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FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

Uniform Law Commission Study Committee to Host a Stakeholder’s Meeting on April 23

In December 2014, the Study Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) recommended to the ULC to convene a Drafting Committee to draft uniform state legislation concerning alternative currencies and mobile payment systems....more

$1.1 Million Judgment Offers Email Marketers Insight into Canada's Anti-Spam Law

Email marketers had mixed reactions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) recent announcement of a $1.1 million judgment against a Quebec company for violations of Canada's new Anti-Spam...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

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

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

NJ Connected Car law changes the landscape of IoT

The recent approval by New Jersey of a law on the ownership of data generated by connected cars might have an impact on the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) providing an interesting approach also for European privacy...more

Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?

We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Alert: Website Terms and Conditions: A Call for Clarity

The UK House of Commons has highlighted the need for clarity of website terms and conditions in order to allow users to provide their "informed consent" to the terms....more

TCPA Connect - March 2015

California TCPA Suit Moves Forward - A putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by Bebe Stores will move forward after a California federal court judge denied defendant’s...more

One Less Carrot for Business:  Council of European Union Limits the “One-Stop Shop” Mechanism in the Draft Data Protection...

The draft Data Protection Regulation doesn’t offer many carrots to business – and a recent announcement by the Council of the European Union takes away one of the biggest carrots, the “One-Stop Shop” mechanism....more

FTC and State AGs: Political Survey Preface Does Not Allow Sales Robocalls to Avoid Do-Not-Call and Telemarketing Sales Rule...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 state Attorneys General announced the filing of a complaint and proposed stipulations against Caribbean Cruise Line (CCL) and several other companies that, respectively, alleged and...more

EUROPE: New Provisions on Customer Protection in the Proposed EC Regulation

The Legislative Resolution of the European Parliament dated April 3rd, 2014 relating to the telecom sector, following the European Commission’s proposed “Connected Continent Legislative Package” dated 2013, includes a wide...more

February 2015: Entertainment Litigation Update

United States v. Dish Network LLC: The Increasing Risks of Liability for Authorized Dealers. An Illinois district court issued an important ruling under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other telecommunications laws...more

Incentivized Reviews Without Disclosure Get Panned by FTC

In the latest iteration of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approach to testimonials and endorsements in the context of online advertising, the Commission alleged that AmeriFreight, a company that arranges the shipment of...more

$1.1 Million Penalty Issued Under Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced today that it has issued a Notice of Violation to Quebec-based business Compu-Finder for four alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam...more

Food Court Grants Summary Judgment In Class Action Targeting “No Sugar Added” Label

As readers of this blog are well aware, manufacturers and retailers have faced a tidal wave of consumer class actions alleging false advertising in recent years. ...more

New Measures Clarify Consumer Protection Rights in China, Stipulate Penalties for Misconduct

On Jan. 5, 2015, the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) promulgated the Penalty Measures for Infringement on the Rights and Interests of Consumers (the “Measures”), which will take effect on March...more

No Longer at Lager-Heads: Anheuser-Busch Settles Claim over Kirin Beer’s Origin

Early this year, Anheuser-Busch settled a class suit filed against it by two Miami residents who alleged that the company was deceptively advertising Kirin beer as imported from Japan, when in fact it is brewed in the United...more

FTC Issues New Guidance for Mobile App Developers that Collect Location Data

A mobile app that collects users’ location data while the mobile app is not in use should clearly disclose such practices and provide users with choices. Failure to do so could give rise to an FTC claim of deceptive...more

A Primer on Insurance Coverage Issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

In the past several years, plaintiffs’ attorneys around the country have exploited a once-unknown 1991 law, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), to obtain headline-grabbing, multimillion-dollar judgments and...more

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