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Ofcom Confirms Terms for New Channel 4 Licence

Ofcom has announced that Channel 4's public service broadcasting licence will be renewed for a 10-year period following the expiry of the current licence at the end of 2014....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Citizen petition filed for hummus standard of identity. A citizen’s...more

Interest Relationship Disclosure – FTC’s New Guidelines Regarding Astroturfing

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Act (FTA) governs the maintenance of the trading order, protects consumers’ interests, ensures fair competition and promotes economic stability and prosperity. Noznetheless, there were originally no...more

Overstock Under Scrutiny: Does This Recent Decision Represent a New Wave of California Litigation for Sellers of Consumer Products...

It is not often that a decision from a California trial court receives or deserves as much attention as the recent tentative decision issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill in the State’s case against...more

EU Commission to investigate cross-border pay-TV movie services – a new Murphy’s law?

Executive summary - The European Commission has commenced antitrust proceedings against several prominent European pay-TV service providers and major U.S. film studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment,...more

Retailers Ask FCC to Clarify that Text Message Responses Are OK

Should retailers be required to obtain written consent before sending a consumer a text message with information or a coupon that was specifically requested? The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) thinks not, and has...more

FTC Settles Nine Auto Dealer Deceptive Advertising Cases

The Federal Trade Commission announced last week that it had entered into proposed consent orders with nine auto dealers in six states that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

Advertising Law - December 31, 2013

FTC Shines a Light on Flashlight App’s Geolocation Data Sharing - In the agency’s first action involving geolocation data, Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that the...more

FTC says app developers must shine more light on how they use data

When your own flashlight is spying on you, something is wrong. That, at any rate, is the Federal Trade Commission’s thinking in a case that illustrates how, in today’s electronic world, privacy concerns can lurk in the most...more

ACCC raises concern over conduct in the mobile app industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more

FTC Expands Reach on Conspicuousness of Privacy Disclosures in Settlement with Android Flashlight App

An FTC settlement with a mobile app over its privacy disclosures alleged to be deceptive may seem to be run-of-the-mill. After all, the FTC has been settling cases for years with companies whose data collection and use...more

Antitrust Risks of Association-Sponsored Market Research: Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls of Information Exchanges and Surveys

In this presentation: - Introduction - Overview of Association Market Research Programs - Antitrust Laws Applied to Information Exchanges and Benchmarking - Best Practices and Practical...more

Federal Court Cracks Down on Fowl Play

Recent pecuniary penalties imposed by the Federal Court of Australia (Court) over misleading credence (premium attribute) claims made in the food industry serve as a timely reminder to businesses to carefully review their...more

The Dutch Competition Agency Focuses on Anticompetitive Signaling

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) – the Dutch competition agency – has indicated that public statements about future market behavior could infringe competition law. This is the first time an EU...more

Introducing the New Multi-Level Marketing Governing Act

Taiwan has approximately 369 multi-level marketing (MLM) companies and a total of 3.09 million MLM participants, as of December 31, 2012. Adjusting for people who participate in more than one MLM company, almost 12% of...more

Advertising News & Analysis - November 21, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Announces Agenda for Native Advertising Workshop - FTC Enforcement Action Puts Service Providers on Notice - Advertisers Go Native, Regulators Take Notice - Jurisdiction Is in...more

Federal Lawmakers Revive Do Not Track Kids Legislation

A bipartisan, bicameral effort is again underway to extend current law and impose new restraints on the online tracking of children and teens under the age of 16. As promised, on Thursday, Nov.14, 2013, Senator Edward Markey...more

Big Brother is Watching You (Shop For Pants): Mobile analytics firms implement code of conduct for tracking customers while they...

If you’ve ever dealt with that pushy salesperson at Bed, Bath & Beyond who won’t take your word for it that you’re just browsing and not ready to commit to a high-end home espresso machine, you know that being followed around...more

Risk of Intervention in Market for Information and Communications Technology Services for the Public Sector

Introduction - The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided, following its call for information in July 2013, to commence a market study into the supply of information and communications technology (ICT) goods and...more

TelecomMexico to put 15k miles of optic fiber on a PPP

It took over 10 years to Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Government company of power distribution, to deploy 15,000 miles of optic fibre inside its infrastructure. On 2010, CFE granted under lease a minor portion of...more

Mexico is migrating towards a universal telecom license

According to the Mexican Telecom Reform, by December 10, the Congress will enact a law to uniform the current telecom concessions and permits, which could be commercial, public, private and social use. Furthermore, those...more

CFPB Shows It’s a Tough New Cop on the Beat With Case Against Payment Processor

On October 3, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it had filed a complaint in federal district court in Washington state against a leading debt-settlement payment processor, Meracord LLC, and its CEO. ...more

How to Break the Federal Debt-Collection Law — By Texting

It’s quite clear that the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission view existing federal consumer protection and communications statutes as fully applicable to new modes of communication such as...more

FTC Settles First Case Challenging Debt Collector’s Use of Text Messages

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had settled a case representing its first action challenging a debt collector’s use of text messages. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the defendant debt...more

FTC Settles with Debt Collector for Violations of FDCPA and FTC Act

The FTC announced that it reached a settlement with a debt collector for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the FTC Act. The FDCPA generally governs collection practices by third-party debt collectors....more

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