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FTC Submits Comments on IoT Security

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in connection with the NTIA’s draft guidance on improving the...more

Health Update - June 2017

HIPAA and Emerging Technologies - Editor’s Note: According to a HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey of healthcare provider employees, about 90% say they are using mobile devices to engage patients in their healthcare—and 36%...more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

Instagram Announces a New Tool for Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last year, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to “investigate and bring enforcement actions related to the practice of non-disclosed advertising through influencer user...more

EU Retail News - June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice ("CAP") puts its foot down on how companies can advertise to children online. In recent months, CAP has published a multitude of guidance to...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 9th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 9, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of stories. Airline Surcharge Challenged [DIRECT BOOKING] - ("IAG Flight-Booking Surcharge...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #3

FTC Jumps on Trampoline Marketing - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bounced purportedly misleading trampoline marketing claims in a new administrative consent order. Son “Sonny” Le and his brother Bao “Bobby” Le...more

Dish Network hit with record $280 million civil penalty and far-reaching injunctive relief for do not call violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Illinois federal judge ordered Dish Network to pay the federal government $168 million for violating the FTC’s Telephone Sales Rule (“TSR”). The judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the...more

Rep. Blackburn Files Bill To Return ISP Regulation To Federal Trade Commission

by King & Spalding on

On May 18, 2017, Representative Marsha Blackburn (R. TN) introduced H.R. 2520 (the “Bill”) to the House of Representatives, which purports to shift online privacy regulation authority from the Federal Communications...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 2nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 2, 2017 is below. A short update this week: Expedia Defends (Again) Billboard Effect [OTA]. In the latest salvo regarding the existence of...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Trampoline Companies Over Online Reviews

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) last week agreed to settle charges levied against the marketers of Infinity and Olympus Pro brand trampolines. Those charges asserted that the marketers, under the guise of a variety of...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #2

BART’s App Crashes Into Privacy Suit - San Francisco’s mass transit organization crashed into a class action in which the plaintiff alleged that its mobile app has been illegally collecting personal information from users....more

#Sponsored – FTC Warns Social Media Influencers to Clearly Disclose Material Connections

Kim Kardashian touting weight-loss teas. Tom Brady plugging Aston Martin. Jennifer Aniston shilling SmartWater. In this time of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and countless other social media platforms, it can...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Republican Ashley Moody Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican Ashley Moody formally announced her candidacy to become Florida AG. Moody is the third candidate to enter the 2018...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

Is Antitrust Law a Viable Substitute for Net Neutrality?

In April 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Notice of Proposed Order, Restoring Internet Freedom, seeking to reverse the FCC’s previous adoption of “net neutrality” principles in its March 2015 Open Internet Order. Net...more

Endorsement Disclosures on the Front Burner Again at the FTC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the FTC announced a Complaint and proposed settlement with two trampoline sellers, brothers Sonny and Bobby Le. The Les sold Infinity and Olympus Pro brand trampolines through three websites that touted...more

FTC Tramples Fake Reviews

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Retailers often use product reviews to supplement advertising and drive sales. Such use has become more prevalent as sales shift from brick and mortar stores to internet sales, where splattering a webpage with purported...more

BROWSER Act Aims to Replace Invalidated FCC Privacy Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

US Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) recently introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act (the Bill), under which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would regain...more

Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only...more

Is the NAD Forum Right for Your Advertising Dispute?

by Revision Legal on

In certain advertising disputes, it may be possible and considerably more affordable to argue the advertising dispute before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, rather than...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

TCPA Connect - June 2017

Would-Be Employer Targeted in New TCPA Suit - Could employers be the next target for Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions? - Hopefully not, after an Illinois federal court judge dismissed a complaint brought...more

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