Jeff Ifrah

To Refer, Or Not To Refer? OIG’s Outdated Health Care Referral Restrictions

The Office of the Inspector General, which enforces Health and Human Services, has long been averse to referral services that don’t meet certain criteria. To get protection against a possible enforcement action, the referral…more

Enforcement Actions, Healthcare, HHS, OIG, Patient Referrals

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CFPB Scare Tactics: The New Arbitration Rules

Recently, I wrote about the CFPB’s plans to issue new regulations restricting arbitration clauses in certain consumer contracts. Today, the agency announced those new rules and CFPB Director Richard Cordray is expected to…more

Arbitration, CFPB, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Consumer Contracts, Dodd-Frank

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FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

Mobile payments have become so commonplace that consumers rarely stop to think about whether their online payment is secure. Mobile app developers can fall into a similar trap of assuming that the necessary security measures are…more

Credit Karma, Fandango, FTC, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments

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Wells Fargo Learns That Recording Calls In California Can Be Costly

In the past few years, many organizations such as Capital One, Bass Pro Outdoor, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel have faced class actions alleging violations of California’s call recording law. This week, California’s Attorney…more

Attorney Generals, Audio Recording, Confidential Communications, Invasion of Privacy, Settlement

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Another Bill to Expand the Wire Act: Bad Law Clothed in a Lie

This past week’s focus on the presence of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol (and elsewhere) brought back to the fore the specter of “states’ rights” – the seemingly high-minded excuse used…more

Gaming, Interstate Wire Act, Online Gaming, Proposed Legislation, Sports Betting

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A Bank is a Bank

Do you remember when I wrote about how a federal district court had ruled that an online poker account was akin to a bank account and should therefore be subject to FBAR reporting? It seemed nonsense to me at the time—and I…more

Bank Accounts, Escrow Accounts, FBAR, Financial Institutions, Online Poker

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What the Payday Proposal Would Do

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a new rule to regulate payday lending and auto-title loan companies. Right now, it is merely a proposal, meant to undergo the notice and comment period until September…more

CFPB, Comment Period, Payday Loans, Proposed Regulation, Title Loans

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The Current State of Online Lottery Sales and the Outlook for 2015

As states continue to search for ways to generate additional revenue, several states have explored the possibility of selling lottery tickets online. Online lottery ticket sales represent an untapped market for state lotteries…more

Legislative Agendas, Lottery, Online Gaming

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Judge Flunks Case Against LabMD, FTC Appeals

In March 2015, I wrote about the ongoing dispute between the FTC and LabMD, an Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory, and looked at whether the FTC has the authority to take enforcement action over data-security practices…more

ALJ, Data Breach, Data Security, FTC, FTC Act

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The Definitive Guide To Igaming In The United States

In this issue: - Introduction - Business Opportunities In Igaming - The Critical Role Of The Land-Based Casinos - As Conduits For Igaming - As Partners With Igaming Operators -…more

Casinos, Gambling, Gaming, Gaming Revenues, iGaming

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Pokémon Go Craze: Battle, Train, Win – But No Betting

We are living in a virtual (or perhaps “augmented”) Pokémon explosion. You can’t get away from news of public craze over Pokémon Go. Players young and youngish have made the game today’s most popular app, outpacing Twitter and…more

Mobile Apps, Online Gaming, Video Games

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The E-Rate Honey Pot

When you grant access to a $ 4 billion fund and give fund participants relative autonomy in how they use those funds, ne’er-do-wells will sniff their way to the honey pot. Keeping them out can be a challenge. So goes the story…more

E-Rates, GAO, Libraries, Public Schools, Telecommunications Act

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Why Virtual Gold Can’t Buy Plaintiffs Happiness

A federal court has soundly rejected a plaintiff’s contention that she suffered any real-world harm based on in-game losses of virtual currency. In Mason v. Machine Zone, Inc., plaintiff Mia Mason alleged that she was a regular…more

Economic Injuries, Failure To State A Claim, Free-to-Play Games, Online Gaming, Standing

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The Government’s [Subpoena] Power is Not Infinite

It’s not every day that a federal court likens an Assistant U.S. Attorney’s argument to that “of a grade schooler seeking to avoid detention.” But, in a recent opinion, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the D.C. District Court did just…more

Administrative Authority, Audio Recording, Subpoenas

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Social Casino Survives Latest “Gambling” Lawsuit

It’s a familiar sight: rows of men and women, on a bus or a subway, hands and eyes glued to their phones. But they’re not talking or texting or e-mailing. They are playing slots, though not for real money. This is the world of…more

Gambling, Internet Gambling, Social Gaming

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This Man Is Dodging Wall St.

Rather than confront accusations of baseless zeal and prosecutorial overreach, New York federal prosecutor Preet Bharara would rather spend his energy dodging accountability. In 2010, Bharara launched a crusade against Wall…more

False Statements, FBI, Hedge Funds, Insider Trading, Public Officials

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Contact

1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006, United States

Contact: Jeff Ifrah

  • (202) 524-4140
  • (202) 524-4141

Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Government
  • Health
  • Litigation
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Virginia
Number of Attorneys

11-24 Attorneys

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