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Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

CMA gives the cold shoulder to fridge and bathroom suppliers “MAP Pricing"

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) continues to focus its attention on resale price maintenance particularly where it relates to minimum advertised prices (MAP) on on-line sites. The CMA has a history of...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Colorado-Based “Buy-Here Pay-Here” Auto Dealer

On January 21, the CFPB filed a consent order to resolve allegations that a Colorado-based subprime auto dealer violated the TILA and the CFPA by engaging in abusive financing and marketing schemes. Specifically, the CFPB...more

Going Native? Part 2: The FTC’s Native Advertising Guide for Businesses – The Why, When and How of Effective Disclosures

At the end of December, we blogged about the FTC’s long-awaited Enforcement Policy Statement on Deceptively Formatted Advertisements. Along with the policy, the FTC issued a Guide for Businesses that contains seventeen...more

FTC issues big data report and warning

Data analytics are getting more sophisticated and are being used in every industry. The more data in the world, the more it can be analyzed—it’s dubbed “big data.” In that context, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently...more

Corporate Defendants Find a Safe Harbor in California Transparency Litigation

A District Court judge in California has dismissed a complaint against Nestlé USA Inc. and Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. (together “Nestlé”) which argued that the company was obligated to inform consumers that seafood in its...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

This newsletter aims to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Court Rejects Class Settlement Bid in MSG Case...more

FTC Warns Big Data Brings Big Consequences in New Report

The FTC unveiled a lengthy report, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues, warning companies about commercial uses of big data and the discriminatory impact it may have on low-income and...more

TTB Publishes Projected Regulatory Agenda as Part of Government’s Unified Agenda

As it does twice per year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published its projected Regulatory Agenda as part of the federal government’s “Unified Agenda.” Links to the U.S. Department of...more

Consumer Review Freedom Act of 2015 Wins Support of Every Senator

There isn’t much that all members of the U.S. Senate can agree on these days, but protecting the ability of consumers to write reviews of businesses has emerged as a uniting issue. The Senate voted unanimously December...more

Marketing of Financial Products to Retail Investors: Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority Issues Guidance on New Rules

On 27 October 2015, the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) issued circular FSMA-2015-16 (the “Circular”) providing detailed guidance on the recently amended rules governing marketing materials used in...more

EIOPA reports on consumer protection in mobile phone insurance

EIOPA has published its report on consumer protection issues arising from the sale of mobile phone insurance (MPI). It analyses sales practices involved in this type of insurance product, providing coverage against loss or...more

Cricket Wireless’s Bid to Enforce Arbitration Clause Against Customers Met with Mediocre Reception

On November 3, 2015, Judge Alsup of the Northern District of California denied Cricket Wireless’s motion to enforce an arbitration clause against customers who say they never saw or agreed to the clause. Plaintiffs...more

Seven Points to Consider Regarding Advertising Claims

Under the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Act, advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive, advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims, and advertisements cannot be unfair. An advertisement is deceptive if it...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment to PayPal

In Roberts v. PayPal, Inc., No. 13-16304, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 18836 (9th Cir. Oct. 29, 2015) the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a grant of summary judgment to PayPal in Roberts v. PayPal, Inc., No. 12-0622, 2013 U.S. Dist....more

Did the Tobacco Companies Prevent Cessation Aids?

Luckily, for addicted smokers, there are multiple stop smoking aids available in 2015. Whether it by prescription or over-the-counter, and whether nicotine replacement therapy or non-nicotine medications, there are a growing...more

Optical Express appeal highlights the need for caution over third-party marketing lists

In a decision of 31 August 2015, the First-Tier Tribunal provided important clarification on the use of third-party mailing lists. Optical Express v Information Commissioner (EA/2014/0014) is significant for organisations...more

How Does Your Terms of Service Agreement Rate?

Online terms of service agreements are the rarely-read but often-mocked daily annoyance of Internet users worldwide. A large (literally) barrier to the immediate gratification of access to online content, most of us are...more

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 4) - The Merger Rule and the Telco Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has had a general and cross-sector competition...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of Manatt's Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup. The newsletter will be published on a monthly basis and will survey topics of critical importance to the retail,...more

Deceptive Pricing Class Actions Against Major Retailers on the Rise

Major retailers recently have faced a spate of class-action complaints alleging that they have engaged in misrepresentations and false advertising through the deceptive use of a marketing strategy known as “price anchoring,”...more

The New “Yelp.com” for the Consumer Finance Industry

Since the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in 2010, the CFPB has been accepting consumer complaints regarding financial services companies, and has been publishing data regarding these complaints...more

Comment period for FDA's draft nutrition, menu labeling guidance ends Nov. 2

On December 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration published its final rule on Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments, 79 FR 71156. This rule requires restaurants...more

TCPA Connect - October 2015

After FCC Citation for TCPA Violations, Lyft Changes Terms of Service - Less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission cited Lyft for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by requiring customers...more

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