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Legal Lessons from “Maserati Rick” – The Man Who Falsely Claimed to be a Miami Dolphin for Over 3 Years

by Butler Snow LLP on

In 2014, Ricardo Agnant, a.k.a. “Maserati Rick,” snuck into an NFL Regional Combine at the Miami Dolphins’ training center. An NFL Regional Combine is a selective NFL-sanctioned event that provides aspiring NFL athletes a...more

FTC Sues Over Free Marketing Campaign

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) recently sued six California businesses and their respective owners and officers in federal district court in connection with the defendants’ allegedly deceptive free...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

The CFPB Enforcement Action Against Navy Federal Credit Union and the Broad Sweep of UDAAPs

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This past October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) took action against Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the country. In doing so, the CFPB relied upon one of its favorite enforcement...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #3

Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA” - A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its...more

Burr Alert: Lenders Beware: 11th Circuit holds borrower’s false oral statement regarding single asset does not provide basis for...

by Burr & Forman on

Section 523(a)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code is clear that a debtor can discharge a debt for money obtained by a false statement respecting the debtor’s financial condition unless that statement is in writing. What hasnot been...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #4

Not-So-Smart TV: Vizio Settles Over Data Collection - For installing software on smart TVs and collecting viewing data on 11 million consumers without their knowledge or consent, Vizio, Inc. will pay the Federal Trade...more

Vermont Vapor Up in Smoke for Allegedly Deceptive E-Cig Marketing Practices

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Vermont Vapor, Inc. (“Vermont Vapor”) announced that the Vermont Attorney General’s Office is seeking $50,000 in penalties in connection with Vermont Vapor’s e-cig marketing practices. How can e-cig...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The NYDFS revised its proposed cybersecurity regulations, the FDIC sought comment on its new de novo bank deposit insurance handbook, federal banking agencies finalized streamlined call...more

And the dream lives on: DraftKings and FanDuel Settle Remaining False Advertising Claims with New York AG

by Reed Smith on

In June, we covered Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) operators’ major legislative victory in New York: a bill legalizing and regulating their business, ending the potential for an outright prohibition on DFS in the state. That...more

Alleged Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Scammers to Pay FTC $13.5 Million

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had granted a summary judgment motion against various businesses, law firms and individuals...more

Final Order against Practice Fusion Approved by FTC

On August 16, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the final order resolving its privacy complaints against Practice Fusion. The complaint alleged that Practice Fusion “misled consumers by soliciting reviews for...more

The Scope Of SEC Defendants' Jury Trial Right: Part 4

by WilmerHale on

This is the last of four articles examining the scope of the Seventh Amendment jury trial right as applied to the facts that set the maximum monetary penalty a judge may impose against a civil defendant in a U.S. Securities...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

The 2015 FTC Policy Statement: An Advertisement Can Be Deceptive Based On Formatting

Starting a few years ago, the FTC began increasing its efforts to address online disclosures in new media. For example, in 2013, the FTC issued .com Disclosures: How To Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising, which...more

Objecting to the Dischargeability of Debt: How a Creditor May Protect its Debt in Bankruptcy

by Murtha Cullina on

Imagine that you are an unsecured lender who has learned that a borrower has filed for bankruptcy and has little to no assets available to pay creditors. Is there any way to prevent your debt from being extinguished? This...more

Third Circuit Slams Google’s Allegedly ‘Deceitful’ Cookie Practices

by Reed Smith on

Exploiting loopholes in Internet users’ cookie-blocking settings while claiming to protect them from cookies is a serious and deceitful invasion of privacy, the Third Circuit held November 10....more

Massachusetts Court Takes the Temperature of Defendant’s Inequitable Conduct Claim on Summary Judgment

In a recent decision out of the District of Massachusetts, Judge Stearns assessed Kaz’s inequitable conduct defense on summary judgment – and found it to come up short by a degree. The opinion is an important reminder that to...more

CFTC Accuses Firm Manually Entering Orders Of Spoofing Scheme That Fooled Algorithmic Traders

Potentially abusive trading algorithms, such as algorithms that purportedly engage in “spoofing” or “layering” are the subject of considerable regulatory interest. However, in an interesting complaint filed on October 19,...more

Competitors Push Back With False Advertising Laws

by Zelle LLP on

In a time when the “disruptive” label is far from viewed as pejorative and, in fact, deemed essential for many new business models, existing market participants looking to fight back are turning to powerful federal and state...more

It’s DangeRuss, So DangeRuss

Russell Wilson recently courted controversy with some comments made in an August 26 Rolling Stone article...more

CFPB Shifts Focus to Auto Lending Industry

by Baker Donelson on

Auto lenders and servicers be advised: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns its lonely eyes to you. On June 17, 2015, the CFPB brought an action in the Southern District of Ohio against Security National...more

CFPB Using its Enforcement Powers Yet Again for UDAAP Violations, This Time Against PayPal

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Even after the PayPal settlement, the definition of “abusive” remains as subjective and fact specific as ever. On May 19, PayPal agreed to a $25 million settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or...more

The 'Palmetto Put-Down' Endangers Drug Cos. Nationwide

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On Feb. 25, 2015, nearly two years after argument, the South Carolina Supreme Court directed entry of a $136 million judgment against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. These civil penalties stemmed from a suit brought by the...more

No Longer at Lager-Heads: Anheuser-Busch Settles Claim over Kirin Beer’s Origin

Early this year, Anheuser-Busch settled a class suit filed against it by two Miami residents who alleged that the company was deceptively advertising Kirin beer as imported from Japan, when in fact it is brewed in the United...more

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