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FTC Details Top Consumer Complaints of 2017

The Federal Trade Commission’s annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book revealed the top consumer complaints for 2017, with debt collection maintaining its title as the most-complained-about topic....more

4/20/2018  /  Consumer Complaint System , FTC

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - April 2018

New Guidance From SEC, New York’s DFS - Hoping to help covered entities, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released an update on cybersecurity while New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) published...more

Zappos Must Face Data Breach Lawsuit, Ninth Circuit Rules

A class action seeking damages for a 2012 data breach at Zappos.com that impacted 24 million customers will move forward after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a dismissal of certain plaintiffs for...more

Remember the Right to Be Forgotten? Google Does

Google grants just under half the requests seeking to remove Internet links, according to the latest report from the company....more

FTC Nominees Make Progress

The confirmation of four new members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—including a chairperson—inched closer to reality after the Senate Commerce Committee approved the nominations....more

California Court Tosses New York Claims

New York’s consumer protection law does not protect out-of-state consumers, a California judge has ruled when dismissing claims from the Empire State in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Lenovo Inc....more

States Take Sides on Net Neutrality

The states have taken matters into their own hands as the battle over net neutrality continues, even after the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to repeal the rules....more

ADA Suit Against 1-800-Flowers.com Blooms

Demonstrating the minefield facing online retailers, the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility suit filed against 1-800-Flowers.com....more

Ad Agency Pays FTC $2M in Record Deal

In the largest payment ever made by an advertising agency in a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action, Marketing Architects agreed to pay $2 million over allegedly deceptive radio ads for weight loss products....more

The FTC’s Clean Slate

For the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 2018 looks to be a year of transition, with President Donald J. Trump officially submitting four commissioner nominations for Senate approval....more

2/15/2018  /  FTC , Nominations

FDA, FTC Try to Stop Opioid Cessation Products

Marketers of opioid cessation products received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), cautioning them about unproven claims for the treatment of opioid addiction...more

2/12/2018  /  FDA , FTC , Opioid , Warning Letters

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2018

DOJ Expands Opioid Enforcement Efforts Using Data Analytics - On Jan. 30, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that over the next 45 days, as part of its continued increase in opioid-related enforcement, the Drug...more

Claims for Cancer Products Make FTC Sick

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a deal with a company and its CEO over false and unsupported claims that its products could help patients with the side effects of cancer....more

It’s a Match: California DAs, eHarmony Reach $2.2M Deal

To end an action filed by a California city attorney and several district attorneys who challenged its automatic renewal practices, eHarmony agreed to pay up to $2.2 million in penalties and restitution....more

Potential Impacts on Telehealth From Net Neutrality Repeal

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), repealing the FCC’s 2015 “net neutrality” rules and shifting the responsibility for regulating the conduct...more

Health Update - January 2018

The Eight Key Elements of Effective Compliance Programs - Editor’s Note: In a recent webinar for Bloomberg BNA, Manatt examined game-changing fraud and abuse trends and cases—and revealed strategies for avoiding False...more

DOJ Drops Plans for ADA Guidance

It’s official: After years of waiting, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not provide online retailers with guidance on the boundaries of website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

FTC Wins Default Judgment Against Prize Scam Defendants

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put an end to a phony prize scam with a default judgment entered by a California federal court judge in a case that was part of an international law enforcement initiative against mass-mail...more

Net Neutrality: From Rules to Enforcement

To say that strong passions have surrounded the recent Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse 2015’s net neutrality rules is putting it mildly. There are stories that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has endured racist...more

FTC Discusses Informational Injury

Opening the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on informational injury, Acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen said the government “does the most good with the fewest unintended side effects when it focuses on addressing actual...more

Sites Illegally Tracked Consumers New Suits Allege

New suits accuse mattress company Casper Sleep and lender Quicken Loans of illegally tracking consumers online. Brady Cohen visited the website of Casper Sleep on multiple occasions to shop for a new mattress. While he...more

No About-Face for Second Circuit in Face-Scanning Suit

A video game company successfully dodged a lawsuit which claimed that face-scanning technology violated an Illinois privacy law, in a new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit....more

ADA Litigation Continues With Recent Settlements

As the wave of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation against online retailers continues, a handful of companies have settled lawsuits for failing to make their websites accessible to those with visual impairments....more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

FTC Drives Auto Dealership to $1.4M Civil Penalty

Providing an important reminder about complying with the terms of a Federal Trade Commission order, a California-based auto dealership agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle charges that it violated a 2014 administrative order....more

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