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First Circuit Affirms FTC Social Media Order: Jerk.com users Jerked Around By Material Misrepresentations

In Fanning v. Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit affirmed a summary decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which found that Jerk LLC, the operator of Jerk.com, materially misrepresented both the source of...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #3

SPECIAL FOCUS: #Twitter at Ten: Ten Times Twitter Made Ad Law History - Ten years ago the world was introduced to Twitter, a microblogging site offering users the chance to express themselves just 140 characters at a...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #3

New in False Advertising Lawsuits: Security Systems and Oatmeal - Class action complaints alleging false advertising run the gamut of products and services, and recent lawsuits filed across the country bear this...more

FTC Complaint Highlights the Need to Disclose Material Connections in Ads

The recent complaint highlights the importance of clearly and conspicuously disclosing material connections between advertisers and paid influencers, including in social media posts or in native ads. ...more

FTC Settles with Data Brokers in Sale of Consumer Data Used for Illicit Purposes

On February 18, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") settled a dispute against LeapLab LLC ("LeapLab") and others ("Co-Defendants") claiming that they knowingly sold consumer social security numbers, bank account...more

Diet Pill Company Sale Slash to Pay $43 Million in Settlement with FTC Over Spam Email and Fake Celebrity Endorsements

On February 2, 2016, the FTC settled claims against Sale Slash LLC regarding the marketing of its weight loss pills, including Premium Green Coffee, Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Premium White Kidney Bean Extract, Pure Forskolin...more

An Honest Struggle to Advertise "Natural" Products

On February 12, 2016, two consumers brought a proposed New York state class action lawsuit against The Honest Company, Inc., a personal care products company co-founded by actress Jessica Alba. The lawsuit alleges that The...more

FTC Announces Settlement with ASUS over Insecure Routers and Cloud Services

Yesterday, the FTC announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Taiwan-based computer hardware manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc., resolving allegations that the company failed to take reasonable steps to...more

FTC Reports to CFPB on 2015 Activities to Combat Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On February 17, the FTC sent the CFPB a letter summarizing its 2015 efforts to stop allegedly illegal debt collection practices. According to the letter, in 2015, the FTC’s FDCPA activities included “aggressive law...more

FTC Settles with Bitcoin Mining Operation Over Alleged Deceptive Practices

On February 18, the FTC announced that a Kansas-based bitcoin mining operation and two of its operators had agreed to settle allegations that their marketing practices for bitcoin mining machines and services were deceptive,...more

News & Views: Dietary Supplement Advertising

Please find below the first edition of our monthly newsletter specifically for our clients marketing dietary supplements. We hope this helps you stay out in front of regulatory challenges. FTC DEVELOPMENTS -...more

Wyndham Settles with FTC

Last month, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. settled its lengthy civil case with the Federal Trade Commission. The suit began in 2012, when the FTC sued Wyndham and three of its subsidiaries, alleging three data breaches between 2008...more

Alert: FTC Focuses on Lead Generation Practices in Higher Education and Ed Tech

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission conducted a workshop in Washington, DC on lead generation practices, with a specific consumer protection focus on activities in the higher education sector including...more

FTC Closing Letter Provides Good Data Security Reminder

Last week, the FTC sent a closing letter to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”) relating to the agency’s investigation over whether Morgan Stanley engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices by failing to...more

Mobile App Developer Settles with FTC and New Jersey AG Over Virtual Currency Mining

On June 29, a mobile app developer entered into an agreement with the FTC and the New Jersey AG to settle allegations that the developer engaged in deceptive and unfair practices by marketing its rewards app, called “Prized,”...more

FTC Announces First Action Involving Crowdfunding

Last week, the FTC announced its first legal action involving crowdfunding. For those of you who don’t know, crowdfunding is the practice of raising money for a project by seeking contributions from a large number of people,...more

Crowdfunding Project Creator Settles FTC Charges of Deception

In the FTC's first case involving crowdfunding, the agency took action against a project creator who was ostensibly raising money from consumers to produce a board game, but instead used most of the funds on himself....more

Tailoring the Suit: Plaintiffs File Amended Complaint in Nordstrom Rack Price-Tag False Advertising Lawsuit

Nordstrom Rack has recently found itself at the center of an unwelcome suit over its labeling practices. Nordstrom Rack discloses the savings it offers customers by placing “compare at” labels on its price tags which show two...more

Incentivized Reviews Without Disclosure Get Panned by FTC

In the latest iteration of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approach to testimonials and endorsements in the context of online advertising, the Commission alleged that AmeriFreight, a company that arranges the shipment of...more

Helpful Treatises on Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Someday, you’ll have an issue under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 that needs in-depth research—perhaps comparisons to similar bodies of law in other jurisdictions. Diving straight into the hundreds of court decisions under section...more

Cartels - Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions: Taiwan

Cartel law and enforcement regime – The governing law for competition enforcement activity in Taiwan is the Taiwan Fair Trade Act (“TFTA”). The TFTA was enacted in February 1991 and has been amended several times,...more

Competition Act Tort Claims Still Viable: Fairhurst v Anglo American PLC

Can indirect purchasers claim damages in tort for breaches of the Competition Act? This was one of the issues before the British Columbia Supreme Court in Fairhurst v Anglo American PLC, 2014 BCSC 2270. Madam Justice Brown...more

Recent Developments Relating to Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Patent Assertion Entities, FRAND and Patent Misuse

On Thursday November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments (MPHJ), a patent assertion entity, to settle the FTC’s Complaint that MPHJ allegedly made...more

The FTC’s Thoughts on Why “Unlimited Data” Shouldn’t Need Scare Quotes

On October 28, 2014, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued AT&T’s mobile division in the Northern District of California (F.T.C. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, Case No._ [N.D. Cal., Oct. 28, 2014] “AT&T Mobility”). The...more

CFPB and FTC file lawsuits against online payday lenders

Earlier this month, the CFPB and FTC filed lawsuits against different groups of interrelated companies and their individual principals for engaging in allegedly unlawful online payday lending schemes....more

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