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What's Driving Regulation of Auto Ancillary Products

Federal and state regulatory scrutiny of the automobile finance industry has accelerated over the last several months. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently...more

Insurance Antitrust Newsletter - May 2016

Insurer Antitrust Exemption in Europe in Jeopardy - In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act provides insurers with an exemption from the federal antitrust laws. Enacted in 1945, the Act provides that conduct that...more

Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement

At this week’s NBPCA Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, DC, DWT Payments team member Adam Maarec joined a panel entitled “Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement: Uncovering Recent Trends, Targets and Priorities Surrounding...more

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies...more

Tobacco Cases Expose Tension Between Antitrust and Public Health

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) regarding the sale of tobacco products highlights a long-standing tension between two sets of laws: antitrust/competition laws, which seek to keep products affordable...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #4

Study Finds Low Compliance for Native Advertising - According to a new study, roughly 70 percent of websites are not compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's recently released native advertising...more

LabMD’s Waiting Game: Lingering Questions over FTC’s Authority in Data Security Matters

A contentious legal battle over data security between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, a small medical testing lab, is chronicled in the latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Dune Lawrence’s report raises...more

FTC to Host Fintech Forum on Marketplace Lending

On April 14, the FTC announced the first of a series of events intended to examine consumer protection across several areas of emerging financial technology. Scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. on June 9, the first...more

FTC Cracking Down on Body Care Products . . . Naturally

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has commanded the attention of consumer products companies that claim their goods are completely natural, as it has now levied significant charges against five sellers of skin-care and...more

FTC Releases "Cheat Sheet" for Developing a Secure Mobile Health Application

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in partnership with other federal agencies, has released an online tool that provides developers legal guidance for the creation of mobile health applications (apps). Companies that are...more

Product Regulations: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - and Could Destroy Your Business

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #3

SPECIAL FOCUS: #Twitter at Ten: Ten Times Twitter Made Ad Law History - Ten years ago the world was introduced to Twitter, a microblogging site offering users the chance to express themselves just 140 characters at a...more

ACL Review to Consider the Adequacy of Consumer Laws for Comparator Websites

The ACL is a national set of consumer protection laws that has operated in Australia since 1 January 2011. The ACL is a schedule to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). CAANZ will conduct a comprehensive review...more

Consequences for those involved in cartel conduct increasing in Australia and abroad

Companies and individuals who breach prohibitions against cartel conduct face increasing levels of fines and other penalties in Australia and overseas. In this article, we outline expected developments in Australia this year,...more

When Is Natural Unnatural? When It’s Not: The Federal Trade Commission Takes Exception to “All Natural” Claims

In the 1975 song, “Natural Mystic,” legend Bob Marley sang “There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air – I won’t tell no lie.” Channeling Marley, the Federal Trade Commission recently took enforcement action against...more

Battle of the Batteries: NAD Refers LEI Electronics Inc.’s Green Marketing Claims Regarding Its Eco Alkalines Batteries to FTC

The NAD recently referred certain green marketing claims made by LEI Electronics Inc. (LEI) regarding its Eco Alkalines batteries to the FTC after the company stated it would not comply with the NAD’s decision and...more

Advertising with Environmental Certifications and "Green" Seals of Approval

As consumer demand for eco-friendly, non-toxic, and sustainably-sourced products continues to rise, so does the use of environmental certifications on packaging and advertisements for virtually every kind of consumer product,...more

FTC to host June 9 forum on marketplace lending

The interest of federal regulators in marketplace lending continues to grow. In March 2016, the CFPB announced that it is taking complaints about marketplace lenders. In July 2015, the Treasury Department issued a request...more

There Was a Panel on What?? Notes on the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Panel on Marijuana Law

Attendees at this year’s Spring Meeting may have been surprised by an unexpected panel: an overview of the status of the law related to the legalization of marijuana and antitrust issues facing the nascent industry. However,...more

ABA Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting—What You Need to Know

The American Bar Association held its 64th annual Antitrust Law Spring Meeting April 5–8, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Over 3,000 practitioners, enforcers, economists and academics from around the world came together to discuss...more

Antitrust Division Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Individuals Behind International Cartels

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is vigorously pursuing civil and criminal actions against individuals—and not simply the companies they run. Just last month, Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer...more

FTC Releases 2015 Annual Highlights

On April 6, the FTC released its 2015 Annual Highlights report, which is comprised of four key sections: (i) enforcement; (ii) policy; (iii) education; and (iv) stats and data. Regarding enforcement highlights in 2015, the...more

Quo Vadis FTC: What Does the Commission's Complaint Against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Others Say About the Future of Post-Actavis...

This alert, the title of which is adapted from a March 30, 2016 FTC Staff Attorney blog post, considers the FTC's first lawsuit challenging a so-called "no-AG" agreement. No-AG agreements are components of Hatch-Waxman...more

What Net Neutrality Wrought: The FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Rules

As previously promised in last year’s Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed privacy requirements for...more

EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking

On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a widespread use of geo-blocking throughout retailers in the EU. The findings reaffirm the...more

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