Youth Protection in Germany: Online Age Checks and Daytime Blackouts Ahead?
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- Last week, German regulators decided to no longer accept the widely used “JusProg” software as a sufficient means for online service providers to comply with statutory youth protection requirements. The decision is effective immediately, although it will most likely be challenged in court. If... ›
The Daily Journal Names Julie Park to its list of 2019 Top Women Lawyers in CaliforniaWe’re proud to announce that the Daily Journal has named Julie Park to its list of 2019 Top Women Lawyers in California. The annual award series recognizes the successes of women lawyers in the court room and at the negotiating table, as well as... ›
Lead Plaintiff Spreads Her Misleading Butter Case a Little Too Thin
By: Claudia M. VetesiIn April, a New York federal court denied certification for a purported class alleging that Johnson & Johnson misled customers by placing the words “no trans fat” on labels for its Benecol buttery spreads. See Bowling v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , 1:17-cv-03892,... ›
Bad Influence: Complying with FTC’s Endorsement Guide
By: Claudia M. VetesiToday’s online celebrities—both verified and aspiring—can now become product sponsors with the help of a social-media account, a picture-perfect aesthetic, and several hundred thousand followers. The influencer marketing industry is a multibillion-dollar industry according to some industry reports stating it is projected to generate... ›
Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela: The Supreme Court Clarifies that Clear Consent is Necessary for Class Arbitration
By: David J. Fioccola and Adam J. HuntThe Supreme Court’s decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela made it clear that an arbitration agreement must explicitly contemplate and provide for class arbitration, building on a line of pro-arbitration rulings from the Supreme Court over the past decade, including American Express Co.... ›
Ready, Set, Report! Seventh Circuit Considers When a Claim First Accrues for Failing to Report a Product Hazard
By: Erin M. Bosman, Julie Y. Park and Erin P. LupferConsumer products companies are familiar with the reporting requirement under Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (the Act), but when does that obligation kick in for statute of limitations purposes? The Seventh Circuit considered this question when it heard arguments on when... ›
FTC Releases 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update Report
By: Julie O'NeillWith privacy and data security issues dominating headlines over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission – the Nation’s top privacy watchdog – has had its hands full. The FTC’s recently released 2018 “Privacy and Data Security Update” reflects this flurry of activity. The report provides... ›
Erin Bosman and Julie Park Receive “Readers’ Choice” AwardWe’re proud to announce that the online platform JD Supra has named Class Dismissed editors and frequent contributors Erin M. Bosman and Julie Y. Park as recipients of the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. They were chosen from among the numerous writers who publish on... ›
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Is a TCPA Overhaul on the Horizon?
By: Tiffany CheungOn January 16, Senators John Thune and Ed Markey reintroduced a bipartisan bill designed to update the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and ramp up enforcement against unwanted robocalls and text messages. Purpose of TRACED The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act... ›
CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle’s Priorities Include IoT and Furniture Safety
By: Erin M. Bosman and Julie Y. ParkAt a recent product safety conference, Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced CPSC’s priorities for 2019. These include technology—both for consumers and within the agency—as well as window coverings and furniture tipover. Buerkle surprised the audience... ›