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  • A Roadmap to Litigating Privacy Claims? A Look at a Recent Order From the Google Assistant Privacy Litigation As privacy-related litigation continues to heat up, Judge Beth Freeman (ND Cal.) recently laid out in In re Google Assistant Privacy Litigation (Case No. 19-cv-04286)[1] a potential roadmap for surviving or winning a motion to dismiss on privacy-related causes of action. The consolidated lawsuit against Google alleges violations on twelve counts, all relating to the Google Assistant product – a voice-activated technology used in mobile and home devices that listens for “hotwords” in order to carry out user commands. This case... More
  • Private Rights of Action and the CCPA—Unlimited Limitation? As we are all well aware by now, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) (Cal. Civ. Code Sections 1798.100 et seq.) went into effect on Jan. 1. Through its amendments and regulations (the latter of which have yet to be finalized as of this article’s publication), one aspect of the act has stayed largely consistent: the CCPA grants a private right of action only in limited situations. While the California Attorney General has the ability to impose fines for any... More
  • Trademark Office Deadlines and Coronavirus-Related Delays With all of the business interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many worldwide trademark offices have taken steps to recognize the issues caused by the crisis. The offices in which applicants from the U.S. most commonly file – the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) – have provided some relief. Under United States law, the USPTO does not have the congressional authority necessary to waive any... More
  • CCPA Enforcement During COVID-19 Pandemic The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that went into effect on January 1, 2020 provided for a grace period to allow companies additional time to come into compliance with the new regulation. That grace period ensured the California Attorney General’s office would not bring enforcement actions until six months after publication of the office’s regulations, or July 1, 2020, whichever came first.  The AG’s office continues to revise its proposed regulations, including revisions as recent as March 11, 2020, so... More

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A Roadmap to Litigating Privacy Claims? A Look at a Recent Order From the Google Assistant Privacy Litigation

As privacy-related litigation continues to heat up, Judge Beth Freeman (ND Cal.) recently laid out in In re Google Assistant Privacy Litigation (Case No. 19-cv-04286) [1] a potential roadmap for surviving or winning a...

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CCPA Enforcement During COVID-19 Pandemic

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that went into effect on January 1, 2020 provided for a grace period to allow companies additional time to come into compliance with the new regulation.  That grace...

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Data Centers Are “Critical Infrastructure,” and That May Help Mitigate Business Impacts From COVID-19

With millions of Americans staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis, news outlets and internet infrastructure companies are all reporting significant increases in internet usage.  For example, Cloudflare data from mid-March showed an 18...

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Trademark Office Deadlines and Coronavirus-Related Delays (Updated)

With all of the business interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many worldwide trademark offices have taken steps to recognize the issues caused by the crisis. The offices in which applicants from the U.S...

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Private Rights of Action and the CCPA—Unlimited Limitation?

As we are all well aware by now, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) (Cal. Civ. Code Sections 1798.100 et seq.) went into effect on Jan. 1. Through its amendments and regulations (the latter...

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COVID-19 IP Lessons: Consider the Big Picture

In any crisis, there are always those that look to take advantage of the situation.  The coronavirus pandemic is no different. Here, we have highlighted a few of the most egregious fortune hunters, attempting...

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Litigation Management Checklist in the Time of COVID-19

We are all experiencing unprecedented challenges right now, both personally and professionally. To ease some of your legal team’s anxieties, we have put together a litigation-specific checklist with the measures we recommend taking, which...

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Protecting Your Internal Intellectual Property Investigation: Privilege and Work Product Under California and Federal Law

As California begins preparing to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, the state’s technology industry is facing the most challenging economic circumstances in recent memory. The state’s technology companies may place new demands on in-house intellectual property...

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