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What to do when the winner of a sweepstakes or contest wants a different prize

What if you offer a sweepstakes and the winner wants to receive only a portion of the prize? Recently, a winner won a vacation for her and a travel companion. However, she did not want anyone to travel with her even though it...more

Tenth Circuit Clarifies Rule of Reason Analysis for Tying Claims

Tying is a chameleon in antitrust law. Courts can condemn tying arrangements as either per se violations or as unlawful under the rule of reason. For a per se tying violation, plaintiff must show that the defendant had...more

Hogan Lovells academic all-stars debate hot tech topics

On 17 March Hogan Lovells hosted a live webinar where several of our Global TMT thought leaders interviewed a panel of academic experts from our Law and Technology Academic Advisory Council on the key legal and tech trends...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Municipal Debt Collector Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

?On March 24, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced? that it entered into a consent order with a debt collection company, resolving allegations that the company engaged in unfair and abusive debt collection...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Class Action Roundup, covering the fourth quarter of 2016. As has been the case throughout the year, class actions continue to play a key role in courtrooms across the...more

M&A Activity in the Connect Vehicles Sector: More Antitrust Filings on the Horizon?

M&A activity in the connected vehicles sector might need to be notified to antitrust authorities, even when the target has limited revenues, as shown by the recent Intel/Mobileye deal. Connected vehicles (or, taking it...more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

More Broken Privacy Promises from Upromise: Key Takeaways From Upromise’s Latest Settlement with the FTC

“Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep” is an admonishment received by every child and delivered by every parent. This pithy maxim is equally applicable to consent orders entered into with regulatory authorities....more

Third Circuit: On-Campus Residency Requirements Protected By State-Action Immunity Doctrine

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit held that a public university and its non-profit partner were immune from antitrust liability after the university enacted a student residency policy that benefitted on-campus...more

EU antitrust enforcement 2.0 – European Commission raises concerns about algorithms and encourages individual whistleblowers

The European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has emphasised two important developments for EU antitrust enforcement, which have emerged from technological advancements: The Commission is taking proactive...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #3

Editor's Note - The Return of Glass-Steagall? On March 13, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig made a speech to the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference...more

Antitrust Not Always Available in Competitor Disputes in the Healthcare Sector

The antitrust injury and antitrust standing defenses/doctrines are alive and well in healthcare.  A recent case, SCPH Legacy Corp. et al. v. Palmetto Health et al., shows that a competitor is not always the most legally...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) began to take effect yesterday, March 14, 2017. One aim of the CRFA is to protect consumers’ ability to publicly review services and vendors without being subject to restrictions or...more

$7.5 Million Reason to Call a Telemarketing Lawyer

On March 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) announced that a slew of Arizona State companies and their owners have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with the...more

Mexico Judicial Criteria Issued for Telecommunications Antitrust and Preponderance

One of the purposes of the 2013 Amendment to the Mexican Constitution was to promote competition in telecommunications and broadcasting services. As part of the reform, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto...more

Influencer Marketing: Best Practices for Advertisers & Agencies

Influencer marketing saw explosive growth in 2016, with 86% of marketers having used the tactic, 94% of whom found it effective. In 2016, most marketers spent between $25,000 to $50,000 per influencer marketing program, which...more

The Competition Bureau applies strict standards to retail price claims in Canada

Regular prices, sale prices, clearance sales – these terms are ubiquitous in the retail world and are a familiar component of marketing strategies intended to convince consumers that now is the best time to make a purchase...more

FCC Votes To Block Its Own Privacy Rule

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week that he is planning to take the first step to return authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices to the Federal...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies

On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on...more

Are Your Consumer Contracts Being Invalidated By The Consumer Review Fairness Act?

On March 14, 2017, the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) will officially invalidate a whole bunch of consumer contract clauses that pertain to online reviews....more

Becoming the Target of an Antitrust Lawsuit: Essential Considerations

Becoming the target of an antitrust lawsuit is a daunting prospect for any business. Antitrust lawsuits are often time-consuming and expensive to defend, and the consequences of losing a case can be severe. Under the Sherman...more

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial...more

Proposed Changes - China’s commercial bribery laws face major revision.

On February 22, 2017, draft amendments (the 2017 Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress...more

Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

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