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The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or deceptive marketing claims, as well as regulating unfair business practices that undermine the competitive marketplace.    less -

FTC Submits Comments on IoT Security

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in connection with the NTIA’s draft guidance on improving the...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance for Businesses

On June 21, 2017, the FTC updated its COPPA Compliance Guidance for businesses. The new guidance includes new descriptions of services and products covered by COPPA, and new methods for obtaining parental consent....more

11th Circuit Hears Oral Argument in LabMD Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting in Miami, heard oral argument in the case of LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 16-16270. ...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

Alarmist Algorithms: Why Pricing Bots Won’t Be the End of Society

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Ohlhausen and Commissioner McSweeny recently gave two very different speeches on algorithmic pricing. Commissioner McSweeny’s speech seemed to express concern that algorithms would...more

Could Your Website Be Collecting Information from Kids? Federal Trade Commission Issues 6-Step Plan for Complying with the...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

This month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued guidance for businesses operating websites and online services looking to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA addresses the...more

Tips for Negotiating a Third-Party Subpoena in a Merger Investigation

Humana recently lost its effort to limit third-party discovery requests served by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its ongoing Walgreens/Rite Aid investigation. Typically, negotiations over the scope of third-party...more

Augmented and virtual reality - emerging legal implications of "The Final Platform"

by Reed Smith on

In August 2015, Time Magazine declared that Virtual Realty (“VR”) was about to change the world. A year earlier, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2.3 billion signalling the impact of what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred...more

FTC Submits Comment To Aid NTIA In Developing Internet of Things Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its latest effort to address security concerns about Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has submitted public comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's...more

CFPB details complaint process at Comply2017 Conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At the Comply2017 conference held earlier this week in New York City, Scott Steckel, a member of the CFPB’s Office of Consumer Response, gave a presentation in which he detailed the CFPB’s complaint process and how the CFPB...more

Instagram Announces a New Tool for Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last year, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to “investigate and bring enforcement actions related to the practice of non-disclosed advertising through influencer user...more

FTC Provides 2016 Enforcement Report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2016 relating to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act), Regulation...more

A question of harm: LabMD to face off with FTC at 11th Circuit

In a consequential test of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority as a data security regulator, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will hear argument tomorrow in a case that will determine whether the agency...more

FTC, California, And DC Sue To Stop Draftkings-Fanduel Merger On Antitrust Grounds

Although the Federal Trade Commission currently is short-handed with one Democrat and one Republican serving on the Commission (out of a normal lineup of five), today they showed that bi-partisan consensus still can exist in...more

Risky IT Programs - The Use of Algorithms and Risk of Collusion under Antitrust Laws

by DLA Piper on

On 14 June 2017, the OECD published a Note from the EU on Algorithms and Collusion (DAF/COMP/(2017)12 - here) (the EU Note). An updated background note on Algorithms and Collusion was published by the OECD Secretariat on 9...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

FTC Submits Comments on IoT Device Security to NTIA Working Group

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Monday, the FTC submitted comments to the draft National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) guidance intended to improve Internet of Things (IoT) device security and increase consumer transparency....more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

Companies Perceived By The FTC as Top Violators

by Bryan Cave on

As discussed in previous articles, the FTC collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month the FTC creates a “Top Violators”...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes Immediate Appeals of Denials of State Action Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision from largest judicial circuit establishes majority position that denials of state action immunity are not immediately appealable collateral orders. On June 12, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #3

FTC Jumps on Trampoline Marketing - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bounced purportedly misleading trampoline marketing claims in a new administrative consent order. Son “Sonny” Le and his brother Bao “Bobby” Le...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Future antitrust merger enforcement in the United States

by White & Case LLP on

The new US administration's antitrust enforcement priorities remain unclear, but signs of a less interventionist approach are beginning to emerge. What does the 2016 US presidential election mean for antitrust policy in...more

THE LATEST: DOJ Price-Fixing Probe Demonstrates That Deal Risk Is Not the Only Antitrust Concern Merging Parties Should Keep in...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Bumble Bee Foods, and two of its senior vice presidents, have recently pled guilty to US Department of Justice (DOJ) charges that they engaged in a conspiracy to fix prices of shelf-stable tuna fish sold in the United States...more

Updated U.S. Civil Penalties Raise the Cost of Noncompliance

In 2016, we let you know about the redundantly titled “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” which required that heads of government agencies adjust civil penalties yearly to account for...more

Privacy Tip #92 – Finally, HHS is Removing SSNs From Medicare Cards

For those of you who know me, you know that I have been very frustrated with the federal and state governments for continuing to use Social Security numbers for eligibility, enrollment and participating in Medicare and...more

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