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A Deeper Dive Into the FTC Crack-Down on Social Media Influencers: What You Should Know Before You Post

In our previous blog post, “Brands Beware!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides,” we reported that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) had issued more than 90 letters to brands and...more

DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

by Carlton Fields on

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Moving Beyond #Ad: Instagram Unveils New Tool for Disclosing Endorsements

by Hogan Lovells on

Instagram recently rolled out a new feature to a select group of its users who use the social media platform for promotional purposes. This tool allows influential users to add a new subheading to posts that reads “Paid...more

FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies DraftKings and FanDuel from consummating their proposed...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2017

Revocation? Think Again. - On June 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit issued what might be the most business-friendly Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision we have seen in a long time in Reyes v....more

FTC Issues Update on COPPA

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a six-step compliance plan to assist businesses with compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It provides clarity on who is covered by and must...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #5

Full Disclosure: Instagram to Help Influencers With Compliance - On the heels of dozens of letters sent by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to influencers and marketers, cautioning them to make appropriate disclosures on...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains Judgment Against Robocallers

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) secured default judgments against an individual responsible for hundreds of millions of illegal “robocalls” and nine companies he controlled, resulting in a...more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

by Hogan Lovells on

Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

FTC Comments On Guidance To Improve IoT Device Security

by King & Spalding on

On June 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) submitted public comments recommending modifications to draft guidance to improve the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices by having IoT manufacturers better...more

FTC Submits Comments on IoT Security

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in connection with the NTIA’s draft guidance on improving the...more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

Dish Network hit with record $280 million civil penalty and far-reaching injunctive relief for do not call violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Illinois federal judge ordered Dish Network to pay the federal government $168 million for violating the FTC’s Telephone Sales Rule (“TSR”). The judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #2

BART’s App Crashes Into Privacy Suit - San Francisco’s mass transit organization crashed into a class action in which the plaintiff alleged that its mobile app has been illegally collecting personal information from users....more

#Sponsored – FTC Warns Social Media Influencers to Clearly Disclose Material Connections

Kim Kardashian touting weight-loss teas. Tom Brady plugging Aston Martin. Jennifer Aniston shilling SmartWater. In this time of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and countless other social media platforms, it can...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

Is Antitrust Law a Viable Substitute for Net Neutrality?

In April 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Notice of Proposed Order, Restoring Internet Freedom, seeking to reverse the FCC’s previous adoption of “net neutrality” principles in its March 2015 Open Internet Order. Net...more

Italy Follows France and Germany in Investigating Big Data

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Italian Competition Authority, together with the national regulators for communications and data protection, opened a joint market investigation on Big Data. The investigation appears to be wide-ranging, covering not only...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

TCPA Connect - June 2017

Would-Be Employer Targeted in New TCPA Suit - Could employers be the next target for Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions? - Hopefully not, after an Illinois federal court judge dismissed a complaint brought...more

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