Google’s Privacy Improvements Satisfy Canadian Enforcer

This posting was written by Thomas A. Long, Editor of CCH Privacy Law in Marketing. Google Inc. has implemented remedial measures to reduce the risk of future privacy violations, such as those that occurred during Google’s collection of WiFi data for its “Street View” service in 2010, according to Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. Collection […]

Trade Regulation Tidbits

This posting was written by the editorial staff of the CCH Trade Regulation Reporter. News, updates, and observations:  House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D, Mich.) and Congressman Ed Markey (D, Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and former chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, […]

Guidance for Online Advertising Under Review by FTC Staff

This posting was written by Jeffrey May, Editor of CCH Trade Regulation Reporter. The FTC is seeking public comment through July 11, 2011, on its guidance document published in 2000 that advises businesses how federal advertising law applies to advertising and sales on the Internet. The agency is looking for input on how its “Dot […]

U.S. Urges High Court Not to Review Decision Enforcing Subpoenas in Antitrust Investigation

This posting was written by Jeffrey May, Editor of CCH Trade Regulation Reporter. The U.S. Supreme Court should not review a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco (CCH 2011-1 Trade Cases 77,467) enforcing grand jury subpoenas served on law firms in an antitrust investigation, the Department of Justice contended in a […]

Infant Formula Maker’s Ads About Store Brands Barred

This posting was written by William Zale, Editor of CCH Advertising Law Guide. Infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson was properly enjoined from publishing any advertisement containing a false representation about store brand infant formula produced by PBM Products, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled. In addition to affirming the permanent injunction (CCH […]

Attempt to Enforce California Post-Term Covenants Not to Compete Can Be Malicious Prosecution

This posting was written by Bruce S. Schaeffer of Franchise Valuations, Ltd., co-author of CCH Franchise Regulation and Damages. In an unusual action for malicious prosecution, the Court of Appeal of California, First District, in a not-for-publication opinion, has held that U-Haul’s actions in bringing a lawsuit in California to enforce a covenant not to […]

Focus on Franchising

This posting was written by John W. Arden. News and notes on franchising and distribution topics: □ The program for the 34th annual meeting of the ABA Forum on Franchising has been released by the American Bar Association. Entitled “Flying the Flag of Franchising,” the meeting will be held October 19-21, 2011 in Baltimore. The […]

Improperly Defined Relevant Markets Doom Private Merger Challenges

This posting was written by Jeffrey May, Editor of CCH Trade Regulation Reporter. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected two appeals in private merger challenges based on improper relevant market definitions. Air Travel A private suit for a preliminary injunction blocking the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines was properly […]

Facebook Users’ Privacy Claims Dismissed

This posting was written by Cheryl Beise, Editor of CCH Guide to Computer Law. The federal district court in San Jose has dismissed claims filed by a putative class of Facebook users who alleged that the social networking website unlawfully transmitted their personal information to third-party advertisers without their consent. The users’ California Legal Remedies […]

Trade Regulation Tidbits

This posting was written by the editorial staff of the CCH Trade Regulation Reporter. News, updates, and observations:  U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D, Wis.) has announced that he will not seek another term in 2012. Kohl, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee, is currently serving his fourth term in […]