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No Copyright Case Too Small: Content Creators Rejoice or Casual Infringers Beware?

Nov 01 2019
An office jokester emails a funny meme she copied off Google to a colleague. A tourist snaps a picture of a painting in an art gallery and posts it to his travel blog. A teacher prints copies of a recently published Internet article and distributes to his class. A teen reposts his friend’s Instagram picture on his own social media page. To these casual infringers, no harm has been done and there’s certainly no reason to “make a federal case out of it.” But to the copyright owners, these small acts of infringement mean something. Perhaps not enough to justify the expense and time required for a federal claim, but action may be worth pursuing on a smaller scale.

Surf’s Up: New Wave of Novel Accessibility Litigation Hits Retailers

Oct 29 2019
During the past month, major retailers have been hit with a new wave of suits alleging that they discriminate against people with visual disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by failing to sell gift cards that are embossed with braille: the system of raised dots that enable reading by touch. This comes in the wake of a tsunami of website accessibility suits, which itself shows no sign of abating.

New CCPA Changes/Clarifications; Some Final, Some Contingent (2 Months to Go)

Oct 24 2019
On October 10, 2019, with no prior notice, the California Attorney General held a press conference announcing the publication of his office’s proposed regulations (set forth at §§ 999.300-999.341 of Title 11, Division 1, Chapter 20 of the California Code of Regulations) to implement the California Consumer Privacy Protection Act or the CCPA (the “Regulations”).

New 911 Calling Requirements for Enterprise Phone Systems: Are You Ready?

Oct 23 2019
On August 2, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Report and Order on 911 calling capability requirements that affect virtually anyone in the enterprise calling platform ecosystem, whether sellers, lessors, installers, managers and operators of what the FCC refers to as multi-line telephone systems (“MLTS”).

Senate Bolsters Protections for Antitrust Whistleblowers

Oct 23 2019
On October 17, the United States Senate passed S.2258, the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019 (“CAARA”). If enacted, it would amend the 2004 Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act, which limited the damages liability of successful applicants to the DOJ’s amnesty program.

The Great and Powerful (Tax Benefits of) OZ: Opportunity Zone Information Now Available in a Nationwide Website

Oct 18 2019
When it comes to deferring capital gains and other valuable tax benefits, investors are finding there’s no place like home—provided home is near one of the 8,700 Opportunity Zones (OZs) certified by the Treasury nationwide. And investors benefiting from OZ tax incentives are not limited to real estate companies. Potential beneficiaries of these capital gains tax savings are banks, and energy companies, and hospitality services, oh my! (Just to name a few).
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