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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

Mobile Health App Developers Under Fire for Misleading Claims and Irresponsible Privacy Practices

by Dechert LLP on

Mobile health apps are becoming more and more popular as a tool for consumers in maintaining healthy lifestyles. However, there is a growing concern that the health-related benefits are being over-stated by mobile health app...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2017)

by White & Case LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds. The FTC is required by law to revise the jurisdictional thresholds...more

FTC Announces Annual Revised HSR Thresholds, Increased Penalties

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised thresholds applicable to Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) notification requirements, which will be effective in late February 2017. The revised thresholds are...more

Antitrust Authorities to Prosecute Criminally Anticompetitive Hiring and Compensation Agreements

by Goodwin on

The United States federal antitrust authorities announced last week that companies who have in place formal or informal hiring or compensation agreements with competitors may now face criminal prosecution. This is a notable...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Trump Hotel Over Two Data Security Incidents

by King & Spalding on

On September 23, 2016, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Trump International Hotels Management LLC, d/b/a Trump Hotel Collection (“THC”), imposing $50,000 in penalties and ongoing...more

OCC, CFPB Charge Bank With Illegal Credit Card Practices

Two regulators have forced one bank to pay $35 million for allegedly improper credit card practices—including fines owed to both the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

Health Law Pulse - July 2016

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On June 14, 2016, a federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois denied a request from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a preliminary injunction to enjoin the pending merger of Advocate Health Care...more

FTC Announces Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Regarding Pharmaceutical Patent Licenses

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced revisions to the rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) that will apply to certain transactions involving the transfer of patent rights in...more

FTC Takes Tough Action Against ‘Scareware’ Tactics

by Ifrah PLLC on

A great way to make money is to develop a product or service that responds to a consumer want or demand, and then to stay ahead of prospective competitors by offering better pricing or quality. A not-so-great way to make...more

Advertising Law -- Jul 26, 2013

“Natural” False Ad Settlements for $9 Million, $3.2 Million - Two consumer class actions alleging that “natural” claims were false and deceptive reached settlement deals recently, with Naked Juice agreeing to pay $9...more

'Do Not Call' Violations Lead to $7.5 Million Civil Penalty

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Mortgage Investors Corporation of Ohio, Inc. (“Mortgage Investors”) will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the...more

Guide to Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

What Is COPPA? •Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998 •Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more

Wyndham Case Challenges FTC’s Authority Over Cybersecurity

by Ifrah PLLC on

Over the past decade the Federal Trade Commission has brought cybersecurity enforcement actions against various private companies, imposing tens of millions of dollars in monetary penalties and requiring companies to maintain...more

Florida Federal Court Rejects FCC Ruling on Autodialed Collection Calls to Cell Phones

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Florida federal court has rejected the Federal Communication Commission's 2008 ruling that by providing a wireless number to a creditor on a credit application, a consumer has given "prior express consent" as required by...more

Pending Bill Would Expand FTC Powers Over Drug Patent Settlements and Alter the Legal Test

by Dechert LLP on

Key Points: - This month several U.S. Senators introduced the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act. There is no similar bill pending in the U.S. House. - The Act revives legislative efforts to wipe out the...more

FTC Announces New HSR Reporting Thresholds for 2013

by Smith Anderson on

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of...more

FTC Announces 2013 Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Revisions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its annual revision to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will apply to all transactions closing on or after February...more

FTC Sues DISH Network for Violating ‘Do-Not-Call’ Rules in Telemarketing

by Ifrah PLLC on

The FTC recently sued satellite television service operator DISH Network in federal district court in Illinois for violations of the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act. The agency claims DISH violated...more

Shaking Up the Settlement Process: FTC Reconsiders Whether Companies Can Deny Wrongdoing While Settling Privacy Violation Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced settlements of cases brought against Google and Facebook for alleged privacy violations. The Google settlement drew headlines for being the largest fine ever assessed...more

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