is all around us. Learning about social media and incorporating it into your litigation strategy is imperative, whether we like it or not. This article discusses uncovering, authenticating and utilizing social media in litigation.