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Data Privacy and Security Insider Update - April 2015

Target Corp. announced yesterday that it has settled the claims of MasterCard International Inc. (MasterCard) against it to reimburse MasterCard and its card issuers for the losses it sustained in issuing new credit and debit...more

DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Brings First E-Commerce Prosecution

Marking a foray into e-commerce, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its first antitrust prosecution for price fixing in online marketplaces. On April 6, 2015, the DOJ announced that it has...more

FTC Announces Results of “Operation Ruse Control” on Auto Industry

On March 26, the FTC announced the results of Operation Ruse Control, “a nationwide and cross-border crackdown” on the auto industry with the intent to protect consumers who are purchasing or leasing a car. Efforts taken...more

In re: Aluminum Warehousing: Cats Live for Another Day

On March 26, 2015, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of New York, in a very colorful decision that metaphorically describes the plaintiffs as cats trying to locate a “rat” in the world of aluminum...more

April 2015 Antitrust Bulletin

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint on February 19, seeking an injunction to prevent Sysco Corporation’s purchase of US Foods Inc. The FTC alleges that the deal would give Sysco too much market power in that...more

Increased regulatory activity on the horizon as the FCA acquires new competition powers

As of 1 April 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has acquired new functions and powers in relation to competition. The FCA’s new powers include...more

FTC Settles with Texas-Based Mortgage Company Over Mortgage Relief Scams

On March 5, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas approved a settlement agreement between the FTC and a Texas-based mortgage relief company and its owners (Defendants) to resolve allegations that they...more

‘Operation Ruse Control’ Announcement Highlights Importance of Auto Finance Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission—and numerous other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada—recently announced that an enforcement initiative dubbed “Operation Ruse Control” has resulted...more

"Dutch Authority Follows EU by Finding Private Equity Firms Liable for Antitrust Violations of Minority Held Companies"

The Dutch competition authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM) has issued two decisions imposing fines on private equity firms for the participation of their portfolio company in the so-called flour cartel....more

The CFPB and FTC Agree to Continue to Coordinate

In March 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reauthorized their 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), extending it for a three-year term with a few small administrative...more

New Investment Canada Act Thresholds and National Security Review Periods

The Canadian government has adopted new regulations and implementing orders that: - significantly alter the existing review thresholds under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for most investors....more

CFPB Casts Doubt on Pre-dispute Consumer Arbitration Clauses

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a bureau of the Federal Trade Commission, released its Arbitration Study Report to Congress. The report suggests that pre-dispute arbitration clauses and...more

FTC and CFPB Reauthorize Memorandum of Understanding

On March 12, the FTC announced its coordination with the CFPB to reauthorize for a three-year term their memorandum of understanding (MOU), which outlines the two agencies’ coordination under the Consumer Financial Protection...more

NY Attorney General Enters into Far-Reaching Settlement with Largest Credit Reporting Agencies

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office reached a landmark settlement with the nation’s three leading credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that will require them to significantly reform,...more

China’s New Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue

On March 10, 2015 the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) jointly released a new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue, which will come...more

Update on Chapter 93A

Chapter 93A is the dominant law in Massachusetts governing business litigation. It applies to nearly all business disputes. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and...more

CFPB and FTC reauthorize memorandum of understanding for an additional three years

Taking its inspiration from Elvis Costello’s song lyrics, “peace, love and understanding” is how the FTC describes its “cooperative relationship” with the CFPB in a blog post about the reauthorization of the Memorandum of...more

Consumer Protection Agencies Agree to Coordinate Investigation Strategy - FTC and CFPB Reauthorize Memorandum of Understanding

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the two agencies in charge of the federal government's consumer protection mission, reauthorized their Memorandum of...more

FTC Issues 2014 Complaints Report

The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.5 million consumer complaints in 2014, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report provides national and state-by-state data on...more

Lessons from the U.S. v. American Express Trial

On February 18, 2015, American Express lost its court battle with the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division over the card's Non-Discrimination Provisions ("NDPs"), which prohibited merchants from steering customers to...more

Commonly Held Beliefs About Antitrust in America Are False

On February 18, 2015, American Express lost its court battle with the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division over the card's Non-Discrimination Provisions ("NDPs"), which prohibited merchants from steering customers to...more

PRC Foreign Investment Draft Law: What You Should Know

On January 19, 2015, China’s foreign investment regulatory authority Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released a draft of new Foreign Investment Law (“Draft Law”) (See blog article Comparison Chart re JV Law and Foreign...more

President Obama’s Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights - Part 3: Who’s Covered

This week we have brought you a multi-part series analyzing the Obama administration’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which would require greater transparency by businesses in their privacy practices, and grant...more

FTC and New York AG File Joint Suits Against Debt Collectors

On February 26, the FTC and the New York State Attorney General announced joint lawsuits to cease certain practices of two debt collection operations based in upstate New York. The complaints allege that the defendants...more

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