Federal Trade Commission

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... more +
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 -
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Don’t be a Jerk

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charged the operators of Jerk.com with harvesting personal information from Facebook to create profiles for more than an estimated 73 million people, where they could not be...more

Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FTC Data Security Authority

On April 7, 2014, in a landmark decision with broad implications for American businesses, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s authority to regulate data security...more

FTC Still In Charge Of Privacy Enforcement: Ten Lessons From Wyndham

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) is the most active and aggressive federal government agency to investigate and enforce data privacy and security laws against businesses. Section 5 of the FTC Act empowers the agency to...more

U.S. and U.K. Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Data Privacy Enforcement

Citing the increasing frequency with which consumer information crosses international borders and the need for coordinated monitoring and enforcement strategies related to consumer privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission...more

Is 4-3 the New 3-2? FTC Continues to Target Pharmaceutical Mergers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) has often stated that merger analysis requires more than a simplistic determination that high market concentration leads to anticompetitive effects. Still, the antitrust...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

DOJ And FTC Release Joint Antitrust Policy Statement Regarding Sharing Of Cybersecurity Information

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing of Cybersecurity Information explaining that competitors can share legitimate...more

How Significant is the Wyndham Case to the US Cybersecurity Legal Landscape?

The security community has been abuzz this week with the US. District Court of New Jersey's April 7 ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, et al. Wyndham had asserted in a motion to dismiss that...more

Sometimes Merger Fixes Are as Close as the End of Your Nose

When it comes to negotiating merger remedies with federal antitrust enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission each have guides or statements that may help. But as good as their guidance...more

FTC Provides Guidance On Obtaining Parental Consent Under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently responded to three applications seeking approval for new methods for obtaining parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule....more

Take Action to Stop the Bleeding: Follow These Steps

“Heartbleed” has been all over the news, and companies have been scrambling to respond. What sounds like a nasty medical condition is actually a recently discovered flaw in popular encryption software called OpenSSL. It has...more

FTC Data Security Authority Confirmed, For Now: Wyndham’s Motion to Dismiss Denied

The FTC’s Claim - A New Jersey federal judge has confirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) authority to regulate data security and bring claims against companies suffering data breaches due to inadequate...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as FTC Commissioner, Congress Holds Hearings and FTC/DOJ Policy...

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as FTC Commissioner. Commissioner McSweeny will join Commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill as the third Democratic member of the five-member Federal...more

Competition Bureau Releases Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On April 2, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released draft updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (Revised IPEGs) for a 60-day consultation period. The Revised IPEGs principally reflect the amendments to...more

Part II: Fair Notice or No Notice? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police Data Security

In our first blog in this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., in which Judge Salas confirmed the FTC’s authority to bring enforcement actions...more

DOJ & FTC Release Cybersecurity Threat Information Exchange Policy

The US DOJ Antitrust Division and the FTC yesterday released a joint policy statement on the sharing of information between private parties, including competitors, to counter cybersecurity threats. The agencies acknowledge...more

FTC, DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement Encouraging Private Sharing of Cybersecurity Information

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice yesterday issued a joint policy statement on the sharing of cybersecurity information. Declaring that “properly designed cyber threat information sharing is not...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as Fifth FTC Commissioner

10 months after President Obama nominated her, Terrell McSweeny has been confirmed as the fifth FTC commissioner. The vote was 95-1 for McSweeny with David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, voting against her nomination....more

"Democrats Gain Control of FTC With Terrell McSweeny Confirmation"

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Terrell McSweeny to the Federal Trade Commission. Commissioner McSweeny’s appointment creates a Democratic majority on the five-member commission, sparking...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Keep the Government out of Your Transaction: Practical Antitrust Tips for Mergers [Video]

You're the CEO of a large company considering a merger with a competitor. You've done your due diligence and both companies want to move forward. There are antitrust issues to explore before the deal can be done. In this...more

Jerked Around? Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5...more

Federal Court Upholds FTC’s Authority To Bring Enforcement Actions Over Data-Security Standards; Will Class Actions Follow?

Already, 2014 has been an eventful year in the world of data breaches and cybersecurity. In addition to a flurry of litigation over high-profile breaches at the start of the year, the National Institute for Standards and...more

Financial Services Law

Court: FTC Can Regulate Payday Lenders Affiliated With Indian Tribes - In what is being hailed by the Federal Trade Commission as a victory for regulators, a federal court judge in Nevada has ruled that the FTC has the...more

U.S. District Court Confirms FTC Authority To Regulate Corporate Data Security Practices

On April 7, 2014, Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the first ever motion to dismiss filed in Federal court that challenged the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (“the...more

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