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United States and Australia: Comparable Food Safety Systems

by Jones Day on

On April 19, 2017, FDA announced that both the United States and Australia have recognized each other's food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has given this recognition to a...more

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

Privacy Perils: Strong Passwords IV: The Phrase Awakens

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Previous Tips have warned of the use of easily-guessed passwords, and have provided suggested methods to strengthen them, including use of...more

The Goods on IP - April 2017

Intellectual property plays an important role in maintaining a competitive edge in rapidly evolving consumer product and consumer packaged goods markets. Consumers expect ongoing product improvements, and savvy companies...more

Self-Sovereign Identity and Distributed Ledger Technology : Framing the Legal Issues

by Perkins Coie on

Purpose - Distributed ledger technology (“DLT”), including the use of blockchain technology, has been touted as a way to create and validate digital identities that serve many of the same purposes that physical forms of...more

FCRA Class Plaintiff Lacked Injury Needed for Standing Under Spokeo, 4th Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An $11.7 million judgment awarded against credit reporting company Experian in a 69,000-member class action brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was vacated by the Fourth Circuit in Dreher v. Experian...more

European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation on the Risk Assessment of GMO at Low Level

by Jones Day on

The European Food Safety Authority ("EFSA") has launched a public consultation on a draft guidance document on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms ("GMOs") present at low levels in food and feed material....more

CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle Emphasizes Collaboration, Balance, and Education

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) Ann Marie Buerkle highlighted her priorities and recent noteworthy developments in a recent newsletter. She emphasized her desire to collaborate with...more

The FTC Seeks Comment: How Trusty Is The TRUSTe Plan For COPPA Certification?

by King & Spalding on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently seeking comment on proposed changes to TRUSTe’s safe harbor program under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). Per the Federal Register notice, the...more

The ABCs of Statutory Consumer Protection Liability

The number of consumer claims filed since the Great Recession has skyrocketed. These claims include alleged violations of an “alphabet soup” of federal and state consumer protection statutes. These statutes allow prevailing...more

Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...more

TCPA Update: FCC Seeks Guidance on Proposed Robocall-Blocking Rule

Under new Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership, the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) is taking its first steps toward reforming its rules interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On...more

The European Commission Amends Plastic Food Contact Materials Legislation

by Jones Day on

On April 28, 2017, the European Commission issued Regulation 2017/752, amending Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food...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

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Regulatory Update Vol. IV | Issue 4

by Jones Day on

On May 9, 2017, the Senate confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as the next FDA commissioner. With a 57-42 vote, the Senate filled the commissioner position most recently held by Dr. Robert Califf, who resigned in January 2017 and...more

FDA Issues Further Guidance Related to FSVP

by Jones Day on

On May 11, 2017, FDA announced a new updated fact sheet and a guidance related to the use of a Unique Facility Identifier that is acceptable under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program ("FSVP") regulation. The three-page...more

Are Healthcare Systems Being Held Hostage by Ransomware?

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in existence and it may have particularly serious implications for healthcare systems. Ransomware is a form of malicious software code that is somehow...more

FDA Postpones Menu Labeling Rule Again

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, FDA announced it was extending the compliance date for the menu labeling final rule from May 5, 2017, to May 7, 2018. The rule requires calorie information to be listed on menus and menu boards of restaurants...more

Minnesota AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collector Over Allegedly Abusive Collection Practices

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On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office (“Minnesota AG”) announced that it obtained a judgment in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court against a debt collection company. As a result of the final judgment,...more

ECJ interprets Consumer Credit Directive

by DLA Piper on

An earlier version of this article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of Butterworths’ Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and is reproduced with permission. The recent European Court of Justice (ECJ)...more

Reverse Mortgage Servicer to Pay $89 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and FIRREA Claims

by Goodwin on

On May 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a company engaged in reverse mortgage servicing, in connection with the company’s participation in the Department of...more

Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Filing a proof of claim in a debtor's Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on a debt that is "obviously time barred" does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 decision....more

Uncertain Future For CFPB Small Business Data Rule

by WilmerHale on

On Wednesday, May 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a request for information (RFI) on the small-business lending marketplace — the first step in an anticipated rulemaking pursuant to Section 1071 of...more

Romaine Calm: FSVP is Approaching

Does FSVP Apply to You? Are you the importer, consignee, or agent for food imported into the United States? If so, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (FSVP), a key...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

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