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Puff … Puff … Sue? Distinguishing an Aggressive Sales Pitch from an Actionable Misrepresentation

Everyone’s heard it before: “This is the best phone on the market!” “There’s no faster internet anywhere!” “Best looking car you’ll see on the road!” “X Co. has the greatest brains behind it!”...more

Advertising Law - January 2017

SPECIAL FOCUS: Memories Light the Corners of Regulators' Minds - The Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General for the State of New York (NY AG) recently filed a joint lawsuit against Wisconsin based Quincy...more

FCC Wireless Bureau’s Staff Report Questions AT&T and Verizon Zero Rating Practices in Mobile Broadband Market…But To What Effect...

On January 11, 2017, the FCC released its most extensive “policy review” of mobile broadband operators sponsored data offerings for zero-rated content and services since the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. ...more

FTC Announces Two Telemarketing Cases

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it filed two lawsuits against more than a dozen individual and corporate defendants allegedly coordinated by two individuals. In the complaints, the FTC...more

REDIAL: 2016 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends

The Sutherland TCPA team has published its third annual REDIAL: 2016 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of significant Telephone Consumer...more

Alert: New Federal Law Prohibits Non-Disparagement Provisions in Form Contracts

A new federal law provides protection for US consumers who post negative reviews online.1 The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 (the "Act") prohibits companies from including provisions in their form agreements that ban or...more

FTC Announces Settlement of Two Big Robocall Lawsuits

Last Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced settlements in two separate robocall lawsuits commenced against businesses and their respective principals for the alleged placement of telemarketing calls to...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Prevents Companies From Stifling Negative Consumer Reviews

Troubled by the effect of inaccurate or unfair negative online reviews of their businesses, some companies have inserted "anti-disparagement clauses" into their consumer-facing contracts. From the start, these clauses have...more

The Quarter Ham: California Court of Appeal Affirms Judgment in Unfair Competition and False Advertising Case

You can still get your quarter ham “STARTING AT $23.99” from Honey Baked Ham, Inc. according to the California Court of Appeal in its unpublished decision on November 8, 2016. The Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s...more

Unfair Commercial Practices – The Italian Competition Authority and The Italian Communication Authority Sign a Memorandum of...

On 13 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) signed a memorandum of understanding concerning several aspects of their cooperation in the application of...more

Bullet Points on a Primer: The Quick Version of the Sedona Conference’s Data Privacy Primer

The Sedona Conference has just published the public comment version of its Data Privact Primer, a publication of its very active Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Libaility. The primer is excellent. ...more

Online Reviewers Get New Protections

Your business booked a large charity event. However, the customer contact turns out to be a nightmare. She complains (during and after the event) that the service was slow, the food looked and tasted like a frozen meal, and...more

FTC, NY AG Bring Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit Against Dietary Supplement Marketer

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) have jointly filed a deceptive advertising lawsuit against the marketers of a dietary supplement. The lawsuit claims that the marketers of the...more

Telemarketer Penalized for Deceptive Tech Support Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission recently settled with Florida-based company Inbound Call Experts on December 22 for deceiving thousands of consumers with its telemarketing scheme. Under the final order, the company must pay...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

FTC Grants Summary Judgment Against California Naturel, Inc. Falsely Advertising “All Natural” Sunscreen Products

In its opinion in In re California Naturel, Inc., the Federal Trade Commission held that the California Naturel, Inc. advertising promoting its “all natural” sunscreen on its website as containing “only the purest, most...more

FTC Settles Claim of False Representations by Digital Advertising Company

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has entered into a Consent Order to resolve a complaint brought against a digital advertising company, Turn Inc. Turn provided advertisers with the ability to engage in targeted...more

Privacy Tip #67 – Don’t Fall for Telemarketing Schemes Offering to Fix Your Computer

I received a call last week on my home land line and when I picked it up (hardly anyone I want to actually talk to calls my home telephone number) the caller on the other end informed me that he was from “Microsoft 10,” that...more

Advertising Law - December 2016 #4

FTC Rules Against "All Natural" Sunscreen Maker - In a final order, the Federal Trade Commission granted summary decision against California Naturel, Inc. for falsely advertising its sunscreen products as "all natural"...more

Turn Settles Allegations by the FTC for Deceptive Advertising Tactics

Turn, Inc. (Turn), a California based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers via a website or mobile app, settled allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived...more

FTC Settles with Ad Tech Company Over Deceptive Online Tracking Practices

On December 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Turn Inc. agreed to settle charges that it misled consumers about its online tracking activities and failed to honor consumer opt-outs as described in...more

DeVry University Settles with FTC for a Whopping $100 Million

The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that it has settled with DeVry (DeVry) for $100 million over allegations that it misled prospective students with ads that promised higher employment success and income upon...more

FTC Settles with Targeted Digital Advertising Company over Supercookie Advertising Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a proposed consent order requiring digital advertising company Turn Inc. to include a clear and conspicuous notice detailing how it collects, uses, or shares information...more

Bank Must Pay Federal Reserve Almost $1M

A Pennsylvania bank reached a deal with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System over Board-alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, agreeing to pay an almost $1 million civil penalty....more

New Laws Criminalize Online Ticket Bots and Protect Consumers’ Right to Review

Earlier this month, President Obama approved two pieces of consumer protection legislation aimed at curbing the use of automatic programs to purchase tickets through online sellers and limiting the ability of companies to use...more

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