Tag Archives: Contracts

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms the Necessity of Express Authorization for Class Arbitration

On April 24, 2019, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lamps Plus, Inc., et al. v. Varela, addressing the question of whether an ambiguous arbitration agreement can be read to compel class arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16 (2000). Underscoring the controversial nature of this decision, the case was decided … Continue Reading

GDPR Contracts and Liabilities Between Controllers and Processors

On 13 September, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published draft guidance on GDPR contracts and liabilities on contracts between controllers and processors under the GDPR (the “Guidance”).  The ICO is consulting on the Guidance until 10 October.  We summarize the key aspects of the Guidance below.… Continue Reading

Mass. Data Security Regulation Governing Service Provider Contracts Takes Effect Soon

As of March 1, 2012, all companies storing the personal information of Massachusetts residents with a third-party service provider must contractually require the service provider to maintain data security measures “consistent” with the Massachusetts data security regulations.  (You can read our overview of these regulations here.) Among other things, those regulations—most of which took effect in … Continue Reading

Federal Court Holds Terms of Service Disclosed via Link to ISP’s Home Page Not Reasonably Conspicuous

Denying the motion of the defendant internet service provider, Clearwire, to compel arbitration, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held last week that Clearwire’s e-mail confirmation to the plaintiffs was inadequate notice of the terms of service.  This e-mail confirmation included, on the third page of the e-mail, a link to Clearwire’s home page rather than a … Continue Reading

Cloud Outages Highlight Contractual Risk

By Christine Enemark To some customers of computing storage, processing and online services, the “cloud” seems no different from the traditional information technology services they have used for years.  Amazon’s cloud computing outage last week, and the associated downtime and data loss suffered by a number of Internet web sites, highlights how public cloud computing … Continue Reading
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