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Hospitals Considering Merger Face Increased Uncertainty

PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Hershey Medical Center have abandoned their merger plans following a Third Circuit defeat last month. The announcement underscores the uncertainty faced by hospitals considering...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #3

YouTube Adds Sponsored Content Notification Feature - To help influencers achieve compliance with the necessary disclosures about their relationships with advertisers, YouTube has unveiled a new tool to provide notice to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant antitrust victory by granting its request for a preliminary injunction to stay the pending merger...more

DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Justice's loss to American Express sends a message to health care providers: Steering, tiering, exclusive dealing and other contractual arrangements that appear to suppress competition in one part of...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2016"

This is the 13th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

No Protection for Network Marketing Provider That Had Knowledge and Authority to Control Deceptive Conduct of Affiliates

In Federal Trade Commission v. LeadClick Media, LLC, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17383 (2nd Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit recently held that an affiliate marketing network provider could be subjected to liability under the Federal...more

FTC Clamps Down on Nationwide Deceptive Marketing Campaign

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently filed suit against several related companies in connection with a nationwide campaign of deceptive marketing and billing practices....more

The States Also Rise: Recent Settlements Illustrate Potential Pitfalls Regarding Children’s Privacy Laws

Earlier this summer, we highlighted a settlement where the FTC proposed its largest fine to date under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) against software maker InMobi. The InMobi settlement attracted...more

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So, you’re ready to launch your new online business or mobile app. The website looks great, and the app tile has an elegant, simple design that’s sure to stand out on phone and tablet screens. Missing anything? Oh, yeah, that...more

FTC Obtains $1.3 Billion Judgment Against Individual Who Operated Payday Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $1.3 billion judgment against the individual operator of several payday lenders and related servicing and marketing companies in a lawsuit filed in a Nevada federal district...more

A day at the races - the e-commerce sector inquiry, a conference report

On Thursday, 6 October, the European Commission presented its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry (Preliminary Report) to a large audience of interested stakeholders, followed by debates on the three main...more

St. Louis Taxi Commission Not Immune From Uber’s Antitrust Suit

As we’ve written, Uber, the popular app-based car service, has been on the antitrust defensive, facing allegations that its algorithm for calculating prices restricts price competition. In Wallen v. St. Louis Metropolitan...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #2

No Shades of Gray in Order Banning Supplement Claims - In a case based on a referral from the National Advertising Division, the Federal Trade Commission obtained summary judgment and a final order against an advertiser...more

Federal Trade Commission's Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge Moves Forward: Third Circuit Halts Transaction Pending Trial Outcome

A Federal Appeals Court has sided with the FTC and preliminarily blocked the proposed merger of the largest hospitals in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. The...more

Consumer Financial Services Law - October 2016

Court to CFPB: Unconstitutional and Wrong on RESPA - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has declared unconstitutional a core component of the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and...more

FCC Sets Out Revised Privacy Rules For Broadband Providers

On Thursday October 7, 2016, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), Tom Wheeler, announced a proposal for new privacy rules for broadband providers in a post on the FCC’s website. Chairman Wheeler...more

FTC Targets Auto Dealers, Alleges Deceptive Financing Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed an action against nine auto dealerships and their individual owners in a California federal court that the FTC described as its "first action against an auto dealer for 'yo-yo'...more

FCC Chairman Moves to Regulate Broadband Consumer Privacy

On October 6, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler released a factsheet outlining proposed rules aimed at protecting broadband consumers’ privacy. The proposed rules would apply to internet service...more

“E-Commerce must live up to its promise…”

These are the words of Europe’s chief antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, introducing the Commission’s public hearing on October 6, 2016, on its preliminary findings of the e-commerce sector inquiry. The promise of...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - October 2016

Supreme Court to Review Credit Card Surcharge Statutes - Why it matters: In an effort to resolve a conflict between Circuits, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a challenge to New York’s credit card...more

In a Groundbreaking Decision, Third Circuit Provides Framework for Evaluating Numerosity

One of the least disputed elements of class certification is Rule 23(a)(1) numerosity, and so there is relatively little analysis from the courts about it. Last month, however, a divided panel of the Third Circuit provided a...more

Advertising Law - October 2016

Suit Over Block Voting on Reviews Moves Forward - A Lanham Act suit brought by a competitor over a company's efforts to minimize negative consumer reviews will move forward, a Utah federal court judge has...more

FTC Obtains $1.3 Billion Judgment for Payday Lending Scheme

On October 4, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued an order requiring that a racecar driver and several corporate defendants pay $1.3 billion in...more

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