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Mobile App Developer Settles with FTC and New Jersey AG Over Virtual Currency Mining

On June 29, a mobile app developer entered into an agreement with the FTC and the New Jersey AG to settle allegations that the developer engaged in deceptive and unfair practices by marketing its rewards app, called “Prized,”...more

FTC Resolves Claims Against Auto Dealers Based on Alleged Deceptive Advertising

On June 29, the FTC filed two administrative complaints and issued proposed orders against two Las Vegas auto dealers to resolve allegations that they engaged in misleading advertising practices that misrepresented the...more

As FCC Flexes New Consumer Protection and Privacy Regulatory Enforcement Muscles Against ISPs, Some Call for Expanded Authority...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed a record $100M forfeiture fine against a global telecommunications company for alleged deceptive data plan promotions. The FCC’s fine comes on the heels of revisions to...more

District Court Says TCPA Plaintiffs Are Not Required To Plead Their Phone Numbers; Allows Plaintiff’s Negligence Claim Premised On...

The District of South Carolina recently rejected the argument that TCPA claims must be dismissed if a plaintiff does not specify the telephone number that was allegedly called. See Williams v. Bank of America, No. 14-4809-RBH...more

FTC, Florida AG File Action to Stop Alleged Telemarketing Debt Relief Scam Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) have jointly filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against several companies and their individual owners alleging that the defendants engaged in...more

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”* — Doctors, Vets, and Lawyers in the Antitrust Crosshairs

Supreme Court Decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Prompts Legal Challenges to State Professional Boards - Earlier this month a Texas federal district court judge granted a...more

FCC Adopts Declaratory Ruling On TCPA Regulations To Loosen Restrictions On Some Types of Robocalls

On June 18, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a set of declaratory rulings related to robocalls and spam text messages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). ...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Praises PayPal After Original TCPA Terms Drew Criticism

Two weeks ago, the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) sent a letter to PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal” or “Company”) stating that the Company’s recent amendments to its User Agreement did...more

FCC Fines AT&T $100,000,000 for Violation of Transparency Rule

In a recent enforcement action, the FCC fined AT&T $100,000,000 for violations of the Open Internet Transparency Rule (“Transparency Rule”). The Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) for Forfeiture and Order stated that AT&T...more

Class Certification of California Price Advertisement Case Gives Cause for Concern

A recent class certification decision in California involving challenges to a retailer’s price comparison advertisements should prompt retailers to carefully evaluate their sale advertising practices. Whether comparing to...more

The Pleading Bar In False Advertising Cases Has Been Raised

The Fourth Circuit recently issued a decision affirming a district court’s order dismissing a false advertising claim against GNC and Rite Aid relating to several supplement products containing glucosamine and chondroitin, as...more

FCC Approves New Pro-Consumer TCPA Rules That Will Likely Create Increased Compliance and Litigation Headaches for Businesses

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently adopted a proposal aimed at clarifying certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The proposal addresses twenty-one (21) petitions related to the...more

Porter Airlines Pays $150,000 under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

On June 29, 2015, the CRTC announced that Porter Airlines Inc had agreed to pay $150,000 as part of an undertaking in respect of alleged violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). CASL requires consent to send...more

Magistrate Judge Rules LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Does Not Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act

As we discussed in a previous post, a class action lawsuit (Sweet, et al. v. LinkedIn) was filed last year against LinkedIn in California based on allegations that the reference reports LinkedIn generates for premium...more

The Right to Give One-Star Reviews

Congress has taken a step toward protecting consumers’ rights to post negative reviews on websites like Ripoff Report or Yelp with the introduction, by Representative Darrell E. Issa of California, of the Consumer Review...more

FCC Ruling Potentially Expands Scope of TCPA

On June 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) issued a package of declaratory rulings (“FCC 15-72”) related to telemarketing. Although FCC 15-72 has yet to be officially released, the...more

Truth in Advertising - An Overview of Recent Contraventions of the Misleading and Deceptive Conduct Provisions of the Australian...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) continues to focus on misleading and deceptive advertising and communication strategies adopted by businesses selling products and services as an enforcement priority....more

Pumped Up Protein Powder Preemption

While some of us are naturally jacked up—have you seen Bexis in short sleeves?—others turn to supplements to build up their beach bodies. We are not talking about the injectables favored by 1970s East German Olympians or...more

FTC Shuts Down a Risky Risk-Free Offer

This morning, the FTC announced that it had stopped a group of 15 companies and 7 individuals from using deceptive “risk-free trial” offers to sell skincare products online. At the Commission’s request, a federal court issued...more

Typosquatting for Phone Numbers is not Infringement

Many Internet users today are familiar with the scam of “typosquatting” – which is when a company registers a domain name that is similar to a well-known domain name, and waits for people to inevitably make typos and get sent...more

FCC Adopts Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Strengthen Consumer Protection Under the TCPA

On June 18, the FCC held an Open Commission Meeting, during which the Commission adopted Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to strengthen consumer protection under the TCPA. The set of declaratory rulings included in the proposal...more

A Message From the Eighth Circuit Regarding the TCPA

The purpose of a telephone solicitation, rather than its content, determines whether it is prohibited telemarketing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227 et seq. That is what the Eighth Circuit...more

Internet Of Things, News Websites Fare Poorly In Security And Privacy Review

On June 16, the Online Trust Alliance, an industry group focused on developing and encouraging best practices in online security and privacy, announced that a recent audit of approximately 1,000 websites showed that 46%...more

Recognizable Faces Disappear from Facial Recognition Meetings

Facing “industry stakeholders [that] were unable to agree on any concrete cenario” in which affirmative consent should be obtained from individuals before employing facial recognition technologies, nine consumer advocacy...more

Canada’s New Privacy Laws Will Require Breach Notice and Affect Private Sector Operations in Canada

It has been a long time coming, but this week the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) received a make-over, including new data breach notification provisions, with the enactment of the...more

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