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California Court Weighs in on the FTC’s Data Security Enforcement Authority

This week, a District Court in Northern California weighed in on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) authority to protect consumers from “unfair” and “deceptive” data security practices. The decision, which granted in...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - September 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...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

Top Five Developing Issues in Class Action Litigation

Class action litigation is a rapidly developing area of the law. Here are the top five trends to keep an eye on as we approach the new year...more

Emergency Rules Requiring Generators in Florida ALFs and Nursing Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As a result of Hurricane Irma, eight nursing home residents died after a power failure in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home. In the wake of that tragedy, on Sept. 18, 2017, Florida regulators published emergency rules...more

DOJ Obtains $907,000 Settlement for Auto Lender’s Repossession of Active Duty Servicemembers’ Vehicles

by Goodwin on

On September 18, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had entered into a $907,000 settlement with an auto loan lender and servicer (“Defendant”). In its co?mplaint,? filed the same day in the United...more

New York’s Cybersecurity Requirements Pose Multi-Year Compliance Challenges

by McDermott Will & Emery on

New cybersecurity regulations issued by the NYDFS define the nonpublic information they regulate in exceptionally broad terms. This expanded definition of Nonpublic Information will create major challenges for regulated...more

CFPB Provides Some Clarity on Alternative-Data Models Through No-Action Letter

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 14, 2017, the CFPB issued a no-action letter – the first one ever issued by the agency – to a marketplace lender, stating that the agency had no present intention to take enforcement or supervisory action against...more

As Medical Food Industry Grows, So May FDA Scrutiny

by Baker Donelson on

On September 1, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Warning Letter to ND Labs, Inc. of Lynbrook, New York, regarding its LPS Cherry, Liquid Fiber Flow, and Nana Flakes 'medical food' products. The...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

In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

NIAC Warns That United States Is “Falling Short” Defending Critical Infrastructure; Recommends Eleven-Step Action Plan

by King & Spalding on

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a draft report at the end of August assessing the U.S.’s cyber preparedness related to critical infrastructure. ...more

Give Your Customers the Gift of Security

by Perkins Coie on

2017 has reminded us that data security threats continue to evolve and that the stakes for companies can be very high if their data security programs fail to evolve as well. Before the recent announcement of Equifax’s...more

Additional guidance from HUD/Freddie/Fannie/Ginnie/VA on mortgage-related disaster relief for hurricane victims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In addition to the guidance regarding Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, the housing agencies and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) recently addressed the mortgage-related relief available to victims of both Hurricane...more

Equifax: The Empire State Strikes Back

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to issue a new regulation requiring “credit reporting agencies to register with” the DFS, as well as...more

AML Beneficial Ownership Register for Irish Funds – Who’s Holding the Baby?

by Dechert LLP on

If you’ve been involved in the funds industry, you will be well aware of the ever-increasing focus on anti-money laundering and “know your customer” requirements by national and supranational regulatory bodies alike. In...more

Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

TCF National Bank obtains dismissal of CFPB’s Regulation E claims in overdraft services lawsuit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This past January, the CFPB filed a lawsuit against TCF National Bank in Minnesota federal district court that alleged that the bank, in connection with offering overdraft services, violated the Consumer Financial Protection...more

The Mintz Matrix – September 2017

As data breaches dominate national headlines it remains important as ever for businesses to invest in security and to be ready to respond if a breach occurs. Part of your preparedness program should be staying current on data...more

No Slam Dunk: Filings of New York Sales Tax Class Actions Continue Despite Dunkin' Decision

by Jones Day on

In May 2017, the Second Circuit rejected an attempted class action lawsuit that sought to hold a retailer liable for allegedly overcharging sales tax. In Estler v. Dunkin' Brands, Inc., the court upheld summary judgment in...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

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