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The FTC Data Security Settlement with Uber

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Risks of Overpromising and Underperforming - Demonstrating its authority over all things cybersecurity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has entered into a proposed consent order with Uber for the...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Consumers Have the Right to Partially Revoke Consent to Automated Calls under the TCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued its opinion in Emily Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, holding that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. sec. 227 et seq. (“TCPA”), allows consumers to partially...more

Social Links: A seminal opinion on web scraping; Obama breaks Twitter record; court holds state’s subpoena law applies to digital...

In an opinion granting a preliminary injunction preventing LinkedIn from blocking a startup’s use of information in LinkedIn profiles accessible to the entire public, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

Food Identity Disputes Continue to Impose High-Profile Pressure on FDA

As we reported on previously, FDA recently tussled with the manufacturer of an innovative vegan condiment called “Just Mayo” based on the existence of a Federal standard of identity for mayonnaise that requires the food...more

Call Me Maybe: 11th Circuit Broadly Interprets TCPA to Allow Partial Oral Revocation of Consent

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In light of the flux of recent litigation arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq., resulting in multimillion-dollar settlements and adverse judgments against companies across all...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

Finding No Injury, First Circuit Tosses Deceptive Pricing Suits

In affirming the dismissal of a pair of deceptive-pricing class actions, the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that they suffered any injury. In separate cases—one against...more

Eleventh Circuit Allows Partial Revocation of Consent under TCPA with Class and Contractual Consent Implications

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Last week, in Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, the Eleventh Circuit held that a consumer can partially revoke consent to be called under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Schweitzer gave her cell phone number when...more

Third Circuit Steps Back from the Brink of a Circuit Split over “Ascertainability”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday, a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals took another step back from a circuit split over the extent to which aspiring class plaintiffs must show a “reliable and administratively feasible means of determining...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

by Buchalter on

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great ways to interact with friends, family and potential customers. They are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s...more

The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

Nevada Becomes Third State with Privacy Policy Law

Joining the ranks of California and Delaware, the state of Nevada adopted a new law mandating that, beginning Oct. 1, websites and other online services post a privacy policy....more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Social Links: SCOTUS embraces technology; IoT companies proliferate; blockchain might make senior execs extinct

A federal district court in Wisconsin struck down the first law in the country requiring augmented-reality-game makers to go through a complicated permit-application process before their apps could be used in county parks....more

Privacy Perils: The Price of Consumer Loyalty

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

People love a good discount, which is why almost 75% of adult Americans are signed up for at least one customer loyalty program. We love to rack up points with airlines for a seat upgrade, get a free Starbucks latte on our...more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

Get Your Gripe On: The Consumer Review Fairness Act Is Live

Searching “millennials killed…” on the Internet returns over 1.5 million results in .65 seconds. Commentators have blamed the generation raised by tablets, smartphones, and apps for killing everything from marriage to brunch,...more

Impact of the FOIA Amendments on your Company

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

For those of you who have received a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or “Commission”) within the past year, you may – or worse, may not – have noticed new...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Sales of Macadamia Nut Could Be Going Up!

On July 24, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had responded to a November 2015 petition from Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Inc. for a new qualified health claim characterizing the relationship between...more

FTC Uses Consumer Complaints to Combat Alleged Robocalls

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is using consumer complaints in its effort to quell alleged illegal robocalls. On September 1, 2009, the FTC issued rules prohibiting robocalls made without a consumer’s prior written...more

TCPA Tracker - August 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - FCC Imposes Potential Liability on Technology Platforms for Involvement in Unlawful Robocalls - On July 26, 2017, the FCC released the text of the Forfeiture Order adopted at the Commission’s July 2017...more

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