Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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Attorneys’ Fees and Prosecuting Bad Faith/UTPA Cases

Attorneys who litigate common law bad faith and Unfair Trade Practices Act claims are well aware that insureds who substantially prevail in an underlying contract action for insurance proceeds are entitled to an award of...more

Turning The Tide on “Trolls”

When a non-practicing entity (NPE) accused 16,000 small businesses of violating its patent by merely emailing scanned documents, the New York attorney general cracked down, forcing a settlement. Then the FTC threatened to sue...more

DOJ, CFPB Fair Lending Enforcement Actions Target Credit Card Repayment Programs, Marketing Of Add-On Products

On June 19, the CFPB and the DOJ announced parallel enforcement actions against a federal savings bank that allegedly violated ECOA in the offering of credit card debt-repayment programs and allegedly engaged in deceptive...more

CFPB & DOJ Consent Orders with Former GE Capital Retail Bank: Something Old and Something New

Yesterday, the CFPB announced a $225 million settlement of two major credit card enforcement matters with Synchrony Bank, formerly known as GE Capital Retail Bank. First, the “Add-On Matter” targets alleged deceptive...more

Round Two for Snapchat: Agreement with the Maryland Attorney General Settling Claims of Consumer Deception and COPPA Violations

Just a little over a month after settling charges of false promises of disappearing user messages (among other things) with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), mobile app developer Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat” or “Company”)...more

3 Data Breach Liability and Care Standards to Know Now

Privacy and Cyber Security Litigation (PCS Litigation) has recently experienced extensive growth, particularly when it comes to the liabilities associated with a data breach. PCS Litigation involving data breach may be...more

Florida Court Reverses Class Certification Order Based On Outdated Definition Of Unfair Trade Practice

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal reversed an order certifying a class of Porsche vehicle owners who had their high intensity discharge headlights stolen during the class period. The plaintiffs alleged that the...more

Rule of Reason and Market Power

DSM Desotech Inc. v. 3D Systems, Inc. - Applying the laws of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in an appeal that no longer contained a patent claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Privacy Alert: Judge Backs FTC Authority in Data Breach Case Against Franchisor

On April 7, a federal judge denied the motion of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, LLC (“Wyndham”) to dismiss a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for unfair or deceptive acts or practices based on alleged...more

AcryliCon Accuses Silikal Of Trademark Infringement and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On April 10, 2014, AcryliCon USA, LLC, (“AcryliCon” or “Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Silikal GmbH & Co. and Silikal Industries GmbH, (“Silikal”), Hubert Weimann, and Harold Schmidt (collectively, “Defendants”)...more

FTC Uses Its "Unfair Acts" Power to Go After PHI Security Breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with an administrative action against a small medical laboratory that suffered two data security breaches, resulting in its patients’ protected health information falling...more

The Law Of Unfair Trade Practices

“The ACC” stands for more than a sports league. It’s also the Association of Corporate Counsel. In February of this year, I gave a talk to the RTP Chapter of the organization on the law of unfair trade practices. The...more

Federal Trade Commission Extends In re Polygram’s “Inherently Suspect” Anticompetitive Analysis to Endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) recent settlement with ski manufacturers Marker Volkl (International) GmbH (“Marker Volkl”) and Tecnica S.p.A. (“Tecnica”) continues to expand the scope of “inherently suspect” business...more

Hershey Wins Pre-Certification Summary Judgment In California Labeling Class Action

The Northern District of California granted partial summary judgment in favor of The Hershey Company in a putative class action where the plaintiff alleged Hershey’s representations about certain of its products were unlawful...more

CFPB Report Highlights Nonbank Supervisory Findings

On May 22, the CFPB published its Spring 2014 Supervisory Highlights report, its fourth such report to date. In addition to reviewing recent guidance, rulemakings, and public enforcement actions, the report states that the...more

Masterbuilt Raises Heat on Sportsman's Turkey Fryer and Electric Smoker Products

On May 6, 2014, Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc. (“Masterbuilt”), a Georgia corporation, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia alleging trademark infringement, design and utility patent infringement, and...more

Summary Update On The Law Of Chapter 93a

Standards Governing Business Claims Under 93A ¦ Higher standard applies for business plaintiffs. More decisions confirm that a business plaintiff must make a higher showing of defendant wrongdoing in order to...more

Eastern District of New York Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Dispute Over Property Damage Caused by Hurricane Sandy

433 Main St. Realty, LLC v. Darwin Nat’l Assurance Co., No. 14-cv-587 (NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2014) - Eastern District of New York dismisses claims for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and...more

Three Point Shot - May 2014

Tiger Woods Misses the Cut in Golf Memorabilia Dispute - Tiger Woods skipped The Masters this year for the first time in 20 years because he was recuperating from back surgery. But his back may not be the only source...more

FINRA Moves To Make Expungement Independent

FINRA operates the Central Registration Depository (“CRD”) – the central, publicly-accessible licensure and registration information source on the US securities industry. Industry members seek to remove – “expunge” – ...more

Not-So-Sweet Smell of Success: When Does Ambient Scent Marketing Become a Deceptive Trade Practice?

Scent marketing is as old as a realtor baking cookies in a house up for sale and as new as Oscar Mayer’s “bacon” alarm clock. Harnessing the primal power of smell represents a final frontier of subliminal advertising....more

Florida Legislature Unanimously Passes Florida Information Protection Act

On April 30, the Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014, Senate Bill 1524. It now awaits Governor Scott's signature. ...more

FTC Ordered to Testify Regarding Data Security Standards in LabMD Dispute

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has suffered a significant setback in its ongoing dispute with LabMD, a now-closed medical laboratory that the FTC charged with failing to adopt reasonable data security practices that...more

Class Certification Meltdown in Florida

A district court in Florida recently denied class certification for consumers who purchased the dietary supplement “Meltdown.” Karhu v. Vital Pharmaceutical, Inc., CASE NO. 13-60768-CIV-COHN/SELTZER (S.D. Fla. Mar. 3, 2014)....more

Echoes from the Gunn? Aggravated States and Demand Letters

A gunshot that cracks the silence of an old west desert canyon creates an echo coming from all directions. A Supreme Court decision can make similar reverberations throughout the legal world. Last year, just such a sound...more

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