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EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

61 Million Reasons To Carefully Oversee Your Third-Party Marketer?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

As we’ve mentioned before, federal privacy statutes that permit lawsuits and award automatic damages can be a fertile source of consumer class action litigation. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) fits this bill....more

Canadian Government Suspends Implementation of Private Right of Action Under CASL

Our previous alert regarding changes to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) previewed two important changes that were to come into effect as of July 1, 2017...more

See No Evil: Willful Blindness Costs Dish Network $341,000,000 For TCPA Violations

Willful blindness when it comes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) could cost companies millions in statutory damages and penalties. Dish Network has been ordered in two cases to pay a total of $341 million based...more

Dish Network hit with record $280 million civil penalty and far-reaching injunctive relief for do not call violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Illinois federal judge ordered Dish Network to pay the federal government $168 million for violating the FTC’s Telephone Sales Rule (“TSR”). The judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the...more

FDA Says Viewers Catch a Fleeting Glimpse; Can’t Hear What You’re Saying to Sponsor of Ad with Mismatched Audio and Visual Risk...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Recently, FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued its first Untitled Letter of the year, citing a direct-to-consumer TV advertisement for a prescription weight- loss drug. According to OPDP, the ad made...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Fax Class Action Due to Dishonesty

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On June 2, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied class certification in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) putative class action. In doing so, the district judge chided...more

DC Circuit Denies Rehearing of TCPA Fax Decision

On June 6, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied the government’s request for an en banc rehearing of a March 31, 2017, decision that invalidated a decade-old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule...more

FDA Announces Delay in Compliance Dates for Revised Nutrition Fact Requirements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FDA announced today that it was delaying implementation of the final rule promulgated in May 2016 that revised regulations governing Nutrition Facts labels on food and dietary supplements. The rule initially set a...more

TCPA Tracker - June 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

D.C. Circuit Denies Request for En Banc Review of Fax Advertisement Decision On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied a request by a group of class action plaintiff petitioners in...more

Marketer In Hot Water for Inconspicuous TCPA Consent Language

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A recent decision issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has brought renewed emphasis to the importance of prominently displaying TCPA consent language in Internet marketing. In a...more

DC Circuit Denies Intervenors’ Petition for Rehearing En Banc After Striking Down FCC Regulations Requiring Opt-out Notifications...

by BakerHostetler on

On March 31, 2017, the D.C. Circuit struck down FCC regulations requiring that solicited fax advertisements include opt-out notifications, holding that the TCPA did not grant the FCC the authority to impose such a requirement...more

FDA Warns Against Products Claiming to Cure Cancer

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) regulates cancer drugs and devices, both for use by humans and pets. Such drugs and devices must obtain FDA approval or clearance before they can be marketed or sold to consumers, so...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

Privacy Alert: Government of Canada Suspends CASL's Private Right of Action Provisions

by Field Law on

By Order in Council dated June 7, 2017, the federal government suspended the coming into force of the private right of action provisions under Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation (CASL), “in response to broad-based concerns raised...more

Anti-Spam Legislation’s Private Right of Action Suspended

by Smart & Biggar on

In a news release on June 7, the Government announced that it was suspending the implementation of the “private right of action” provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), in response to broad-based concerns raised...more

Canadian Government Suspends Private Right of Action Under Anti-Spam Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In an order dated June 2, 2017, the Canadian government indefinitely suspended a key provision in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017. While CASL initially came into force in...more

A&B Insurance Settles TCPA Class Action for $4.25 Million

Last week, A&B Insurance and Financial LLC (A&B Insurance) agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle claims that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by initiating telephone calls to consumers without prior...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #2

BART’s App Crashes Into Privacy Suit - San Francisco’s mass transit organization crashed into a class action in which the plaintiff alleged that its mobile app has been illegally collecting personal information from users....more

#Sponsored – FTC Warns Social Media Influencers to Clearly Disclose Material Connections

Kim Kardashian touting weight-loss teas. Tom Brady plugging Aston Martin. Jennifer Aniston shilling SmartWater. In this time of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and countless other social media platforms, it can...more

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of TCPA Claims on Grounds of Prior Express Consent

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Zean v. Fairview Health Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the district court's dismissal of a putative class action complaint under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

FDA Update: Menu Labeling Delay Suit, Research Oversight Change, UDI Compliance Date Delays, and Inspection Staff Reorganization

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Within the past few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) has taken a number of actions that could impact nearly all of the industries it regulates, but in particular, companies in the medical...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

New OCC FAQs on third-party relationships highlight bank arrangements with fintech companies and marketplace lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has issued a new bulletin (2017-21) containing fourteen frequently asked questions to supplement OCC Bulletin 2013-29 entitled “Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management...more

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