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FTC Issues Revised Online Endorsement Guidelines

by Revision Legal on

As many know, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) regulates unfair and deceptive business practices including such practices on the internet. One of the more vexing recent issues has been business use of “consumer” reviews,...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...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

Internet of Things: Navigating Privacy, Data Security, and Client Trust in the Age of Big Data

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In-house attorneys Olga Mack and Katia Bloom on risk management, data security, privacy, and client trust in the rapidly developing IoT Age....more

SBA Office of Advocacy submits comment letter asking CFPB to reconsider payday loan proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy has submitted a comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed payday loan rule that raises concerns about the proposal’s economic impact on small businesses and encourages the...more

SBA Office of Advocacy to host Sept. 14 roundtable on CFPB payday loan proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy will host a roundtable in London, Kentucky on September 14, 2016 on the CFPB’s proposed payday loan rule. As the Office of Advocacy is an independent office within the...more

GAO issues report on CFPB SBREFA panels

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the CFPB’s use of Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panels in its rulemaking process. The report, “Observations from Small Business Review...more

CFPB previews debt collection rule in SBREFA outline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has moved a step closer to issuing a debt collection rule by releasing an outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel. The Small Business Regulatory...more

CFPB Previews Debt Collection Rule in SBREFA Outline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has moved a step closer to issuing a debt collection rule by releasing an outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel....more

PowerPoint Slides: Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to...more

Webinar: Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to...more

Caveat Auctor: Surge in Consumer Class Actions Under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act

The Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. 56:12-14 to -18 (TCCWNA) was enacted in 1982 but has historically been under-utilized by plaintiffs until recently. In the past year alone, approximately 40...more

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

California Releases Marketplace Lending Data

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has issued a summary report of aggregate data provided by the companies that responded to the DBO's online survey sent to 14 marketplace lenders engaged in online consumer...more

Good Lord, & Taylor! Of Course You Need to Disclose Native Ads

by Ifrah PLLC on

On March 15, 2016, national retailer Lord & Taylor agreed to settle FTC charges that it “deceived consumers by paying for native advertisements.” The settlement is the first of its kind following the December 2015 guidance...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 24, 2016

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Last-minute change to privacy bill adds tension to US-EU negotiations - Privacy law is easy for companies to overlook until a problem arises, and even more so...more

FTC’s PrivacyCon Highlights Consumer Privacy Perceptions and Targeting

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission is currently the most aggressive enforcement agency on privacy and data security. The agency kicked off 2016 with PrivacyCon on January 14, which put the spotlight on academic research on consumer...more

Federal Trade Commission PrivacyCon 2016 Recap: Insights into the FTC’s Perspective on Privacy and Data Security

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon event brings together the FTC, researchers and academics to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security. Much of the discussion today...more

Online Marketplace Lending on Review by California Regulator

Why it matters - Demonstrating the continuing regulatory interest in online lenders, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced an inquiry into the marketplace lending industry. While the agency...more

Data Breaches, Media Relations, and the Bottom Line

Data breaches are crisis moments that business must prepare for in many ways: not just in taking steps at prevention, but also mitigating losses, arranging for business continuity, complying with legal and regulatory...more

Fines Issued for Transfer of Customer Data in an M&A Asset Deal

Recent enforcement actions by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) [Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht] highlight the importance of severe restrictions placed on the transfer of such data, even in the...more

Treasury Department RFI on Online Marketplace Lending Signals Potential Shift Towards Regulation of Small Business Loans

The Treasury Department recently issued a request for information to explore various aspects of “online marketplace lending.” The RFI seeks comment on a broad array of online financial services companies that lend not only to...more

FINRA Launches BrokerCheck Media Blitz

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the largest independent, not-for-profit regulator of securities firms conducting business in the United States. FINRA is authorized by the United States Congress to...more

Impact of FTC's Broadened Scope Creeping In On Your E-Business

by LeClairRyan on

For retailers who have eBusiness lines, the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) new regulations will affect the way you do business. The amendments in 16 C.F.R. §435 went into effect December 8, 2014. Has your business made...more

The TCPA: Deep Dive: Details, Class Actions, Regulations, and Defense Strategies

by Carlton Fields on

In Part One of our complimentary, two-part webinar on the TCPA, we covered the basics. Join us for the second hour-long segment, as we get into the weeds of the TCPA. Part Two will cover: Exemptions/Details · What is an...more

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