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FTC Joins With Federal, State and Local Authorities on Nationwide Debt Collection Enforcement Initiative

On November 4, 2015, a group of law enforcement authorities, led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission), announced Operation Collection Protection, a coordinated federal, state and local initiative aimed at...more

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring...more

Beware – Price Fixing by Algorithms

So, you’ve designed a great looking poster. Posters are sold all over Twitter and other social media sites, and now you’ve been lucky enough to land a space in Amazon Marketplace. You’re not the only one selling posters, of...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

Update on the DOJ's Criminal Investigation into Generic Pharmaceuticals

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division's (DOJ's) investigation into the generic pharmaceutical industry may be expanding. On March 15, 2015, a third generic manufacturer disclosed that it received a subpoena from the...more

DOJ Continues to Set Records with Antitrust Enforcement in 2014

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) recently reported its criminal prosecution of companies and individuals engaged in cartel, price-fixing or bid-rigging behavior resulted in $1.861 billion in criminal...more

Cartels - U.S. Chapter

The United States remains a leader in cartel enforcement, in part given its long tradition of prosecuting cartel conduct both criminally and civilly. Indeed, “the United States remains the only jurisdiction that has...more

State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

DOJ Announces Arrests and Charges Against Debt Collection Company

On November 19, the DOJ issued a press release announcing charges against six employees of a Georgia-based debt collection company for allegedly running a $4.1 million dollar debt collection scam. According to the press...more

Privacy Monday (on Tuesday….) November 2014

Sometimes the day just gets away from you ….. Here are three privacy & security things you should know for your week: 1. FTC Cites TRUSTe With Misrepresenting Practices – Fines $200,000 Apparently TRUSTe...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

UK: OFT gives games developers 2 months to comply with consumer laws (or else)

Following the consultation it carried out last year into the freemium games markets, the UK’s consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, has published its finalised set of principles to be adhered to by the games...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

Second Circuit Reverses Conviction Involving Off-Label Promotion

A divided panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative who marketed a narcolepsy drug for so-called off-label uses not approved by the Food and Drug...more

‘Tiny Belly’ Ads Conceal Large Credit-Card Scheme

The companies behind the ubiquitous “1 Tip for a Tiny Belly” ads are the most recent targets of a new FTC crackdown on online weight-loss ads that have conned millions of people. The ad seems innocent enough; it promises “1...more

Advertising Law - August 13, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Alan Brunswick, L. Peter Parcher, Lee Phillips and Jordan Yospe Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers Top 100 *Officials Say Craigslist Still Hosts Sex Ads *FTC Testifies About Efforts to...more

Advertising Law Newsletter - August 4, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *SPECIAL FOCUS: Tweetstakes Law *Proposed Agency Would Take On Some FTC Functions *FTC Announces Sweeping Anti-Scam Campaign *Cosmetic Surgery Outfit Fined for Fake Reviews *Initial Revenue Bill Lacks...more

Credit Repair – Do It Yourself and Avoid Being Scammed

Despite all the advertising by companies who promise to “erase your bad debt” or remove bankruptcies, judgments, liens, and bad loans from your credit file, the attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission say that they have...more

Antitrust & Federal Regulation: Senate Passes Consumer Product Safety Act Reauthorization

On March 6, 2008, the U.S. Senate passed S. 2663, the most ambitious reauthorization and amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Act and related statutes since the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *FTC Pushes MPAA and Toy Makers To Review Kid Film Marketing *Standoff Over Password Underscores Digital Dilemma *Toy Makers Seek To Shutter Scrabulous *Online Privacy An Increasing Concern For...more

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