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Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 4 - July 2014

In This Issue: - European Court of Justice Strengthens the Right to Be Forgotten - California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered - Snap...more

Court Certifies Interlocutory Appeal for the FTC v. Wyndham Matter

This blog previously discussed various aspects of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) action filed against Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (“Wyndham”) under Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits “unfair and deceptive acts or...more

Backlash Over Facebook Timeline Experiment Serves as a Reminder: User Expectations Still Trump Fine Print

If you are one of the approximately 1.3 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the phenomenon where a single event (like Luiz Suarez biting that Italian guy or pretty much anything involving TSA) manages...more

Wyndham Seeks Immediate Appeal Over Whether FTC Has Authority To Regulate Data Security

We have written previously about FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., currently pending in federal district court in New Jersey, and its potential significance for data security class actions. A recent opinion in that case has...more

SawStop Stopped: Judge Dismisses Antitrust Lawsuit Against Table Saw Industry

On June 27, 2014, Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC. We previously wrote about this lawsuit and the need for companies and...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Debt Collector over Alleged FDCPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a Houston debt collection company and its individual owner related to alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This action...more

FTC Releases 2014 Privacy and Data Security Update, Touting Its Efforts and Achievements in Protecting Consumer Privacy

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its 2014 Privacy and Data Security Update, summarizing the FTC’s major enforcement actions, policy initiatives, rules, reports, workshops, and outreach efforts in the...more

The Download - June 2014

In this issue: - Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Location Privacy Protection Act -Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ Hearing and Report on Potential Security...more

Wyndham Gets Life Preserver in Data Breach Case

New Jersey U.S. District Judge Esther Salas agreed to allow Wyndham Hotels and Resorts LLC to immediately appeal to the Third Circuit a ruling affirming the FTC’s authority to bring data security cases. ...more

Advertising Law - June 2014 #4

Don’t Forget: FTC Settlement Over Memory Claims - The marketers of the BrainStrong dietary supplement – which claimed to improve adult memory and prevent cognitive decline – reached a settlement with the Federal Trade...more

Illinois Court Holds Duty to Defend Telemarketing Sales Rule Lawsuit

In its recent decision in North River Ins. Co. v. Guar. Trust Life Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 736 (Apr. 14, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an exclusion for...more

FTC Data Broker Report Recommends New Consumer Protection Legislation

Report Outlines Best Practices for Data Broker Industry - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its report, Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability, based on an in-depth study of nine data...more

Disappearing Act Fails – Maryland Attorney General and FTC “snap” back at Snapchat

Recently, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced that it reached a settlement with Snapchat, Inc. over alleged deceptive trade practices in violation of Maryland law and violations of federal laws that are intended...more

FTC Settlement with Payment Processor Highlights Importance of Anti-Money Laundering Programs for Non-Bank Financial Institutions

On June 11, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had entered into a stipulated permanent injunction with Independent Resources Network Corp., a payment processor, to settle charges that it knowingly...more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - Dan Silverman Provides Analysis of POM Wonderful Decision - Senators to FTC: Knock Off Outlet Knock Offs - Understanding What Just Happened in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola -...more

FTC’s Data Broker Report: Transparency And Consumer Control

Calling for greater transparency and an increase in consumer control, the Federal Trade Commission has released its report on the data broker industry....more

FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Repair Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into a settlement with one of the nation’s largest credit repair companies and its owners for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act...more

Weight Loss Claims and Dr. Oz Gain Congressional Interest

We’ve all heard the statistics showing obesity rates rising in the U.S. year after year. Most of us are well aware of the billion dollar diet and weight-loss supplement industry to which millions turn with the hope of finding...more

FTC Testifies to Congress on Proposed Senate Geolocation Data Privacy Bill

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee for Privacy, Technology and the Law about proposed Senate Bill 2171, “The Location Privacy Protection Act of...more

“Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You…” FTC Data Brokers Report Calls for More Industry Transparency, Regulation in...

“You may not know them, but data brokers know you,” Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said when she announced the release of the Commission’s newest report on the data broker industry. And in the FTC’s...more

POM Wonderful™ News for Prescription Drug and Device Manufacturers?

Last week, the Supreme Court decided that POM Wonderful™, maker of pomegranate juice, could sue Coca-Cola Company, maker of a blended juice product that included pomegranate and blueberry juices, under the Lanham Act for...more

Supreme Court Paves The Way For Lanham Act Claims Against FDA-Regulated Competitors

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision last week in Pom Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., a case pitting the false advertising provisions of the Lanham Act against the beverage labeling standards of the federal Food Drug...more

Buzzsaw or SawStop: Are You Prepared to Avoid Antitrust Liability in the Product Safety Arena?

In most respects, trade associations are pro-competitive organizations: they join together competitors to advance worthwhile goals and to learn from one another. Their societal value is why they are recognized as non-profits....more

Lanham Act Claims for Misleading Product Description Can Coexist with FDCA Labeling Regulations, Court Find

A unanimous Supreme Court (8-0, Justice Breyer recusing) ruled on June 12, 2014 in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola that one competitor may sue another for unfair competition under the Lanham Act for allegedly false or misleading...more

Opt-Out Antitrust Class Actions—A U.S. Perspective On The Consumer Rights Bill Pending In UK’s Parliament

Will opt-out class actions proposed by the UK Parliament’s Consumer Rights Bill bring the dreaded U.S.-style litigation culture to the United Kingdom? My personal assessment—that of a seasoned American antitrust...more

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