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Automotive Bearings Price-Fixing Allegations Survive FTAIA Defense

On August 26, 2014, the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion by a Japanese manufacturer and its U.S.-based subsidiary (NTN Corporation and NTN USA Corporation) to dismiss the direct and indirect purchaser complaints...more

Striking Stats About Internet Marketing and Online Lead Generation

Online advertisers and marketers, including lead generators, and their service providers, have long had to contend with scrutiny from the FTC, state Attorneys General, competitors, and customers. And, since 2012, advertisers...more

Alert – New Scam Targets Indian H-1b Applicants

Beware of a new scam, experienced by our clients and confirmed to have occurred by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to employees of other Indian companies. Callers, posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and...more

CFPB and federal banking agencies issue guidance on unfair or deceptive credit practices in light of Reg AA repeal

Concurrently with a proposal from the Fed to repeal Regulation AA (12 CFR part 227), the CFPB and the federal banking agencies (Fed, OCC, FDIC and NCUA) have issued interagency guidance regarding unfair or deceptive credit...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on AgeCheq, Inc.’s Proposed Parental Consent Method under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it seeks public comment on a new verifiable parental consent method application proposed by AgeCheq, Inc., to enable apps, websites and advertisers to obtain parental consent...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

The Origins of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1

Summer is the time for movies about superheroes. Often, after a couple of episodes in a movie franchise come out, the producers make a film about the origins of the protagonist, so the audience can better understand the...more

Fed Proposes to Repeal Rule Regarding Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices

The Federal Reserve Board has requested comment on a proposal to repeal its Regulation AA regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act repealed the...more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Repeal Its Regulation AA (Unfair Credit Practices)

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is requesting comment on its proposal to repeal its Regulation AA, which for nearly 30 years has prohibited banks from engaging in specified unfair and deceptive credit...more

Do you want your under 13 kid to have a Gmail or YouTube account? Google does…..

According to recent media reports, Google is allegedly designing a Google account for children under 13 which would permit children in this age group to officially create their own Gmail account and to access a kid-friendly...more

Advertising Law - August 2014 #3

FTC: Telemarketing Sales Rule Ripe For Review - It’s time to review the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has announced. Enacted in 1995, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the Rule) has been...more

Advertising Law News & Analysis - August 2014 #2

In this issue: - FTC Announces Agenda for Sept. Big Data Workshop - State AGs Escalate E-Cig Discussion in Comments to FDA - Venable Secures Victory in Putative Class Action on Behalf of Oral Supplement...more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Use of Legal Presumptions of Consumer Confusion and Injury in Certain Lanham Act Cases

On Tuesday, July 29, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit “clarified certain aspects of [its] false advertising jurisprudence” and held that, where literal falsity and deliberate deception have been...more

Australia: Money for nothing and bets for free – ACCC files legal proceedings against Bet365

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that the advertising campaign conducted by companies within the Bet365 Group (Bet365) which offered ‘free bets’ and...more

Reasonable Doubt: Data Privacy, Cybersecurity, and the FTC

Today’s cybersecurity environment demands that every business establish effective corporate data privacy and consumer information security systems and practices. But, unfortunately, no single cybersecurity law exits to...more

Lanham Act Claims Are Not Precluded by Compliance with the FDCA

POM Wonderful LLC (“POM”) produces and sells a pomegranate-blueberry juice blend. POM brought a Lanham Act suit against Coca-Cola for allegedly marketing one of its juices in such a way that it misled consumers into thinking...more

Disclosure At The Mobile Check-Out: The FTC's View On Mobile Shopping Apps

In its August 1st report entitled "What's the Deal — An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," the FTC provides guidance on various disclosures that should be made by mobile apps along with reinforcing a number of prior...more

Consumer Protection Organization Petitions FTC To Enforce U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

On August 14, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced that it filed a complaint with the FTC claiming that 30 U.S. companies are compiling, using, and sharing EU consumers’ personal information without their...more

Feds, States Sweep Country for Mortgage Relief Scams

In an enforcement sweep dubbed “Operation Mis-Modification,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 15 state Attorneys General have targeted “foreclosure relief scammers that have...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #7

..Better shop around. In connection with a new staff report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) examined 121 popular apps used to comparison shop, find online deals and pay with mobile devices; the FTC concluded that many of...more

Consumer Privacy Legislation? All Sides Weigh In But Remain Far Apart in the Big Debate Over Big Data

Recent comments filed by various stakeholders in response to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Request for Public Comment (RFC) on “Big Data and Consumer...more

$3.5 Million Cactus Juice Settlement Should be a Warning to Advertisers

In this health-conscious age, consumers are always on the lookout for new products which will improve wellness and quality of life. Marketers attuned to this trend may be tempted to increase sales by extolling the virtues of...more

FTC Reports Mobile Shopping App Consumer Disclosures Are Insufficient

On August 1, the FTC released a staff report on the agency’s review of shopping apps—those used for comparison shopping, to collect and redeem deals and discounts, and to complete in-store purchases. ...more

Advertising Law - August 2014 #2

Cramming It All In: FTC Has a Busy Week Addressing Mobile Cramming - Mobile cramming was on the forefront of the Federal Trade Commission’s agenda recently, with the agency issuing a new report, testifying before...more

When Does Section 75-1.1 Reach Out-of-State Conduct? (Part II of a Two-Part Series)

In yesterday’s post, we discussed the current standards that decide when section 75-1.1 applies to acts outside North Carolina. Those standards raise this question: Do overcharges on goods bought by North Carolina...more

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