Art Prevails Over New York’s Statutory Privacy Law

By | Art Law | April 17, 2015
Art Prevails Over New York’s Statutory Privacy Law

As recently reported by Artnet News, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division ruled in favor of New York based fine arts photographer Arne Svenson and affirmed the Supreme Court’s decision that Svenson’s photographs of his Manhattan neighbors going about their everyday lives in their homes through open windows were protected under the First Amendment “in the form of art.”

FCC Field Office Phase Out?

By | CommLawBlog | April 17, 2015
FCC Field Office Phase Out?

Word on the street (first reported last month by our friends at Radio World, as far as we can tell) is that the FCC’s Field Offices are on the budgetary chopping block: according to a memo reportedly circulating within the Commission (and co-authored by the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau and the Managing Director), the number of Field Offices would be sliced by two-thirds (from 24 to 8), and staffing would be cut almost in half (from 63 to 33). Field Offices in major cities – think Seattle, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston – would all be gone.

FDA Increasing Scrutiny of Cosmetic Marketing Claims, New Agency Warnings Suggest

By | Consumer Product Matters | April 16, 2015
FDA Increasing Scrutiny of Cosmetic Marketing Claims, New Agency Warnings Suggest

In addition to truthful and non-misleading advertising requirements, which are enforced by the FTC and certainly familiar to readers of this blog, personal care and cosmetic products are also subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and may run afoul of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the agency) if marketing or label claims for the products cross the line into the world of “drug claims.”