Unfair Competition

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FTC Finally Offers ‘Principles’ Governing Section 5 Powers, but Specific Guidance to Businesses Still Lacking

In 1914, Congress passed the FTC Act, creating the Federal Trade Commission. Section 5 of the FTC Act declared “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” to be unlawful and gave the FTC enforcement power over...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues First-Ever Guidance on “Unfair Methods of Competition”

Section 5 of the 1914 Federal Trade Commission Act declares that “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” are unlawful. The Act also empowers the Commission to prevent persons, partnerships, and corporations...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Korea (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF KOREA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Korean government takes an active, investor-friendly role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

Key Take-Aways From the FTC’s New Section 5 Statement

The Federal Trade Commission’s New Section 5 Statement Preserves the Agency’s “Doctrinal Flexibility” but Fails to Provide Meaningful Concrete Guidance - On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released...more

"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods...more

Uber Ordered to Buckle Up for Litigation: Taxicab Plaintiffs Ride out (in part) Uber’s Motion to Dismiss False Advertising Claims

A group of California taxicab companies sued Uber in federal court in San Francisco for falsely advertising the safety of Uber rides and for disparaging the safety of taxi rides. Uber moved to dismiss plaintiffs’ Lanham Act...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #3

Ad Group to FTC: Keep Right to Be Forgotten Out of U.S. - Responding to a petition filed by Consumer Watchdog with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an expansion of the “Right to Be Forgotten” to the United States,...more

A Handmade Dismissal for Maker’s Mark

A recent decision from the Southern District of California demonstrates the uphill battle consumer lawsuits face when challenging “handmade” or “handcrafted” labels on alcoholic beverages. On July 27, 2015, in Nowrouzi et...more

In Trademark Dispute, New Hampshire School Website Address Not Taken For Granite

New Hampshire is commonly referred to as the Granite State. In one recent trademark infringement case, however, a federal court in New Hampshire did not find a likelihood of consumer confusion between website addresses for...more

FTC “Enforcement Principles” for Section 5 of the FTC Act: Is Something Better than Nothing?

For many years, antitrust practitioners have struggled to understand exactly how the FTC will analyze and enforce Section 5’s prohibition of “unfair methods of competition.” Counseling clients has been challenging. In a...more

FTC Issues Statement on “Unfair Methods of Competition” Prohibited by Section 5 of the FTC Act

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its “Statement of Enforcement Principles” (the “Statement”) regarding how it would interpret Section 5 of the FTC Act (Section 5), a statute that prohibits, among...more

Antitrust Issues Facing Physicians in Medicaid and Professional Licensing

Physicians who were practicing in the 1990s were involved in numerous attempts to organize themselves in order to be able to participate in and even financially survive the onslaught of managed care delivery systems. The new...more

FTC Finally Defines ‘Unfair’

According to the FTC: “The basic consumer protection statute enforced by the Commission is Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, which provides that “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce … are … declared...more

Learning from a competitive aviation industry

There were many important take-aways for employers in the aviation industry from the CAPA Asia-Pacific Aviation Summit that we recently attended. A couple are worth highlighting, as they also apply more broadly to Australian...more

FTC Announces New Guidance on Section 5 Unfair Competition Enforcement

Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has announced the FTC’s new policy concerning its enforcement authority under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, in particular Section 5’s prohibition of “unfair methods of competition.”...more

Ruling on Economic Favoritism Puts ‘NC Dental’ Back in Spotlight

In a recent opinion, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that an economic regulation passed by a state agency solely to protect one group from competition would not violate the...more

FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued...more

FTC Announces "Enforcement Principles" Governing Section 5 Competition Authority

This week, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced that the FTC had voted to issue a formal statement setting forth three “Enforcement Principles” governing its authority over “unfair methods of competition.” As Ramirez...more

Antitrust Development: FTC Releases New Statement of Enforcement Principles for Unfair Methods of Competition Under Section 5 of...

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Statement of Enforcement Principles for “Unfair Methods of Competition” claims brought under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Section 5 empowers the FTC to challenge...more

Businesses Receive Greater Clarity On Obligations Under Federal Law

For businesses, navigating compliance with federal and state law is not always an easy task. Aside from the sheer amount of regulation, there is also the fact that the law is not always clear about what a businesses’...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues Long Awaited Statement On Use Of Standalone Section 5 Authority

In February 2015, Commissioner Joshua Wright of the Federal Trade Commission offered his personal views at the Symposium on Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, stating that “there is no more important challenge...more

FTC Issues Guidance on Scope of "Unfair Competition" Under Section 5 of FTC Act

In a short statement issued yesterday, the FTC issued guidance regarding how it will interpret Section 5 of the FTC Act. Section 5 is a little-used antitrust statute for which the FTC has issued no guidance in the Act’s...more

FTC Releases Section 5 Guidelines

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a Statement of Enforcement Principles Regarding “Unfair Methods of Competition” Under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The statement was passed by a 4–1 vote,...more

FTC Puts "Standalone" Section 5 Enforcement Approach on the Record

For the first time in its 101-year history, the Federal Trade Commission recently issued a policy statement outlining the extent of its authority to police "unfair methods of competition" on a "standalone" basis under Section...more

FTC Spells Out Principles On When It Will Exercise Its Standalone Authority Under Section 5

The one-page statement, at the level of broad general principles, keeps with recent practice and does not signal any significant increase in enforcement under “unfair methods of competition” theories....more

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