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DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

FTC Acts Against Warner Brothers’ YouTube Promotion Campaign: Disclosure of Affiliation Below the “Fold” Is Not Enough

Last week, the FTC announced an agreement containing a consent order, subject to final approval, resolving its claims against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) for the company’s misleading use of social...more

FTC Continues to Scrutinize Social Media Influencer Programs

This week, as part of its ongoing focus on influencer programs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges against Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Inc. regarding its use of such a campaign to market the video game...more

Collusion on the catwalk: have the UK’s top modelling agencies breached competition law?

On the 25th May 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued a statement of objections to five of Britain’s most prestigious modelling agencies alleging an infringement of Chapter I of the Competition Act...more

In Landmark Case Utah Jury Decides in Favor of FTC, Against Companies for Violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rules and Do Not...

A Utah federal court jury decided last week that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) claims against Forrest S. Baker, and his film firms, Feature Films for Families, Inc., Corporations for Character, L.C., and Family Firms...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Sherman Act Claims Due to Failure to Allege a Plausible Geographic Market

In Concord Associates, L.P., et al. v. Entertainment Properties Trust, No. 13-3933-cv (2d Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of a complaint alleging claims under the Sherman Act,...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #2

SPECIAL FOCUS: Lord & Taylor Settles With FTC for Not Disclosing Native Ads - Less than three months after the Federal Trade Commission issued its December 2015 Policy Statement and Business Guide on native advertising...more

"Key Takeways: The Emerging Legal Landscape Regarding Ticket Sales"

Over the last few years, state lawmakers and enforcement agencies have focused increasingly on protecting consumers who purchase tickets to sports and entertainment events. Private actions also have targeted ticket sellers’...more

Schneiderman Seeks to Sack NFL’s Minimum Ticket Resale Prices

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reportedly investigating the National Football League for antitrust violations in connection with its imposition of “price floors” on tickets for resale. In a 40-page report...more

MLB Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions: Do Sports Leagues’ Regional Blackout Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws?

In the wake of Major League Baseball’s settlement of antitrust claims on the eve of trial, the central question from the lawsuit remains: are sports leagues’ exclusive broadcasting territories for live games an antitrust...more

MLB Pitches Around Consumers by Settling Suit, Avoiding Further Litigation on the Scope of Its Longstanding Antitrust Exemption

We’ve previously written about litigation involving the scope of Major League Baseball’s long-standing antitrust exemption. Earlier this week, on the eve of trial, MLB settled Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of...more

Advertising Law - January 2016 #2

Battle Over Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Continues - It may be a new year, but the battle over the legality of the FanDuel and DraftKings daily fantasy sports sites continues. New York Attorney General...more

“Walking the Line Between Innovation and Regulation” – BAA Law 2015 Conference

With prominent speakers from the Federal Trade Commission and National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, the 37th Annual Brand Activation Association Marketing Law Conference provided a unique opportunity to...more

With the Ninth Circuit’s O’Bannon Decision, The NCAA Must Comply With Antitrust Laws

Last year, in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al., Ed O’Bannon, a former All-American UCLA basketball player, along with nineteen others, filed an antitrust class action suit against the National...more

Draft Kings Class Action Argues Data Leak Revealed “Insider Trading” – But Can Case Survive Arbitration Clause?

Draft Kings and Fan Duel, competing daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites, have been vying for attention by flooding the airwaves with a reported 60,000 commercials this year. However, a recent data leak has resulted in less...more

Wyndham v. Deflategate: Where Are the Goal Posts?

As a privacy litigator, I could not help but observe an apparent contradiction in the way the Third Circuit allowed the FTC to pursue Wyndham Hotels for cybersecurity breaches under the FTC Act, but Judge Berman (SDNY)...more

Online entertainment network Machinima settles with FTC

California based Machinima, an online entertainment network that promoted Xbox One, has settled an investigation with the FTC surrounding its advertising practices. The FTC alleged that Machinima paid “influencers” to post...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Stay in O’Bannon Antitrust Lawsuit

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) granted the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (the “NCAA”) request for a stay of a federal judge’s ruling that makes it illegal for the...more

FDA Recalls Kim Kardashian’s Post

Last month, Kim Kardashian praised Diclegis, a drug for morning sickness, on her social media accounts. Since Kim doesn’t follow us on social media, we don’t always keep tabs on her. But when her posts raise regulatory...more

New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

Social media can be used in a multitude of ways for savvy brands to promote their products. A popular approach is providing “celebrity bloggers” with free or discounted items in exchange for a picture, post, tweet or...more

FTC Clarifies Native and Online Ad Obligations

The FTC, in recent staff statements, has sought to clarify advertisers’ and publishers’ obligations regarding native advertising and social media promotions, particularly regarding when and how to clarify to readers that a...more

Free* to Play Means Only If You Pay

As online gaming companies compete for business, they are offering customers increasingly large incentives to play on their websites, often in the form of deposit bonuses. These deposit bonuses allow players to play with the...more

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Sample

Social media allows users to effortlessly communicate globally with nothing more than a few keystrokes. Advertisers have harnessed the power of social media bloggers and incorporated it as a key component of their...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

On April 27, 2015, Applied Materials Inc. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. abandoned their merger plans after facing pushback from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The merger, which has been pending since September 2013, would have...more

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Under Investigation

It has been a busy several months for antitrust regulators and the tech giants whose alleged conduct has recently drawn their ire. Just a few weeks ago, Google formally became the subject of a European investigation into its...more

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