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What Will Your Social Media Influencer Letter from the FTC Look Like?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

We have blogged about the FTC’s barrage of letters when they were originally released in April and again last week. Back in May, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Law Journal, the FTC...more

Consumer Groups Push for More Regulation of Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In November, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to investigate and bring enforcement actions regarding the use of influencers on Instagram. In April, the FTC responded by...more

Rules Are Made to Be ...Reformed: FTC Announces Regulatory Reform Measures

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As part of the FTC’s ongoing review of the needs, costs, and benefits of regulations, the agency recently announced it is reviewing the following rules: The Picture Tube Rule requires manufacturers to base screen size...more

There May Be Coverage for the Defense and Settlement of FTC Claims

A number of companies have been sued by the FTC in recent years, alleging, for example, that the company made claims regarding the product or service without adequate substantiation. Many of these companies are small private...more

Online Trade Under Antitrust Scrutiny in EC's E-Commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report

by Jones Day on

On May 10, 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited Final Report on the 2015 E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("Report"). The Report highlights the Commission's enforcement priorities in the online markets for...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 16th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 16, 2017 is below. Several interesting stories this week... Price-Fixing Technology the Subject of EU Regulators [PARITY] - ("Enforcers Must...more

EU Retail News - June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice ("CAP") puts its foot down on how companies can advertise to children online. In recent months, CAP has published a multitude of guidance to...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 9th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 9, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of stories. Airline Surcharge Challenged [DIRECT BOOKING] - ("IAG Flight-Booking Surcharge...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 2nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 2, 2017 is below. A short update this week: Expedia Defends (Again) Billboard Effect [OTA]. In the latest salvo regarding the existence of...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Trampoline Companies Over Online Reviews

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) last week agreed to settle charges levied against the marketers of Infinity and Olympus Pro brand trampolines. Those charges asserted that the marketers, under the guise of a variety of...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Republican Ashley Moody Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican Ashley Moody formally announced her candidacy to become Florida AG. Moody is the third candidate to enter the 2018...more

FTC Tramples Fake Reviews

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Retailers often use product reviews to supplement advertising and drive sales. Such use has become more prevalent as sales shift from brick and mortar stores to internet sales, where splattering a webpage with purported...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

Lessons from the World of Trampoline Marketing

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last year, we wrote about an NAD case involving trampoline marketing. The Trampoline Safety website featured reviews designed to help buyers purchase a trampoline. But unless website visitors looked closely at a disclosure at...more

EU Retail News - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Fashion is all about making the old new again, and the well-established concept of a joint venture as a mechanism to extend a brand’s global reach is currently on trend explains Carol Osborne. What is new about the latest...more

European Commission goes online with final report in e-commerce sector inquiry

by Hogan Lovells on

The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital...more

Australia Adds Indemnities and Limitations of Liability

by Jones Day on

Recent amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2010 (Cth) ("ASIC Act") and the Competition and Consumer Law Act (Cth) ("CC Act") extended the unfair contract terms regime, which previously...more

EU Retail News - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Considering a Retail Merger? The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. ...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

FTC Staff Reminds Brands and Influencers About Disclosure Requirements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In November, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to investigate and bring enforcement actions regarding the use of influencers on Instagram. In what may be a response to that...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act’s Point of “No Return”

On December 14, 2016 the United States Congress passed an act known as the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (“CRFA”). The stated goal of this new legislation is “to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts...more

EU Concerns Remain on Hotel Prices and Commission Rates

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

FTC Closing Letters Show Continued Vigilance on “Made in USA” and Leniency for Cooperation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week the FTC issued three letters closing three separate investigations of advertising practices by three different businesses. The letters are notable for the two common themes present in each. First, each investigation...more

Mexico Courts Rule Telecom Agency's Interconnection Costs Model "Reasonable"

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's Telecom and Antitrust Federal Courts have issued three resolutions declaring that the model used by the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL) for calculating interconnection costs for fixed and mobile...more

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