Federal Trade Commission

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The FTC and State of Illinois Solidify Victory Blocking Chicago Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the State of Illinois successfully concluded their challenge to the proposed merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System earlier this month, when the U.S....more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #3

Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA” - A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its...more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

Chicago-Area Hospitals Abandon Fight to Save Merger from FTC Challenge

After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on Oct. 31, 2016, that the district court's refusal to enjoin the merger of two hospital systems in Chicago's northern suburbs was based on an improper antitrust...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

Lawsuit Highlights Antitrust Exposure Related to Hiring and Compensation

A recently filed class action lawsuit serves as an important reminder that employers can face scrutiny under antitrust law through civil litigation brought by their employees, in addition to investigations and enforcement...more

Email Marketing Attorneys and the FTC Clash Over and Settle Spam Claims

Last week, email marketing lawyers and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a $500,000.00 settlement between the agency and a company offering weight-loss products which were allegedly marketed via email in...more

More Broken Privacy Promises from Upromise: Key Takeaways From Upromise’s Latest Settlement with the FTC

“Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep” is an admonishment received by every child and delivered by every parent. This pithy maxim is equally applicable to consent orders entered into with regulatory authorities....more

Anti-Aging Litigation

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers often tout the anti-aging effects of certain cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Of course, the term “anti-aging” is not intended to literally mean that a product prevents aging. ...more

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

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

Privacy Tip #78 – Cybersecurity Aids for Small Businesses

I frequently get complaints from small businesses that they don’t have the resources or resilience to properly address cybersecurity and that it is overwhelming to them. Well, it is. We frequently tell businesses that...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE - In like a lion, out like a lamb—it works for weather; does it work for new administrations? We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to wait and see about the length of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s...more

Illinois Garnishments News: Wage Assignments No Longer Expire in 84 Days

Recently, Illinois revised its wage assignment law. This development is important for multistate employers because Illinois is the only state with a statute that clearly and unequivocally provides that employers must honor...more

Federal Trade Commission Considers the Implications of AI and Blockchain Technologies

Following the lead of regulators throughout the country that have turned their attention to new financial technologies, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently held a FinTech Forum that focused on artificial intelligence...more

Vizio Settlement with FTC May Signal Future Direction of Agency Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with VIZIO, Inc., may have created a new definition of “sensitive information” that includes viewing data, but the opinion of Acting Chairperson Maureen Ohlhausen may provide...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #3

Editor's Note - The Return of Glass-Steagall? On March 13, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig made a speech to the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) began to take effect yesterday, March 14, 2017. One aim of the CRFA is to protect consumers’ ability to publicly review services and vendors without being subject to restrictions or...more

Testing a New Franchise Concept

One of the toughest challenges an aspiring franchisor may face is selling its first franchise. Who would take the risk of buying a franchise from a franchise company that has no franchisees?...more

$7.5 Million Reason to Call a Telemarketing Lawyer

On March 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) announced that a slew of Arizona State companies and their owners have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with the...more

DOJ and FTC Issue Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property for the First Time Since 1995

For the first time, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) have updated the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (“IP Licensing Guidelines”). First issued in...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – March 2017

Spanish Ministry of Justice Launches Public Consultation on GDPR. On February 7, 2017, the Spanish Ministry of Justice launched a public consultation as a preliminary step before drafting a new bill implementing the General...more

Influencer Marketing: Best Practices for Advertisers & Agencies

Influencer marketing saw explosive growth in 2016, with 86% of marketers having used the tactic, 94% of whom found it effective. In 2016, most marketers spent between $25,000 to $50,000 per influencer marketing program, which...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies, Part II

As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the...more

“Made in the USA” Claims

Although every product imported into the United States must be marked with its country of origin pursuant to Section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, most products manufactured domestically are not required to list the United...more

On the Heels of Finding Unexpected Data Tracking Unfair and Deceptive, the FTC Issues Guidance on Cross-Device Tracking

We recently discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s or Commission’s) expanded application of its unfairness authority and exercise of its deception authority in bringing a complaint against a maker of smart TVs that...more

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