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Ninth Circuit Affirms No Private Right of Action to Enforce Lack of Substantiation Claims in SeroVital False Advertising Class...

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s unfair competition law and consumer legal remedies claims, finding that neither claim provided plaintiff with a private cause of action to...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

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New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

European Commission goes online with final report in e-commerce sector inquiry

by Hogan Lovells on

The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital...more

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News, I’ve Got a Bad Case of Medical App Blues: Mobile Medical Application Developers Settle with New...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The New York Office of the Attorney General recently announced settlements with developers of three mobile health applications due to misleading claims and deficient privacy practices. As a result of these settlements, the...more

NIST Plans To Examine Internet of Things (IoT) For Its Cybersecurity Framework

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop this week at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss issues related to its...more

European Commission Approves Microsoft Acquisition of LinkedIn Subject to Conditions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 December 2016, the European Commission cleared the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, subject to Microsoft granting LinkedIn’s competitors access to certain LinkedIn tools....more

Senator To Propose ISP Consumer Privacy Bill

by King & Spalding on

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced his plan to introduce a bill that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to regulate consumer privacy protections regarding Internet service...more

Banging the Disclosure Drum: The Once Blurry Line between Advertiser and Influencer Continues to Come into Focus

As we have written about time and time again, and as celebrities and influencers gain more and more followers on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, they must exercise care when endorsing the use...more

Federal Trade Commissioner Criticizes Repeal Of FCC Privacy Rules

by King & Spalding on

On April 17, 2017, Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute about broadband privacy issues in the wake of the repeal of the Federal...more

D.C. District Court Upholds FTC Staff’s Decision To Reverse Course On Soundboard Telemarketing Technology

Not all automated voices are created the same. At least that is what the FTC staff had signaled to the telemarketing industry in a September 2009 opinion letter stating that telemarketing calls using “Soundboard” technology...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #2

New in False Ad Suits - The range of products targeted in recent false advertising class actions ran the gamut from baseball bats to a messaging app to soup....more

FTC Launches Website to Help Small Businesses with Cyber Attacks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on May 9, 2017, that it has launched a new website that “helps small businesses avoid scams and cyber-attacks.”...more

Mobile Marketing - The Legal Guardrails

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Dangerous Regulatory Landscape - ..Federal Law .TCPA .CAN-SPAM .FTC Regulations .FCC Regulations ..State Laws .Consumer Protection Statutes .Commercial Electronic Mail Acts .Privacy Torts... Please...more

The FTC Gets Specific on Influencer Material Connection Disclosures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A few weeks ago we blogged about the FTC’s warning letter writing campaign to brands and influencers about disclosure of material connections on Instagram. At that time, the FTC had only released sample letters – one for one...more

Updates Regarding the FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

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In July of 2015, I wrote about the New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media. I discussed the FTC’s rationale, concerns and stance on using social media to advertise and promote products. At the time, when the...more

Passing Data Between Retailers To Facilitate Transactions: A How-To Guide

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Online retailers often learn information about a consumer that may be used by them to help identify other products, services, or companies that may be of interest to the consumer. For example, if a person purchases an...more

House Republicans Urge FCC To Protect Online Privacy

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In a letter to Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Agency”) Chairman Ajit Pai, 50 Republicans in the House of Representatives urged the FCC to rectify the 2015 Open Internet Order’s reclassification of broadband...more

Ninth Circuit Grants FTC Request for Rehearing En Banc of AT&T Throttling Case, Setting Aside Earlier Opinion

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) request for rehearing en banc of the court’s earlier decision to dismiss an FTC case against AT&T...more

Health Alert (Australia) 8 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 2 May 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Social-Lites Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 398 - TRADE PRACTICES – misleading...more

Online video services to be regulated

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On 1 May 2017 the President of the Russian Federation signed Federal Law No. 87-FZ on Amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection and Certain Legislative Acts of the...more

FTC Extension of Robocalling Rules Is Approved By Federal Court

by Reed Smith on

Last week, a D.C. District Court declined to find the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to extend robocalling restrictions to telemarketing calls that use “soundboard” technology unconstitutional or in violation of any...more

Australia Adds Indemnities and Limitations of Liability

by Jones Day on

Recent amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2010 (Cth) ("ASIC Act") and the Competition and Consumer Law Act (Cth) ("CC Act") extended the unfair contract terms regime, which previously...more

#SocialMedia #Endorsement #Disclosures #Sponsored (notthispost): FTC Warns Social Media Influencers and Advertisers about Failure...

Recognizing the growing role of social media and influencers in marketing today, the Federal Trade Commission announced on April 19 that it sent more than 90 letters to social media influencers and marketing executives...more

Federal court upholds FTC opinion applying TSR robocall consent requirement to calls made using soundboard technology

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A D.C. federal district court has rejected a trade group’s attempt to invalidate a November 2016 FTC opinion in which the agency concluded that outbound telemarketing calls made using soundboard technology are subject to the...more

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