The Copyright Alert System (“CAS” or “Six Strikes”), which was developed by the Center for Copyright Information, was launched yesterday in conjunction with five major Internet Service Providers (“ISP”): AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.  The Copyright Alert System is designed to address the illegal downloading of copyrighted works – like movies, music…

After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s second veto of a bill that would have legalized online poker (as well as other online casino games) to be played by individuals within the State of New Jersey, there was rampant optimism that the New Jersey State legislature would quickly address Governor Christie’s concerns and put an amended…

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 227 et seq. (“TCPA”) provides for, inter alia, statutory damages to individuals who receive unsolicited telemarketing calls, unsolicited faxes, prerecorded calls or autodialed calls. The TCPA has been interpreted in recent years to also prohibit the sending of unsolicited text messages to personal cell phones – unless…

A new patch developed by Mozilla for its Firefox web browser will block third-party advertising cookies by default, which will greatly hinder the ability of third-parties to track Firefox users’ online activities.  Prior versions of the Firefox browser enabled users to manually turn-off cookies, but the new patch automatically blocks cookies.  A “cookie” is a…

California State Rep. Lou Correa has, once again, introduced a bill that would legalize online poker, to be played for money, in the State of California.  While another online poker bill was introduced in the California Senate in December of 2012, California’s most promising prior legislative foray into legalized online gaming (a bill referred to…

Late last week, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law a watershed amendment to the State’s online poker law. The law, as amended, is the first of its kind to allow for interstate poker online.  Specifically, the amendment permits the governor to reach agreements with other states that legalize online gaming to allow for joint…

Robocalls – or, telephone calls that use both a computerized autodialer and a computer-delivered pre-recorded message – receive a heightened level of scrutiny under various state and federal telemarketing laws.  As part of the increased regulatory focus on robocalls, the FTC brought charges against Roy M. Cox, Jr. and several related companies, alleging violations of…

In 2012, a little heralded lawsuit, Langone v. Kaiser & Fan Duel, was filed.  In this case, the plaintiff is seeking to recover third-party losses from the website Fan Duel in connection with daily fantasy sports contests run on the Fan Duel website.  At issue is the legality of daily – or other short term…

In early October 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) brought charges against Phusion Projects, LLC, the maker and distributor of popular malt beverage Four Loko, alleging deceptive marketing practices for failing to properly disclose the alcohol content in its beverages.  In particular, the FTC focuses on the Four Loko labeling and associated marketing materials which…

For the second time in roughly a year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have legalized online poker (as well as other online casino games) to be played by individuals within the State of New Jersey.  While some could view Governor Christie’s veto as a major setback, others are encouraged because…

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