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FTC Staff Comment Encourages FDA to Reevaluate its Current Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Products

On Friday, staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Office of Policy Planning, and Bureau of Economics submitted a written comment to FDA recommending that FDA reconsider its current regulatory...more

FTC Urges FDA to Reconsider Homeopathic Regulatory Framework

In a comment filed last Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responded to its sister-agency’s request for comments by urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider how homeopathic drugs are regulated. As...more

FTC Issues First Statement of Enforcement Under Section 5 in 101 Years

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), by a 4-1 vote, approved a bipartisan “Statement of Enforcement Principles” (“Statement of Enforcement”),[1] which purports to shed light on the...more

FTC Resolves Case Against “Melanoma Detective” App Marketer

The FTC announced late last week that it resolved its case against the final defendant, Avrom Lasarow, in the “Melanoma Detective” app matters. The FTC alleged that claims that the apps could detect and diagnose melanoma in...more

Federal Trade Commission Continues Its Enforcement Campaign Against False Safe Harbor Claims

Reiterating its commitment to enforcing the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that it has reached settlements with 13 companies alleged to have misled consumers...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #3

Ad Group to FTC: Keep Right to Be Forgotten Out of U.S. - Responding to a petition filed by Consumer Watchdog with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an expansion of the “Right to Be Forgotten” to the United States,...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues Long Awaited Statement On Use Of Standalone Section 5 Authority

In February 2015, Commissioner Joshua Wright of the Federal Trade Commission offered his personal views at the Symposium on Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, stating that “there is no more important challenge...more

The Key to Steering Clear of the FTC’s Crack Down on Car Dealership Advertisements

Car dealerships are notorious for running loud, flashy ads with too-good-to-be-true offers for outrageous deals to buy or lease cars. Some dealerships downplay or even hide the seemingly endless list of qualifications on...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

Advertising Law - August 2015 #2

FDA Wants to Pour Some Sugar on the Nutrition Label - Adding to the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label—the first tweaks in 20 years—the Food and Drug Administration has suggested yet another: adding the...more

Buried in the Fine Print—The FTC Addresses Prior Express Consent Under the TSR

In a July 14, 2015 letter to PayPal, the FTC indicated that consent language buried within a “lengthy user agreement” does not satisfy the requirement under the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) that companies obtain prior...more

FTC’s social media product endorsement guidelines

Back in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its ‘Endorsement Guides’ and followed up with an informal publication called “What People are Asking” to clarify some of the guides points. In May 2015, the FTC updated...more

FTC refunds consumers for telemarketing scam

The FTC recently announced that it is sending more than $969,000 to 10,387 customers who were bilked out of their funds through a telemarketing scam operated by Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB)....more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

Antitrust and Competition - European Court Confirms Commission’s Jurisdiction for Fighting International Cartels On 9 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) upheld the EUR 288 million fine...more

FTC Wins Lawsuit Over Its Robocall Contest

In 2012, the FTC sponsored a contest in which it invited contestants to submit their best solutions to block robocalls. After reviewing almost 800 entries, the FTC announced two winners. As we posted previously, though, one...more

FTC Closes Investigation Involving Proposed Changes to PayPal’s Terms

Earlier this year, PayPal announced planned changes to its User Agreement that would have, among other things, given the company broad rights to contact people by phone or text messages. The provision stated, in part...more

Ofcom appeal reverses ATVOD decision in Vice UK case

By its decision of 21 July 2015, Ofcom has upheld an appeal by Vice UK Limited, ruling that Vice should not be classified as an on-demand programme service (ODPS) for the purposes of the Communications Act 2003 (Comms Act)....more

ANDA Update - July 2015

Supreme Court Holds Good Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity Is Not a Defense to Induced Infringement - Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (Supr. Ct. May 26, 2015): Pharmaceutical patents commonly include...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

Client Alert on Azerbaijani Securities Regulations - Client Alert on Latest Developments in Azerbaijani Securities Regulation...

Securities Markets Law - New categories of professional participants in securities markets - Professional participants in securities markets are defined to include investment companies, stock exchanges, clearing...more

Consumer Group Asks FTC to Adopt EU’s Right to be Forgotten

Last year we wrote about the EU’s adoption of an individual’s “right to be forgotten”, which gives Europeans the right to require search engines to remove information about them from search results for their own names, if the...more

Retail Tracking Update: Privacy Guidance Following Nomi Technologies

There is currently a widespread effort to quantify everything, from steps, to sleep, to batted ball exit velocity. Fifteen years ago, TV host Jeremy Clarkson tested an innovative new supercar that could quantify your driving...more

Unhappy Meals – Who Regulates Food Advertising for Kids?

Food labeling and advertising is a hot topic these days — from whether genetically modified ingredients should be disclosed to when and how companies can make the claims that their products are “all natural.” How companies...more

FTC Takes Its First Action Against Crowdfunding Site

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) targets more FinTech (new and emerging financial technology) under the banner of protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices, the Commission finally turned its attention to the...more

Corporate antitrust compliance systems – changes initiated by FAS Russia

On July 8, 2015, the Presidium of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS Russia) provisionally approved the idea of changes to the RF Law on Protection of Competition that would introduce the concept of a “system of...more

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