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FTC Publishes revised COPPA FAQs, clarifies parental consent methods

The FTC has issued three new FAQs clarifying the “verifiable parental consent” requirements under the COPPA Rule. In one of the revised FAQs, the FTC reiterates that the COPPA Rule’s list of parental consent methods is...more

Federal Circuit Says Commission Must Toe the Line in Invisalign ITC Case

In Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission, the Federal Circuit held that ITC action that violated ITC’s own regulations warranted vacatur under the Administrative Procedures Act. While the case addresses...more

SawStop Dismissal Explained: Opinion Crosscutting SawStop’s Antitrust Lawsuit Released

Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia recently issued a Memorandum Opinion following up on his June 27, 2014 order dismissing the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC....more

"FTC Continues Vigorous Section 5 Enforcement"

On July 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) accepted a consent agreement, subject to final approval, to settle charges with two Internet resellers of Universal Product Code (UPC) barcodes accused of...more

China’s (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: Widening the Outbound Investment Pipeline

The launch of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) last September attracted a lot of attention both inside and outside of China. Since then, the lack of progress implementing stated goals for the FTZ as a...more

Don’t Pop the Cork Just Yet—Growing Criticism of Massachusetts AG’s Settlement with Partners Healthcare Just Might Send the...

After touting a proposed settlement with Partners HealthCare (Partners) that supposedly would “fundamentally alter [Partners’] negotiating power for 10 years and control health costs across [Partners’] entire network,”...more

Federal Circuit Makes ITC Comply With Its Own Rules

In an opinion dated July 18, 2014, in Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission (Fed. Cir. July 18, 2014, No. 2013-1240, -1363) 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 13717, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a decision of...more

House Subcommittee Approved TROL Act Defining Bad Faith Communications Made During Patent Assertion as Unfair or Deceptive...

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade considered and approved the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014 (“TROL Act”) with a 13-6 vote. The purpose of the TROL Act...more

EU Court Says Loyalty Discounts Betray Competition: Ruling Underlines U.S. Differences

Intel's use of loyalty discounts and rebates to computer manufacturers and other actions directed at competitor Advanced Micro Devices violated EU competition law, according to the European Union's (EU) General Court. The...more

Buckle Up—Unwinding Phoebe Putney’s Acquisition of Palmyra Down in Georgia May End Up Being Back on the Table

Almost one year ago, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreed to settle its antitrust challenge of Phoebe Putney Health System’s (Phoebe Putney) acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center (Palmyra) without requiring divesture or any...more

Medical Devices: recent developments in the UK and the US

As it becomes harder for rights holders to control the flow of infringing medical products, Baker Botts’ Neil Coulson and Mark Whitaker review developing case law on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether a company...more

ITC Section 337 Update – July 2014

Commission Enforcing General Policy In Favor Of Transparency With Respect To Settlement Agreements – On July 7, 2014, Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea issued Order No. 66 in Certain Integrated Circuit Devices...more

COPPA Update: FTC Provides More Flexibility on Obtaining Verifiable Parental Consent

Some clarification and a bit more flexibility was forthcoming late last week from the Federal Trade Commission to help ease compliance with the “new” COPPA. In its recent update to three FAQs in Section H (Verifiable...more

New COPPA Guidance from FTC Significant for Apps and Platforms

The FTC has updated its guidance regarding compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Amendments to its Frequently Asked Questions reveal a softened position on using credit cards to verify parental...more

FTC Clarifies COPPA “Verifiable Parental Consent” Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) modified guidelines it issues to developers who make apps specifically for children. App developers have taken advantage of the soaring lucrative app market aimed at a younger audience that...more

District Court Pares Down Price Discrimination Suit Against Chrysler

On July 11, 2014, the Northern District of California dismissed one of two federal antitrust claims brought against Chrysler Group LLC under the Robinson-Patman Act, 15 U.S. C. § 13, as well as several state statutory and...more

Statements at industry conferences can violate competition law

U.S. steelmakers have recently found themselves paying huge sums totalling over USD 160 million to steel purchasers in order to ward off even larger damages claims. These come in the wake of a vast class action lawsuit...more

FTC Promotes Competition Among Professionals Through Advocacy, Enforcement

On July 16, 2014, Andrew Gavil, Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), testified on the subject of “Competition and the Potential Costs and Benefits of Professional Licensure” before...more

App Developers Should Note Revisions to COPPA FAQs

The FTC’s July 10, 2014 complaint filed against Amazon has left app developers with concerns about how to make apps that target kids and still comply with the law. The complaint, brought under Section 5(a) of the FTC Act,...more

Advertising News & Analysis - July 2014 #2

In this issue: - Cooking up Trouble with Crowdfunding? - FTC Schools L'Oreal USA's "Youth Code" Claims - Will 2014 Retool the New Lanham Act? - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Cooking up...more

Advertising Law - July 2014 #2

Ninth Circuit Finds No TCPA Vicarious Liability for Taco Bell for Texts Sent By Franchisee - On July 2, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued an unpublished decision in Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp. that is certain to give heart...more

Antitrust and competition enforcement is changing fast: our report for multinationals from 3 global conferences

The world of antitrust/competition enforcement is changing more rapidly than ever. This evolving environment presents new challenges for companies with multinational operations, their executives and their advisers....more

FTC Report Sheds Light on Dark World of Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a report entitled “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” that identifies various concerns raised by the “Big Data” industry and provides solutions for...more

Northern District of California Addresses Functional Discounts, Price Discrimination Claims

In Mathew Enterprise, Inc. v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95522 (N.D. Cal. July 11, 2014) (Freeman, J.), the court dismissed certain Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination claims and allowed others to...more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2014

In This Issue: - Latin American Private Equity on the Rise - Tax Considerations When Acquiring Non-U.S. Portfolio Companies—Mitigating Subpart F Inclusions - Private Equity Funds at Higher Risk of...more

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