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Trump Affirms Congress’s Repeal of the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules

Congress has voted to overturn the customer privacy rules adopted last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for wireless and home broadband internet service providers (ISPs) and other telecommunications carriers, thereby opening the door to more expansive and aggressive uses of customer data.

Background
Last October 27, the FCC adopted rules establishing a framework of customer consent for ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast to be able to use and share their customers’ personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had previously regulated the privacy practices of broadband providers until a change in its jurisdiction in 2015.

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Non-waiver agreement, emergency measures and renunciation by the insurer

By Chantal Noël, from our Insurance Law Practice Group.

April 13, 2017 — At the onset of an investigation, whenever the insurer has reasons to suspect that coverage may be an issue, it usually requires the insured to sign a non-waiver agreement that will allow the insurer to investigate the situation without jeopardizing its rights. However, could some of the insurer’s subsequent actions amount to renunciation of these rights? This was the question in Haddou c. Alpha (L’) compagnie d’assurances inc., 2016 QCCS 6184, a decision from the Superior Court, district of Québec.

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California Regulations on Use of Criminal History Information in Employment Decisions

California’s Fair Employment & Housing Council has finalized and adopted new regulations to establish criteria for the use and consideration of criminal history information in employment decisions where such use may constitute a violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. The new regulations take effect July 1, 2017, and are available here and on the Council’s website.  The regulations are intended to clarify, outline and maintain consistency between the laws governing the consideration of criminal history information in employment decisions.

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The Untold Value of Video Advertising

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but what about video? Whoever is behind the famous aphorism never crunched the numbers on video, but you’d have to think that the words-to-video conversion rate would be very large. After all, video advertisements are known to have tremendous advantages, even over those that use pictures. Video ads are more likely to be discovered (search engines love video content), shared (consumers share video at high rates), and acted upon (according to Amazon and eBay, video ads accompanying product descriptions increases the chance of a purchase by as much as 35%) than other formats. All of which helps explain why people are watching so much video these days.

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New equity crowdfunding legislation passed

New legislation passed last month will allow start-ups better access to crowd-sourced funding (CSF) by reducing compliance and disclosure burdens for a five year period.  No date has yet been set for the operative provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) to commence, but having proceeded to Royal Assent on 28 March 2017, it will be no later than 28 September 2017.

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In-House Counsel Panel: The Rapidly Changing Legal Buying Cycle

photo-1433650552684-d4004a945d6cRegular readers of Zen know that one thing I never miss is a good in-house counsel panel. Who can skip the opportunity to listen to the clients of our clients tell us how to do our jobs better and what matters to them at this very moment?

With some heavy hitters on this year’s panel at the Legal Marketing Association’s Annual Conference, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. On the panel, we had:

  • Connie Brenton, Chairman of the Board for Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and Senior Director of Legal Operations for NetApp, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Franke, Chief of Staff to the General Counsel and Senior Director of Global Legal Operations for Yahoo, Inc.
  • Steve Harmon, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Legal Services at Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • George Milionis, General Counsel of Petersen-Dean, Inc.
  • Moderator: Richard Caruso, Vice President of Legal Media at ALM LLC
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The Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Lidings Among the Top Advisorы in Russia

A new ranking for the world’s best law firms and individual lawyers annually provided by The Legal 500 EMEA continues to rank Lidings among the strongest legal advisors in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, and dispute resolution in Russia.

Lidings is consistent in demonstrating excellent dispute resolution capabilities traditionally recognized not only by The Legal 500 EMEA, but other major international and Russian legal ratings. Firm’s expertise is highly praised by clients and partner firms, as well as practice’s lawyers are individually recognized. Thus, the newly released rating states that Managing Partner Andrey Zelenin is «a masterful litigator – personable, reliable and highly experienced».

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Insurer must cover burnt out brothel with Comancheros affiliations

The insured company operated a brothel from premises located in the ACT. The premises were insured against property damage and liability pursuant to the ‘Adult Industry Insurance Policy’ issued by Calliden. On 1 January 2012, the brothel was extensively damaged by fire. The insured made a claim for damage to contents and for business interruption with Calliden.

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Artificial Intelligence: Changing the Practice and Marketing of Legal Services

alex-knight-199368For many of us in the legal industry, a hot topic of the moment is artificial intelligence – less because we’re actively using it, and more because we know we need to understand it, at least enough to be able to speak about it intelligently with lawyers, colleagues and clients. AI is not new, and once again, legal is one of the industries that’s lagging behind – but you know what that means: it’s rife with opportunity.

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Mexico-Based Homex Reaches Settlement with the SEC

The Daily Journal interviewed Stradling shareholder Kathleen Marcus, co-chair of the Enforcement Defense & Investigations practice group and chair of the Compliance & Corporate Governance practice group, for an article about Desarrolladora Homex, a prominent Mexico-based homebuilding company, accused of falsely reporting the sale of more than 100,000 homes to boost company revenues. Without denying or admitting the allegations, the company reached a settlement with the SEC on March 5. In written comments to the Daily Journal, Marcus, a former SEC enforcement attorney, explained that although the consequences of accounting fraud are generally severe, they may have been mitigated in this case due to the fact that Homex’s “management cooperated with the investigation and appear to have negotiated some leniency for the entity with the SEC. While they are barred from offering securities, the SEC did not sanction them with a penalty.”

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