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Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

Medical Supply Company Hit with Class Action TCPA Fax Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A class action fax lawsuit has been filed against a medical supply company in the federal district court for the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff seeks to represent a nationwide class of persons and entities who...more

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Sweepstakes Lawyer

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, a federal district court in Detroit refused to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit filed against Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation (“Dunham’s”) concerning the regional sporting goods retailer’s sweepstakes...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down FCC Opt-Out Notice Requirement for “Solicited” Fax Ads

Takeaway: The D.C. Circuit recently dismantled a claim commonly asserted under the TCPA’s Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005, by rejecting the FCC’s rule that fax advertisers violate the TCPA by not including compliant “opt-out”...more

TCPA Connect - April 2017

FCC Combats Spoofed Robocalls - As part of an initiative that would enable voice service providers to better protect subscribers from illegal and fraudulent robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission has released a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cross River Bank Takes on Colorado in True Lender Action. This past January, the Administrator of Colorado’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code filed a court action against Marlette Funding LLC (Marlette),...more

Comply with Telemarketing Laws or Face the Consequences

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with “the ring leader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

Wells Fargo Resolves TCPA Class Action

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Wells Fargo”) successfully resolved a “junk fax” Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action with an accepted offer of judgment that satisfied both the named plaintiff and the...more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

by King & Spalding on

Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes....more

Consumer Review Fairness Act’s Point of “No Return”

On December 14, 2016 the United States Congress passed an act known as the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (“CRFA”). The stated goal of this new legislation is “to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts...more

D.C. Circuit v. FCC – More Pushback to Come?

by Ifrah PLLC on

Over the past several years, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) took an expansive view of its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”). The TCPA bars certain calls, texts and faxes without...more

FDA Delays Effective Date of Amended Regulations Affecting "Intended Use" Definition

by Jones Day on

One day before the final rule, "Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding 'Intended Uses,'" would have taken...more

Plaintiffs’ Counsel Garner $15 Million Attorneys’ Fee Award For Largest TCPA Settlement In History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In what is being billed as the “largest and strongest TCPA settlement in history,” Judge Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted Plaintiffs’ counsel a...more

TrustE Pays $100,000 with NYS for Failing to Protect Children’s Websites

On April 6, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (AG) announced that he has settled an investigation against TrustE for alleged violations of failing to adequately prevent illegal tracking technology on...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

Email Marketing In Canada (CASL): A How-To Guide

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On July 1, 2014, the central provisions of the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”) came into force. These provisions generally prohibit the sending of a Commercial Electronic Message (“CEM”) without a recipient’s express consent,...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

TCPA Lawyers Awarded $15M in Legal Fees

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A United States District Court in Illinois has awarded attorneys’ fees of at least $15.6 million to the TCPA lawyers which shepherded through the largest class settlement in the history of the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Heads Up, App Developers: Google Is Getting Serious About Privacy and Data Security in Apps

Beginning March 15, 2017, Google began removing apps from Google Play, its online marketplace where apps and other digital media are offered for download and use on the Android platform, for failing to comply with Google’s...more

Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Sherman Act liability for false advertising

The incentive is high to identify a Sherman Act violation in your competitor’s conduct—three times higher, to be precise, than to bring a claim for an ordinary business tort or even a false advertising claim under the Lanham...more

California’s New Prop. 65 Warning Regulations Put Primary Burden for Providing Warning on Manufacturers

by Bryan Cave on

Companies that do business in California should be familiar with Proposition 65, which prohibits knowingly and intentionally exposing consumers to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm without...more

The Dirt on “Clean” Labels

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Everybody wants “clean” labels. But, what does that mean? With no legal definition, “clean” labeling encompasses a wide-range of claims, such as natural, healthy, -free, simple, small-batch, no preservatives, no artificial...more

DC Circuit Invalidates FCC Fax Rule Effectively Closing the Door to TCPA Class Actions Based on Alleged Violations

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) overstepped its authority in 2006 when it implemented the Solicited Fax Rule, which requires all fax advertisements — even those...more

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