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FTC $19 Million Settlement with Google: Unauthorized In-App Charges Are Not Child’s Play

The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store....more

Advertising Law - December 2014

SPECIAL FOCUS: Adding You to My Professional Network Emails May End Up Being Costly for LinkedIn as Publicity Rights Suit Moves Forward: A putative class action alleging that LinkedIn Corp. violated their right of...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2014

In This Issue: - EU Issues Guidelines on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - FFIEC Observations on Bank Cybersecurity Provides Important Guidelines for Every Industry - Remarks by Comptroller Curry Highlight OCC...more

Google Settles With FTC Over In-App Purchases Dispute

Google reached a major settlement with the FTC this month, agreeing to pay $19 million to consumers whose children made purchases through Google Play, an Android-based app store. The agency alleged that Google did not...more

Advertising Law - September 2014

Complimentary TCPA Update Webinar: The Year in Review and What Lies Ahead - One year has passed since the implementation of the Federal Communication Commission’s revised Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules....more

Do you want your under 13 kid to have a Gmail or YouTube account? Google does…..

According to recent media reports, Google is allegedly designing a Google account for children under 13 which would permit children in this age group to officially create their own Gmail account and to access a kid-friendly...more

Advertising Law - August 2014

FTC Sues “Yellow Pages” Scammers - In three new complaints filed in Florida and Washington federal courts, the Federal Trade Commission requested a halt to the operations of Canada-based telemarketers that scammed...more

Spotlight on Privacy in the Automotive Industry

Privacy is a hot topic these days, and the automotive industry is no exception. Connected cars, in-car location services, telematics systems, event data records (black boxes), driverless cars, online consumer targeted...more

Week in Review

How did you commute to work this morning? Google's self-driving car prototype unveiled this week may soon change your answer. Google is hoping that, within the next decade, these cars may alleviate the most miserable part...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 06, 2013

FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers - In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more

Senator Markey Back in the Privacy Hunt: Google’s New Terms of Service Prompt Letter to FTC

Google has recently announced changes to its terms of service that will allow Google to incorporate its users’ photos, comments and names in advertisements. This new policy will go into effect on November 11th....more

Advertising Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Julia Child Foundation Whips Up Lawsuit Against Williams-Sonoma - Williams-Sonoma illegally used the name and likeness of the late Julia Child more than 100 times in advertising, marketing, and promotional materials...more

Week in Review - September 12, 2013

This week, people around the world remembered the anniversary of 9/11, and President Obama continued to contemplate actions against Syria. Even passive users who may not read the newspaper experienced these events through...more

NJ Attorney General Settles with PulsePoint for $1 Million

Digital marketing company, PulsePoint entered into a Consent Order with the New Jersey Attorney General and agreed to pay $1 million, following an investigation of claims that PulsePoint bypassed privacy setting of Apple’s...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2013

China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: No Longer Just Merger Control? Until this year, China's enforcement activities in the field of antitrust, particularly as these have affected foreign companies, had been mainly focused on...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Advertising Law -- Jul 11, 2013

FTC to Search Engines: Make Ads Distinct - Eleven years after last issuing guidance to search engines about displaying paid search results, the Federal Trade Commission sent letters to dozens of companies, including...more

FTC to Search Engines: Distinguish Paid Search Results or Risk FTC Action

While Google is already subject to commitments it made to the FTC regarding the requirement to afford advertisers non-discriminatory access to its search engine, the FTC’s latest guidance makes clear that Google and other...more

Advertising Law -- May 23, 2013

SPECIAL FOCUS: CFPB - On May 9, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) that describes its enforcement actions and other activities during 2012 with...more

Advertising Law - Apr 25, 2013

- Marc Roth Invited to Present on Privacy Issues in Marketing at NYC Bar CLE Program: On May 3, 2013, the New York City Bar Center for CLE and the Brand Activation Association (formerly the Promotion Marketing...more

Google: Better to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

For years, Google has been blazing trails in the technology world and along the way they have been caught in a few snares. The latest entanglement wrapped up this week as the company settled a two-year investigation led by an...more

Advertising Law -- Mar 08, 2013

In This Issue: Marc Roth to Lead Social Media and Mobile Marketing Discussion at PACE Association Convention; UK Court Finds Google Could be Liable for Blog Comments; TCPA Plaintiffs Victorious in Illinois, New Jersey;...more

Will FTC Chairman Leibowitz’s Departure Change The Enforcement Landscape?

After three years at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down. Without a doubt Chairman Leibowitz has been a visible and relentless advocate for restricting pay-for-day or reverse...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 28, 2013

In This Issue: Manatt Partner Ken Kaufman Marks Ten Years as Co-Chair of PLI's Annual Entertainment Law Conference; Manatt Partner Ivan Wasserman Invited to Speak at Engredea Conference; Starbucks, Kraft Battle Over...more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

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