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Does The Fair Credit Reporting Act Preempt State-Law Claims For Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

In cases that involve claims brought under North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, an often overlooked issue is whether federal law preempts the 75-1.1 claim. In a case of apparent first impression, a...more

Commission Overturns Summary Determination in Optical Fibers Investigation

by Jones Day on

In an earlier post, we summarized ALJ McNamara’s recent Summary Determination in Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, And Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1031, Order No. 33 (July 6,...more

SDNY Brushes Away Presumption Against Preemption and Stays Class Action Via Primary Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

We depend on young associates to perform most of the legal research that supports the arguments we make on behalf of our clients. By and large, those associates do an excellent job. On those rare occasions when we find...more

Suit Over Hospitals’ Alleged Anticompetitive Marketing Sent to Trial

Conspiracies between competitors can be hard to prove, even when other parties to the alleged conspiracy have settled. On May 31, 2017, a federal judge denied summary judgment and ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #2

New in False Ad Suits - The range of products targeted in recent false advertising class actions ran the gamut from baseball bats to a messaging app to soup....more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Regulatory

Negative Option Marketing Enforcement Actions in Federal Court - A negative option is a provision in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services “under which the customer’s silence or failure to take...more

Court Dismisses “Phantom Markdown” Suit against Saks

On March 22, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a putative class action against Saks Inc. alleging that Saks advertised “phantom markdowns” of Saks-branded products. The Plaintiff...more

Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Sherman Act liability for false advertising

The incentive is high to identify a Sherman Act violation in your competitor’s conduct—three times higher, to be precise, than to bring a claim for an ordinary business tort or even a false advertising claim under the Lanham...more

Beware of Making Unsubstantiated Anti-Aging Claims

by Bryan Cave on

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers often tout the anti-aging effects of certain cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Of course, the term “anti-aging” is not intended to literally mean that a product prevents aging. ...more

Advertising Law - April 2017

Upromise's Broken Promise to FTC Costs $500,000 - For going back on its promise to abide by the terms of a Federal Trade Commission order, Upromise will pay a $500,000 civil penalty to the agency. The membership...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #4

Ad Groups Push for FCC Privacy Rule Reversal - The drama surrounding the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules continues. Part of an Order passed last year along party lines under former Chairman Tom...more

Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

by DLA Piper on

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #3

Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA” - A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its...more

Anti-Aging Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers often tout the anti-aging effects of certain cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Of course, the term “anti-aging” is not intended to literally mean that a product prevents aging. ...more

Dechert survey: Developments in securities fraud class actions against U.S. life sciences companies

by Dechert LLP on

Life sciences companies continued to be popular targets of securities fraud class action lawsuits filed in 2016, and prudent life sciences companies should take heed of the results of this year’s decisions. In 2016,...more

Sale Price Advertising and Fictitious MSRP Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act prohibits retailers from engaging in “unfair or deceptive acts or practices.” Courts consider an advertisement, whether in-store, or on-line, to be deceptive where a retailer: (1)...more

Alleging a Negative: The Challenges of Bringing a Refusal-to-Deal Claim

What does to take to state a claim under Section 2 of the Sherman Act for refusal to deal? Last week’s decision in Viamedia, Inc. v. Comcast Corp. and Comcast Spotlight, LP, a case out of the Northern District of Illinois,...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #2

Uber’s Earnings, Financing Claims Crash Into FTC - For exaggerating claims about earnings potential and automobile financing, Uber has agreed to pay $20 million in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission. According...more

VIZIO to Pay $2.2 Million to Settle Consumer Tracking Charges; FTC Treats Television Viewing History as “Sensitive Information”...

by WilmerHale on

On February 6, 2017, the FTC and New Jersey Attorney General and Department of Consumer Affairs filed a Complaint and Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment against television manufacturer VIZIO,...more

Lack Of Prejudice Results In Limited Sanction Against Defendant

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In one of the first cases interpreting newly amended Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, F.T.C. v. DirecTV, Inc., 15-cv-01129-HSG, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176873 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 21, 2016), Magistrate Judge Maria Elena James of the Northern...more

Advertising Law - February 2017

SPECIAL FOCUS: Current State of the FTC: Three Top Priorities - On February 2, Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen, addressed the ABA 2017 Consumer Protection Conference in Atlanta and...more

Court Finds Apple is a Distributor of iPhone Apps, Allows Antitrust Suit

In a significant Illinois Brick decision, the Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion concluding that consumers who purchase apps from Apple’s “app store” directly purchase those apps from Apple, which acts as a distributor....more

Advertising Law - January 2017

SPECIAL FOCUS: Memories Light the Corners of Regulators' Minds - The Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General for the State of New York (NY AG) recently filed a joint lawsuit against Wisconsin based Quincy...more

Retailers Face False Advertising Cases on Discounts From Original Prices, Rewards Points

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers that advertise sale prices in comparison with regular prices in California should ensure that the products were actually offered for sale at those regular prices within the preceding three months, in order to avoid...more

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