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FDA Increasing Scrutiny of Cosmetic Marketing Claims, New Agency Warnings Suggest

In addition to truthful and non-misleading advertising requirements, which are enforced by the FTC and certainly familiar to readers of this blog, personal care and cosmetic products are also subject to the Federal Food,...more

CFPB Continues Focus on Mortgage Lender Advertising

Last week, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against RMK Financial Corporation d/b/a Majestic Home Loans (RMK) related to deceptive mortgage advertising practices....more

EU Tells Google to Try Harder

It’s official: on Wednesday, in a formal Statement of Objections, the European Union’s antitrust chief formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the web search arena. The European Commission is focused on...more

FTC Settles with Technology Company for Allegedly Misleading Consumers about Refunds

On April 7, the FTC announced a proposed settlement of an administrative complaint alleging that a web hosting provider violated the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the press release, the company offered web...more

TCPA Connect - April 2015

User Choice to Send Solicitations Refutes ATDS Allegations - Following a growing precedent in the California federal district courts, a judge recently concluded that a defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

The FCC Just Upped the Ante for Communications Providers and the FTC with a $25 Million Fine, a Detailed Information Security...

The FCC has been warning communications companies for months that protecting consumer privacy and information security is a top priority, and the recent announcement of a $25 million settlement with AT&T over its alleged...more

Legal Issues in Cause-Related Marketing

Cause-related marketing is frequently used by businesses to bolster sales, improve brand reputation, and improve public relations. Under the laws of a number of states, when a business advertises that it will make a...more

Impact of FTC's Broadened Scope Creeping In On Your E-Business

For retailers who have eBusiness lines, the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new regulations will affect the way you do business. The amendments in 16 C.F.R. §435 went into effect December 8, 2014. Has your business made...more

Congress Turns to Cyber and Data Breach Legislation

After five years of trying and failing, over the next several weeks Congress may finally make meaningful progress on cybersecurity and data breach legislation. This week the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House...more

In Big Defense Win, Appellate Court Affirms that Proposition 65 Exposure Level Can Be Based on Average Consumption Over Time

In an important victory for defendants doing business in California, the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a trial court’s decision holding that the defendants did not violate Proposition 65 (Prop 65), California’s...more

AT&T Pays $25 Million in FCC Settlement

In the largest ever data security enforcement action taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AT&T agreed to pay $25 million to resolve an investigation into consumer privacy violations at its call centers in...more

FCC Imposes Record Penalty for Data Breach

On Wednesday, April 8, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered a consent decree and levied a $25 million civil penalty against AT&T to settle a data breach that exposed the information of nearly 280,000 customers....more

Amendments to Code of Conduct for Credit and Debit Card Industry

Amendments made to the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada (Code) released by the Department of Finance on April 13, 2015, will have interesting repercussions across the entire payment industry...more

Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Brings First E-Commerce Prosecution

Marking a foray into e-commerce, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its first antitrust prosecution for price fixing in online marketplaces. On April 6, 2015, the DOJ announced that it has...more

In re Hulu Privacy Litigation - USDC, N.D. California, March 31, 2015

In re Hulu Privacy Litigation - USDC, N.D. California, March 31, 2015 In Depth: District court rejects Video Privacy Protection Act claim against video streaming provider Hulu, finding insufficient evidence...more

Court Further Clarifies Required Elements Of A Video Privacy Protection Act Claim In In re Hulu Privacy Litigation

After over four years of litigation on the cutting edge of modern Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA” or the “Act”) litigation, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of...more

California Teams-Up with Internet Search Engines to Block Unlicensed Payday Lender Advertising

On April 7, the California Department of Business Oversight announced a new initiative to prevent unlicensed payday lenders from advertising on major Internet search engines, including Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo....more

Dazed and Confused: The TCPA’s Health Care-Related Call Exemption

In early 2012, Robert Kolinek received an automated call on his cell phone from Walgreens reminding him to refill an eligible prescription. Despite the fact that even the plaintiff’s lawyers ultimately acknowledged that these...more

CFPB Keeps its Sights on Military Mortgage Ads

The CFPB has announced another enforcement action targeting alleged deceptive mortgage advertising to veterans. The Bureau claims that the defendant lender targeted veterans with ads that falsely implied an affiliation...more

What’s the Purpose of the Emergency Purpose Statutory Exemption?

As we’ve noted in the past, there are a number of TPCA petitions for declaratory ruling or requests for interpretation of the TCPA statute or FCC rules on a range of issues relating to the definition of an autodialer, seeking...more

UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including...more

The TCPA: Deep Dive: Details, Class Actions, Regulations, and Defense Strategies [Video]

In Part One of our complimentary, two-part webinar on the TCPA, we covered the basics. Join us for the second hour-long segment, as we get into the weeds of the TCPA. Part Two will cover: Exemptions/Details · What is an...more

Healthcare Legal News Volume 5 Number 2

According to a recent study by Accenture, by 2017 approximately 18 percent of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges versus relying on traditional employer healthcare coverage or foregoing insurance...more

Why the CFPB’s new lawsuit resembles “Operation Choke Point”

Yesterday, the CFPB announced that it had filed a lawsuit against “the ringleaders of a robo-call phantom debt collection operation, their companies, and their service providers.” This is the same lawsuit filed in federal...more

Department of Education Issues New Guidance Documents Relating to Student Privacy

The past few years have seen exponential growth in the use of technology in the classroom, with applications ranging from the increased availability and use of e-books to the displacement of physical classrooms through...more

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