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Bots Beware: Website Chat Bots Become Latest Target for California Class Actions

California class action lawyers have turned their sights on a new target: websites that employ “chat bots,” digital assistants that allow companies to communicate with customers without employing live website customer service representatives.

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California Employers Face Privacy Law Requirements

Following the failure of a measure that would have delayed effectiveness of the California Privacy Rights Act, employers in California now must comply with the state’s privacy law beginning January 1, 2023.

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New York Proposes Regulations for AI Use in Employment Decisions

After enacting a measure in 2021 restricting the use of artificial intelligence in employment-related decisions, New York City has released proposed regulations in advance of the new law’s effective date of January 1, 2023.

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Health Care Providers’ Role in Energy Conservation and Sustainability: A Guide to Driving Change

Health care leaders are operating in an environment of seismic change.

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New DC Law Bans Non-Compete Agreements for Employees Making Below $150,000 Per Year

A new D.C. law that takes effect on October 1, 2022, will significantly limit the ability of employers to tie their District of Columbia-based employees to noncompetition agreements.

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CA Fails to Extend Privacy Exemptions for B2B and Employment Data from the CCPA into 2023

Beginning on January 1, 2023, the California Consumer Privacy Act will apply to personal information collected by companies subject to the CCPA about their employees, job applications, and individuals at actual or prospective business customers, vendors, and suppliers.

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Post-Dobbs Considerations for Provider Organizations: Navigating State Restrictions on Abortion

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, more than a dozen states have enacted new laws—or begun to enforce old ones—that prohibit all or most abortions

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SEC Investigates Possible Brokerage Activities Linked to Token Listings

Following the recent filing of the SEC’s insider trading complaint against a former manager of Coinbase Global, Inc. (“Coinbase”), the SEC is now investigating Coinbase.

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Entrepreneurs Beware — Is Biden’s FTC Challenge Of The Meta-Within VR Deal About Competition Or Politics?

In Manatt Antitrust Partner David Reichenberg@s latest Forbes column, he discussed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenge to Meta@s acquisition of VR-App builder Within and evaluated the FTC@s claim that there is cross-platform competition amongst similar Apps.@Reichenberg explained how the FTC filed a suit against Meta on the grounds that a fitness-focused VR App called Supernatural...

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SEC Enforcement Case Labels Some Cryptocurrency Tokens as Securities

In the long running question of whether cryptocurrency tokens are securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has volleyed new claims against a former employee of Coinbase Global, Inc., alleging insider trading of securities listed on the exchange.

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