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Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Have Cyber Protection Obligations Even After Closing

As Yogi Berra used to say: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Coal plant operators shutting down their plants should remember this phrase. Even after they throw the breakers, go off the grid, are no longer contributing to the...more

FTC Reverses Its ALJ and Finds LabMD Section 5 Violation

The Federal Trade Commission recently vacated the decision of its Chief Administrative Law Judge and on July 29, 2016 entered a final order against LabMD potentially expanding previous interpretations of what constitutes...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19248 - Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, Inc. - This decision partially upheld an Appellate Court decision I previously summarized for you where a...more

Most Recent CFPB Supervisory Highlights Feature FCRA, LO Compensation and Debt Collection Issues

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s most recent supervisory highlights publication featured issues relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, loan originator compensation and in-person debt collection that should be on...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

FTC Overturns ALJ’s LabMD Decision and Reasserts its Role as a Data Security Enforcer

On July 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) reversed an FTC administrative law judge’s (“ALJ”) opinion which had ruled against the FTC, finding that the Commission had failed to show that LabMD’s...more

Health Update - August 2016

Section 1332 Waivers: Will We See More State Innovation? - Editor's Note: In a new essay for the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), summarized below, Manatt Health examines Section 1332 waivers and the...more

Overdraft Service Program Costs Bank $10M in CFPB Fine

Overdraft services practices were the basis for a $10 million fine from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) in a recent action against a national bank operating primarily in the northeast....more

Competition and consumer law update for the food and beverage sector

Results of a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct supplier survey suggest retailers can improve compliance with the Code - One year has now passed since Australia's two major supermarkets signed up to the Food and Grocery...more

High Prices = Unfair Trade Practices?

Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 ever support liability simply because the price of a good or service is too high? To our surprise, a recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina...more

FTC Scrutinizes Dual Distributor Communications

A dual distribution relationship does not protect against Section 5 liability for an invitation to collude. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a company with violating Section 5 of the FTC...more

NYAG Announces Settlement with Synergy Fitness for Improper Billing

This week, the New York State Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) announced that it had settled with nine Synergy Fitness (“Synergy”) health clubs over alleged deceptive and improper billing practices. Specifically,...more

2 for 1—Private and Government Actions Regarding Price Comparisons

Amazon made recent news for pricing items without stating a list price or whether an article was on sale or was offered at a discounted cost. The policy was based on the idea that Amazon's numerous Prime members would buy...more

Unanimous FTC Finds LabMD’s Data Security Practices Violated Section 5 of the FTC Act

On July 29, 2016, a unanimous Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued its Opinion and Final Order reversing the decision of an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) and holding that LabMD engaged in “unfair”...more

Second Circuit: Aluminum End Users Lack Antitrust Standing; Price Manipulation Claims Against Traders and Warehouses Foiled

Last week, in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) rejected a claim by certain downstream end-users of aluminum that their price manipulation...more

FTC Targets Brand Owner Policing Search Ad Keywords

This Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) commenced an administrative proceeding against 1-800 Contacts, Inc. (“1-800 Contacts”), alleging that the online contact lens retailer had entered into...more

The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were...more

Advertising Law - August 2016 #2

Electric Toothbrushes Battle It Out Before NAD - In a battle over electric toothbrushes, the National Advertising Division determined that Procter & Gamble can support superiority claims for its Oral-B models challenged...more

Change Order: The CFPB Previews Its Proposed FDCPA Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently took the next step toward promulgating regulations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by releasing its “Outline of Proposals under Consideration...more

FTC Expands Its Role In Cybersecurity Enforcement By Reviving LabMD Action

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) overturned the decision of one of its administrative law judges (“ALJ”) from November 2015 in a suit against LabMD, Inc., now finding LabMD...more

FTC Overrules LabMD Dismissal, Finds Unfair Data Security Practices

The FTC issued an Opinion and Final Order reversing the previously dismissed charges against LabMD on July 29. FTC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) D. Michael Chappell had dismissed the case against LabMD on November 13, 2015...more

Can a Third Party Sue an Insurer for Unfair Trade Practices?

Can a third party use N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 to sue an insurer based on an insured’s misdeeds? A recent decision by the North Carolina Business Court answers with a qualified “no.” North Carolina law has usually barred...more

New York State Attorney General Orders Companies to Stop Making Anti-Zika Claims In Connection with Minimum Risk Pesticides and...

On August 3, 2016, the New York State Attorney General issued cease-and-desist letters to seven companies making pesticidal claims to prevent or protect consumers against the Zika virus. The claims at issue were made in...more

FTC Reverses ALJ’s Decision In LabMD Case

Back in November 2015, Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) D. Michael Chappell ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) failed to show that LabMD, Inc.’s (LabMD) data security practices caused harm to consumers stemming...more

FTC Announces FinTech Forum on Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer Payments

On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released two items in connection with its series of events on the implications of FinTech for consumers. First, the FTC announced it will be hosting the next event in the...more

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