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AIG Won’t Have To Defend Carfax In $50 Million Antitrust Suit

by Carlton Fields on

On March 1, a New York appeals court ruled that American International Group, Inc. (AIG) need not defend Carfax, Inc. against a $50 million suit alleging the company monopolized the vehicle history report market. ...more


by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - Thelonious Monk Estate Hornin’ In on Right of Publicity Trial - FTC Continues Inexorable Diet-Supplement Crusade - Ken’s Foods Sued for Slippery Olive Oil Claims”...more

New FTC Complaint Merits Attention of Group Purchasing Organization Suppliers and Participants

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Trade Commission announced on February 12, 2018, that it has filed an administrative complaint seeking injunctive relief against three large dental supply companies, alleging that they violated the antitrust laws...more

Maine Supplements FTC Weight-Loss Enforcement Action

by Reed Smith on

Marketing Architects, Inc. (“MAI”), an advertising agency specializing in direct response radio and television ads, will pay $2 million in equitable relief to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Office of the...more

Keeping Your Social Media Contests Compliant

by Baker Donelson on

Let's say that your marketing department plans to launch a product promotion through dedicated software applications (apps), the Internet, and/or social media, primarily accessed by the target audience on hand-held mobile...more

Appeals Court Rejects DOJ Expansive Interpretation of Music Consent Decree

by Jones Day on

The Background: Since 1941, performing rights organizations ("PROs"), which pool the copyrights held by a work's composer, songwriter, and publisher and collectively license those rights to music users, have been subject to...more

Net Neutrality Order Deep - Dive: Open Internet Rules Repealed, Transparency Requirements Remain, FTC Role over Broadband Privacy...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In this Client Alert, we provide a deep dive on the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, that largely repeals the so-called “Open Internet” regulatory framework implemented by the prior FCC Chairman...more

Redial: 2017 TCPA Year-in-Review - Analysis of critical issues and trends in TCPA compliance and litigation

The Eversheds Sutherland TCPA team has published its fourth annual REDIAL: 2017 TCPA YEAR-IN-REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN TCPA COMPLIANCE AND LITIGATION. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis...more

NAD Refers Fungus Products to FTC and FDA

by Reed Smith on

Moberg Pharma filed a NAD challenge against Kramer Laboratories, Inc. regarding the name of Kramer’s nail product. Kramer’s “Fungi-Nail Toe & Foot” product competes in the market with Moberg’s “Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal”...more

Competition Newsletter January 2018

by Dentons on

The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the sanction imposed on Telefónica and Portugal Telecom for a market-sharing clause as part of a concentration operation - By a ruling dated 13 December 2017, the Court...more

Google Extends Commitments with the FTC over Crawling of Third-Party Content for Use in Own “Vertical” Sites

In a blog post last month, Google announced that it would extend certain commitments it made to the FTC in 2012 that were set to expire relating to, among other things, the scraping of third-party content for use on certain...more


by BakerHostetler on

Are you really trying to use Jedi mind tricks to sell merch? Fan Disservice? That’s the accusation leveled by Truth in Advertising Inc., which claims that Skywalker’s Hollywood avatar, Mark Hamill, took so long to...more

#Trending: The FTC has stepped up regulatory investigations on social media. Is your company in compliance?

by Hogan Lovells on

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms have become the format of choice for many companies that want to advertise their products and services. At the same time, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

Harnessing hidden advertising: Pitfalls of engaging consumers on social media

by DLA Piper on

In the May 2017 special edition of Law à la Mode (Issue 23), we set out five tips for navigating native advertising with a view to FTC compliance under US law. In this edition, we reconsider the issue from the angle of EU...more

Relationship between data protection and competition laws - German Federal Cartel Office objects to Facebook’s collection of user...

by Dentons on

Data-related businesses occupy an increasingly important role in the modern economy. During the past decade, companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Google/Alphabet have sprung up and become veritable giants by...more


by BakerHostetler on

NARB to Unilever: Comparison Ad Requires Scrubbing - Bath & Body Works owner: ‘Cross-platform body wash campaign stinks!’ The Reveal - It’s a sunny, happy commercial – a bit of a throwback to the “blind taste test”...more

Online Retailers Support Challenges to Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

by Bryan Cave on

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote yesterday to dismantle the net neutrality rules regulating businesses that connect consumers to the internet, online retailers have responded that they will support...more

Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

Selective distribution and online sales: complying with EU competition law after the Coty judgment

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued a landmark judgment that will affect distribution and online sales in particular in the consumer goods and digital sectors....more

The Coty Case – The CJEU rules in favour of selective distribution networks against third-party online platforms

by Dentons on

In the long-awaited Coty ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that luxury brands may restrict distributors in a selective distribution network from selling their goods through third-party online...more

Suppliers of luxury goods can prohibit their selective distributors from selling these products via third-party online platforms

by White & Case LLP on

The European Court of Justice held in Coty that a manufacturer operating a lawful selective distribution system for luxury goods is allowed to prohibit its authorised distributors from selling those goods on third-party...more

Coty Case: Luxury Brands Can Restrict Online Sale via Marketplaces Such as Amazon

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (“the Court”) handed down its preliminary ruling in the Coty case confirming that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system of luxury goods is allowed to...more

Court Bends Every Procedural Rule to Grant Dismissal to Kohl’s in “Opt-Out Evader” TCPA Text Suit –Blesses Contractual Revocation...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most annoying inhabitants of TCPA land is the Opt-Out Evader. This fellow or lady tries to set up TCPA lawsuits by texting phrases s/he knows will not be recognized by text service providers. Rather than simply...more


by BakerHostetler on

Once completely obscure, fidget spinners are now a thing. Meaning that their existence, if not their actual purpose, has become known to you. Dubbed by The New York Times “a Hula Hoop for Generation Z,” the fidget spinner...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on both traditional OTAs and short-term rentals. Enjoy....more

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