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Radius Restrictions – New York AG Cracks Down on Outlet Mall Operator

Outlet malls are popular destinations for consumers seeking a bargain, even if not everyone agrees that the deals are as good as advertised. But although the prices may seem low, a common provision in lease agreements...more

German Auto Antitrust Cartel – A Record Enforcement Action Begins

by Michael Volkov on

Just when you thought it could not get any worse, events remind us that things actually can get worse. Volkswagen suffered through a horrible scandal involving an elaborate scheme to circumvent emissions regulations. The...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

Uber Settles FTC Dispute Over Consumer Data Privacy and Security Allegations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are several key takeaways from a 20-year proposed consent order agreed to by Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

Senate bill would attach strings to state licensing boards’ antitrust immunity

As we noted last month, the FTC has recently been voicing concerns about potentially anticompetitive actions of state professional licensing boards. Our post also discussed the scope of such boards’ immunity from antitrust...more

China proposes new rules to address perceived anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry

by Hogan Lovells on

On 14 August 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") released a draft of the Guidelines on Pricing Conduct by Business Operators for Drugs in Shortage and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients ("Draft...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Department of Labor (DOL) filed a Notice of Administrative Action seeking to delay the Fiduciary Rule until July 2019; federal banking agencies issued guidance on the capital treatment of...more

Five state regulators enter into settlement agreement with debt collectors for alleged federal and state law violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Regulators from the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Dakota (“Participating States”) have entered into a settlement agreement with three affiliated debt collection companies to settle...more

Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

by Buchalter on

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great ways to interact with friends, family and potential customers. They are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s...more

The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

Senate Bill Promises Antitrust Immunity to Boards That Reform Licensure in Latest State Action Defense Development

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced a bill that would extend a limited state action immunity to state licensure boards only if states implement reforms that reduce occupational...more

FTC Issues ‘Stick with Security’ Guidance Emphasizing Data Security Best Practices

The Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Thomas B. Pahl, recently commenced a ‘Stick with Security’ series of blog posts that analyze the data security principles championed by the FTC in its Start with...more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

Get Your Gripe On: The Consumer Review Fairness Act Is Live

Searching “millennials killed…” on the Internet returns over 1.5 million results in .65 seconds. Commentators have blamed the generation raised by tablets, smartphones, and apps for killing everything from marriage to brunch,...more

Loyalty-Discount Programs and the Antitrust Laws

by Polsinelli on

Loyalty discounts are price reductions by a supplier in return for a customer’s commitment to purchase a certain percentage of its requirements from the supplier. Sellers also sometimes discount their prices if a customer...more

FTC Approves TRUSTe’s Updated Safe Harbor Program

by King & Spalding on

On July 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it voted 2-0 to approve TRUSTe’s modifications to its safe harbor program under the terms of the Children Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). TRUSTe...more

FTC Uses Consumer Complaints to Combat Alleged Robocalls

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is using consumer complaints in its effort to quell alleged illegal robocalls. On September 1, 2009, the FTC issued rules prohibiting robocalls made without a consumer’s prior written...more

Avoiding the “Gun Jumping” Trap in Mergers and Acquisitions

by Polsinelli on

From the moment a merger agreement is signed, the parties are often eager to begin the process of integrating and consolidating their operations. But doing too much coordination before closing could constitute “gun...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...more

FDA and FTC Solicit Consumer Complaints About Dietary Supplement Marketing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly requested that consumers report dietary supplements that “didn’t work as promised” or that are marketed with “unbelievable” claims. Consumers may...more

FTC Approves Modifications to TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor Program

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved TRUSTe’s proposed modifications to their Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program this week....more

FTC Competition Director Highlights Enforcement Priorities in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Last week Markus Meier, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission, gave testimony to the House Judiciary Committee concerning “Antitrust Concerns and the FDA Approval Process.” ...more

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date...more

Class Action Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy Among “Circle of Five” German Automakers

On July 28, 2017, a group of plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the Northern District of California against BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as auto-parts manufacturer Robert Bosch....more

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