• 01.28.19

    Supreme Court Holds Sale Requiring Confidentiality Can Qualify as Prior Art

    In Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision that the sale of an invention to a party who is contractually obligated to keep the invention confidential can qualify as prior art to place the invention “on ...

  • 01.17.19

    When You Wish Upon a Puppy … CARU Steps In

    Just in time for the holidays, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) cracked down on television ads for the Wish Me Puppy and recommended that the manufacturer, Jay at Play, modify the advertisements so that children are not tricked into believing their wishes will magically come true ...

  • 01.17.19

    GDPR Enforcement Actions, Fines Pile Up

    Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018, data protection authorities in the European Union (EU) have wasted no time in launching enforcement actions and issuing fines.

  • 01.17.19

    Fortnite Dances Its Way Into More Lawsuits

    Popular video game Fortnite has yielded another new trend: lawsuits against Epic Games for allegedly stealing famous dance routines for use in the game.

  • 01.17.19

    Ninth Circuit Not Confused by Almond Milk

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed a victory to the makers of almond milk in a false advertising suit, affirming dismissal of the lawsuit after finding it implausible that consumers would confuse the drinks with cow milk.

  • 01.10.19

    Second Circuit Moves Cheez-It False Ad Suit Forward

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with three class action plaintiffs and reversed the dismissal of a false advertising dispute involving Cheez-It crackers.

  • 01.10.19

    Consumer Groups Push to Strengthen CCPA

    Taking the opposite approach of industry groups, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood and a dozen other consumer organizations are pushing to increase the requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) ...

  • 01.10.19

    Accountability Program Tackles Opt-Outs, Disclosures in New Decisions

    In its latest decisions, the Online Interest-Based Advertising (IBA) Accountability Program tackled the issues of privacy disclosures and consumer opt-out tools following inquiries into two advertising technology companies.

  • 12.20.18

    SEC Settles With DJ, Boxer Over Lack of Disclosures

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated its intention to crack down on celebrities promoting initial coin offerings (ICOs), by announcing settlements with DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather, who failed to disclose that they received payments in return for their social media posts.

  • 12.20.18

    Record $4.95M COPPA Settlement in New York

    In what is believed to be the largest Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) settlement to date, Verizon will pay $4.95 million to the New York Attorney General’s Office based on violations allegedly committed by AOL.