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SAG Allocation Guidelines Trump Settlement Deal - In the first decision interpreting the Screen Actors Guild 2009 Commercials Contract Allocation Guidelines, an arbitrator ordered a signatory to double its payments to...more

Acquisitions Don't Nullify Prior Privacy Promises--FTC's Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp Gives Caution to All to Honor Privacy...

Social networking site Facebook announced in February its plans to acquire WhatsApp—a “rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company”—for the princely sum of $19 billion. While Facebook and WhatsApp are looking...more

"European Parliament Approves Proposed Directive on Private Antitrust Damages Actions"

On April 17, 2014, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on private antitrust damages actions (the Directive). The Directive is intended to facilitate antitrust...more

Pom Wonderful and Consumer Class Actions Under State Law

The newest wave of false advertising consumer class actions asserts that consumer labeling or marketing violates state unfair competition laws by confusing (or potentially confusing) consumers. While brought under state...more

Car Manufacturer and Ad Agency Settle False-Advertising Claims for “Hill Climb” Ad

In a 2011 commercial for the Nissan Frontier produced by advertising agency TBWA Worldwide, Inc., the audience sees the wheels of an elaborately designed dune buggy spinning and kicking up sand in a fruitless attempt to climb...more

Don’t be a Jerk

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charged the operators of Jerk.com with harvesting personal information from Facebook to create profiles for more than an estimated 73 million people, where they could not be...more

European Parliament adopts legislation facilitating antitrust damages actions

Today, the European Parliament approved legislation governing antitrust damages actions brought in the national courts of EU Member States. The Parliament’s approval was the last significant hurdle and follows several years...more

Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FTC Data Security Authority

On April 7, 2014, in a landmark decision with broad implications for American businesses, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s authority to regulate data security...more

FTC Still In Charge Of Privacy Enforcement: Ten Lessons From Wyndham

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) is the most active and aggressive federal government agency to investigate and enforce data privacy and security laws against businesses. Section 5 of the FTC Act empowers the agency to...more

U.S. and U.K. Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Data Privacy Enforcement

Citing the increasing frequency with which consumer information crosses international borders and the need for coordinated monitoring and enforcement strategies related to consumer privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission...more

FDIC regional offices issue UDAP guidance on continuous overdraft fees

Based on the CFPB’s rulemaking agenda issued in December 2013, we continue to expect overdraft programs to be the subject of another CFPB white paper and/or an advance notice of proposed rulemaking this year. (In June 2013,...more

The new group actions law in France – A cause for concern for companies?

The French law on consumer rights, also referred to as the “Hamon law” (“loi Hamon”), was enacted on 17 March 2014. The introduction of group actions is one of the main innovations of this law. Companies must now...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

FTC Provides Guidance On Obtaining Parental Consent Under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently responded to three applications seeking approval for new methods for obtaining parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule....more

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Big Data Opinion

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

United Kingdom and European Union Continue Push Toward Private Actions

There have been two recent developments in the expansion of private antitrust actions in the United Kingdom and the European Union. First, the United Kingdom continues to push toward opt-out collective proceedings for...more

Jerked Around? Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5...more

Federal Court Upholds FTC’s Authority To Bring Enforcement Actions Over Data-Security Standards; Will Class Actions Follow?

Already, 2014 has been an eventful year in the world of data breaches and cybersecurity. In addition to a flurry of litigation over high-profile breaches at the start of the year, the National Institute for Standards and...more

U.S. District Court Confirms FTC Authority To Regulate Corporate Data Security Practices

On April 7, 2014, Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the first ever motion to dismiss filed in Federal court that challenged the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (“the...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 10, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Updates Energy Labeling Rule - FTC Gives Cole Haan Pinterest Promotion the Boot - Major Class Action Victory for POM Decertifies Previous Class - Upcoming Events -...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

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COPPA + State Law = Privacy Protection for Teens - How does the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) interact with state law privacy protections for teens? According to amicus briefs filed by both...more

Federal Court Holds That FTC May Regulate Company Data Security Practices

In a closely watched and first-of-its-kind case, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey rejected, for purposes of a motion to dismiss, a defendant company’s argument that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

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