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Reserve Funds and Restitution: Government Litigation in the Payments Space

Beginning in earnest in 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) began to exert pressure on the payments industry—including payment card processors and independent sales organizations (“ISOs”)—to stamp out businesses...more

FTC Scrutinizes Dual Distributor Communications

A dual distribution relationship does not protect against Section 5 liability for an invitation to collude. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a company with violating Section 5 of the FTC...more

Board Interlocks On Antitrust Enforcement Hot Seat: A Must-Read Guide for Board Members and Officers

Recent enforcement activity by the Department of Justice (that required restructuring a live transaction) and the Federal Trade Commission makes clear that enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, the prohibition against...more

Unanimous FTC Finds LabMD’s Data Security Practices Violated Section 5 of the FTC Act

On July 29, 2016, a unanimous Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued its Opinion and Final Order reversing the decision of an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) and holding that LabMD engaged in “unfair”...more

FTC Targets Brand Owner Policing Search Ad Keywords

This Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) commenced an administrative proceeding against 1-800 Contacts, Inc. (“1-800 Contacts”), alleging that the online contact lens retailer had entered into...more

Got Data? Actual Harm Not Required for FTC Enforcement Action for Lax Security Measures

While much of Washington, D.C. is enjoying the slow and hazy days of summer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is staying busy solidifying its presence as the go-to authority for data security. Most recently, on July 29,...more

Lessons for Businesses from FTC’s Opinion on LabMD’s Data Security Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an Opinion and Final Order finding that the data security practices of LabMD, Inc. were unreasonable, and therefore constituted an unfair act or practice in violation of Section 5...more

The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were...more

The FTC Has Not Yet Begun To Fine - InMobi’s Million Dollar Settlement and Online Analytics in an Age of COPPA

?In June 2016, India-based online advertising behemoth InMobi Ltd. agreed to pay a $ 950,000 fine to resolve Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that its data collection practices violated the Children’s Online Privacy...more

What Might November’s Election Mean for Antitrust Enforcement?

It is probably safe to say that most voters in the 2016 presidential election do not view antitrust policy as a key campaign issue. Accordingly, the candidates’ and their parties’ views on competition policy were scarcely,...more

FTC Overrules LabMD Dismissal, Finds Unfair Data Security Practices

The FTC issued an Opinion and Final Order reversing the previously dismissed charges against LabMD on July 29. FTC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) D. Michael Chappell had dismissed the case against LabMD on November 13, 2015...more

The Cost of Noncompliance: LifeLock Continues to Pay

LifeLock, Inc. made headlines in December 2015 when it finalized a $100 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission—the largest monetary award ever in an FTC order enforcement action. As reported by McGuireWoods’...more

Alert: FTC Commissioners Find LabMD's Failure to Implement Data Security Practices "Unfair"

On July 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) announced its long-awaited decision in its LabMD enforcement action. The Commissioners reversed the decision of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and held...more

No Harm? No Matter. FTC Broadens Data Security Liability

No harm, no foul? Not according to the FTC. On July 29, 2016, the Commission held that a showing of tangible injury was not necessary in order for company acts and practices to be considered unfair. The case, In the...more

FTC: LabMD Tests Positive for “Unfair” Security Practices

LabMD’s lack of data security measures resulted in the FTC Commission overturning an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) decision that previously dismissed charges against the company in November. LabMD performed laboratory...more

FTC Slaps Down ALJ’s Data Security Ruling in LabMD, Sets Broad Mandate for Protection of “Sensitive” Consumer Data

In a sweeping statement of its data security expectations for organizations that maintain consumer information, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday found that LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, failed to employ...more

FTC Plants A Flag With LabMD Ruling: What This Means for Enforcement

On Friday, the heads of the Federal Trade Commission overruled the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) in In the Matter of LabMd., Inc. The FTC concluded that the ALJ had erred in dismissing the Commission’s case...more

The FTC Requires Largest-Ever Generic Drug Divestiture

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement resolving its competitive concerns over the merger of two leading generic drug manufacturers – Teva and Allergan. In July 2015, Teva agreed to acquire...more

FTC Data Security Standards: Final Order in the ASUSTeK Case; No Mercy for LabMD

The Federal Trade Commission, continuing its quest to be the enforcer of consumer privacy rights, has come down hard this month on ASUSTeK and LabMD for their failure to have adequate data security standards. Because the FTC...more

Antitrust Reverse Termination Fees--2016 Q2 Update

This post updates the public deal antitrust reverse termination fee database through June 30, 2016. An antitrust reverse termination fee (ARTF), sometimes called an antitrust reverse breakup fee, is a fee payable by the...more

The FTC Social Media Consent Order Against SmartClick

The FTC continues its efforts to combat deceptive social media advertising. In June 2016, the FTC brought an enforcement action against SmartClick Media LLC and its owner. The FTC alleged that SmartClick engaged in the...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

Court Allows An Exhausted FTC To Serve Summons On The California Secretary Of State

The Federal Trade Commission is not pleased with Discountmetalbrokers, Inc. In fact, the FTC is so unhappy with the company that it filed a complaint alleging that the company held itself out as a legitimate seller of gold...more

FTC Takes Action Against Personal Care Product Companies for Making False All-Natural Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has approved four final consent orders against companies that allegedly misrepresented their personal care products as "All-Natural" or "100% Natural," despite the fact that they contain man-made...more

Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Adequately Disclose Payments to Online Influencers

More and more brands are paying online “influencers” to engage with, positively review and market their products. However, a recent federal action reiterates the importance of clearly disclosing the sponsored nature of such...more

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