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Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace...

On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the...more

Belgium: eStrategy games attracting Belgium’s Gaming’s Commission attention

Belgian media recently reported the story of a minor having lost large sums of money by playing a strategy game on his iPad. It concerned a strategy game with the aim of building a medieval city and an army, for which...more

FTC obtains $9.5 million judgment against fraudulent sweepstakes operators

On February 11, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had accepted a $9.5 million settlement in a case brought against a sweepstakes operator for violating a previous FTC order. The settlement also permanently...more

Hong Kong's first prison sentence under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) announced last week that a former insurance agent has received a prison sentence in respect of offences under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the Ordinance)....more

State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

Another Blow to Call Recording Class Actions

Back in February, the California Court of Appeal in Hataishi v. First American Home Buyers Protection Corp., 223 Cal. App. 4th 1454 (Feb. 21, 2014), dealt a significant blow to call recording class actions across California. ...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #4

..On the right track? Google reportedly will be testing a new method of targeting mobile users, one which connects the company’s mobile web tracking mechanisms with its mobile app tracking mechanisms, thereby allowing Google...more

GlaxoSmithKline Fined Again – The Cost of Doing Business?

It is seen as the cost of doing business. It may be illegal, but is also highly profitable, so why stop? That seems to be the attitude of many pharmaceutical companies – and the latest proof of that comes in the form...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMA, others say 2009 FDA guidance on use of the term “evaporated cane juice” has caused chaos in food industry. In 2009, the FDA told manufacturers not to use the term “evaporated cane juice” on the grounds that the...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Subpoena to Payday Lender

As part of its continuing focus on payday lending, the New York Department of Financial Services announced that it sent subpoenas to numerous online “lead generation” firms suspected of deceptive or misleading marketing of...more

ICE Seizes Counterfeit Domain Names

On December 2, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations announced in a press release that 706 domain names set up to “dupe” consumers into buying counterfeit goods had been seized by...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

DOJ Files First Criminal Action On CFPB Referral, CFPB Files Parallel Civil Suit

On May 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced mail and wire fraud charges against a debt settlement firm, its owner, and three of its employees. ...more

FTC Remains Tough on ‘Robocalls’ with New Enforcement Case

Once again, the FTC has completed a major enforcement action against the illegal use of robocalls, a form of prerecorded, computerized telemarketing calls. This time, the action resulted in a $1.1 million civil penalty...more

California SB 51 (Wright) relating to Internet gambling, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to...

COMPLETE BILL HISTORY BILL NUMBER : S.B. No. 51 AUTHOR : Wright TOPIC : Internet gambling. TYPE OF BILL : Active Urgency Appropriations 2/3 Vote...more

Second Circuit Reverses Conviction Involving Off-Label Promotion

A divided panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative who marketed a narcolepsy drug for so-called off-label uses not approved by the Food and Drug...more

Legal Links of Interest for the week ending October 12, 2012

Legal Links of Interest for the week ending October 12, 2012 by Steven Getman Sunday, October 14, 2012 Attorney Steven Getman notes some of the stories about the law and lawyers in the news this past week: • One...more

New York Bill to Protect Against Out of State Robocalls

Attorney Steven Getman reports that New York State residents may soon have new safeguards against intrusive telemarketing calls. The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage on Wednesday (June 13) to a bill that...more

Abbott Labs to Pay $1.6 Billion to Settle Consumer Protection and Misbranding Claims

Abbott Laboratories (Abbott), an Illinois company, will pay over $1.6 billion in penalties to the federal government and several states related to its alleged illegal promotion of the prescription drug Depakote for off-label...more

Would You Like a Side of Fraud with That? What Your Organization Should Learn from the McDonald’s (and Walgreens) Breaches

Last week McDonald’s Corp. and Walgreen Co. notified customers that their personal information had been compromised by hackers. The hackers appear to have targeted an email provider subcontracted to a marketing firm used by...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *Top Brand Integration Lawyer Joins Manatt In Los Angeles *EU Wants Better Code of Conduct for Video Games *NJ Court Requires Subpoena for Internet User Data *Slim-Fast Sues Slimquick *Telemarketers...more

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