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FTC Settles Deception Charges Relating to Privacy Program Claims

On February 22, 2017, the FTC settled charges with three companies that, according to the FTC, deceptively claimed that they participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules (APEC CBPR). The...more

FTC Suing Router Company Without Underlying Data Loss

The new Administration may stand for regulatory rollback in many areas, but consumer privacy is (so far) not one. Trump's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pursuing a router manufacturer whose equipment hasn't caused any...more

Student Loan Debt Collector Settles with FTC for $700,000 Over Alleged FDCPA and FTC Act Violations

On February 14, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had entered into a stipulated order with a student loan debt collector, resolving allegations that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt...more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not...more

"DOJ Continues Streak of Successful Merger Challenges With Blocked Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna Deals"

In a continuation of recent Department of Justice (DOJ) successes challenging mergers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently enjoined two more proposed mergers brought and litigated under the Obama...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

The Western Union DPA and the Need to Investigate One’s Own

The Western Union Company (“Western Union”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) on January 19th with the Department of Justice, based on alleged willful failures to maintain an effective AML program and the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss how the prospect of a new chair and three new commissioners at the FTC may impact the agency's approach to cybersecurity regulation, a new Massachusetts...more

New FTC Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen Offers Insight into Consumer Protection Priorities

Just over one week after being named acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen delivered the keynote address at the American Bar Association’s biennial Consumer Protection Conference in Atlanta on...more

Ohlhausen’s Appointment as Acting Chair of FTC Signals Potential Change in Antitrust Approach

President Donald Trump last week designated Maureen K. Ohlhausen as acting chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Ohlhausen is a vocal critic of government involvement in the market, suggesting the FTC under her...more

Flurry of Antitrust Merger Enforcement Actions as Obama Presidency Comes to a Close

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced several antitrust enforcement actions in advance of the inauguration of President Trump, including settlements for...more

"Antitrust Enforcement in the Trump Administration"

Republican administrations historically have taken a less interventionist approach to antitrust enforcement than their Democratic counterparts, but many of President Donald Trump’s policy positions have not tracked...more

"Mergers and Acquisitions: 2016 Update"

Global mergers and acquisitions volume in 2016 declined from the record levels set in 2015, but activity was nonetheless strong by historical standards. Value of global deals was approximately $3.7 trillion, an annual total...more

Advertising Law - January 2017 #2

SPECIAL FOCUS: Ohlhausen Named Acting Chair of FTC - On January 24, 2017, President Donald Trump designated Maureen Ohlhausen as acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission. Ohlhausen, a Republican, has been...more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure

On January 19, 2017, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties and restitution to victims of fraud totaling $586 million to resolve actions brought by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes...more

Update On Annual Adjustment To HSR Reporting Threshold And Recent Enforcement Actions Against Investors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that the 2017 size-of-transaction threshold for reporting proposed mergers and acquisitions under Section 7A of the Clayton Act, as added by the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC and Florida AG Ban Student Loan Debt Relief Providers

On January 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement with student loan debt relief providers alleged to have participated in a student loan debt relief scheme,...more

FTC Sues Qualcomm for Using Anticompetitive Tactics to Maintain Chip Monopoly

Last week, the FTC filed a complaint against Qualcomm, a manufacturer of baseband processors, which are chips included in cell phones and other products with cellular connectivity that allow the devices to connect to cell...more

Western Union on the Hook for $586 Million for Aiding and Abetting Wire Fraud

Western Union is facing a $586-million settlement, after admitting to aiding criminals in money laundering and fraud. The global money services business, with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, has entered into...more

Antitrust Agencies Impose Three HSR Penalties Totaling $1.5 Million in Two Days

The federal antitrust agencies have opened the New Year with vigorous enforcement of the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) by imposing several fines totaling $1.5 million. On January 17, 2017,...more

IoT Vendors Beware: FTC’s Latest Enforcement Action Signals Further Scrutiny of the Industry

The FTC’s first data security enforcement action in 2017 sends a clear signal to vendors serving the Internet of Things (“IoT”) marketplace: make sure your data security promises match your data security practices. IoT is in...more

DAMITT 2016 Year in Review: Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Longer Than Ever; Deal Agreements Reflect Expected Delays

Fast Facts - Significant merger investigations lasted an average of 9.9 months in 2016, a new DAMITT record. - The 33 significant investigations in 2016 were the second most in the past six years, but down...more

Herbalife Settles Multi-level Marketing Scheme for $200 Million

Almost 350,000 people who helped run Herbalife businesses are receiving checks from the Federal Trade Commission to compensate them for money lost due to the company’s deceptive earnings claims. Specifically, Herbalife was...more

Will Trump Relax DOJ's Enforcement of Antitrust Laws?

The Obama Administration has made enforcement of the antitrust laws a priority and has aggressively pursued criminal and civil enforcement actions against large corporations for perceived antitrust violations relating to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Deutsche Bank and the DOJ have put the finishing touches on the deal to resolve the investigation into DB’s role in its sale of toxic RMBS. The bank will fork over $7.2 billion in total, including a $3.1 billion civil penalty...more

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