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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... 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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Top 10 Technology Blunders for Employers

As one who presumably has no nude selfies, you may not be too concerned about a “hack” like the one that continues to afflict celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #2

Hashtags and Ads: Top 10 Legal Considerations for Brands Involved in Digital and Social Media Advertising - Advertising, marketing and promotions, both via digital and traditional channels, are governed in the United...more

Georgia Department of Community Health Ruling Jeopardizes FTC Action Against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

On October 6, Ellwood F. Oakley III, an administrative hearing officer at Georgia’s Department of Community Health, reversed an initial staff determination that a new Certificate of Need (CON) would not be required if Phoebe...more

Supreme Court’s 2014-15 Term: Antitrust Case May Impact the Activities of Alcohol Industry Public/Private Organizations

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that could have significant implications for hybrid public/private “regulatory” bodies. Many such bodies, like state and local wine...more

Federal Bills Pursue Comprehensive Data Breach Notification

The recent string of wide-scale data breach disclosures by major retailers has led to a growing call for federal legislation to protect consumer information and establish uniform data breach notification...more

‘Health Care’-Related Calls: Ambiguity at the Intersection of HIPAA and TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established exemptions from certain requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for health care messages regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - October 2014 (Global)

Recent U.S. Criticism of China’s Enforcement of Its Antitrust Laws Against Foreign Companies - For some time, many in the antitrust community have expressed concerns about how China is enforcing its antitrust laws...more

Supreme Court Examines Boundaries of Antitrust Immunity in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit decision upholding an FTC finding that the North...more

FTC Attacks Toothless Regulation of Dentists

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court heard argument in a case of national importance to health professions and the state boards that regulate them. The case, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, addresses...more

FTC Targeting Deceptive Advertising of Mortgage Lead Generators

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent complaint against Intermundo Media, LLC (Intermundo) alleging deceptive marketing tactics under the FTC Act and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule)...more

ALJ Denies LabMD’s Motion for Sanctions Against the FTC

Although the litigation between LabMD and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues in the Eleventh Circuit, an administrative law judge has resolved one battle between the two entities. Chief Administrative Law Judge D....more

Provider Competition Matters—Even for “Reference Pricing”

In a recent blog post, three Federal Trade Commission (FTC) economists splashed some cold water on advocates of “reference pricing” that seem to imply that such pricing “will increase competition between providers.” In the...more

Advertising Law - Oct 2014

FTC Mows Down Astroturfing at Yahoo - The Federal Trade Commission has closed an investigation into “astroturfing” by Yahoo employees and declined to take enforcement action because of the limited number of workers...more

FTC Updates Its Mail Order Rule

The FTC's "Mail Order Rule" is now the "Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule" (16 CFR Part 435). The Rule prohibits sellers from soliciting mail, Internet, or telephone order sales unless they reasonably...more

Former FTC Regional Director and Court of Appeals Justice Answers What To Do When the FTC Investigates

We like to give you information that helps you stay off the radar of the Federal Trade Commission with posts. But, what do you do if the FTC does investigate? I asked newly-minted Gray Reed & McGraw shareholder Justice Jim...more

PTAB - Trulia and Zillow possible merger is not a sufficient basis for extending the 12 month period to complete the trial

In Trulia, Inc. v. Zillow, Inc., Trulia filed a petition seeking covered business method review of U.S. Patent No. 7,970,674 relating to automatically determining a current value for a real estate property. CBM2013-00056. On...more

Promotional Allowances in a New Retail Environment: FTC Revises its Fred Meyer Guides

The Commission revised its guidelines for interpreting and complying with the Robinson-Patman Act to account for changes in technology and methods of marketing that have taken place since the last revision in 1990, including...more

Mobilizing on Mobile Apps: The FTC’s Comment to the CFPB Signals its Priorities

In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been steadily ramping up its efforts to monitor, regulate, and provide best practice guidance in the rapidly expanding field of mobile applications. On September 10,...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Chapter 4: U.S. Antitrust

US COMPETITION OVERVIEW - As President Obama nears the midpoint of his second term, merger activity suffered a slight year-over-year dip but has still recovered moderately from the first years of the global economic...more

Reverse Payments, Actavis, and the Lower Courts at Sea, Part 2: The Brewing Conflict Over Non-Cash Settlements

Our first post in this series was titled “What Is a Reverse Payment?” As the recent cases discussed in today’s post show, the courts are struggling with a fundamental component of that question: What, for that matter, is a...more

'Operation Full Disclosure' Targets Ads that Fall Short of the 'Clear And Conspicuous' Disclosure Standard

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission recently sent warning letters to more than 60 companies, including 20 of the 100 largest advertisers in the country, that failed to make adequate disclosures in their English- and...more

More Kids' Privacy News: Calif. Passes Law on Student Privacy and Advertising (SOPIPA) and FTC on the Hunt

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday, August 29, 2014, a law aimed at restricting the use of students' educational data by third-party vendors, making this one of the more restrictive and sweeping state privacy...more

Advertising Law - October 2014

SPECIAL FOCUS: The Impact of eBay on Lanham Act False Advertising Litigation - A recent opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in eBay is...more

School Scams: FTC Cracks Down on Florida Online Diploma Mills

Online diploma mills, which require little or no coursework to complete a degree have recently garnered much attention within the online education realm. Websites which offer questionable diplomas for hundreds of dollars...more

Yelp and TinyCo Settle FTC Charges of COPPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with online review site, Yelp, Inc., and mobile app developer, TinyCo, Inc., against separate charges that the companies were collecting children’s...more

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