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In this issue: • New Blockchain Payments Solutions Announced for Banks, Merchants and the UnbankedCryptocurrency Investors Bullish on New Opportunities Despite Risk and UncertaintyBlockchain Applications Advance in Food Production, Transport, Recordkeeping, Contracting and VotingPublic and Private Sector Entities Address Blockchain Regulatory EnvironmentCryptocurrency Threat Actors Attack Cloud Infrastructure, Trading Software and Bitcoin ATMs New Blockchain Payments Solutions Announced for Banks, Merchants and the Unbanked By: Simone O. Otenaike
On March 22, 2019, the DOL announced the official publication of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Registrar and the commencement of the 60-day period for public comments. All public comments on the proposed new rule must be received by May 21, 2019 in order to be considered by the DOL in preparing its final rule. BakerHostetler’s Employment Group is available to assist in the preparation and drafting of any comments for submission…
Are you an app publisher or do you advertise via mobile apps or obtain marketing data that originates from them?  If so, you need to beware that regulators and consumer protection authorities are taking action against companies with regard to the notice and choice, or lack thereof, they are providing to consumers for the collection of their precise location data on mobile devices. The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) recently held a presentation (DAA Presentation
On March 6, SB 5376, the Washington Privacy Act, passed the Washington Senate in an overwhelming 46-1 vote (with two members excused). Prior to its passage, the Senate adopted important revisions and clarifications that would provide important relief for businesses from some of the more onerous provisions of the legislation. As we reported in our blog post discussing the recently introduced legislation, the Washington Privacy Act anticipates that businesses will accord consumers certain GDPR-style rights…
Expert testimony plays a critical role in nearly all putative class actions, including at the class certification stage where parties rely on expert evidence to address the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that trial courts must look beyond the pleadings and conduct a searching inquiry to resolve factual disputes about Rule 23’s requirements. But the Supreme Court has not explicitly held whether that searching inquiry requires…
Amid growing alarm on Capitol Hill over cybersecurity and data privacy, new Senate legislation would require publicly traded companies to disclose in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings whether they have cybersecurity experts on their boards of directors – and if not, explain why. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said his legislation is meant to encourage companies to be more transparent about whether and how their boards and senior management are prioritizing cybersecurity. His bill…
On April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether dirty words and vulgar terms may be registrable as trademarks – and if so, what is the test? Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act currently provides that the Trademark Office may refuse registration of a mark that “[c]onsists of or comprises immoral… or scandalous matter.” Erik Brunetti, the owner of the FUCT brand of clothing, filed applications to register his mark. He almost…
“We live in a natural world, and all inventions are constrained by the laws of nature . . . we must be careful not to overly abstract claims when performing the Alice analysis.”[1] These are the promising words from the Federal Circuit in its recent decision in Natural Alternatives v. Creative Compounds, in which the court held that dietary supplements, methods of treatment using the same and methods of manufacturing the same are directed to…
In this issue: • New Blockchain Solutions Seek to Secure Tuna, Ports, Identity and CommunicationsInstitutional Crypto Products and Blockchain Infrastructure Pilots AnnouncedCrypto Regulators Display Flexibility, Enforcement Agencies Flex MuscleUN Addresses North Korea Crypto Hacks, Storage and Stablecoin Vulnerabilities Reported New Blockchain Solutions Seek to Secure Tuna, Ports, Identity and Communications By: Robert A. Musiala Jr. According to a press release published last Friday, “North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company”…
The Communications Decency Act (CDA) and Safe Harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) give some protections to operators of websites and other online services from some third-party claims arising out of user generated content.  The law is continuing to evolve.  Click here to see a terrific summary of notable cases and legislation posted on the BakerHostetler Copyright, Content, and Platforms blog written by Alan Friel and Zoe Steinberg.  In short, online…