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CFPB’s proposal for collection of decedent debt: a misguided approach (Part I)

This blog post is the first of two on the proposals being considered by the CFPB regarding the collection of decedent debt. In tomorrow’s blog post, I will share my thoughts on the CFPB’s proposal to prohibit debt collector...more

District Court Narrowly Defines the Relevant Market in Post-Actavis Pay-For-Delay Suit

On August 8, the District of Connecticut issued a noteworthy ruling on how to approach defining the relevant market definition in a pay-for-delay suit. In In re Aggrenox Antitrust Litigation, 3:14-md-02516 (D. Conn.), three...more

Department Of Commerce Agency Seeks Standards For IoT Security

On August 2, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), an agency of the Department of Commerce, announced that it would form a multi-stakeholder group to increase transparency for the deployment...more

Upcoming FTC Workshop Focuses on Evaluating and Testing Consumer Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the full agenda for its upcoming September 15 workshop examining disclosures made to consumers in the course of making advertising claims and describing privacy practices. The...more

CFPB to Participate in FTC Workshop on Consumer Disclosures

On September 15th, the FTC will hold a workshop to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. The FTC’s workshop...more

Antitrust Agencies Propose Updates to IP Licensing Guidelines and Invite Comments

In 1995, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice first issued the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. They represent the antitrust enforcement policy of the agencies with...more

Competition and consumer law update for the food and beverage sector

Results of a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct supplier survey suggest retailers can improve compliance with the Code - One year has now passed since Australia's two major supermarkets signed up to the Food and Grocery...more

Two New Court Decisions Bookend Antitrust Risks for Integrated Hospitals

A Florida federal court recently denied summary judgment to an integrated hospital system hoping to exit a multicount antitrust and unfair trade lawsuit. Four days later, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary...more

2 for 1—Private and Government Actions Regarding Price Comparisons

Amazon made recent news for pricing items without stating a list price or whether an article was on sale or was offered at a discounted cost. The policy was based on the idea that Amazon's numerous Prime members would buy...more

Final Order against Practice Fusion Approved by FTC

On August 16, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the final order resolving its privacy complaints against Practice Fusion. The complaint alleged that Practice Fusion “misled consumers by soliciting reviews for...more

Less Is More: European Commission Gives Boost to the Collaborative Economy

Sometimes, what’s omitted is more important than what’s included. And never more so than in relation to EU regulation and compliance. Providers of peer-to-peer platforms may have feared that a desire by the EU to...more

Digital Single Market Update: European Commission Concludes No New Regulation for Online Platforms

Online platforms have transformed the way we live and work and, as a result, platform operators have become some of the world’s leading brands. But the EU is concerned that Europe is not currently keeping pace with the U.S....more

FTC Announces Dog Food False Advertising Settlement

Last Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had settled with Mars Petcare US, Inc. (“Mars Petcare”) concerning allegedly false advertising claims relating to its Eukanuba brand dog food. ...more

Lessons for Businesses from FTC’s Opinion on LabMD’s Data Security Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an Opinion and Final Order finding that the data security practices of LabMD, Inc. were unreasonable, and therefore constituted an unfair act or practice in violation of Section 5...more

The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were...more

Change Order: The CFPB Previews Its Proposed FDCPA Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently took the next step toward promulgating regulations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by releasing its “Outline of Proposals under Consideration...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Formally Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the Privacy Shield, a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union (EU) and certain countries of the European Economic Area...more

FTC Expands Its Role In Cybersecurity Enforcement By Reviving LabMD Action

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) overturned the decision of one of its administrative law judges (“ALJ”) from November 2015 in a suit against LabMD, Inc., now finding LabMD...more

DOJ Rejects Modifications of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

On August 4, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rejected changes to the 1941 consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. These decrees have been in place since 1941, when the DOJ settled antitrust claims with ASCAP and BMI...more

FTC Announces FinTech Forum on Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer Payments

On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released two items in connection with its series of events on the implications of FinTech for consumers. First, the FTC announced it will be hosting the next event in the...more

FTC Approves Final Order Against ASUS

We previously reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had entered into a proposed settlement with ASUSTek Computer, Inc. in February of 2016. The allegations against ASUS were that it failed to take reasonable steps...more

Judge Cote Finds Initiating Lawsuits to Obtain Settlements Rather Than a Determination on the Merits is Not an Abuse of Process

On July 28, 2016, District Judge Denise Cote (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendants AlphaCap Ventures, LLC’s, a non-practicing entity, and Richard Juarez’s (collectively, “AlphaCap”) motion to dismiss plaintiff Gust, Inc.’s (“Gust”)...more

Advertising Law - August 2016

Court Awake To Plaintiff’s Deceptive Sleep-Tracking Claims Against Fitbit - A challenge to Fitbit’s claims that certain models of its exercise monitoring device tracked users’ sleep patterns will move forward after a...more

Choice-of-Law Rules Prevent Costco from Suing as Indirect Purchaser in California

In another development in the ongoing cathode ray tube (CRT) multidistrict litigation, Judge Tigar of the Northern District of California ruled that Costco could not recover any damages it sustained as an indirect purchaser...more

No Harm? No Matter. FTC Broadens Data Security Liability

No harm, no foul? Not according to the FTC. On July 29, 2016, the Commission held that a showing of tangible injury was not necessary in order for company acts and practices to be considered unfair. The case, In the...more

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