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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A number of updated and new stories in this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 14, 2017. We hope you enjoy. Expedia’s MeetingMarket Now Speaks English [OTA/GROUP] ("Expedia extends...more

Revocation of Consent Under TCPA: Not So Fast

In a recent case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the TCPA does not permit a consumer to revoke prior consent to be contacted by telephone when...more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

TCPA Class Action Against Twilio Dismissed; No Violation of TCPA if Text Message Sent to Complete a Transaction

Last week, a Washington federal judge, Robert S. Lasnik, dismissed a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against Twilio Inc. (Twilio) based on the finding that a text message did not constitute telemarketing...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

The Third Circuit Holds That A Single Prerecorded Call Counts As A Concrete Injury For Purposes Of Article III Standing

by King & Spalding on

On July 10, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit concluded that receiving a single prerecorded call constituted a concrete injury for the purposes of Article III standing....more

Third Circuit Rules that a Single Voicemail on a Cell Phone is Sufficient to Confer Standing for a TCPA Claim

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In another court's journey into the murky waters of constitutional standing post-Spokeo, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that one single voicemail on a consumer's cell phone is sufficient to confer standing under...more

Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online — not just in news, but also in offerings of goods and services. Fake online stories, like the PizzaGate story,...more

FCC Focuses on Consumer Protection From Robocalling and TCPA Violations

by Carlton Fields on

On July 13, the FCC issued a second notice of inquiry, following its March 23 adoption of a notice of proposed rulemaking, aimed at protecting consumers from robocalls. The rulemaking proposes express authorization for...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

Revocation of Consent Under the TCPA

by BakerHostetler on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted as a consumer protection measure against companies that engage in telemarketing practices. The basic principle of the TCPA is that it seeks to prohibit a company from...more

D.C. District Court Allows Payday Lenders’ Due Process Claims To Proceed In Case Against “Operation Choke Point”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, in the lawsuit filed in 2014 challenging “Operation Choke Point” — a federal enforcement initiative involving various agencies, including the Consumer...more

No Certification Where Loss of Data Prevents Class Identification

by BakerHostetler on

Identifying potential class members is not an issue in most employment cases, as the employer likely has any number of employment records for each of the claimants, including personnel files, electronic data, tax forms, time...more

Restaurants, Grocery Stores, and Convenience Stores Sue to Block New York City's Menu Labeling Rule

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or the Agency) decision a couple of months ago to delay its Menu Labeling Rule until May 7, 2018 was met with mixed reactions from industry. While the National Association of...more

Third Circuit Confirms That One Call Is All for TCPA Violation

One errant solicitation call to the wrong person’s cellphone is all it takes to trigger liability under the TCPA. That was the essence of last week’s decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the putative class action...more

A Deeper Dive Into the FTC Crack-Down on Social Media Influencers: What You Should Know Before You Post

In our previous blog post, “Brands Beware!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides,” we reported that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) had issued more than 90 letters to brands and...more

DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

The Third Circuit Holds That A TCPA Violation Alone Is Sufficient To Establish Standing

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that allegations that a customer received a single, unauthorized prerecorded sales voice mail on her cell phone in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Twilio Narrowly Avoids TCPA Lawsuit Liability

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On July 12, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed a putative class action complaint filed against Twilio, Inc. (“Twilio”), alleging that the platform had violated the...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contractually-Given Consent Cannot be Revoked Under TCPA

by Goodwin on

On June 22, 2017, the Second Circuit decided Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104—a decision which is a win for the TCPA defense bar. In Reyes, the Second Circuit held that, once a consumer consents to...more

Minnesota Federal Judge Says Glyphosate Claims are “Unreasonable”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A mini-trend in food litigation last year was the spate of class action cases alleging that foods advertised as “natural” contained trace amounts of the herbicide glyphosate. “Trace” is the operative word; to the extent...more

Sixth Circuit Blocks 'Junk Fax' Class Action Under Telephone Consumer Protection Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit calls into question the viability of “junk fax” class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when the defendant company does not...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

by Carlton Fields on

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

You Can’t Always Get What You Want—Second Circuit Affirms Parties Can Bargain Away TCPA Right To Revoke Consent To Automated Calls

As the Rolling Stones famously sing, “You can’t always get what you want.” And in the ever treacherous world of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq., the Second Circuit has ruled that means...more

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