• 11.06.13

    FTC Settles Over “Made in the U.S.A.” Claims

    Back in business after the government shutdown, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement involving products falsely advertised as “Made in the U.S.A.”

  • 11.06.13

    California Employers Face New Laws On January 1, 2014

    Employers in California should ring in the New Year by updating their policies and training to reflect the new laws, particularly the major changes under San Francisco's new ordinance.

  • 11.01.13

    OBA Releases First-Ever Compliance Warning

    Issuing its first-ever Compliance Warning, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program, part of the industry Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), cautioned Web site operators that they must provide real-time, enhanced notice to consumers when third parties collect information for ...

  • 11.01.13

    New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation Initiates Audit And Penalty Waiver Policy

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") has issued a new Environmental Audit Incentive Policy (Commissioner Policy No. 59) that is intended to encourage regulated entities to audit their practices and operations and to remedy any environmental protection ...

  • 10.28.13

    Mapping The New Fraud And Abuse Landscape

    In an age of increased government scrutiny and enforcement, providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, along with their business partners, must be mindful of the fraud and abuse laws regulating their business operations.

  • 10.28.13

    Governor Signs Bill Providing Retroactive Tax Relief to Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

    On October 4, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law California Assembly Bill 1412 (Stats. 2013, ch. 546) (AB 1412), which provides tax relief to those individual taxpayers affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, 208 Cal. App. 4th 1247 (2012).

  • 10.25.13

    “All Natural” Suit Moves Forward

    A consumer class action alleging that Blue Diamond Growers falsely advertised its "all natural" products, such as Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond Milk, has survived the company's motion to dismiss.

  • 10.23.13

    In California, Arbitration Agreement Valid Despite Lack of Rules

    California employers scored a victory with the Peng decision, with the court making clear that a procedural error in failing to include the relevant rules governing an employment arbitration agreement should not prevent an employer from enforcing the terms of the agreement.

  • 10.22.13

    Round 2: Arbitration Agreements v. California Supreme Court

    Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (“Sonic II”) presents a mixed bag for employers.

  • 10.18.13

    Industry Petitions FCC to Forbear Enforcement of New Rule

    On October 17, the Direct Marketing Association petitioned the Federal Communications Commission in regards to enforcement of the new rule's express written consent requirements as it relates to consumers who have previously provided consent to receive telemarketing calls or text messages.

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