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Third Circuit to Plaintiffs’ Bar: Expert Testimony Necessary for Certification Must Satisfy Daubert

Plaintiff purchasers of traditional blood reagents, products that test the compatibility of donor blood with recipients, brought putative class actions claiming that two defendant companies conspired to fix prices in...more

FTC Settles With Debt Brokers For Leaking Sensitive Consumer Information

On April 13, the FTC announced that two debt brokers agreed to settle two separate cases filed last year involving the leaking of over 55,000 consumers’ personal information. The brokers allegedly shared consumers’ personal...more

UK Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act (“the 2015 Act”) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and comes into force 1 October 2015. The 2015 Act aims to reform and consolidate eight pieces of legislation addressing consumer rights in the...more

Supreme Court Rejects FERC’s Preemption Argument and Permits State Antitrust Claims Against Interstate Pipelines to Proceed

On April 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in ONEOK, Inc., et al., v. Learjet, Inc. et al holding that state antitrust claims are not pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act. This important decision put the brakes on an...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 Advances Despite Strong Criticism

On April 17, advocates in support of a federal data security and breach notification law achieved a victory when the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill supporting national legislation. The proposed Data...more

FTC Settles Radioactive Allegations Against Cardinal Health with a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement Agreement

In a 3-2 decision, as part of its aggressive antitrust enforcement in health care industries, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) announced that Cardinal Health, Inc. (Cardinal) agreed to pay $26.8 million to...more

Supreme Court Opens Door to Increased Role for State Courts and State Regulators in the Energy Sector

The Supreme Court today allowed the states a greater role in regulating the energy sector. In ONEOK, the Court held that states can regulate activities that affect both wholesale and retail transactions to the extent that the...more

FTC Seeks to Secure First Disgorgement in Nearly a Decade

The FTC announced yesterday that Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”) has agreed to pay $26.8 million to resolve its investigation into the company’s alleged anticompetitive behavior. If approved by a federal court, the...more

FTC Releases 2014 Annual Highlights Report

On April 15, the FTC released its 2014 Annual Highlights Report (Report), summarizing the FTC’s work during the prior year to protect consumers and promote competition in industries such as mobile technology, healthcare, and...more

Federal Regulators Expand Authority Over Data Security Issues: Recent Actions by FCC and FTC Underscore the Importance of...

Highly regulated industries such as banking and healthcare have been at the forefront with robust data security regulations for a number of years. Regulators are now focusing on other industries as data breach incidents...more

HHS/Office of the National Coordinator issues report that health information sharing is being blocked to gain a competitive edge

In a scathing report released last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) accused hospitals and software vendors of preventing the sharing of health information in order...more

Second Circuit Hears Argument in People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC

On April 13, 2015 the Second Circuit (Hon. Walker, Raggi, Droney) heard oral argument in People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC. This case began in September 2014, when the New York Attorney General’s Office...more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it is settling investigations against American International Mailing, Inc. and TES Franchising LLC alleging that each were misrepresenting to consumers that they...more

EU Tells Google to Try Harder

It’s official: on Wednesday, in a formal Statement of Objections, the European Union’s antitrust chief formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the web search arena. The European Commission is focused on...more

FTC Settles with Technology Company for Allegedly Misleading Consumers about Refunds

On April 7, the FTC announced a proposed settlement of an administrative complaint alleging that a web hosting provider violated the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the press release, the company offered web...more

Fit (Not) to Be Tied: Three Tricky Questions Every Company Must Ask When Selling Discounted Bundles of Products

From corner taco stands to corner offices, the discounted product bundle is ubiquitous. McDonald’s offers Extra Value Meals. Microsoft offers Office. Morgan Stanley offers Prime Brokerage. Like countless companies, these...more

DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

Impact of FTC's Broadened Scope Creeping In On Your E-Business

For retailers who have eBusiness lines, the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new regulations will affect the way you do business. The amendments in 16 C.F.R. §435 went into effect December 8, 2014. Has your business made...more

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

Beyond HIPAA: Connected Health Care and the Internet of Things

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Staff Report titled "Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World," released in January 2015, continues to generate interest and questions about the regulation of health...more

Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Brings First E-Commerce Prosecution

Marking a foray into e-commerce, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its first antitrust prosecution for price fixing in online marketplaces. On April 6, 2015, the DOJ announced that it has...more

UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including...more

FTC Creates New Office To Investigate Consumer Technologies

On March 23, the FTC announced – via blog post – the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a newly formed research office within its Bureau of Consumer Protection....more

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

Privacy Bills Abound in Congress

Why it matters - From the President to Senators to Representatives, everyone in Washington, D.C. appears to be focused on privacy-related issues. Continuing his focus on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama signed an...more

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