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President Obama’s Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights - Part 3: Who’s Covered

This week we have brought you a multi-part series analyzing the Obama administration’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which would require greater transparency by businesses in their privacy practices, and grant...more

FTC and New York AG File Joint Suits Against Debt Collectors

On February 26, the FTC and the New York State Attorney General announced joint lawsuits to cease certain practices of two debt collection operations based in upstate New York. The complaints allege that the defendants...more

Federal Court Finds Amex’s “Anti-Steering” Merchant Rules Anticompetitive

After a seven-week bench trial in an enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 17 state attorneys general, U.S. District Judge Garaufis (Eastern District of New York) held that American Express Co.’s...more

SIFMA Gets Its Cybersecurity-Antitrust Wish

I’m sure you remember SIFMA’s Principles for Effective Cybersecurity Regulatory Guidance, issued last October. I mean, you read about them right here. One of the principles was this: Principle 9: Information Sharing...more

Legislative Initiative: The Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015

President Barack Obama recognized in a speech he gave at the Federal Trade Commission on January 12th that identity theft poses a direct threat to the financial security of Americans. ...more

Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview - 2/15 #2

The Texas Supreme Court will hear argument in two mandamus petitions on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, beginning at 9:00 am. ...more

Does DOJ’s Victory over American Express Foreshadow More Antitrust Challenges to Come?

American Express has rules that prohibit merchants from discriminating against American Express cards in favor of those issued by other card networks. On February 18, 2015, following a seven-week trial, Judge Garaufis in the...more

New Joint Protocol of the Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police

The Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police (Guardia di Finanza) signed a new Joint Protocol, which provides increased mutual exchange of information and closer cooperation in the context of investigations...more

Court Rules Against American Express Based on Both Direct and Indirect Evidence of Harm to Competition

On February 19, 2015, the District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued its ruling on liability in United States v. American Express. Following a seven-week trial, the Court found that American Express violated...more

What to expect from China's new investment laws

On 19 January 2015 MOFCOM issued a draft of the PRC Foreign Investment Law for public comment (FIL). Below we highlight key features of the new foreign investment regime. While the road to the actual passage of the FIL will...more

FTC sends ECOA report to CFPB

The FTC recently sent a letter to the CFPB reporting on the FTC’s 2014 activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. Although the FTC has authority to enforce the ECOA and Reg B as...more

Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group Report from Canada

In this issue: - Preface - Key Trends for 2015 - Highlights from 2014 - 2014 Annual Report - Mergers - Foreign Investment - Cartels - Private Actions -...more

FTC Takes First Action Against Car Title Lenders

Why it matters - In the agency’s first action against a title lender, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently reached a deal with a pair of car title lenders accused of deceptive advertising. The Commission alleged...more

"China's MOFCOM Aims to Fundamentally Change the Legal Landscape on Foreign Investments"

In January 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released a discussion draft of the proposed Foreign Investment Law (Discussion Draft), soliciting comments from the public. The Discussion Draft is aimed to, upon its...more

Comparison Chart re JV Law and Foreign Investment Law (Draft for Comments)

On January 19, 2015, MOFCOM released a draft for comment of PRC Foreign Investment Law (the “FIL”). The deadline for comments is February 17, 2015. The purpose of the FIL is to replace the present-day laws for foreign...more

FTC touts partnership with CFPB in annual debt collection report

In the FTC’s 2014 annual letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities, the FTC describes the CFPB as a “valuable partner” with whom the FTC anticipates an “even stronger [partnership] in the...more

European Commission extends State aid probe into Belgian tax scheme

The European Commission (“Commission”) has opened a fifth formal State aid investigation into national tax rulings. This investigation concerns the Belgian “excess profit” provision, which allows multinational groups to...more

Credit Crunch Digest - January 2015

In This Issue: - Libor and Foreign Exchange Litigation - Litigation and Regulatory Investigations - Government and Regulatory Intervention - Excerpt from Libor and Foreign Exchange...more

FTC Announces Settlement of First Actions against Auto Title Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into proposed settlements with two auto title lenders that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Truth in...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Collaborators Beware - OCC Encourages Community Banks to Collaborate

On January 13, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a paper strongly encouraging community banks to consider ways in which they can collaborate to reduce costs, promote expertise, and enhance...more

Merger Notification and Foreign Investment Review Thresholds Revised Upward for 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Competition Bureau announced an increase in the notifiable transaction-size threshold to C$86-million, a modest increase from the 2014 C$82-million threshold. The pre-merger notification...more

Motion to Dismiss Denied in FX Rigging Case

A federal judge in New York on Wednesday allowed a consolidated class action by U.S.-based investors concerning the rigging of the foreign exchange (FX) market to move forward. In denying a motion to dismiss, U.S. District...more

FTC Settles With Payday Lenders for $21M Plus $285M in Waived Charges

Why it matters - Continuing the regulatory crackdown on payday lenders, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a proposed settlement with two lenders – AMG Services, Inc. and MNE Services, Inc. – for a $21 million...more

Retailers Beware: Background Checks Continue To Be Subjected To Scrutiny and Class Action Litigation

Retailers are getting hit with a tsunami of class action litigation alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) guidelines, and related state laws. ...more

Are VIEs Finished?

On January 19, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released the draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Law”) for public comment. The public consultation period will end on February 17, 2015, after which the...more

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