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Second Circuit Hears Argument in People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC

On April 13, 2015 the Second Circuit (Hon. Walker, Raggi, Droney) heard oral argument in People of the State of New York v. Actavis PLC. This case began in September 2014, when the New York Attorney General’s Office...more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it is settling investigations against American International Mailing, Inc. and TES Franchising LLC alleging that each were misrepresenting to consumers that they...more

EU Tells Google to Try Harder

It’s official: on Wednesday, in a formal Statement of Objections, the European Union’s antitrust chief formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the web search arena. The European Commission is focused on...more

FTC Settles with Technology Company for Allegedly Misleading Consumers about Refunds

On April 7, the FTC announced a proposed settlement of an administrative complaint alleging that a web hosting provider violated the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the press release, the company offered web...more

Fit (Not) to Be Tied: Three Tricky Questions Every Company Must Ask When Selling Discounted Bundles of Products

From corner taco stands to corner offices, the discounted product bundle is ubiquitous. McDonald’s offers Extra Value Meals. Microsoft offers Office. Morgan Stanley offers Prime Brokerage. Like countless companies, these...more

DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

Impact of FTC's Broadened Scope Creeping In On Your E-Business

For retailers who have eBusiness lines, the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new regulations will affect the way you do business. The amendments in 16 C.F.R. §435 went into effect December 8, 2014. Has your business made...more

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

Beyond HIPAA: Connected Health Care and the Internet of Things

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Staff Report titled "Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World," released in January 2015, continues to generate interest and questions about the regulation of health...more

Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Brings First E-Commerce Prosecution

Marking a foray into e-commerce, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its first antitrust prosecution for price fixing in online marketplaces. On April 6, 2015, the DOJ announced that it has...more

UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including...more

FTC Creates New Office To Investigate Consumer Technologies

On March 23, the FTC announced – via blog post – the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a newly formed research office within its Bureau of Consumer Protection....more

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

Privacy Bills Abound in Congress

Why it matters - From the President to Senators to Representatives, everyone in Washington, D.C. appears to be focused on privacy-related issues. Continuing his focus on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama signed an...more

FTC Announces Results of “Operation Ruse Control” on Auto Industry

On March 26, the FTC announced the results of Operation Ruse Control, “a nationwide and cross-border crackdown” on the auto industry with the intent to protect consumers who are purchasing or leasing a car. Efforts taken...more

Telemarketing Tips: What We Can Learn From Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Excursion With The FTC

The FTC’s “Do Not Call” and “robocall” rules do not apply to political survey calls. So, if Hillary Clinton sought to “voice blast” a survey about international issues, she could do so without violating the Telemarketing...more

Advertising Law - April 2015

Pink Cadillac Not Included: Mary Kay Sues Over “Fraudulent Couponing Scheme” - According to a new federal court complaint filed by Mary Kay, Inc., online deal site RetailMeNot has tricked consumers with a “fraudulent...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Dismissal in P.F. Chang’s Data Breach Case Shows Challenge Plaintiffs Face in Such Actions - Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Underscores the Need to Evaluate Insurance Programs for Cyber...more

LabMD files Motion to Exclude Exhibits as it gears up for May 5th hearing with FTC

The litigation between LabMD and the FTC is not mellowing. Last week, LabMD filed a Motion to Exclude the FTC’s admission of all Tiversa documents during the FTC administrative hearing scheduled for May 5th....more

FTC Announces New Office Of Technology Research And Investigation

On March 23, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Bureau of Consumer Protection (“Bureau”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (“OTRI”), a branch that will expand the agency’s...more

FTC Settles with Texas-Based Mortgage Company Over Mortgage Relief Scams

On March 5, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas approved a settlement agreement between the FTC and a Texas-based mortgage relief company and its owners (Defendants) to resolve allegations that they...more

‘Operation Ruse Control’ Announcement Highlights Importance of Auto Finance Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission—and numerous other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada—recently announced that an enforcement initiative dubbed “Operation Ruse Control” has resulted...more

Oregon Federal Court Weighs In on Disputed Umbrella Theory of Damages

An Oregon federal court recently relied on the so-called umbrella theory of damages to decide that the plaintiffs had an antitrust injury necessary to pursue an injunction. While this decision has garnered attention for...more

FTC Announces Office of Technology Research and Investigation

This week the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection announced a new office to bolster the technological expertise of the Bureau and the FTC regional offices handling law enforcement investigations. ...more

Information Exchanges – Difficult Not to Go Bananas!

The European Court of Justice recently confirmed that pre-pricing communications between competitors involving discussions about price-setting factors, quotation prices and pricing trends may be incompatible with EU antitrust...more

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