There are ballot initiatives for about everything. They’re not laws, and they’re a long way from being laws. But one coming out of California is interesting nonetheless: it would make consumer’s personally identifiable information confidential by default. Companies, websites and whoever else would have to receive express permission to collect it—and if they didn’t, but collecting the data anyway, doing so would be deemed harmful by default. Joining me to explain the initiative and its potential impact is Mintz Levin attorney Jake Romero, author on their Privacy & Security Matters blog.
While gluten free diets—taken by choice—are all the rage right now, it’s important to remember a large cross-section of people, those with Celiac disease, cannot have foods with gluten as it can cause a potentially harmful reaction. It’s newsworthy then that the Food and Drug Administration has set the threshold for foods that can be labeled as being “gluten free” above what some groups have said could potentially cause an adverse reaction. Joining LXBN TV to explain is Sheppard Mullin attorney Seth Mailhot, author on the FDA Law Update Blog.
It’s a story that’s been a long time in the making but this week finally took a step forward: Major League Baseball has suspended Alex Rodriguez and 12 other players for their ties to BioGenesis, an anti-aging clinic known to supply performance-enhancing drugs. While the other twelve players accepted 50-game suspensions, Rodriguez plans to appeal his ban, which runs through the end of next season. Joining LXBN TV to explain why the MLB’s tactics here are a “circus” and what A-Rod’s legal battle looks like is Joe Bahgat, attorney with Bahgat & Bahgat LLC and author on The Sports & Entertainment Law Playbook.
Not too long ago, Instagram generated quite the firestorm when it switched up its terms of service and asserted a bit more ownership over the photos uploaded to the platform. Many users were concerned Instagram would be selling their photos to advertisers, without permission or compensation. And that may still happen, but most users’ concerns were assuaged when Instagram backpedaled a bit and clarified certain aspects of the new terms. But not everyone is happy, and a California woman went so far as to file a class action suit. So far, it isn’t going well.
When Apple’s “App Store” debuted, it was the first of its kind and the term was unique. But nowadays, is the term really any more special than “shoe store” or “clothes store” or “TV store”? A California judge recently ruled it is not, and subsequently dismissed Apple’s lawsuit against Amazon over the term. Despite the dismissal, Apple will fight on for the trademark, though it doesn’t look good. Sarah Tremont, attorney with Covington & Burling and author on InsideTechMedia, joins LXBN TV to discuss the suit.