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Brands Beware!!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides

In response to a petition from a coalition of consumer groups last year complaining about the need for disclosures by social media influencers, the FTC recently announced on April 19, 2017 that it had issued more than ninety...more

Comply with Telemarketing Laws or Face the Consequences

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with “the ring leader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

Consumer Review Fairness Act’s Point of “No Return”

On December 14, 2016 the United States Congress passed an act known as the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (“CRFA”). The stated goal of this new legislation is “to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts...more

TrustE Pays $100,000 with NYS for Failing to Protect Children’s Websites

On April 6, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (AG) announced that he has settled an investigation against TrustE for alleged violations of failing to adequately prevent illegal tracking technology on...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Sherman Act liability for false advertising

The incentive is high to identify a Sherman Act violation in your competitor’s conduct—three times higher, to be precise, than to bring a claim for an ordinary business tort or even a false advertising claim under the Lanham...more

President Signs Law Overriding FCC Rules Regarding Online Privacy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 3, 2017, the President signed into law a joint resolution that eliminates rules submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get approval from...more

FTC and Amazon Withdraw Appeals in In-App Purchasing Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last year, we reported that a federal judge had found Amazon liable for charging customers for unauthorized in-app purchases made by the customer’s respective children in an action filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

by Perkins Coie on

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

FTC Sues Over Free Marketing Campaign

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) recently sued six California businesses and their respective owners and officers in federal district court in connection with the defendants’ allegedly deceptive free...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

by Perkins Coie on

Following the U.S. Senate’s recent vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has now voted to overturn the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to...more

Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

by DLA Piper on

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

What to do when the winner of a sweepstakes or contest wants a different prize

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

What if you offer a sweepstakes and the winner wants to receive only a portion of the prize? Recently, a winner won a vacation for her and a travel companion. However, she did not want anyone to travel with her even though it...more

Hogan Lovells academic all-stars debate hot tech topics

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On 17 March Hogan Lovells hosted a live webinar where several of our Global TMT thought leaders interviewed a panel of academic experts from our Law and Technology Academic Advisory Council on the key legal and tech trends...more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

More Broken Privacy Promises from Upromise: Key Takeaways From Upromise’s Latest Settlement with the FTC

“Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep” is an admonishment received by every child and delivered by every parent. This pithy maxim is equally applicable to consent orders entered into with regulatory authorities....more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) began to take effect yesterday, March 14, 2017. One aim of the CRFA is to protect consumers’ ability to publicly review services and vendors without being subject to restrictions or...more

$7.5 Million Reason to Call a Telemarketing Lawyer

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On March 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) announced that a slew of Arizona State companies and their owners have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with the...more

Mexico Judicial Criteria Issued for Telecommunications Antitrust and Preponderance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

One of the purposes of the 2013 Amendment to the Mexican Constitution was to promote competition in telecommunications and broadcasting services. As part of the reform, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto...more

Influencer Marketing: Best Practices for Advertisers & Agencies

Influencer marketing saw explosive growth in 2016, with 86% of marketers having used the tactic, 94% of whom found it effective. In 2016, most marketers spent between $25,000 to $50,000 per influencer marketing program, which...more

The Competition Bureau applies strict standards to retail price claims in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Regular prices, sale prices, clearance sales – these terms are ubiquitous in the retail world and are a familiar component of marketing strategies intended to convince consumers that now is the best time to make a purchase...more

FCC Votes To Block Its Own Privacy Rule

by King & Spalding on

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week that he is planning to take the first step to return authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices to the Federal...more

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

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In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

by Goodwin on

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

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