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No Purchase Necessary: Six Tips for Making Sure Your Online Prize Promotion is not an Illegal Lottery

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent $9.5 million judgment against sweepstakes operator Crystal Ewing is a stark reminder that prize promotions remain fertile ground for regulatory scrutiny both on the state and federal...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #5

Paying for Consumer Reviews Gets Company FTC Action - Accused of failing to disclose that it gave cash discounts to customers to post online reviews, AmeriFreight and owner Marius Lehmann agreed to a settlement with...more

Cross-Device Tracking: The New World

Facebook does it. Google does it. It’s everywhere in the mobile ad ecosystem. And your smartphone does it often than you know, according to a study released on Monday by Carnegie Mellon....more

FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology...more

Canadian Competition Bureau Steps Up Enforcement Efforts, Including First CASL-Related Proceeding

Although Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) has been focused the past year on enhancing its advocacy and competition compliance roles, the Bureau has also demonstrated its continued willingness to use formal investigative...more

The New Frontier in Interest Based Advertising: FTC Shifts Focus to Cross-Device Tracking

As consumers increasingly connect to the Internet using multiple devices—such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, TVs and wearable devices—advertising technology companies have rapidly developed capabilities to reach the...more

Health Update - March 2015

Supporting Informed Decision Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report - Editor’s note: As Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation moves forward and the marketplace continues to evolve, there is a...more

Internet of Things – New Survey on Machine-to-Machine from the Italian Communications Authority!

The Italian Communications Authority (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni – “Agcom”) approved its survey on Machine-to-Machine services....more

While FDA’s Proposed e-Cigarette Rule is Pending, FTC Mulls Enforcement Action

Ahead of finalizing FDA’s tobacco products “deeming” rule, the FTC considers taking enforcement action against e-cigarette firms for violative advertising, marketing, and sales practices....more

Privacy Tuesday – March 2015: COPPA Refresh

On Friday, the FTC published updates to the COPPA FAQs, the Commission’s compliance guide for businesses and consumers, to address the applicability of COPPA and the Amended COPPA Rule to educational institutions and...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

It’s a Complete Red Haring: Court Dismisses Wide Ranging Art-Authentication Lawsuit against Keith Haring Foundation

Art is no stranger to great controversy, although the arbiters of art world disputes are usually critics and artists rather than federal judges. Nevertheless, in early March, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New...more

Pomegranate Health Benefit Claims Were False, Misleading - POM Wonderful, LLC, et al. v. Federal Trade Commission

In an opinion addressing the amount and type of scientific evidence required to substantiate disease treatment and prevention claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Federal Trade...more

On-line media piracy – VPN, IPTV and Vines in various jurisdictions including Italy!

Our last webinar’s session focused on on-line media piracy, in particular on the legal issues raised by IPTV boxes, Vines and Virtual Private Networks (VPN) in various jurisdictions including Italy.... ...First of all...more

FCC Applies Section 222 to BIAS Providers, but Delays Specialized Rules

The Order does not forbear from applying Section 222 of the Act to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) providers. It did, however, forbear from applying its existing rules implementing Section 222, in recognition that...more

Why You Need a Privacy Policy – Part 2: Avoiding Three Common Fumbles

In Part 1, we covered some basic privacy policy concepts. Here in Part 2, we address three problems associated with privacy policies in practice. 1. You Don’t Have One, But You Really Should - There is no...more

FTC and State AGs: Political Survey Preface Does Not Allow Sales Robocalls to Avoid Do-Not-Call and Telemarketing Sales Rule...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 state Attorneys General announced the filing of a complaint and proposed stipulations against Caribbean Cruise Line (CCL) and several other companies that, respectively, alleged and...more

FTC Issues 2014 Complaints Report

The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.5 million consumer complaints in 2014, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report provides national and state-by-state data on...more

FTC Chairs warns of threats from the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT), whereby miniature computers are embedded into objects and devices and connected via the internet using wireless technology, offers many advantages, such as smart thermostats which have the...more

Markey, Democrats Introduce Data Broker Bill

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN), introduced legislation that would grant the FTC authority to issue new rules...more

POM Wonderful Inc. v. FTC: Lessons Learned

On January 30, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in a case regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) challenge to the advertisements of POM Wonderful’s (“POM”)...more

February 2015: Entertainment Litigation Update

United States v. Dish Network LLC: The Increasing Risks of Liability for Authorized Dealers. An Illinois district court issued an important ruling under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other telecommunications laws...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Netflix Antitrust Suit

Last Friday, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a multidistrict class action brought by Netflix subscribers who claimed the company conspired with Walmart to dominate the online DVD sales and rental markets. In 2005,...more

Incentivized Reviews Without Disclosure Get Panned by FTC

In the latest iteration of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approach to testimonials and endorsements in the context of online advertising, the Commission alleged that AmeriFreight, a company that arranges the shipment of...more

What Your TV Wouldn’t Tell You and Your Fridge Didn’t Know: FTC Best Practices for Consumer-Facing IoT Devices

On January 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an FTC staff report titled “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” (Report). The Report summarizes the FTC’s November 2013 workshop on the privacy...more

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