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Spring Update: Insights Regarding The Antitrust Division’s Recent Activity

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2016 annual spring update. Taking advantage of modern technology, Bill Baer—now the Acting Associate Attorney General serving in the DOJ’s third-highest ranking...more

FTC Wins Stay of Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Pending Appeal in Third Circuit

The Third Circuit granted on Tuesday the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) request for an injunction pending appeal of the proposed merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System. The injunction...more

Interagency Guidance Issued Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices

Federal banking agencies have advised financial institutions to adopt deposit reconciliation policies and practices for customer accounts, and to effectively manage the institution’s deposit reconciliation practices to comply...more

Blog: UK FCA Writes To Currency Transfer Service Providers, After MP Criticises It For Failing To Act

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has e-mailed currency transfer service providers about their legal obligations, when they’re advertising exchange rates. The e-mail seems to have been sent in response to Parliamentary...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

FTC Releases New Guidance on FCRA Compliance for Employment Background Screening Companies

The FTC has released new guidance aimed at helping companies that conduct background screenings for employment purposes to determine whether they are “consumer reporting agencies” within the meaning of the federal FCRA....more

2nd Circuit Speaks: LIBOR Plaintiffs May Pursue Claims

On May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in the In re: LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, vacating the District Court’s (Buchwald, J.) prior decision dismissing one case in this...more

FCC Issues Tariff Investigation Order and NPRM Which Proposes to Substantially Revise and Expand the Regulation of Business Data...

In May 2016, the FCC moved forward with its decade-overdue reform of the $45 Billion per year dedicated business data services (“BDS”) market. BDS providers, including major incumbent telecommunications companies and now even...more

Texas Settles with PayPal over Money Transfer App Advertising and Privacy Practices

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a settlement with PayPal, resolving allegations that its Venmo money transfer app violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by failing to clearly disclose how...more

Competition Bureau Launches FinTech Market Study

On May 19, 2016, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that it has launched a market study into technology led innovation in the Canadian financial services industry (FinTech); FinTech was identified as a subject matter...more

Recent FTC Settlements Spotlight Hidden Ways to Hook Unwary Consumer

Brands of all kinds are increasingly using “influencers” or “brand ambassadors” to promote their brand’s products in blog posts and on social media platforms. But no matter whether they are style influencers with a fierce...more

FTC Maintains Aggressive Stance Against Pay-for-Delay Deals

A recent complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) indicates that the agency is continuing its aggressive pursuit of agreements between drug manufacturers that delay the entry of generic pharmaceuticals into the...more

General Court of the EU Dismisses Trioplast Application Seeking Reimbursement of Interest Paid for Being Late in Paying Cartel...

With a judgment handed down on 12 May 2016 (Case T-669/14, Trioplast Industrier AB v. European Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) dismissed an action brought by Trioplast Industrier AB (Trioplast...more

Joe Spinelli on Corruption Risk & FCPA Due Diligence [Video]

In part II of our interview, Joe Spinelli, Senior Managing Director, Kroll, addresses a number of issues which were shared in the Kroll-Ethisphere 2016 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report. In this interview, Joe...more

Health Update - May 2016

Actions to Advance Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health - Editor's Note: Children's earliest experiences—both positive and negative—impact their brain formation and in turn their social and emotional, physical,...more

Brainstorm: FTC Continues Enforcement Trend Against Cognitive Function Claims

Continuing its trend of scrutinizing claims touting improved cognitive function, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with LearningRx Franchise Corp. (“LFC”), the developer and franchisor of a chain of...more

FTC Blocks Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

A federal court in Washington, D.C. issued an order blocking Staples' acquisition of Office Depot on the grounds that it would substantially lessen competition in the sale of consumable office supplies to national business...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016

Law Modifies Process For Duty Suspensions And Reductions - On May 20, 2016, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the U.S....more

First Circuit Affirms FTC Social Media Order: Jerk.com users Jerked Around By Material Misrepresentations

In Fanning v. Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit affirmed a summary decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which found that Jerk LLC, the operator of Jerk.com, materially misrepresented both the source of...more

FTC Blocks Staples’ Acquisition of Office Depot

After more than a year-long battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the proposed acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) by Staples, Inc. (SPLS) was blocked by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District...more

"Staples-Office Depot Mergers, 1997 v. 2016: Changed Industry, Same Result"

On May 17, 2016, one week after announcing his decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a public version of his opinion siding with the Federal Trade Commission in its...more

FTC Issues Guidance on Consumer Reporting Obligations under the FCRA

On May 10, the FTC released new guidance on consumer reporting obligations under the FCRA. The guidance is intended to assist companies in understanding whether or not they are subject to consumer reporting requirements under...more

FTC Loses Pennsylvania Merger Challenge in District Court and Seeks Emergency Appeal to Third Circuit

On May 9, 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge denied efforts by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state regulators to block the merger of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and Pinnacle Health System...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Consults on Proposals to Reform Retail Banking

The Competition and Markets Authority published a provisional decision on market issues regarding personal current accounts and retail banking services for small-and medium-sized enterprises. The decision is part of the CMA’s...more

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