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The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’s Impact

FDA’s steadfast position against formally addressing “Natural” claims on food products may soon be forced to change if the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which the House of Representatives passed on July 23, 2015, is...more

Procera AVH Marketers Can Forget About Claiming to Reverse Memory Loss

It turns out that there is not a magic pill capable of reversing the effects of aging on the human brain, including memory loss, or at least not one we can remember right now. The FTC recently reminded the marketers of...more

District Courts Only Require Facts Sufficient to Form an Inference of the Use of an ATDS

Although, as we have previously covered, decisions from various courts have already established that a plaintiff must do more than simply allege that a TCPA defendant used an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to...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

Advertising Law - July 2015 #5

Place Your Bets: Yahoo to Host Fantasy Sports Games - In a new business venture that adds to an ever expanding field, Yahoo announced that it will host daily and weeklong pay-to-play fantasy sports games for cash prizes....more

Guest Post - Just the Fax, Ma’am

While Bexis is on vacation, here is a guest post to take up some of the slack. Our guest blogger today is Henry Pietrkowski, a partner in Reed Smith's Chicago office. This one's a little different. It's about the impace of...more

Eighth Circuit: Purpose, Not Content, Determines TCPA Coverage of Calls as “Telemarketing”

Phone calls made to promote a movie constituted “telemarketing” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) even though the two prerecorded messages left on the plaintiffs’ home phone line made no reference to the...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

How Will the FCC’s TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order Affect Your Business?

In a previous blog post, we reported on the FCC’s new pro-consumer TCPA ruling. On July 10, 2015, the FCC officially released the Declaratory Ruling and Order, which became effective immediately. The ruling creates new and...more

Turkey Officially Permits the International Transfer of Personal Data in Telecommunications Sector

In 2012 Turkey’s telecommunications sector regulator, the Information Technologies and Communication Authority (“ICTA”), issued a new regulation on the Processing of Personal Data and Protection of Privacy in the Electronic...more

Lack of Privacy Awareness Among Children in Hong Kong

On May 19, 2015, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“PCPD”) announced the results of a study conducted in October 2014 that reveal a lack of privacy awareness among children in Hong Kong. The PCPD is...more

Ashley Madison Reveals Even More: Hacking May Be An Inside Job

In recent years, hacking has infiltrated the retail industry. Hacking has infiltrated the healthcare industry. Hacking has infiltrated the sports industry. And now, hacking has now infiltrated the most personal (some would...more

New FCC rules restricting robocalls have pollsters up in arms

The 2016 election cycle will occur under the framework of a new set of rules recently adopted by the Federal Communication Commission that strengthen consumer protections against unwanted calls and spam texts. The FCC claims...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 3 - July/August 2015

Welcome to the newest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award winning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we present a “grand unifying theory” of today’s leading technologies and the legal...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

Department of Treasury Seeks Public Feedback on Online Marketplace Lending

On July 20, the Federal Register published the Department of the Treasury’s Request For Information on Expanding Access to Credit Through Online Marketplace Lending (RFI). The RFI seeks public comment on the three specific...more

Appealing News Regarding the TCPA

On Friday, July 24, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an Order consolidating in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals three timely petitions for review of a July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and...more

FCC Clarifies Its Interpretations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Provoking Strong Objections From the Business...

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 140-page Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order in response to more than two dozen petitions from businesses, attorneys general, and consumers seeking...more

FCC Ruling Addresses Robocalls by Health Care Providers

Mintz Levin’s Communications Practice recently released a Communications Advisory discussing a Declaratory Ruling and Order released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ruling clarified and expanded the reach...more

TCPA: New Ruling May Invalidate Your Existing Consumer Consents

Much has been written about the Federal Communication Commission's ("FCC's") recent 138-page Declaratory Ruling and Order that broadened the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") and will likely encourage...more

FCC’s Order Clarifies Scope of Telephone Consumer Protection Act

The Federal Communications Commission recently issued the latest in a series of orders providing details about the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).1 The order is relevant to any companies that use...more

Appeals From Declaratory Ruling Consolidated And Assigned To D.C. Circuit

As we previously noted, three petitions for review were filed in the immediate aftermath of the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling. On Friday, July 24, 2015, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a Consolidation Order...more

New FCC Order Spurs Legal Challenges

The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA) swiftly-filed a petition for review of the FCC’s July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order (FCC 15-72) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The...more

CFPB Public Database Provides Access to Close to Half a Million Consumer Complaint Narratives

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently launched public access to its Consumer Complaint Database (Database), which is the nation’s largest public collection of consumer financial complaints. According to the...more

California Judge Allows "Antioxidant Packed" Suit to Proceed

A federal judge in California has allowed plaintiffs to move forward with part of a proposed class action accusing Bai Brands of making misleading statements about beverages that touted high levels of health-boosting...more

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