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FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges that defendants Blue Global, an operator of dozens of consumer loan lead generation websites, and its founder and CEO, Christopher Kay,...more

Update on CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

RD Legal Funding, LLC is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it, two of its affiliates, and their individual principal in February 2017 by the CFPB and the New York Attorney General in a NY federal district court...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine new privacy laws in Germany, an FTC settlement with an alleged consumer loan company over unfair and deceptive practices, the dismissal of a data...more

FTC Enters Into $104 Million Settlement With Company for Impermissible Lead Generation

by BakerHostetler on

On July 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order to memorialize a settlement with a lead-generation business, Blue Global LLC, and its CEO (Blue Global), in the U.S. District Court for the...more

Three Point Shot - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

"12th Man" Suit Forces Aggies to Call an Audible on Traditional Copyright Defenses - Texas A&M University's "12th Man" is at the center of a legal blitz facing the University's Athletic Department. On January 19, 2017,...more

Minnesota AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collector Over Allegedly Abusive Collection Practices

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On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office (“Minnesota AG”) announced that it obtained a judgment in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court against a debt collection company. As a result of the final judgment,...more

FDIC announces settlement with bank and non-bank affiliated parties

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FDIC announced last week that it had entered into settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two non-bank “institution-affiliated parties” through which the bank originated loans for allegedly engaging in unfair and...more

NY AG Announces Settlements with Three Mobile-Health App Developers Over Privacy, Marketing Concerns

On March 23, 2017, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements with three mobile health application (app) development companies aimed at curbing deceptive marketing practices and inadequate...more

North Carolina Attorney General Secures Over $35 Million In Settlement With Debt Relief Providers

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On March 9, 2017, the North Carolina Attorney General (“AG”) announced that it had settled a lawsuit filed in the Wake County, North Carolina Superior Court against three debt relief companies and two individuals. As a...more

Turn Settles Allegations by the FTC for Deceptive Advertising Tactics

Turn, Inc. (Turn), a California based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers via a website or mobile app, settled allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived...more

FTC Settles with Targeted Digital Advertising Company over Supercookie Advertising Practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a proposed consent order requiring digital advertising company Turn Inc. to include a clear and conspicuous notice detailing how it collects, uses, or shares information...more

Cybersecurity: United States Federal Trade Commission Strikes Again

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The United States Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") strikes again. In the action by the FTC involving the cybersecurity breach of Toronto-based AshleyMadison.com (operated by Ruby Corp. and hereafter referred to as "Ashley...more

Friends, Family and High Blood Pressure – FTC Takes Action Against Undisclosed Family Reviews and Unsubstantiated Claims for...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s significant enforcement efforts focused on two hot button issues: unsubstantiated health marketing claims and deceptive product endorsements. Once again, both...more

NY Medical Providers: Use Caution When Soliciting Positive Reviews on Consumer-Review Websites

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Consumers often seek online reviews of a business on platforms such as Yelp, CitySearch, Yahoo and Google Plus Pages before purchasing products or services. This includes patients seeking online reviews of a physician or...more

CFPB files lawsuit against structured settlement purchaser

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a Maryland federal district court against: (1) Access Funding, LLC (Access), a limited liability company that purchases structured settlements from consumers; (2) Access’ managing member...more

Stuck in the Middle with the FTC

Legal actions regarding “Made in the USA” claims, whether prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or through various state unfair trade practices acts, often settle early in the proceedings. For example, in 2014,...more

CFPB and California Announce Enforcement Actions Against Online Lender

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On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the CFPB and the California Department of Business Oversight (“DBO”) announced separate enforcement actions against Flurish, Inc., an online lender that does business as “LendUp” in California...more

Advertising Law - August 2016

Court Awake To Plaintiff’s Deceptive Sleep-Tracking Claims Against Fitbit - A challenge to Fitbit’s claims that certain models of its exercise monitoring device tracked users’ sleep patterns will move forward after a...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #3

Wikipedia Link Trips up Ninth Circuit False Ad Suit - Ruling that a California federal court incorrectly relied upon a Wikipedia link when considering a summary judgment motion in a false advertising suit, the Ninth...more

FTC Asks – Are Your “All Natural” Claims All Accurate?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Companies that make “all natural” claims for their products may come under FTC scrutiny and enforcement. The Federal Trade Commission announced five cases this week with companies that market their products as “all...more

Lord & Taylor Settles with FTC Over Influencer Native Advertising Campaign on Social Media and Online Magazine

by Reed Smith on

We’ve seen native advertising take many forms, from paid celebrity Tweets to advertisements masked as editorial content to paid influencers promoting brands on social media. With a growing number of companies engaging in...more

FTC Settles with Data Brokers in Sale of Consumer Data Used for Illicit Purposes

by White & Case LLP on

On February 18, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") settled a dispute against LeapLab LLC ("LeapLab") and others ("Co-Defendants") claiming that they knowingly sold consumer social security numbers, bank account...more

FTC Continues To Crack Down On App Developers

by King & Spalding on

On February 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it reached a settlement with the San Francisco company General Workings Inc., also doing business as Vulcun, and its founders. The FTC brought a...more

Wyndham Settles with FTC

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last month, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. settled its lengthy civil case with the Federal Trade Commission. The suit began in 2012, when the FTC sued Wyndham and three of its subsidiaries, alleging three data breaches between 2008...more

FTC and Wyndham Settle Suit Regarding Wyndham's Alleged Cybersecurity Failures

by White & Case LLP on

On December 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (the "FTC") and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (and three additional Wyndham entities, collectively, "Wyndham") filed a stipulated order ("Stipulated Order") settling their...more

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