Many consumers would be thrilled to find they get a free trial subscription for Sirius XM's ("Sirius") satellite radio with their car purchase. But once the free trial is over, many of those same customers who did not continue their subscription become less than pleased to receive phone calls from Sirius encouraging them to re-subscribe. At least, that is what happened to Francis W. Hooker Jr. ("Hooker"), who filed a class action on behalf of himself and others similarly-situated against Sirius for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").
If you've purchased tickets to any major concert online over the past decade, chances are very good that you had go through Ticketmaster, the much-maligned ticket broker for live events all over the nation, including right here in Connecticut.
In our previous post, we began looking at the newly passed Defend Trade Secrets Act, which creates a federal cause of action for businesses wanting to enforce trade secrets in federal court. As we pointed out last time, the law will certainly be beneficial to businesses looking to protect confidential information from misappropriation, but it will also require businesses to think carefully about which forum will be best for each case.
Readers may have heard about the recent passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the new federal law which establishes a federal cause of action for trade secret violations. Previously, businesses which had been harmed by a trade secret violation were only able to pursue such claims in state court except in very limited circumstances.
Employees participating in employer-sponsored benefit plans governed by ERISA have wide-ranging protections against wrongful conduct engaged in by so-called fiduciaries.
Contaminated food can cause huge levels of harm. It can leave many people ill. In some instances, illnesses caused by contaminated food products can end up being fatal.
Many Connecticut homeowners who likely expected to hear happy sounds emanating from family gatherings, graduations and grandkids years down the road from their property purchase are instead hearing noises of horror coming from the foundations of their homes.
What might most people reasonably think when they consider securities law and what it encompasses?