Tag Archives: Internet

California Toughens Automatic-Renewal Law

California’s proposed Automatic-Renewal Law (ARL) passed the state Legislature earlier this month, tightening the requirements on companies that sell subscription services with automatically renewing payments to consumers. The new law comes on the heels of a flurry of class actions suits filed under California’s previous ARL enacted in 2010.  The 2010 ARL required auto-renewing consumer … Continue Reading

Coffee Subscription Lawsuit Involving Negative Option Contracts a Wake-up Call for Online Sellers

Earlier this year, coffee chain Peet’s Coffee & Tea LLC was sued by a putative class comprised of all California customers who purchased subscriptions of coffee and tea from the company after February 2013. The class alleged that Peet’s Coffee violates California’s Automatic Renewal Law (“ARL”) and Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) by automatically charging customers’ … Continue Reading

FDA Writes Prescription for Social Media for Drug and Device Companies

The FDA issued two draft guidance documents on social media last week. The first guidance pertains to product claims and risk information on platforms such as Twitter and Google's sponsored links, while the second guidance covers correcting misinformation that originates from independent third parties on the Internet and social media sites. The FDA has opened up a comment period and will be accepting comments until September 16, 2014.… Continue Reading

The Time to Prepare for ICANN’s gTLD Rollout is Now

If you want to avoid being sucker-punched as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launches new top level domains to compete with .com, .net, .org and others now in use, Reed Smith's client alert, Clashes, Collisions, Delays and Decisions: ICANN, NTIA, Verisign and ANA Weigh In on 'Name Collisions' and the Readiness of the New gTLD Program is a must read. At stake is not just a brand's intellectual property rights, but also the integrity and security of every company's network. Be prepared, or be sucker-punched.… Continue Reading

Privacy Concerns to be Addressed at FTC Workshop in November

In response to the mounting data privacy concerns attributed to the proliferation of smart devices, the FTC will be holding a public workshop on November 21, 2013, addressing questions over the "Internet of Things." Two public interest groups, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have already submitted comments expressing their concerns over the privacy implications related to this topic, which include the tracking of daily behaviors and personal habits.… Continue Reading

DMCA Alive and Well? An Analysis of the Veoh Decision

On Aug. 27, 2008, in the case Io Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks [1] (Veoh), U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd granted Veoh’s motion for summary judgment, that it qualified for “safe harbor” protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 512. The Veoh decision has been hailed by some as a major … Continue Reading
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