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Presentation on Data Scraping at IP Section Conference on Emerging Technologies

I was excited to return to the California Lawyers Association’s IP Section’s IP and Emerging Technologies Conference (formerly IP and the Internet Conference). I have spoken at this conference many times and, when I was on the IP Section Executive Committee, I ran the 2016 conference in San Francisco. This year I spoke on the…

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Claire Contreras (aka Maharlika) Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Avel Bacudio

I represent Claire Contreras (aka Maharlika) who is a Filipino-American video blogger in Southern California and outspoken critic of the current administration of Philippines President Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr. She has been sued for defamation by a Filipino designer with close ties to the Marcos family and today we filed a motion under California’s…

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Congratulations to Trollbusters.com and Dr. Michelle Ferrier

Epilogue: Trollbusters Scores Anthem Awards for Third Year in a Row

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Spotting Text Message Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that text message scams cost $330 million in losses in 2022. Being alert to scams and educating employees about them can protect your company, your employees, and your data from catastrophic consequences. In 2022, the FTC indicated that these were the top text message scams: #1: #1: Copycat Bank…

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Congressional Research Service Addresses Privacy Implications of Generative AI

The report explains: Generative AI models have received significant attention and scrutiny due to their potential harms, such as risks involving privacy, misinformation, copyright, and non-consensual sexual imagery. This report focuses on privacy issues and relevant policy considerations for Congress. Some policymakers and stakeholders have raised privacy concerns about how individual data may be used…

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EU Greenlights EU-US Data Privacy Framework

Under the European Data Directive and its successor, the General Data Protection Regulation, data of a European subject may be transferred out of the EU only via an approved international framework or through approved Standard Contract Clauses (SCC) contained in Data Protection Agreements or binding corporate rules approved by the relevant data protection authority. Beginning…

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A Dozen Reasons to Update Your Privacy Policies

There are now a dozen states that have enacted comprehensive privacy legislation similar in many respects to California’s landmark comprehensive privacy law, with Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Utah each enacting laws this year. A list of the laws, their effective date (laws in effect are in bold), and applicable cure period…

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FTC Takes on Noncompete Clauses As Harmful to Workers and Competition

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new rule that would ban employers from imposing noncompete clauses on their workers (employees, contractors, interns etc.) and require employers to rescind existing noncompete clauses and inform workers that they are no longer in effect. The FTC described the practice as an “often exploitative practice that…

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FTC Seeks Penalty Authority for Fake Reviews

The Federal Trade Commission intends to issue new rules to address fake reviews that would include a penalty of up to $50,120 per fake review. The FTC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) and there will be a sixty-day comment period once the rule is published in the Federal Register. The FTC cited…

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