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Advertising News & Analysis - March 14, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement Highlights Lead Generation "Warning Signs" - FTC (Finally) Sounds the Alarm on Endorsements - FTC Set to Review TSR…Again - What International Companies Must Know...more

FTC Settlement Highlights Lead Generation "Warning Signs"

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement with a lead buyer highlights the potential pitfalls with using lists from lead generators without considering how the lists were compiled or the requirements under the Telemarketing...more

On Deck, Telemarketing Sales Rule Regulatory Review

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it intends to begin review of, and solicit comments on the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”). The opportunity to provide comments will be a significant opportunity...more

Advertising News & Analysis - October 10, 2013

In this issue: - October 16 is Coming…Is Your Company Ready? - Are Disclaimers a Dying Breed? - It Just Got Easier to Do the Right Thing, in Maine at Least - No Matter Who’s Watching, Some Ads Just...more

Advertising Law -- Oct 10, 2013

Fourth Circuit "Likes" First Amendment Protection for Social Media Speech - A Facebook "like" is speech protected by the First Amendment, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, reversing a federal court...more

FTC Extends Time To Comment On Proposed TSR Changes

On July 12, the FTC extended the comment deadline on proposed changes to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)....more

Comment Deadline on Ban of Remotely Created Checks and Payment Orders under FTC Telemarketing Sales Rule Extended to August 8

In May, we highlighted the FTC’s notice of proposed rulemaking that proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) (16 CFR 310). The NPRM included a proposed ban on the use of certain “novel” payment methods in all...more

FTC Looks To Ban Payment Methods Susceptible To Fraud

In May, the Federal Trade Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning possible amendments to the Federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, which would prohibit sellers and telemarketers from accepting remotely...more

FTC Announces Largest Civil Penalty Ever Against Third-Party Debt Collector

On July 9, the FTC announced that a third-party debt collector and its subsidiaries agreed to pay a $3.2 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that the companies violated the FDCPA and FTC Act by (i) calling...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

FTC Actions Against Payment Processors Heighten Legal Risks for Service Providers in Privacy Cases

In taking action against two payment processors earlier this month for providing processing services to merchants allegedly engaged in deceptive telemarketing practices, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission demonstrated a broad...more

FTC Signals Interest in Enforcement of Deceptive Advertising Laws Against Payment Processors

Ignorance of the law is no excuse; nor is (willful) ignorance of a business partner’s illegal activities. That’s a lesson to be learned from a recent amended complaint filed by the FTC which named a payment processor...more

FTC Sues Payment Processor For Assisting Allegedly Fraudulent Credit Card Debt Relief Operation

On June 5, the FTC announced that it has added a payment processor as a defendant in an existing suit against a debt relief firm that the FTC alleges operated a credit card interest rate reduction scam....more

Advertising Law -- Jun 13, 2013

SPECIAL FEATURE: Manatt and Mergermarket Release New Study on U.S.-China Deal Activity in Entertainment, Advertising and Digital Media Sectors - Investment and M&A activity between the U.S. and China in the...more

FTC Charges Payment Processor with ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission recently brought an enforcement action against a company that processed credit card payments for the operator of an alleged debt relief telemarketing scam. This action serves as a reminder to...more

Student Recruitment, Third-Party Vendors, and the Federal Trade Commission

In this presentation: - How Did We Get Here? - Complying With Advertising & Marketing Laws - Increased Enforcement Activity By Federal And State Regulators - Compliance Tips Please see full...more

FTC Proposes Ban On Some Payment Methods Used By Telemarketers

On May 21, the FTC proposed to prohibit the use of certain payment methods it believes are favored by “fraudulent telemarketers.”...more

Advertising News & Analysis - May 2013

In this issue: - FTC Proposes Changes to TSR That Put Certain Payments in the Crosshairs - Vermont Antes Up, Okays Consideration in Skill Contests - NAD Not Shaving "Up To" Claims - Upcoming Events -...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 24, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - PAYMENTS - Excerpt from Consumer...more

FTC Proposes Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Checks, Cash-to-Cash Money Transfers, and Similar Payment Methods

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that would prohibit sellers and telemarketers from accepting or requesting remotely created checks or payment orders, cash-to-cash money...more

FTC Solicits Input on Possible Ban of Payment Methods Preferred by Fraudsters

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced today that it is seeking public commentary on proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) that would ban the use of the following types of payments by telemarketers...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 28, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Changes to EnergyGuide Labels - Venable’s Advertising Practice Named to Chambers USA Shortlist - Protect Your Brand Against New Top-Level Domain...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2013

Editor’s Note - This is a dignified law firm newsletter, not like the “Brand X” versions. You won’t find pandering, attention-grabbing stories about Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, Prince William, or...more

FTC Remains Tough on ‘Robocalls’ with New Enforcement Case

Once again, the FTC has completed a major enforcement action against the illegal use of robocalls, a form of prerecorded, computerized telemarketing calls. This time, the action resulted in a $1.1 million civil penalty...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 31, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Robocall Challenge Draws Almost 750 Submissions - Advertising Substantiation Standards: A Brave New World - Robocall, DNC Violations May Annoy FTC Even More Than the Average Consumer -...more

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