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FTC and FCC Sign Consumer Protection MOU

Since 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has engaged in an increasing number of privacy and data security enforcement actions. The scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction over carriers has also dramatically...more

FTC hosts workshop on cross-device tracking

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop focused on the growing practice of cross-device tracking and the associated privacy concerns. While many consumers are aware that their Internet...more

LabMD update

We reported last week, that LabMD was successful in its fight against the FTC in the administrative investigation against it, prompted by a complaint made to the FTC by Tiversa, when LabMD refused to hire Tiversa to repair an...more

FTC/FCC MOU: Even the Justice League Needs It In Writing

On November 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to address coordination of consumer protection actions by each agency. Following a wave...more

Keeping it Legal: Managing FDA Compliance for Consumer-Generated Content

Social technology platforms allow manufacturers to leverage consumer-generated content about their products (“CGC”) more easily than ever before. Such CGC generally takes the form of written testimonials and product reviews...more

FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case: ALJ Sets High Bar for Consumer Harm

On November 13, 2015, an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) ruled against the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in its high-profile data security case against LabMD. The ALJ ruled that the FTC had failed to show that LabMD’s...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Security Claims Against LabMD Due to Lack of Actual or Likely Substantial Consumer Harm

On November 13, a Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge dismissed the FTC data security complaint against medical laboratory LabMD, potentially vindicating LabMD’s vigorous two-year struggle to deny the FTC’s...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends? FTC and FCC Formalize Cooperation in Consumer Privacy Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently formalized an agreement to cooperate when regulating the “deceptive, unfair, unjust and/or unreasonable” acts and practices of common...more

Highly Anticipated Ruling Curbs FTC’s Power to Bring Data-Breach Cases

Last week, after seven years of intense litigation, LabMD won its case against the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) resulting in an Administrative Law Judge setting a high bar for the FTC to bring data-breach lawsuits against...more

Blog: FTC Enforcement Powers Limited in LabMD Data Security Case

Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") charges against the cancer-screening laboratory LabMD, stemming from two data breaches involving sensitive personal information of thousands of consumers were dismissed in a decision made...more

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 6) - Practical Compliance with the Competition Ordinance

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

Are Your Company’s Social Media #Sweepstakes FTC Compliant?

Social media contests and sweepstakes have gone viral. They have not only caught the attention of consumers nationwide, they have caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission....more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Breach Action Against LabMD

In the first ruling rebuking the Federal Trade Commission’s cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC’s head administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD, Inc., on November 13, stating that...more

FTC Administrative Law Judge To FTC: "Not So Fast On Data Security Enforcement!"

After repeatedly losing various challenges to the Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC's") authority to investigate and sanction it for alleged data security violations, LabMD Inc. ("LabMD") has finally come out on top, at least...more

FTC Fails to Prove Case Against LabMD

Last Friday, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell ruled that the FTC had failed to prove its case against LabMD and dismissed the FTC's Complaint. LabMD is one of only two companies (the other being Wyndham) to...more

ALJ Issues Sweeping Decision Dismissing FTC’s Action Against LabMD

On November 13, 2015, the chief administrative law judge (“ALJ”) handling the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) complaint against LabMD Inc. (“LabMD”) dismissed the case in its entirety. As we previously...more

FCC and FTC Issue MOU for Continued Cooperation on Consumer Protection Matters

On November 16, the FCC and the FTC executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on continued cooperative efforts to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices involving telecommunications services. In an...more

FCC and FTC Announce Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday, the FCC and FTC published a Memorandum of Understanding in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and collaboration on consumer protection issues, with greater respect for each agency’s...more

Disclosure Confusion in the Online Lead Generation Industry

This post is the second in a series we’re writing on the FTC’s workshop on online lead generation entitled Follow the Lead. In our first post, we explored how online lead generation works. Here, we will discuss two...more

ALJ Rules Against FTC in LabMD Data Security Action: Sets High Bar for Proving Consumer Harm

Last June we wrote about the FTC’s enforcement action against LabMD, a medical testing laboratory, which was forced to wind down its business because of the costs associated with challenging the FTC since 2013. Using its...more

Defining the Lines on Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: What the Consumer Watchdog Order and the FCC-FTC Sign MOU Mean

In the last few weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has taken two significant steps to further clarify its role as an agency charged with protecting consumers. The first instance was a...more

LabMD vindicated in FTC row

We have been following the fight between LabMD and the FTC for years. It has been a story of high emotions, principles, standoffs, aggression, lawsuits, court decisions, Congressional hearings and accusations, all outlined in...more

FTC Finalizes Rule Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Payments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that will prohibit sellers and telemarketers from creating or accepting remotely created payment orders or checks, cash-to-cash...more

FTC Jurisdiction in Data Security Regulation Potentially Limited in FTC v. LabMD

A November 13, 2015 decision from the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, D. Michael Chappell, calls into question FTC jurisdiction in the data privacy space. The case began when the FTC filed a...more

The FTC Pressures Press Interactions, Defies Commercial Speech Doctrine

On Tuesday, the FTC joined the Department of Justice and several other federal agencies in announcing numerous recent and ongoing actions against dietary supplement marketers. The FTC, in its discussions, highlighted a case...more

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