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FTC and FCC Sign Consumer Protection MOU

Since 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has engaged in an increasing number of privacy and data security enforcement actions. The scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction over carriers has also dramatically...more

FTC Suffers a Setback in its Quest to Challenge Lax Corporate Cybersecurity Practices: ALJ Dismisses FTC’s LabMD Complaint

On November 13, 2015, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chief Administrative Law Judge Michael Chappell dismissed a suit brought by the FTC alleging that LabMD’s failure to implement reasonable and appropriate data security...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends? FTC and FCC Formalize Cooperation in Consumer Privacy Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently formalized an agreement to cooperate when regulating the “deceptive, unfair, unjust and/or unreasonable” acts and practices of common...more

Blog: FTC Enforcement Powers Limited in LabMD Data Security Case

Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") charges against the cancer-screening laboratory LabMD, stemming from two data breaches involving sensitive personal information of thousands of consumers were dismissed in a decision made...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Breach Action Against LabMD

In the first ruling rebuking the Federal Trade Commission’s cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC’s head administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD, Inc., on November 13, stating that...more

FTC Administrative Law Judge To FTC: "Not So Fast On Data Security Enforcement!"

After repeatedly losing various challenges to the Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC's") authority to investigate and sanction it for alleged data security violations, LabMD Inc. ("LabMD") has finally come out on top, at least...more

FCC and FTC Issue MOU for Continued Cooperation on Consumer Protection Matters

On November 16, the FCC and the FTC executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on continued cooperative efforts to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices involving telecommunications services. In an...more

ALJ Rules Against FTC in LabMD Data Security Action: Sets High Bar for Proving Consumer Harm

Last June we wrote about the FTC’s enforcement action against LabMD, a medical testing laboratory, which was forced to wind down its business because of the costs associated with challenging the FTC since 2013. Using its...more

FTC Finalizes Rule Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Payments

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

FTC Jurisdiction in Data Security Regulation Potentially Limited in FTC v. LabMD

A November 13, 2015 decision from the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, D. Michael Chappell, calls into question FTC jurisdiction in the data privacy space. The case began when the FTC filed a...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC’s Data Security Suit Against LabMD for Failure to Prove ‘Substantial Injury’ to Consumers

In a landmark decision, an administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s long-running data security lawsuit against Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory, LabMD Inc., following an alleged data breach. Chief Administrative...more

FTC Signs Memorandum of Agreement to Prevent Fraudulent and Deceptive Practices Against Servicemembers

On November 12, the FTC announced that it signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide mutual assistance in preventing fraudulent and deceptive acts by “institutions of higher learning and...more

FTC Blasted in LabMD Data Security Case

In a long-running and highly contentious data security enforcement action against LabMD, a small medical testing laboratory, the Federal Trade Commission was handed a stunning defeat late Friday. In a 92-page ruling, Chief...more

FTC and VA enter into agreement for investigating educational institutions

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs have signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” (MOA) “to provide mutual assistance in the oversight and enforcement of laws pertaining to advertising, sales, and...more

Alert: FTC Focuses on Lead Generation Practices in Higher Education and Ed Tech

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission conducted a workshop in Washington, DC on lead generation practices, with a specific consumer protection focus on activities in the higher education sector including...more

FTC Partners with Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Announce Nationwide “Crackdown” on Abusive Debt Collection

On November 4, the FTC announced the first coordinated federal, state, and local initiative to combat alleged abusive and deceptive debt collection practices, Operation Collection Protection. This announcement included...more

FTC Launches “Operation Collection Protection” to Target Debt Collection Practices

On Wednesday, November 4, the Federal Trade Commission announced the largest-ever-coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting allegedly deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. The initiative,...more

FTC Hosts Workshop on Lead Generation

On October 30, 2015, the FTC held a workshop on lead generation to explore online lead generation in various industries. Lead generation, also called performance marketing, is the process of identifying or cultivating...more

FTC Announces New Initiative: Operation Collection Protection

On November 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other law enforcement authorities announced the first coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. The...more

Challenging FTC Regulation of Cyber-security After FTC v. Wyndham

The Third Circuit interlocutory decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation was widely reported as a big win for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). But on closer examination, it was a split...more

Newly Announced FTC "Operation Collection Protection" Targets Debt Collectors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today a major law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. "Operation Collection Protection" is a nationwide initiative that the FTC is...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - November 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue of Manatt's Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup. The newsletter will be published on a monthly basis and will survey topics of critical importance to the retail,...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #4

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Application of VPPA to Free App - The latest decision interpreting the application of the Video Privacy Protection Act in the context of twenty-first century technology provides positive news for...more

FTC Announces Final Consent Orders Against Auto Dealers for Alleged Deceptive Advertising

On October 20, the FTC announced that, following a public comment period, it approved final consent orders against two Las Vegas auto dealers for allegedly engaging in deceptive advertising practices. In June, the FTC filed...more

CFPB Brings Another Auto Lender Action, This Time for $48M

Why it matters - Continuing its focus on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Westlake Services LLC and subsidiary Wilshire Consumer Credit LLC to pay roughly $48 million for...more

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