Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic”), the company behind popular video game “Fortnite,” has refused to stand down in its copyright infringement and breach of contract suit against a 14-year-old gamer. Fortnite has seen booming success as a free, online game in which players must simply consent to the Terms of Service to create an account. View Full Post
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently charged two Utah individuals and their telemarketing operation with violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule by deceptively claiming that their business coaching services could help consumers start home-based businesses that could earn thousands of dollars a month. View Full Post
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Travis Nelson, a partner in Reed Smith’s Financial Services Regulatory Group, will present a lecture at the 2018 New Jersey Bankers Association’s Compliance University on two hot topics in bank regulation.  In the area of Cannabis Banking, the current political and regulatory environment has left many banks and their legal and compliance departments dazed and confused over whether or not they may serve this rapidly emerging industry.  View Full Post
On 23 May 2018, the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) received royal assent and became UK law. The DPA implements the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), while providing for certain permitted derogations, additions and UK-specific provisions. The DPA: Repeals and replaces the previous Data Protection Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) as the primary piece of data protection legislation in the UK Is designed to ensure that UK and EU data protection regimes are aligned post-Brexit Implements the EU Law Enforcement Directive, establishing rules on the processing of personal data by law enforcement agencies and intelligence services This blog looks at key issues of interest in the DPA relating to liability, compliance and enforcement. View Full Post
Summary In last week’s case of Triple 7 MSN 27251 Ltd v. Azman Air Services Ltd,[1] Azman Air Services argued that two aircraft lease agreements were void under the English law doctrine of common mistake. The High Court considered this question and found that common mistake is only sufficient to void a lease agreement (or any other contract) where: the mistaken assumption on which the parties acted was fundamental to the contract; and the mistake was such that the “contract or its performance would be essentially and radically different from what the parties believed to be the case at the time of the conclusion of the contract”. View Full Post
On June 11, 2018, arguments were held in Maryland District Court in the challenge brought by the D.C. and Maryland attorneys general over the president’s alleged violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. In Maryland v. Trump, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh have challenged President Donald Trump’s continued operation of and profit from his downtown Washington hotel, which they say violates the constitutional prohibition against the president receiving emoluments from foreign governments. View Full Post