December 16, 2015 On December 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California denied a motion for summary judgment filed by Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) which claimed that human intervention removed one of its text messaging platforms from the definition of “autodialer” within the meaning of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act…

December 9, 2015 T-Mobile US, Inc. (“T-Mobile”) currently finds itself in hot water as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office opens an investigation into the company’s “Un-Carrier” advertising campaign.   Amid consumer outcry over alleged misleading advertising and deceptive marketing practices, there have also been calls urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to undertake an…

December 7, 2015 Last Wednesday, CBS network affiliate WKRG in Mobile, Alabama reported that the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an ongoing investigation to determine whether certain sweepstakes phone cards violate Alabama State gambling laws. Why is the Attorney General investigating these sweepstakes promotions?

December 4, 2015 Last Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) announced that it is seeking public comment on whether Internet faxes that are both sent and received digitally should be governed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”) or the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003…

By: David O. Klein and Neil E. Asnen December, 2015 Social media giant LinkedIn Corporation (‘LinkedIn’) recently agreed to settle class action allegations that it violated several federal and state laws by harvesting email addresses from the external contact lists of LinkedIn members, and by sending repeated invitations to join LinkedIn to those addresses. Under…

FanDuel, DraftKings Play for Keeps in N.Y. Courtroom November 24, 2015 A one-hour Nov. 25 hearing in a New York courtroom may determine the future of the multi-billion dollar online fantasy sports industry (People v. FanDuel Inc., N.Y. Sup. Ct., No. 453056/2015, motion for preliminary injunction, 11/23/15 People v. DraftKings Inc., N.Y. Sup. Ct., No….

Fantasy Sports: Navigating the Regulatory Groundswell November 25, 2015 By David O. Klein, Neil E. Asnen and Joshua R. Wueller Anyone who has turned on a television or radio, visited a professional sports venue or surfed the Web in recent months will undoubtedly be familiar with the meteoric rise – and tremendous marketing efforts –…

December 2, 2015 Earlier this year, we reported on developments in a lawsuit filed by prize promotion and risk management company SCA Promotions, Inc. (“SCA”) against Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) in connection with a botched billion-dollar March Madness sweepstakes fulfillment contract. On November 18, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted…

December 1, 2015 On November 24, 2015, the Attorney General for the State of New York announced a settlement with Planet Fitness Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, Pla-Fit Franchise, LLC (together “Planet Fitness”) concerning Planet Fitness’s marketing of its tanning services. Among other things, Planet Fitness agreed to stop making health-related claims in promoting its…

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