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FTC Releases Cross-Device Tracking Guidance

by Locke Lord LLP on

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released guidance that will be of interest to companies that utilize cross-device tracking. Cross-device tracking refers to a company’s ability to link a consumer’s behavior on a...more

FDIC Action Is a Reminder that Bank Partnerships Are Not a Panacea for Non-Banks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it had reached settlements with Bank of Lake Mills (Bank) and two of its “institution-affiliated parties” (IAPs)—Freedom Stores, Inc. (FSI) and...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Data Security Under Commissioner Ohlhausen: What You Need to Know

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been a critically important regulator of cybersecurity practices in the US, using its authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act to bring enforcement actions against companies for failing...more

FDIC Announces Settlements With Wisconsin Banks Over Lending Violations

by Goodwin on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced a settlement with a Wisconsin bank and two affiliated institutions, resolving allegations that the three lenders violated Section 5 of the Federal...more

FDIC announces settlement with bank and non-bank affiliated parties

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FDIC announced last week that it had entered into settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two non-bank “institution-affiliated parties” through which the bank originated loans for allegedly engaging in unfair and...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- Missouri Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Charity Over Alleged Misuse of Donations- Missouri AG Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit against Missouri charity Gold Star College Kids Foundation and its founder...more

Updates Regarding the FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

by Buchalter on

In July of 2015, I wrote about the New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media. I discussed the FTC’s rationale, concerns and stance on using social media to advertise and promote products. At the time, when the...more

Ninth Circuit Grants FTC Request for Rehearing En Banc of AT&T Throttling Case, Setting Aside Earlier Opinion

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) request for rehearing en banc of the court’s earlier decision to dismiss an FTC case against AT&T...more

Is There Fire Where There’s Smoke? The FTC Says Yes

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought suit against Taiwan-based D-Link Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary, D-Link Systems Inc, in Los Angeles Federal Court, for failing to properly secure its consumer...more

FTC’s Action Against “Risk-Free” Advertising

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently filed a Complaint in the Southern District of California against six entities and four individuals, accusing them of deceiving customers with their use of “free” and “risk-free”...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Regulatory

Negative Option Marketing Enforcement Actions in Federal Court - A negative option is a provision in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services “under which the customer’s silence or failure to take...more

California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

Weight Loss Marketing Companies Settle FTC Claims

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a $32 million settlement with NutriMost, LLC, NutriMost Doctors, LLC and their owner (collectively, “Defendants”). The FTC alleged that the Defendants’ weight loss...more

Court orders former president of debt collection company to pay $2 million penalty to FTC for alleged FDCPA/FTC Act violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Texas federal district court has entered a $2 million civil penalty judgment against the former president of a debt collection company for alleged violations of the FDCPA and FTC Act. ...more

FTC resolves allegations against three U.S. based companies involving misrepresentations of International Privacy Program...

Privacy laws in Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore restrict the export of personal information except when the exporter meets certain qualifying conditions. One qualifying condition is...more

California Last State to Join Multistate Settlement of Western Union Fraud Schemes

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, California became the 50th state to join the multistate settlement with Western Union over its alleged complicity in fraud-induced wire transfers. This followed Western Union’s $5 million agreement with 49 state...more

Court Dismisses “Phantom Markdown” Suit against Saks

On March 22, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a putative class action against Saks Inc. alleging that Saks advertised “phantom markdowns” of Saks-branded products. The Plaintiff...more

“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

The FTC and LabMD’s Legal Battle Gets Personal: First Amendment Claims Against FTC Lawyers Survive

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) sprawling and contentious legal battle with now-defunct medical testing company LabMD recently took an unusual turn when a federal court allowed LabMD (and its former CEO) to proceed with...more

FTC Enters $53 Million Settlement With Prepaid Debit Card Provider

by Goodwin on

On March 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had agreed to settle charges with a prepaid debit card provider for $53 million in monetary relief applied to balances and fees in customers’ accounts....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

Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Invention Patenting and Promotion Company for Unfair and Deceptive Trade...

There are many businesses focused on helping inventors develop and monetize their ideas. There are companies that, for instance, help people seek patents on their inventions, license their inventions, turn their ideas into...more

Court Rules in FTC’s Favor on “Common Carrier” Status in Cramming Case

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On an issue that takes on new-found importance after FTC v. AT&T Mobility, a federal court in Montana granted summary judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a case alleging that the defendants violated the...more

Dietary Supplement Advertising

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

STATE REGULATION - State AGs and the New Administration - By John Villafranco and Katie Bond - As we discussed in recent interviews with Nutritional Outlook and Natural Products Insider, FTC enforcement against...more

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