Web Arbitration Clauses: Federal Court Upholds “Terms of Use”

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On June 7, 2019, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of retailer Wayfair LLC, and its parent company, Wayfair Inc., in a decision that both (1) upholds a web arbitration agreement and (2) provides useful guidance in presenting “terms of use” to website shoppers. What can we...

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EU-US Privacy Shield: What You Need To Know

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On December 19, 2018, the European Commission published its second report on the EU-US Privacy Shield, under which companies can certify adequate compliance with EU privacy standards to be able to receive data from or concerning EU citizens.  If you obtain such data, we present an overview of what you should know about the EU-US Privacy...

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Class Arbitration and Other Risks: Are You Protected?

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More companies, large and small, are including arbitration clauses in their consumer agreements, including clauses that seek to bar class arbitration.  Such clauses may be easier said than done, and there remain traps for the unwary.

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Plain Meaning: Conservative Judges Reining In the FTC?

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In recent decisions analyzing the plain meaning of the FTC Act, two federal district courts have held that the FTC cannot file suit under § 53(b) of the Act where the alleged misconduct has ceased.  If upheld on appeal, the impact of these cases could be extraordinary.

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Autodialers: Ninth Circuit (Again) Opens Class Action Floodgates

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Businesses who market by text or telemarketing beware.  On September 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit adopted the most radical and expansive definition of what constitute autodialers for purposes of liability in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  This startling interpretation of the TCPA, which could make even smartphones autodialers, is a potent reminder that, in...

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Proposition 65: Compliance Issues

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As of August 30, 2018, big changes went into effect for Proposition 65.  These changes include new warning obligations for Internet and catalog sellers, a limited “safe harbor” for certain retailers, and a great deal of ambiguity and uncertainty.  There are two issues we are seeing again and again, and which are worth special attention.

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Alabama Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Scholastic Book Clubs

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Brann & Isaacson partner David W. Bertoni, representing Scholastic Book Clubs, Inc., successfully argued to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals that the company had no obligation to collect and remit use taxes in connection with its sales of children’s books and related items to teachers, homeschooling parents, and schoolchildren.  The decision, which affirmed a judgment...

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Toxics In Packaging: Are You Protected?

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As many direct marketers wrestle with the new Proposition 65 regulations (set to go into effect on August 30, 2018), there are other state laws relating to product safety as to which they should be aware.  We address here the nineteen (19) states that have enacted so-called “toxics in packaging” laws that regulate the presence...

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Proposition 65: Big Changes for Direct Marketers

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Starting next summer, you’ll be required put Proposition 65 product safety warnings in your catalogs and on your websites near every affected product.

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Class Actions: What Might Be On Your Horizon as a Direct Marketer?

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Companies who have faced class action lawsuits, even (and maybe especially) frivolous ones, won’t soon forget the experience.  Just getting a case dismissed, or fending off class certification in the first place, can be extraordinarily costly and stressful.   The amounts at stake are often huge–with potential downsides of “per violation” penalties in the four...

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