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Federal Trade Commission Issues “Start with Security” Guidance

On June 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its first guidance document as part of its Start with Security initiative. The initiative, announced by FTC Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich in March, will...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court Ruling Against Apple in E-Books Price-Fixing Suit, Creating Potential Circuit Split

On June 30, 2015, in a 2-to-1 ruling, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment in United States v. Apple, Inc. that Apple and five of the largest book publishers in the U.S. entered into a per se illegal...more

Lessons from FTC Enforcement Actions

The FTC released a guide for businesses based on lessons learned from the more than 50 reported FTC enforcement actions. This new guide, “Start With Security: A Guide For Business” outlines a general “standard of care” for...more

Cybersecurity Standards Apply to Thee, Not Me

“If there is anyone to blame, it is the perpetrators,” said Katherine Archuleta, Director of the federal Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”), to a Senate panel investigating the causes of the recent OPM cyberattack. ...more

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Advertising

“We have the best mobile app on the market!” “Subscribe now and win an Apple watch!” “Download our software and we guarantee an increase in your business within 30 days!” That all sounds quite wonderful, actually. Where do I...more

Inside Insight: How the FTC Approaches Data Breach Investigations

A data breach hurts in a myriad of ways – the tarnished image of the breached company, the diminished consumer trust and the bottom-line impact of remedial costs and lost business. The last thing a company already reeling...more

EU/Swiss-U.S. Safe Harbor: More Scrutiny by the FTC?

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced the approval of the final orders for two U.S. companies, TES Franchising, LLC ("TES") and American International Mailing, Inc. ("AIM"), settling complaints that...more

Is the Competition Bureau Targeting You? New IP Enforcement Guidelines

On June 9, 2015, the Canadian Competition Bureau released updated draft Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (IPEGs) for public comment. The comment period is open until August 10, 2015. It is the third publication of...more

Staying Out of the FTC’s Data Security Cross-Hairs

As the Federal Trade Commission acknowledges in a recent blog post, no company wants to discover that its data security practices are under federal investigation. Yet any company that collects, uses or maintains consumer data...more

FTC Sharing Economy Workshop: Ohlhausen Sets the Stage for Innovation

As we, and countless others, have previously written, peer-to-peer sharing services are transforming the world economy. As Tom Goodwin at Havas Media pointed out in March, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles,...more

All Eyes on Homeopathics: FTC Workshop Signals Targeted Regulatory Scrutiny of Homeopathic Products

On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission “FTC” announced it will be hosting a workshop in September to evaluate advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice dating back...more

Amendment To The FCC’s Effective Competition Rules: Implementation Of Section 111 Of STELAR

On June 2, 2015, the FCC adopted an Order implementing Section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR), which required the FCC to streamline its longstanding effective competition rules for small cable...more

REMS and Antitrust: Latest Litigation Lessons

Brand name pharmaceutical companies have long stood in the way of generic pharmaceuticals entering the market. To keep generics at bay, brands have used a variety tactics, including ultimately unlawful ones like fraudulently...more

Second Circuit Becomes First Court of Appeals to Address Pharmaceutical “Product Hopping” Under Antitrust Laws in Decision Barring...

Few courts have addressed antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical “product hopping,” i.e., the practice of shifting customers from a drug nearing the end of its patent protection to a modified version that is covered by newer...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #5

DAA Mobile Privacy Code Enforcement Begins In September - Get ready: September 1 marks the beginning of enforcement of the Digital Advertising Alliance’s mobile privacy code, the group recently announced. Companies will...more

Product Hopping and Antitrust: Mylan Court Dismisses Claims on Summary Judgment, Citing Need to Avoid Chilling Pharmaceutical...

A recent summary judgment opinion from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania breaks new ground in the developing antitrust law on “product hopping” claims. “Product hopping” refers to the practice of changing the form or...more

FTC and Cephalon Ink $1.2 Billion Settlement in Provigil "Pay-for-Delay" Litigation

On May 28, 2015, the FTC announced that it settled its longstanding antitrust suit against Cephalon, Inc., which is now owned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. The FTC's suit alleged that Cephalon unlawfully protected...more

Inside Insight: How the FTC Approaches Data Breach Investigations

A data breach hurts in a myriad of ways – the tarnished image of the breached company, the diminished consumer trust, and the bottom-line impact of remedial costs and lost business. The last thing a company already reeling...more

"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

Roadmap Offers Important Insights on How to Prepare for FTC Data Breach Investigations

On May 20, 2015, Federal Trade Commission Assistant Director Mark Eichorn of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP) offered an inside look into the FTC’s investigative process...more

Federal Trade Commission Targets Organizations with Expired U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Certifications

Organizations in the United States that certify to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework to transfer and receive personal data about residents of the European Union must annually reaffirm to the U.S. Department of Commerce that...more

Keeping Your Privacy Promises: Retail Tracking and Opt-Out Choices

As children, many of us were taught how important it is to “keep your word.” Similarly, it is black letter privacy law that if a company commits (for instance, in a privacy policy or in website statements) to certain actions...more

FTC says self-reporting is likely to result in more favorable resolution

Last week, the FTC encouraged companies to self-report data breaches with the promise of more likely favorable treatment. The statement comes in a blog post, authored by Mark Eichorn, an Assistant Director in the FTC Bureau...more

The FTC Weighs in on In-Store Tracking. Or Does It?

In law school, everybody learns the adage that hard cases make bad law. When it comes to the Federal Trade Commission, a better aphorism might be, “easy cases make new law.” The FTC’s recent settlement with Nomi Technologies...more

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