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"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

FTC Publishes Data Breach Response Guidelines

Whether resulting from a planned cyberattack or mere carelessness, data breaches are on the rise. In 2015, 781 data breaches were reported across the United States, with the average breach costing $3.8 million. In 2016, the...more

11th Circuit better defines FTC’s ‘Unfair’ standard – The details are in the damage

In November 2016, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit stayed a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Final Order enforcing a complaint against LabMD related to the exposure of customer data. In the process of issuing the...more

China Finalizes New Cyber Security Law

China has finalized a broad new Cyber Security Law, its first comprehensive data privacy and security regulation. It addresses specific privacy rights previously adopted in the European Union and elsewhere such as access,...more

Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

Third Circuit Considering Federal Court Damages Immunity for Ocean Shipping Companies

The Shipping Act of 1984 grants limited immunity under the antitrust laws to vessel-operating common carriers that enter certain agreements, including price-fixing agreements, so long as the agreements are filed in advance...more

FTC Announces New Guidance on Ransomware

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance for businesses and consumers on the impact of, and how to respond to ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malicious software that infiltrates...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #4

CARU Emphasizes Accurate Performance, Use Presentations for Children - Two recent Children's Advertising Review Unit decisions emphasize the importance of providing accurate performance and use presentations for products...more

Health Update - November 2016

Post-Election Analysis: Healthcare Antitrust in a Trump Administration - In a Republican sweep of all the elected branches of the federal government, Donald Trump won the presidential election and Republicans retained...more

November 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s recently issued consumer protection rules and initiatives, the GAO’s report on air traffic control reorganization, DOT’s tentative approval of...more

FTC Publishes Data Breach Response Guidelines

On October 25, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published a guide titled “Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business” outlining a high-level set of steps that businesses should take in order to prepare for and...more

FTC seeks information on class action claims rates

The FTC has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on their procedures for...more

FTC Seeks Information on Class Action Claims Rates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on...more

FTC continues vigorous use of enforcement authority

As observers ponder the CFPB’s future in a Trump Administration, the Federal Trade Commission’s continuing role as an enforcer of federal consumer financial protection laws should not be overlooked. Over the approximately...more

Do You Venmo? FTC Spotlight on Peer-to-Peer Payments and Crowdfunding

3The FTC recently examined peer-to-peer (P2P) payment systems and crowdfunding in the second forum of its FinTech series. P2P payment systems are online services that allow consumers to share money electronically. These...more

As part of joint initiative with the CFPB, FTC launches updated, mobile-friendly Military Consumer website

This week, the FTC announced the launch of a redesigned Military Consumer website as part of its joint initiative with the DoD, CFPB and others. Military.Consumer.gov is a financial readiness website designed to help...more

Appeals Court Decisions Strengthen FTC's Hand in Hospital Merger Challenges

The fall of 2016 has proved to be a difficult time for hospitals seeking to complete mergers in the face of antitrust challenges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). After failing initially to persuade federal...more

What to Expect from the FTC

Our colleague Bill MacLeod, chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, penned the following blog post on what we might expect at the FTC...more

FTC Files Suit Against Credit Card Company

On November 10, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia against a prepaid credit card provider. The FTC’s complaint alleges violations of Section...more

Four California Residents Jailed and to Pay $7 Million in Restitution for Debt Relief Scheme

On November 14, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that four California individual defendants were sentenced for their participation in an allegedly fraudulent debt relief...more

Deceptive Weight Loss Marketing Results in $30 Million Judgment

A federal judge for the Middle District Court of Florida has entered a $30 million judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and against NBA Advertising, Inc. and its owner. We had previously blogged about...more

FTC Issues Long-Awaited Enforcement Policy on OTC Homeopathic Drugs

We reported a few weeks ago about a new warning from FDA related to the safety of certain teething-related, non-prescription homeopathic drug products, and in that post we mentioned that both FDA and the Federal Trade...more

DOJ, FTC Announce Plans to Criminally Prosecute Employers That Enter into Wage-Fixing or No-Poaching Agreements

In the fiercely competitive market for talent, human resources personnel and recruiters inevitably feel the competing pressures of offering compensation packages that are attractive to potential employees and keeping costs...more

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