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Menu Labeling Litigation Between the FDA and Public Interest Groups May Be On Hold

Following the announcement that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) had decided to delay the compliance deadline for the menu labeling regulations, two public interests groups sued the FDA over the decision...more

California Court Tosses Challenge to Gap Outlet Labels

In a victory for outlet retailers, a California appellate panel recently tossed out a deceptive marketing and advertising suit against Gap....more

Footlong Litigation to Continue, Despite Settlement Dismissal

The saga over Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches will continue, a group of former plaintiffs vowed in a court filing after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit threw out a settlement agreement between the parties....more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

FTC’s ‘Stick with Security’ Series Carries On

Continuing with its “Stick with Security” series of blog posts for businesses, the Federal Trade Commission worked its way through several more items found in the “Start with Security” guidance....more

The Data Report Special Edition: The Equifax Data Breach

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Litigation attorney Jay Ward explores the massive Equifax data breach, which has affected as many as 143 million Americans, in this special edition of The Data Report. Jay summarizes what happened, explains the ramifications...more

SEC Wants the Truth and Nothing but the Truth in Advertising

Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that’s the message to registered investment advisors from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in a recent risk alert about the SEC’s...more

Ocwen Predictably Reaches High-Dollar TCPA Settlement Following Class-wide Preliminary Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

By the time the gavel struck back on June 26, 2017, another high-dollar TCPA settlement was inevitable. On that date, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois entered an order preliminarily certifying a...more

#CAUTION: FTC Ramps Up Enforcement of and Education on Social Media Influencer Disclosure Requirements

In 2017, being a “social media influencer” can mean big bucks. Companies are increasingly eager to pay individuals with large social media followings substantial sums to promote products in the hopes of reaching millions of...more

The Devil is Really in the Details: FDA Issues Warning Letter to a Drug Company for Disseminating False and Misleading Information

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

They’re back. The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP), which has been relatively quiet on the enforcement front, issued a Warning Letter to a pharmaceutical company for distributing...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Tom “Syndicate” Cassell and Trevor “TmarTn” Martin serve up high-octane reviews and commentary on games and gaming culture on YouTube. Both are wildly popular – Cassell’s YouTube channel is one of the top 100 subscribed...more

FTC Makes New Strides in Social Media Influencer Space with Settlement, Warnings, and Guidance

by Reed Smith on

This month, online gaming social media influencers Trevor Martin and Thomas Cassell settled the Federal Trade Commission’s first charges against individual failure to disclose material information in social media...more

FTC Takes Hard Line on Social Media Endorsements: Disclose, Disclose, Disclose... (It Matters Given Growing Reliance on Social...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has unequivocally signaled this month that compliant endorsements on social media remain a high priority for this US consumer protection agency because endorsements carry weight and affect...more

Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Third Circuit Revisits Ascertainability Yet Again: Affidavits Plus Objective Records May Suffice

How do you know who’s in a class? Under the Third Circuit’s ascertainability standard – which the court has found to be inherent in Rule 23 – that determination requires a clear class definition and a reliable and...more

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often when we think of product liability we think of a product that doesn’t function as intended and causes some sort of damage resulting in warning, design and/or manufacturing defect claims. However, another important...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

TCPA Tracker - September 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - FCC’s 2015 Omnibus TCPA Declaratory Ruling Still Under Review at the D.C. Circuit - Nearly eleven months have passed since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument in ACA...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

Why Was Facebook Fined by AEPD?

Today, the Spanish data protection agency (AEPD) fined Facebook 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million USD) in connection with how the company collects personal data for advertising purposes. The AEPD said Facebook did not get...more

Second Circuit Holds Contractually Provided Consent Cannot Be Revoked

by Burr & Forman on

Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104-cv (2nd Cir. August 21, 2017) - Plaintiff leased a car from Defendant. A term of the lease stated: You [Reyes] also expressly consent and agree that Lessor...more

Is Outdated Information on Your Website Putting Your Company At Risk?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With all of the attention given to upgrading cybersecurity, it can be easy to forget that outdated content on a company’s website also can be a source of risk. Nearly all company websites include information regarding the...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Slick, well-produced fake talk shows promoted dubious products and undisclosed payment plans. The Federal Trade Commission and the Maine attorney general accused XXL Impressions, ad agency Synergixx, marketing company J2...more

Circuit Court Finds Putative Class Affidavits, Combined With Other Records, May Satisfy Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Defendants BMW and Creditsmarts were parties to a marketing agreement through which BMW offered its direct automotive “up2drive” loans to borrowers at participating independent car dealers through Creditsmarts’ internet-based...more

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