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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 -

Keeping Up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines

“Pleeeease?!” Buying a quick gift or giving in to your child’s pleas for a new toy is quickly becoming a more serious decision. In the age where toys can happily entertain kids by talking to them, the few precious moments...more

QVC/HSN :: A Deal You Probably Weren’t Thinking About

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 6, 2017, QVC announced its intent to acquire the remaining 62 percent of Home Shopping Network it doesn’t already own. More so than DraftKings or Walgreens, this transaction will demonstrate whether Trump’s election...more

FTC Chronicle: “Lessons Learned” from the Agency’s Data Breach Investigations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – often criticized for not providing clear guidance as to what the agency considers reasonable data security – announced on Friday that it would publish a weekly blog discussing “lessons...more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

Case Update: In Consumer Data Breach Case, Eleventh Circuit Indicates Concern over Scope of FTC’s Enforcement Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 21, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in LabMD, Inc. v. FTC, Case No. 16-16270, a case that is being carefully watched to see if it will clarify the limits of the Federal Trade...more

The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

COPPA Guidance Released to Help Businesses Keep Pace With Evolving Internet

by BakerHostetler on

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enacted in 1998, created guidelines limiting the collection of personal information from children online. But 1998 was eons ago in Internet time; the online landscape has...more

FTC Enforcement And Why It’s Important

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Fraud, deception, and unfair business practices are problems all companies and consumers are bound to come across. That is where the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) comes in. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection...more

Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online — not just in news, but also in offerings of goods and services. Fake online stories, like the PizzaGate story,...more

FTC Announces Reforms to Civil Investigative Demands

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced reforms to its internal processes to streamline information requests and improve transparency in Commission investigations. Quick tutorial — the FTC may issue Civil...more

What Will Your Social Media Influencer Letter from the FTC Look Like?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

We have blogged about the FTC’s barrage of letters when they were originally released in April and again last week. Back in May, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Law Journal, the FTC...more

FTC Warns 11 Companies Over Made in USA Claims

by Reed Smith on

It seems to be another star-spangled banner year for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and its crackdown on certain “Made in USA” claims. In 2016, the FTC cited 29 companies for their misleading “Made in USA” claims. With...more

FTC Continues to Implement Reform Agenda; Aims to Reduce Burdens of and Improve Transparency in Commission Investigations

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) announced a wave of reforms this week in line with Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s mission to “aggressively” implement a Trump administration directive aimed at...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – What’s Its Future?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s been almost one year since the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) came into existence. Its upcoming annual review in September by the European Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – its...more

Three big questions about AI in financial services

by White & Case LLP on

To ride the rising wave of AI, financial services companies will have to navigate evolving standards, regulations and risk dynamics—particularly regarding data rights, algorithmic accountability and cybersecurity....more

FTC Announces Improvements to its Investigation Process

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 17th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced reforms to its civil investigative demand (CID) process designed to streamline information requests and improve transparency in FTC investigations.  The process...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

Celebrity Influencers Continue to Flout FTC Disclosure Rules

by BakerHostetler on

A recent investigation by Public Citizen identifies more than 40 influencers who ignored recent compliance requests - Last fall, national advocacy group Public Citizen sent a report to the Federal Trade Commission alleging...more

The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 13

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Please see full Newsletter below for more information....more

A Deeper Dive Into the FTC Crack-Down on Social Media Influencers: What You Should Know Before You Post

In our previous blog post, “Brands Beware!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides,” we reported that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) had issued more than 90 letters to brands and...more

Consumer Groups Push for More Regulation of Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In November, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to investigate and bring enforcement actions regarding the use of influencers on Instagram. In April, the FTC responded by...more

DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

FTC, NHTSA Discuss Balancing Data Privacy, Security and Innovation with 'Regulatory Humility' at Connected Cars Workshop

by Reed Smith on

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen advocated for “regulatory humility” in FTC’s approach to automated vehicles in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2017, at the Connected Cars workshop hosted by the FTC...more

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