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FTC’s “Stick With Security” #5: Segment Your Network And Monitor Who’s Trying To Get In And Out

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 25, 2017, the FTC released its fifth “Stick with Security” principal, which focused on how companies can protect their virtual “entrances and exits” and make life harder for hackers. The FTC believes that the...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #4: Store Sensitive Information Securely & Protect It During Transmission

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 18, 2017, the FTC released its fourth “Stick with Security” principle, which explained the importance of keeping confidential data only when needed, and securely storing the data when it must be kept. To that end,...more

CFPB files lawsuit against debt relief companies for alleged misrepresentation of government affiliation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the CFPB filed a lawsuit in Maryland federal court against two commonly-owned debt relief companies, their affiliated payment processor, and three individual principals  for alleged violations of the Telemarketing...more

NYC To Defer To The FDA In Calorie Posting Rules

by Cole Schotz on

As New Yorkers enjoy their pumpkin spice lattes, the fact that a Grande (16oz) serving will cost them about 380 calories (including 2% milk and whipped cream, because why not?) is becoming common knowledge. Calorie...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #3: Require Secure Passwords and Authentication

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 11, 2017, the FTC released its third “Stick with Security” principle, which touched on the necessity of strong authentication practices. Secure passwords and fortified authentication practices make it that much...more

California Enacts Legislation in an Attempt to Level the Playing Field in Proposition 65 Enforcement Actions

by Downey Brand LLP on

On October, 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced that he signed AB 1583 into law. AB 1583, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau, a democrat from Monterey Park, is intended to promote transparency in Proposition 65 private...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #2: Control Access to Data Sensibly

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 4, 2017, the FTC released its second “Stick with Security” principle, which addressed the next step a company should take after it has identified confidential data in its possession and determined what information...more

Much-Needed TCPA Reform Would Support Small Businesses and Spur Economic Benefits

by Hogan Lovells on

Growing evidence suggests that existing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) compliance challenges, and the current TCPA litigation landscape, are increasingly a threat to many U.S. companies – particularly small...more

Amazon Delivers Pricing Challenge to Arbitration

Amazon successfully moved a putative class action challenging its pricing practices to arbitration after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit held that the retailer’s agreement was not unconscionable....more

Affiliate Marketing 101

“What’s affiliate marketing? Should I care?” - The Federal Trade Commission attempted to answer these questions in a new blog post directed to consumers, explaining how the industry works and how to avoid scams....more

Monthly TCPA Digest - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Ready for good news about TCPA litigation? In this edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest — providing insights on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases and regulations — we point to a glimmer of hope for businesses....more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

Building a Health App? Part 4: Avoiding an FTC Enforcement Action

The market for apps designed to improve health and wellness or even to diagnose and treat medical conditions continues to grow. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved a new smartphone-based “carbon...more

FTC Seal of Disapproval for “Selfie” Certification Marks

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

For many years, consumers have relied on certification marks like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and the UL logo as an assurance of product quality. Administered by independent organizations, consumers reasonably...more

“I’m Unavailable to Take Your Advertisement Right Now”: FCC Regulation of Direct-To-Voicemail Marketing

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The days of lamenting the dinnertime telemarketing call seem to have faded, but as communication technology ? particularly cell phone and smartphone usage ? has become ubiquitous, advertisers have found new avenues to...more

FDA Approves First Qualified Health Claim about Allergy Prevention on Baby Food Labels

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

Last month, the FDA announced that companies will be able to label baby food products with advice about how the early introduction of peanuts in an infant’s diet may reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy. This marks...more

House Financial Services Committee schedules Oct. 11 mark-up of “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to mark-up this Wednesday, October 11, is a bill to provide a “Madden fix” as well as several others relevant to consumer financial...more

OCC reacts to CFPB’s final payday loan rule by rescinding its deposit advance product guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Hours after the CFPB released its final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule on October 5, 2017, the OCC rescinded its guidance on deposit advance products. ...more

CFPB Issues Long-Awaited Short-Term Lending Final Rule

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 5, the CFPB issued it long-anticipated Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Lending Rule covering certain short-term loans. The final regulation, published more than 15 months after it was proposed in June...more

CFPB issues final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB issued its final payday loan rule last week in a release running 1,690 pages. Lenders covered by the rule include nonbank entities as well as banks and credit unions. In addition to payday loans, the rule covers...more

Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of competition authorities – German FCO continues to lead the way

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) launched its new series of papers on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy”. The first paper deals with “Big Data and Competition”. ...more

CFPB Issues Final Payday/Auto Title/High-Rate Installment Loan Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final payday loan rule last week in a release running 1,690 pages. Lenders covered by the rule include nonbank entities as well as banks and credit unions....more

Preliminary Thoughts on the New CFPB Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

It will take a while to digest the CFPB’s 1,700-page release on payday, title and high-rate installment lending but, naturally, I have a number of preliminary observations...more

Surprising Results for U.S. Chamber Statistics on TCPA Cases

During a 17-month period after the Federal Communication Commission’s July 2015 order, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform compiled a database of 3,121 Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases filed between Aug. 1,...more

Update Your Browsewrap and Clickwrap Agreements

by Revision Legal on

A recent California case reminds businesses and website owners that browsewrap and clickwrap agreements must be conspicuous for courts to enforce them. See Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., 245 Cal.App.4th 855 (2nd Dist. 2016)....more

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