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What is reasonable? The emerging legalities of cybersecurity post-Wyndham

This month’s edition of the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s newletter includes my discussion of lessons to be learned from the Wyndham decision: Historically, security was an issue reserved in a back room for the IT...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #3

State AGs Settle Negative Option Marketing Case for $1M: Negative option marketing cost one company $1 million in a recent deal with the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. According to the...more

FTC v. Wyndham: The Third Circuit Recognizes FTC Authority to Regulate Commercial Cyber Security Practices

In 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruling in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation agreed to hear an immediate appeal on two issues: “whether the FTC has authority to regulate cybersecurity under...more

Ruling Allows Gerber False Advertising Suit to Crawl Onward

For plaintiffs concerned that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 19, 2015 decision in Brown v. GNC Corp. signaled the muscling in of a stricter new pleading standard for false advertising class actions nationwide, a...more

One-Two Punch: CFPB Indirect Auto and Add-On Product Orders

The CFPB announced two new enforcement action settlements on September 28: one for alleged discriminatory auto loan pricing and the other for alleged deceptive credit card add-on product marketing practices....more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

The New Paradigm in Vendor Management Under the CFPB

This past July marked the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a period marked by sweeping changes to the regulatory and administrative environment in which financial...more

FCC Updates Contest Rule to Provide Flexibility to Meet Disclosure Requirements

Radio and television stations, as well as their audiences, have reason to celebrate. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced significant updates to its regulations regarding the disclosure of material...more

Vermonters Sue Volkswagen Over Emissions Testing Deceit

Vermont Volkswagen car owners headed by Charlotte resident Robert Turnau have sued Volkswagen companies in Germany and the United States over damages they suffered as a result of the company’s falsification of emissions...more

Deferred-Interest Loan Products Cost Issuer $700,000 in CFPB Deal

Why it matters - Allegedly deceptive enrollment tactics by third-party marketers cost the issuer of healthcare credit cards $700,000 in a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Springstone...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuse En Banc Rehearing Of Its Decision Applying Shady Grove

This week, the Eleventh Circuit denied a motion for an en banc rehearing of its July decision to reverse the dismissal of a class action brought in the Northern District of Alabama. The decision in July was premised on the...more

Is Gatorade Gonna Hate Hate Hate?

It may be because I attended her concert last weekend, but a new trademark lawsuit brought by the owner of the GATORADE mark made me think of Taylor Swift. One of her popular songs, “Shake it Off” has a chorus that says,...more


In a world where people go online to tell friends and strangers alike how they feel about everything from their newest mobile device to a restaurant down the street, it’s tough to know why opinions are shared in social media....more

Unfair-Practices Claim About NFL Star Faces Fourth and Long

We have talked before about the intersection of sports and allegedly unfair trade practices. We do so again today, focusing on NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn played college football at UNC and now plays...more

Alabama Bankruptcy Court Holds That Filing Proof of Claim for Time-Barred Debt Cannot Give Rise to FDCPA Claim or Sanctions

In Jenkins v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama held that the filing of a proof of claim based on a time-barred debt cannot give rise to a claim for damages under...more

Eleventh Circuit Denies Petition For Rehearing In Lisk v. Lumber One

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for rehearing en banc in the Lisk v. Lumber One Wood Preserving, LLC matter, where last month it held that the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act’s restriction on...more

Court says FTC has Power to Regulate Corporate Cybersecurity Policies (New Jersey)

Fed. Trade Comm’n v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., 2015 WL 4998121 (3d Cir. N.J. Aug. 24, 2015) - In this Federal Trade Commission investigation, the FTC alleged that the defendant’s cybersecurity policies resulted in unfair...more

California Attorney General’s Open Data Initiative – The Latest in State and Federal Government Efforts to Harness the Power of...

Early this month, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a unique data initiative to expand the public’s access to key criminal justice information that has been, to date, largely blocked from public...more

Return of the Cyborg—FTC and SEC Oversight of Cybersecurity Ramps Up

The government appears to be increasing its enforcement efforts regarding cybersecurity risks. A three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held the FTC may bring a claim that a company’s...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - September 2015

Kennedy v. Allstate, No. 15-2221 (E.D. Pa. July 8, 2015). District Court recognizes possibility that insurance adjusters owe a duty of care to insureds that would be breached by failing to conduct a reasonable...more

Burning Down The House – The Wyndham Decision Allows The FTC To Sue Businesses For Getting Hacked

As it is commonly understood, the Great Fire of London spawned two fixtures of the modern world: advancements in firefighting and property insurance. The risk of fire was seen as a threat to society as a whole and mechanisms...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Auto Loan Servicer for Alleged Violations of FCRA Furnisher Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a company that services auto loans for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “Furnisher Rule.” The settlement serves as a reminder...more

FTC Continues Enforcing Ad Disclosure Obligations in New Media and Issues a Warning to Advertisers

In December 2014, we noted that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) settlement with advertising firm Deutsch LA, Inc. was a clear signal to companies that advertise through social media that they need to comply with the...more

Advertising Law - September 2015

Third Circuit Affirms FTC's Power to Regulate Data Security Practices - Affirming the power of the Federal Trade Commission to regulate corporate cybersecurity, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the agency may...more

MillerCoors Settles with TTB

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) hasaccepted a $450,000 offer in compromise from MillerCoors, LLC for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act....more

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