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Choppy Seas for Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

Ensuring and maintaining compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor principles should be a priority for U.S. entities receiving personal data relating to EU residents, in no small part to avoid the FTC leveling the charge and...more

Two Regulatory Crises

It strikes me that two civil regulators are facing dire attacks on aspects of their enforcement programs – both in different U.S. Courts of Appeals – at the same time. Both of these attacks arise out of generalized statutes...more

FTC Launches Office of Technology Research and Investigation

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced formation of its Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), an office meant to “ensure that consumers enjoy the benefits of technological progress without...more

FTC Announces Results of “Operation Ruse Control” on Auto Industry

On March 26, the FTC announced the results of Operation Ruse Control, “a nationwide and cross-border crackdown” on the auto industry with the intent to protect consumers who are purchasing or leasing a car. Efforts taken...more

CFPB announces proposals for limiting activities of payday lending market participants and other lenders: 6 questions answered

The CFPB has released proposals for a future payday loan rulemaking that will have a far-reaching impact on the $46 billion payday loan industry and on other markets. Under its proposals, the CFPB is offering industry...more

Critics Renew Call for FTC Guidelines on Unfair and Deceptive Practices

Companies and institutions hoping for clarification on how to protect themselves from potential antitrust claims or consumer fraud violations recently participated in a symposium sponsored by law firm Baker & Hostetler. The...more

Update on Chapter 93A

Chapter 93A is the dominant law in Massachusetts governing business litigation. It applies to nearly all business disputes. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #2

New DAA App Brings Choice to Mobile - Bringing consumer choice to mobile applications, the Digital Advertising Alliance released “AppChoices,” a free app that will allow consumers to opt out of tracking on mobile...more

Why the FTC Can Go After Companies For Insufficient Data Security Allegations

The FTC seems more confident than ever in its authority to go after companies with insufficient data security measures. As of January 2015, it had settled 53 data-security enforcement actions, and FTC Senior Attorney Lesley...more

Dish Network Potentially on the Hook for Billions in Penalties for Violating Federal and State Telemarketing Regulations

Recently, in the long-running legal showdown pitting the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and four state attorneys general against the satellite television provider Dish Network, LLC (“Dish”), U.S. District Court Judge...more

Caveat Emptor or Caveat Vendor? The Evolution of Unfairness in Federal Consumer Protection Law

Under the Federal Trade Commission’s original interpretation of unfair or deceptive acts or practices law, financial institutions could feel some sense of security that, if they provided a consumer with a clear understanding...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

Federal Trade Commission Shows Willingness to Credit Responsive Data Security Efforts in Exercising Enforcement Authority

In a change of pace, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently decided not to pursue an enforcement action against Verizon Communication, Inc. (“Verizon”) following an investigation into whether Verizon violated Section 5...more

Recent Developments Relating to Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Patent Assertion Entities, FRAND and Patent Misuse

On Thursday November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments (MPHJ), a patent assertion entity, to settle the FTC’s Complaint that MPHJ allegedly made...more

Trolls Under the Bridge: FTC Proposes Settlement with Patent Assertion Entity

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release regarding a proposed settlement that would bar the company, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (MPHJ), from making deceptive representations when...more

Corrective Action Earns Verizon End to FTC’s FiOS Router Investigation

Corrective action taken by Verizon Communications to fix security issues with its FiOS and DSL routers resulted in the FTC closing its investigation to determine whether Verizon’s distribution of the routers was an unfair or...more

IP|Trend: It’s Time to Get to Know the Federal Trade Commission [Video]

Like it or not, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has injected itself into regulating and monitoring data privacy practices of corporations. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Richard Martinez discuss what this means for companies...more

Rising Number of Class Actions Targeting Outlet Stores Based on Claims of False and Deceptive Advertising

1. Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Retailers That Operate Outlet Stores Based on Their Alleged Pricing Claims - Plaintiffs’ class attorneys have a new target in sight and it is outlet shopping. In the...more

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

FTC Targeting Deceptive Advertising of Mortgage Lead Generators

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent complaint against Intermundo Media, LLC (Intermundo) alleging deceptive marketing tactics under the FTC Act and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule)...more

Cybersecurity Litigation Monthly Newsletter

As we discussed in July, Tiversa, a “cyber-intelligence” company, notified the FTC in 2009 that a file containing the personal information of about 9,300 LabMD patients was available on a peer-to-peer file sharing network....more

CFPB and federal banking agencies issue guidance on unfair or deceptive credit practices in light of Reg AA repeal

Concurrently with a proposal from the Fed to repeal Regulation AA (12 CFR part 227), the CFPB and the federal banking agencies (Fed, OCC, FDIC and NCUA) have issued interagency guidance regarding unfair or deceptive credit...more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Repeal Its Regulation AA (Unfair Credit Practices)

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is requesting comment on its proposal to repeal its Regulation AA, which for nearly 30 years has prohibited banks from engaging in specified unfair and deceptive credit...more

House Subcommittee Approved TROL Act Defining Bad Faith Communications Made During Patent Assertion as Unfair or Deceptive...

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade considered and approved the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014 (“TROL Act”) with a 13-6 vote. The purpose of the TROL Act...more

What is the Scope of the FTC’s Authority When it Comes to Data Security? Wyndham Asks Third Circuit to Consider

In early July, Wyndham Hotels asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to oversee corporate data security. Although the FTC has brought dozens of actions...more

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