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The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

EU Competition Newsletter - November 2016

The European Commission issues Statement of Objections against Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal over “anticompetitive” codesharing arrangements - The European Commission have expressed concern over the possible...more

FTC Provides Nonbinding Materials to Help Businesses Defend Against and Respond to Data Breaches

On October 25, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its nonbinding “Data Breach Response” guide with an accompanying blog post and video, all directed to help businesses prepare a data breach response plan. The...more

Misleading Terms & Conditions and Unfair Contract Terms: The Italian Competition Authority Opens Two Investigations against...

On 28 October 2016, the Italian Competition Authority (the “Authority”) opened two investigations against WhatsApp Inc. for alleged unfair commercial practices. The first investigation by the Authority alleges that WhatsApp...more

You Can’t Handle the Truth! … in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act

As Halloween has people thinking of ghosts and ghouls, creative plaintiffs’ attorneys have turned an arcane New Jersey law into a true source of fright for virtually anybody who offers services that are even potentially...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

It’s Not an Illusion! DISH Not Required to Give Credit When Channels Go Dark

Expanded Basic. Choice. Choice Plus. Cable and satellite TV customers pay monthly fees for bundled channel packages of different sizes. The packages are becoming “skinnier,” allowing you to customize your service from a set...more

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So, you’re ready to launch your new online business or mobile app. The website looks great, and the app tile has an elegant, simple design that’s sure to stand out on phone and tablet screens. Missing anything? Oh, yeah, that...more

Resource for Doing Business in the U.S. – Installment #8 – Consumer Protection

Almost everyone approaching the U.S. consumer market has heard nightmares about lawsuits and read damaging headlines from consumer claims. These range from industry wide antitrust investigations to criminal indictments for...more

On the Way to a European Digital Single Market: Whether You Sell Online or Offline – Listen Up!

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has issued a lengthy preliminary report of its ongoing sector inquiry into the e-commerce of goods and digital content. The sector-wide inquiry was launched on May...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #4

CARU: Sponsored Videos Need Clear, Prominent Audio Disclosures - Taking a stand on social media influencers and the “unboxing” video trend, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recommended that popular YouTube...more

European Commission gives preliminary views on competition issues in e-commerce

On 15 September the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The Commission has conducted a wide ranging survey of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, price comparison...more

Regulators and Industry Thought Leaders Discuss Issues in Social Media Advertising - Highlights from "The FTC, Native Advertising...

Holland & Knight and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) on Sept. 21, 2016, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion of trends and forefront regulatory compliance issues...more

Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry: Key findings

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. Although the Report is preliminary, its findings already highlight concerns on the part of the European...more

House of Representatives Passes Consumer Review Fairness Act and Better Online Ticket Sales Acts

The House of Representatives passed two bills last week relevant to the advertising industry: the Consumer Review Fairness Act and the Better On-line Ticket Sales Act (“BOTS Act”). The Consumer Review Fairness Act is...more

Ransomware Prevention Highlighted at FTC Technology Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission kicked-off its series of fall technology events with an afternoon workshop exploring ransomware on Wednesday, September 7. While malicious computer code is nothing new, infiltrating computer...more

Update: Fundamental Change to U.S. Warranty Law: Consumer Warranties Can Soon be Posted Online

Recent changes to the federal statute governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty...more

FTC Complaint Counsels Caution When Settling Disputes With Competitors

The Federal Trade Commission recently sued 1-800 Contacts, Inc., the largest contact lens retailer in the United States, charging it with restraining competition in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act,...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

2 for 1—Private and Government Actions Regarding Price Comparisons

Amazon made recent news for pricing items without stating a list price or whether an article was on sale or was offered at a discounted cost. The policy was based on the idea that Amazon's numerous Prime members would buy...more

Digital Single Market Update: European Commission Concludes No New Regulation for Online Platforms

Online platforms have transformed the way we live and work and, as a result, platform operators have become some of the world’s leading brands. But the EU is concerned that Europe is not currently keeping pace with the U.S....more

Court Denies Uber Motion to Compel Arbitration of Class Antitrust Claims Because Mobile App’s Terms of Service Were Inconspicuous

Late last week, influential federal judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York denied a motion to compel arbitration of an antitrust class action complaint pending against ride-hailing pioneer Uber Technologies....more

European Commission accepts Paramount Pictures' commitments as part of its ongoing investigation into the major US film studios

On 26 July 2016, the European Commission announced its acceptance of certain commitments by Paramount Pictures relating to the ongoing investigation into licensing agreements between the six major US film studios (Disney,...more

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2016

BREXIT – BUSINESS AS USUAL...AT LEAST FOR NOW - What do you need to know? Despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union ("EU"), companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the EU in...more

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