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Federal Trade Commission Guidance Addresses Stand-alone Claims of Unfair Competition Under Section 5 of the FTC Act

Section 5 of the FTC Act, in effect since 1914, authorizes the FTC to pursue claims of unfair competition beyond the reach of both the Sherman and Clayton Acts. 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1). Until now however, the FTC has been...more

FTC issues statement on its enforcement abilities under § 5 of the FTC Act

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on its ability to prosecute ‘unfair trade practices’ and enforce violations under § 5 of the FTC Act. The guidance said: Section 5’s ban on...more

Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority to Regulate Data Security

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit affirmed U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’ April 2014 ruling in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., et al. (“Wyndham”) that the FTC has the authority to regulate private companies’...more

Data Privacy: Wyndham Hotel's Wake Up Call Should Be Your Own

On August 24, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedential opinion in the matter of Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, et al., No. 14-3514 (3d. Cir., Aug. 24,...more

Third Circuit affirms FTC’s jurisdiction over security practices in Wyndham case

In a strongly worded opinion, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday slammed Wyndham Worldwide Corporation’s arguments that the FTC did not have jurisdiction to enforce the security practices of businesses following a...more

3rd Circuit Says: FTC Can Take Action Against Companies That Suffer Data Security Breaches

Companies can be fined by the federal government for failing to properly safeguard consumer data, according to a decision this week by Pennsylvania's federal appellate court....more

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds the FTC’s Authority to Police Cybersecurity Practices

In a highly anticipated and precedential opinion issued earlier this week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FTC’s authority to regulate corporate cybersecurity. The decision in Federal Trade Commission v Wyndham...more

Recent Appellate FTC Cybersecurity Ruling

On August 24, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (hereinafter “FTC”) has the power under the FTC Act to police companies that fail to employ adequate...more

FTC as Data Security Cop Affirmed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this week affirmed the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) to enforce against companies that lack reasonable cybersecurity practices. Prior to...more

Legal Insights on the Ashley Madison Hack: Part II

As more names emerge from the dark web data dump of Ashley Madison customers, lawyers around the globe have found a very willing group of would-be plaintiffs. Interestingly, all of these plaintiffs are named “Doe,” which must...more

Appellate Court Confirms the FTC’s Power to Regulate Cybersecurity

In a highly-anticipated decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is authorized to pursue lawsuits against those who...more

Third Circuit Affirms FTC Authority to Police Whether Companies Have Reasonable Data Security

Since at least 2005, the Federal Trade Commission has asserted that it may regulate lax data security practices as an “unfair” business practice under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The Wyndham hotel chain was the first to...more

Third Circuit to Wyndham (Part I): It's "Fair" that FTC Did Not Articulate Specific Cybersecurity Standards in Enforcement Action...

On Monday, the Third Circuit issued a highly anticipated opinion affirming the Federal Trade Commission's authority to regulate "unfair" cybersecurity practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act. In allowing the data breach...more

FTC Finally Offers ‘Principles’ Governing Section 5 Powers, but Specific Guidance to Businesses Still Lacking

In 1914, Congress passed the FTC Act, creating the Federal Trade Commission. Section 5 of the FTC Act declared “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” to be unlawful and gave the FTC enforcement power over...more

UPDATE: Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Data Security Authority in Wyndham

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit released its much-anticipated ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. on August 24, 2015, unanimously upholding the FTC’s authority to regulate companies’...more

FTC Interpreted to be Cyber Security Police

Today, August 24, 2015, in a long-anticipated decision, the Third Circuit has interpreted the enforcement authority of the Federal Trade Commission under the Federal Trade Commission Act to include cyber security deficiencies...more

Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Companies’ Cybersecurity Practices

In a test of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to police cybersecurity, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that the agency has broad power to take action against private sector companies which fail to...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues First-Ever Guidance on “Unfair Methods of Competition”

Section 5 of the 1914 Federal Trade Commission Act declares that “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” are unlawful. The Act also empowers the Commission to prevent persons, partnerships, and corporations...more

New Potential Liability for Data Security: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Announces FTC has Authority to Scrutinize a...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to scrutinize a business’s data security protocol -- and to file a complaint if the FTC finds that protocol...more

FTC Staff Comment Encourages FDA to Reevaluate its Current Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Products

On Friday, staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Office of Policy Planning, and Bureau of Economics submitted a written comment to FDA recommending that FDA reconsider its current regulatory...more

FTC Urges FDA to Reconsider Homeopathic Regulatory Framework

In a comment filed last Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responded to its sister-agency’s request for comments by urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider how homeopathic drugs are regulated. As...more

Federal Trade Commission Joins with Industry Experts to Provide Start-Ups and Developers with Practical Advice at “Start with...

The FTC has a history of offering practical advice to organizations and consumers to protect against security threats and related concerns, and is continuing this practice with the upcoming – and very first – “Start with...more

Key Take-Aways From the FTC’s New Section 5 Statement

The Federal Trade Commission’s New Section 5 Statement Preserves the Agency’s “Doctrinal Flexibility” but Fails to Provide Meaningful Concrete Guidance - On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released...more

FTC Commissioner Wright to Resign

On August 17, the FTC announced the resignation of Joshua D. Wright who served as one of the agency’s five commissioners since January 2013. Prior to being appointed as a Commissioner, Wright previously served at the FTC as...more

"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods...more

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