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The New European Antitrust Damages Directive: Opening the Floodgates for Civil Litigation?

After more than ten years in gestation, on November 10, 2014, the European Council of Ministers formally adopted the Antitrust Damages Directive....more

Certifying privacy compliance: Is TRUSTe sufficiently trusty?

People concerned about privacy often ask, “Who can you trust?” And thus it’s worrisome when even a trusted intermediary — indeed, a privacy certification provider named for trust, TRUSTe — turns out to have a trustworthiness...more

Recent Developments Relating to Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Patent Assertion Entities, FRAND and Patent Misuse

On Thursday November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments (MPHJ), a patent assertion entity, to settle the FTC’s Complaint that MPHJ allegedly made...more

Wait for the "Green" Light Before Making Environmentally Friendly Claims

Consumers increasingly pay a premium for environmentally friendly products. As a result, companies are expanding their green marketing claims regarding products and packaging. Those companies may find themselves under...more

Bankruptcy Sales of Personally Identifiable Information: Does it Satisfy the Privacy Policy?

Companies that are looking to sell, transfer or buy personally identifiable information (“PII”) via bankruptcy asset sales would be wise to confirm that such a transfer is consistent with the debtor’s privacy policy. If it...more

EU Issues Cartel Damages Directive

The directive eases the way for the private enforcement of competition laws in Europe. On November 10, the European Council adopted a directive designed to make it easier for injured parties to pursue damages claims in...more

Corrective Action Earns Verizon End to FTC’s FiOS Router Investigation

Corrective action taken by Verizon Communications to fix security issues with its FiOS and DSL routers resulted in the FTC closing its investigation to determine whether Verizon’s distribution of the routers was an unfair or...more

Patent Assertion Entity Settles FTC Charges

Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) acquire patent rights and attempt to generate revenue by licensing or litigating the patents. In September 2013, the FTC announced its decision to collect empirical data to study the effects...more

Making a “Made in the USA” Claim Requires a Reading of Federal and State Law

Given the rise in false advertising claims, manufacturers and retailers that wish to label or advertise their goods as being “Made in the USA” must be aware of federal and state laws that place certain requirements on the...more

Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Native Advertising

“Native advertising” has become popular with advertisers and publishers, but it has raised concerns by the Federal Trade Commission and NAD, the advertising self-regulatory organization, and spawned lawsuits by content owners...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Trade Practices & Consumer Protection

TRADE PRACTICES AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - New Zealand has extensive laws dealing with trade practices and consumer protection matters. TRADE PRACTICES - Competitive business activity in New Zealand is...more

FTC Takes Action Against Unsubstantiated Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Weight-Loss Claims

Wacoal America and Norm Thompson, both manufacturers of women’s shapewear, recently entered into consent orders to pay sums of $230,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, and agree to not make any false and misleading future...more

What Is the Appropriate Market for Analyzing Amazon’s Alleged Power?

The current debate over whether Amazon holds the power of a monopolist or a monopsonist is likely to be narrowed to one question in a court room: What is the relevant product market that Amazon is allegedly dominating? Since...more

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

FTC Updates Its Mail Order Rule

The FTC's "Mail Order Rule" is now the "Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule" (16 CFR Part 435). The Rule prohibits sellers from soliciting mail, Internet, or telephone order sales unless they reasonably...more

Start Your Compliance Engines: CFPB Proposes Rule to Supervise Larger Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued a proposed rule on September 17, 2014, that would empower the Bureau to supervise certain larger nonbank automobile finance companies. The CFPB proposed the...more

'Operation Full Disclosure' Targets Ads that Fall Short of the 'Clear And Conspicuous' Disclosure Standard

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission recently sent warning letters to more than 60 companies, including 20 of the 100 largest advertisers in the country, that failed to make adequate disclosures in their English- and...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at Federal Agencies

The Federal Reserve Board Proposes Repeal of Unfair or Deceptive Acts Rules - On Friday, August 22, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") requested comments on its proposal to repeal its Regulation AA, which...more

Using Information from Data Brokers? Beware the FCRA and the FTC …

As sellers and Internet service providers gather increasing amounts of consumer information, the data broker industry has expanded. Identifying themselves as "market research" firms, data brokers buy, analyze, sort,...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction...more

COPPA Update: Ask and Ye Shall Receive…Actual Knowledge

Online services that ask for the age of users as part of the registration process will be deemed to have “actual knowledge” of that information. Whether or not one’s site is directed to children, a registration process that...more

Why Manufacturers Should Look At The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Website

As readers of this blog know, Pam looks at OSHA’s website often to stay up to date on news that impacts manufacturers. I tend to look at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s website to see if there are any recent orders or...more

Automotive Bearings Price-Fixing Allegations Survive FTAIA Defense

On August 26, 2014, the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion by a Japanese manufacturer and its U.S.-based subsidiary (NTN Corporation and NTN USA Corporation) to dismiss the direct and indirect purchaser complaints...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on AgeCheq, Inc.’s Proposed Parental Consent Method under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it seeks public comment on a new verifiable parental consent method application proposed by AgeCheq, Inc., to enable apps, websites and advertisers to obtain parental consent...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

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