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Advertising Law - December 2016

$30M Judgment for Green Coffee Weight Loss Defendant - An executive behind a green coffee weight loss product scam was hit with a $30 million judgment in a recent Federal Trade Commission action in Florida federal...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

Facebook Implements Additional Measures to Prevent Discriminatory Practices in Targeted Advertisements

Responding to news reports that journalists were able to purchase advertising on Facebook targeted to ethnic groups, Facebook announced several new changes to the company’s advertising products. The move highlights heightened...more

Groups Renew Call for FTC to Act on Influencer Campaigns

In September, we noted that four groups – Public Citizen, Commercial Alert, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and the Center for Digital Democracy – had sent a joint letter to FTC encouraging the agency to...more

Tenant Screening and the FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued guidance applicable to background screening companies (aka consumer reporting agencies) who engage in tenant screening. The FTC highlights four key responsibilities of...more

President Trump and Open Internet

In President Trump’s America, is it the end of net neutrality? Forbes interviewed telecomm professionals to discuss outlook for the industry. Pre-election, there was virtually zero discussion of tech and telecom issues...more

The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

Court Issues $29 Million Judgment Against Pure Green Coffee Weight-Loss Pills in FTC Deceptive Advertising Suit

On November 2, 2016, a Florida Federal District Court issued a $29 million judgment against the marketer of Pure Green Coffee extract weight-loss pills in a deceptive advertising suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission....more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #4

CARU Emphasizes Accurate Performance, Use Presentations for Children - Two recent Children's Advertising Review Unit decisions emphasize the importance of providing accurate performance and use presentations for products...more

FTC Addresses Homeopathic Drug Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released an enforcement policy statement regarding marketing claims for products in the over-the-counter (“OTC”) homeopathic drug market. Long permitted to fly under the FTC’s...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Requirements of New FCC Privacy Order May Present Immediate Implementation Challenges for...

As ISPs continue to absorb the scope of the FCC’s recent Privacy Order (the “Order”), one immediate question presents itself: what steps must ISPs take to begin implementing the data security and breach notification...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — Russian Federation

Russia targets 45 "strategic activities" that trigger a national review. The Government Commission on Control Over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation (the Government Commission), which was established by the...more

EU Competition Newsletter - November 2016

The European Commission issues Statement of Objections against Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal over “anticompetitive” codesharing arrangements - The European Commission have expressed concern over the possible...more

The Song Remains the Same

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that there would be no modifications to the 1941 ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees. The main thrust of the DOJ decision was a confirmation that each consent decree...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #3

Will Green Guides Address Organic? FTC/USDA Roundtable Report - On October 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., entitled...more

As part of joint initiative with the CFPB, FTC launches updated, mobile-friendly Military Consumer website

This week, the FTC announced the launch of a redesigned Military Consumer website as part of its joint initiative with the DoD, CFPB and others. Military.Consumer.gov is a financial readiness website designed to help...more

What to Expect from the FTC

Our colleague Bill MacLeod, chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, penned the following blog post on what we might expect at the FTC...more

Five Key Takeaways: Promotional Tactics/Pitfalls and Opportunities in Coupons, Rebates, and Experiential Marketing (including the...

Barry M. Benjamin, partner in the New York office and chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Advertising and Marketing group, was honored to present at the 2016 ANA/BAA 38th Marketing Law Conference, held November 9-11, 2016 in...more

Deceptive Weight Loss Marketing Results in $30 Million Judgment

A federal judge for the Middle District Court of Florida has entered a $30 million judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and against NBA Advertising, Inc. and its owner. We had previously blogged about...more

FTC Issues Long-Awaited Enforcement Policy on OTC Homeopathic Drugs

We reported a few weeks ago about a new warning from FDA related to the safety of certain teething-related, non-prescription homeopathic drug products, and in that post we mentioned that both FDA and the Federal Trade...more

CMA continues crackdown against price fixing online

On the 7th November 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a campaign to remind online sellers that agreeing and discussing price level with competitors is illegal and can result in serious penalties....more

Six Proposals to Stop IoT-Based DDoS Attacks

On Oct. 21, 2016, an extremely large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Dyn prevented many internet users on the East Coast of the U.S. from accessing websites such as Netflix, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter for...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #2

Advertiser’s Claims for Sex Supplement Too Vague for Lawsuit - An advertiser’s claims were too vague to be actionable, a California federal court held when dismissing a false advertising class action. Jonathan...more

FTC Settles With Sales Lead Generators For $100,000

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled a claim against the Consumer Education Group for $100,000 regarding alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) and Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The...more

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