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Now in force: Major amendments to the antitrust damages regime in the UK

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA”) comes into force today, 1 October 2015. It introduces major reforms to the antitrust damages actions regime in the UK. In particular, the CRA broadens the type of cases that can be heard...more

Cybersecurity + Law Enforcement: The Cutting Edge Symposium | Friday, OctobeWU Law | Bristol,r 16, 2015 R Rhode Island

Cybersecurity, encryption, and government surveillance are daily challenges for public officials, corporations, and lawyers. On October 16, the Roger Williams University School of Law will present Cybersecurity and Law...more

Consumer Rights Act 2015: Private Actions for Breaches of Competition Law – Overview of the New Regime

The entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA15”) on 1 October 2015 sees the overhaul of the private enforcement regime in England & Wales. The CRA15, which amends both the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise...more

FTC Fines Can Add Salt to a Cybersecurity Wound

Cyberattacks are on the rise—so much that we seem to hear about a high-profile hack more often than it probably rains in most parts of California. Although reputational damage from a cyberattack can be scarring, a recent U.S....more

FTC v. Wyndham: The Third Circuit Recognizes FTC Authority to Regulate Commercial Cyber Security Practices

In 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruling in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation agreed to hear an immediate appeal on two issues: “whether the FTC has authority to regulate cybersecurity under...more

When Is Evidence of a Foreign Cartel Proof of a U.S. Price-Fixing Conspiracy?

The Third Circuit held that in antitrust cases involving concentrated markets, courts must carefully consider the nature of the industry and whether the actions of defendants can be equally attributed to independent conduct...more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Draft Cartel Leniency Policy

On September 23, 2015, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) released a draft leniency policy for undertakings engaged in cartel conduct (the Policy) for public consultation. Feedback is invited by the...more

Auto dealer settles with FTC for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Tricolor Auto Acceptance (Tricolor), a Texas based auto dealer has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Tricolor will pay the FTC $82,777 in...more

Just Like Neiman Case, FTC v. Wyndham Decision Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Back on July 20 this year, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided Remijas v. Neiman Marcus, leading a chorus of pundits to declare that case changed everything when it comes to data breach cases, signaling a “new tilt...more

Be Careful About What you Claim – Or Fail to Claim – FTC Sends Green Guides Warning Letters

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to providers of environmental certification seals, and to businesses using those seals, alerting them to the Commission’s concerns that the seals “could be...more

Court says FTC has Power to Regulate Corporate Cybersecurity Policies (New Jersey)

Fed. Trade Comm’n v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., 2015 WL 4998121 (3d Cir. N.J. Aug. 24, 2015) - In this Federal Trade Commission investigation, the FTC alleged that the defendant’s cybersecurity policies resulted in unfair...more

Return of the Cyborg—FTC and SEC Oversight of Cybersecurity Ramps Up

The government appears to be increasing its enforcement efforts regarding cybersecurity risks. A three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held the FTC may bring a claim that a company’s...more

Discriminating Tastes: Court Puts Long-running Robinson-Patman Act Case To Rest

Described as the Rodney Dangerfield of the antitrust laws, the Robinson-Patman Act—which prohibits anticompetitive price discrimination—gets no respect. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission unapologetically...more

Mega Merger Looming for the Beer Industry

The latest wave in the ever-changing and often turbulent waters of the beer industry is the potential merger of SABMiller with Anheuser-Busch InBev. This potential combination would create a brewery with nine of the world’s...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Auto Loan Servicer for Alleged Violations of FCRA Furnisher Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a company that services auto loans for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “Furnisher Rule.” The settlement serves as a reminder...more

FTC Provides New Guidance for Merger Investigations

The FTC’s Bureau of Competition recently issued new “Best Practices” guidance for parties involved in merger investigations. This is the Commission’s first guidance on the merger review process since the Merger Process...more

FTC Chairwoman Ramirez Urges Start-Ups to Establish a “Culture of Security”

On September 9, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez delivered remarks at the Start For Security workshop, an FTC initiative intended to provide start-ups and developers with the resources and information necessary to integrate...more

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring...more

FTC to Host Privacy and Security Event

On August 28, the FTC announced that it will hold a public event, PrivacyCon, to examine current research and trends in protecting consumer privacy and security. Several “whitehat” researchers, academics, industry...more

“Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing”: A Sea Change Or Not?

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates delivered remarks announcing a memorandum delivered to all federal prosecutors, including the Antitrust Division: “Individual Accountability for...more

Hell Freezes Over in California: Private Optometry and Optical Companies Compromise

The California Optometric Association (COA) and national optical companies ended their historic stand-off and agreed on legislation that provides a route for optometrists to co-locate with companies that dispense eyeglasses...more

New DOJ Policy Regarding Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new policy regarding individual accountability for corporate misconduct. The policy, described in a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates,...more

Third Circuit to Wyndham (Part II): "Deceptive" is also "Unfair" in the Cybersecurity Context

In Part I, we discussed the Third Circuit's finding that the "unfair" prong of the FTC Act does not require the agency to provide specific cybersecurity standards with "ascertainable certainty" to which companies must...more

[Webinar] The Digital Health Update: Recent Developments in the Regulation of Medical Devices and Health Apps - Sept. 22nd, 1:00...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1:00 P.M. CST -- Both the FDA and the FTC have been busy this summer. Just this month, both agencies took their strongest actions to date relating to cybersecurity and the regulation of medical...more

Wyndham v. Deflategate: Where Are the Goal Posts?

As a privacy litigator, I could not help but observe an apparent contradiction in the way the Third Circuit allowed the FTC to pursue Wyndham Hotels for cybersecurity breaches under the FTC Act, but Judge Berman (SDNY)...more

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