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Status Updates - September 2014 #7

..Time out. New FTC rules will generally require Internet retailers to give consumers the option of a full refund for an online purchase that the retailer failed to ship within the time period promised in the retailer’s...more

Google Settles With FTC Over In-App Purchases Dispute

Google reached a major settlement with the FTC this month, agreeing to pay $19 million to consumers whose children made purchases through Google Play, an Android-based app store. The agency alleged that Google did not...more

NCAA’s Limits on Athletes’ Compensation for Use of Their Names or Likenesses Violates Antitrust Laws

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) fundamental beliefs about the role of student-athletes and its economic model just received a partial rebuke from the courts. On August 8, 2014, a federal judge ruled that...more

CFPB and FTC Stop Two Payday Lending Scams

In separate suits brought by the Consumer Financial Practices Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) federal courts have frozen the assets of two separate groups who allegedly defrauded consumers by creating...more

Enforcement of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Continues to Intensify

In this lw.com interview, Latham & Watkins partner Tad Lipsky discusses the evolution of antitrust laws globally, examines the complex regulatory structure that enforces China’s new Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) and talks about the...more

Accentuate the Positive: Defending Antitrust Litigation By Demonstrating the Procompetitive Character of the Challenged Conduct

For many defendants in antitrust litigation, the procompetitive nature of their alleged conduct is a topic near the bottom of the list of subjects they want to address. They would prefer to first exhaust all of the...more

Advertising Law - September 2014

Complimentary TCPA Update Webinar: The Year in Review and What Lies Ahead - One year has passed since the implementation of the Federal Communication Commission’s revised Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules....more

The Burden of Corporate Probation May Follow an Antitrust Conviction

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “Division”) has announced a major policy shift. When a company has been convicted for a criminal antitrust offense, the Division may seek to impose the significant...more

Don't entrust companies named Hydra with your bank info

Hail Hydra? No thanks If you’ve watched a Captain America movie before, you’ll know that the name Hydra means bad news. Turns out they were onto something. The Hydra Group, a group of three people that operated a...more

Chinese Antitrust Enforcers Under Fire for Targeting Foreign Firms

China’s antitrust regulators have been on a tear lately. Last year the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) began its investigation of Qualcomm for allegedly violating China’s 2008 Anti-Monopoly Law. SAIC...more

To Compete or Not to Compete: Is That the Question?

A June 8, 2014 New York Times article highlighted an increasing trend in the areas of antitrust, competition, and employment law: the enforcement of covenants not to compete. As noted in the article, businesses have...more

CFPB and FTC file lawsuits against online payday lenders

Earlier this month, the CFPB and FTC filed lawsuits against different groups of interrelated companies and their individual principals for engaging in allegedly unlawful online payday lending schemes....more

COPPA Update: Ask and Ye Shall Receive…Actual Knowledge

Online services that ask for the age of users as part of the registration process will be deemed to have “actual knowledge” of that information. Whether or not one’s site is directed to children, a registration process that...more

Breaking News: The COPPA Enforcement Actions Are Here!

As we predicted in prior blog posts, the Federal Trade Commission has begun its vigorous enforcement of the Amended COPPA Rule. And one of the players is not a child-related site, so read on. The Commission just announced ...more

Agencies Sign New Cooperation Agreement with Colombia

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division announced on September 16 that the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have entered into a new antitrust cooperation agreement with Colombia’s Superintendence of Industry...more

Yikes, Yelp! Targeted In FTC’s Stepped Up Enforcement of Children’s Privacy – General Audience Services Take Heed

Signaling a predicted renewal of enforcement of the federal children’s privacy law following broad expansion last year of who and what is covered by the rules, the FTC has filed and settled two recent law suits against mobile...more

ITC Section 337 Update

ITC Judge Gildea Finds NPE Established Domestic Industry - In 884 Investigation – On August 29, 2014, ITC Judge James Gildea issued a Notice of Initial Determination (“ID”) finding a violation by reason of infringement...more

Ninth Circuit Holds State Action Immunity Doctrine Bars Claims Against Convention Center

In United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center, Inc., No. 12-56809 (9th Cir. May 14, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the San Diego Convention center enjoyed...more

“By Object” Restrictions of Competition Revisited: European Court of Justice Endorses Narrow Interpretation

EU High Court adopts narrow interpretation of “by object” restrictions and boosts effects-based approach with significant implications for cooperation/joint venture agreements. The European Court of Justice has...more

"Georgetown and Fordham Global Antitrust Law Symposia Focus on Trends in Cartel Enforcement, Merger Control, IP and Financial...

Last week, Georgetown University Law Center hosted its Eighth Annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, and Fordham University School of Law hosted its 41st Annual International Antitrust Law and Policy Conference. These...more

FTC Approves iKeepSafe Program as COPPA Safe Harbor

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved iKeepSafe as a self-regulatory "safe harbor" program under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FTC's COPPA Rule requires, among other things, that online...more

A New Sheriff in Town: Federal Trade Commission Enforcement of Medical Information Security

A recent court decision found that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to enforce the requirements for security of Protected Health Information, or PHI, as defined under the Health Information Portability and...more

FTC Final Orders with Fandango and Credit Karma Provide Guidance on Mobile App Security

In August 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved final orders resolving its actions against Fandango, LLC (“Fandango”) and Credit Karma, Inc. (“Credit Karma”) for allegedly misrepresenting the security of their...more

House Judiciary Committee Acts to Harmonize Antitrust Review Standards and Processes

On September 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by voice vote, legislation to eliminate certain disparities to antitrust review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Standard...more

DOJ Antitrust Enforcers Take to the Bully Pulpit on Prosecuting Antitrust Crimes and Antitrust Compliance Programs

In recent years, antitrust criminal enforcement efforts have increased around the world. These efforts focus mainly on cartels — which the Supreme Court calls “the supreme evil of antitrust” — that conspire to fix prices, rig...more

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