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Third Circuit Says “Umbrella Damages” Bar Does Not Preclude Antitrust Standing Where Product Is Partly Comprised of Materials Not...

In a case of first impression, the Third Circuit recently held in In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 16-3795, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 2698 (3d Cir. Jan. 22, 2018), that a direct purchaser of a product,...more

FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

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?On February 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an enforcement action against a student loan debt relief operation, claiming it deceived consumers out of $28 million by falsely promising that their...more

Court Certifies Class In Duke-UNC No-Hire Workplace Antitrust Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 1, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina entered an order granting in part, and denying in part, the plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a no-hire...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Mulls Changes to Indirect Purchaser Rules

This blog has discussed some of the dynamics created by the Supreme Court’s Hanover Shoe and Illinois Brick decisions and state “repealer” laws that attempt to undo their effect. As it turns out, repealer states aren’t the...more

FTC Settles with Online Talent Search Site over COPPA Violations

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint against the operator of an online talent search company, asserting that the talent search company’s collection and disclosure of children’s personal...more

FTC files lawsuit against student loan debt relief companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against three interrelated student loan debt relief companies and the individual who is their majority owner for alleged violations of Section 5 of the FTC...more

Sovereign Immunity for State Plaintiffs in Antitrust Class Actions?

The Third Circuit recently denied a petition for rehearing en banc a panel’s earlier decision in the In re Flonase Antitrust Litigation. In that case, the panel decision addressed the degree to which class settlements can...more

FTC Gets Restraining Order Against Mortgage Loan Modification Operators

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Nevada federal district court recently granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a large group of mortgage loan modification operators, following a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which alleged...more

The FTC and Deceptive Advertising: Is there a Biennial Trend?

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

At the end of December 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued a policy statement to provide guidance and examples of how to avoid deceptive advertising in native ad placements (the “2015 Policy Statement”). ...more

FTC Announces 2018 Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Adjustments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the monetary thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under Section 7A of...more

State Regulators to Share Licensing Data with FTC

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors announced that it will be sharing all non-confidential licensing information from the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)....more

FTC Releases Annual Report on Privacy and Data Security

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released its annual report on privacy and data security.  The report covers the FTC’s efforts from January 2017 to December 2017, and describes the enforcement actions,...more

NAD Refers StubHub Pricing Claims to FTC

After StubHub.com declined to comply with the National Advertising Division’s recommendations with regard to its pricing claims, the self-regulatory body referred the issue to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for review....more

FTC: New HSR Thresholds for 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act will take effect at the beginning of March. All transactions closing on or after the effective...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018 #4

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Editor's Note - Breaking News. This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sitting en banc, issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, holding that the provision of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

FTC Announces 2018 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar-jurisdictional thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”); the revised thresholds will...more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

Federal Trade Commission Announces 2018 Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Thresholds

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Friday, January 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised “size of transaction” thresholds for 2018 for reporting proposed mergers and acquisitions under Section 7A of the Clayton Act, as added by...more

FTC Holds Workshop on Informational Injury

On December 12, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine consumer injury in the context of privacy and data security. The motivation for the workshop, according to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen...more

New HSR and interlocking directorate thresholds announced for 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 January 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the annual jurisdictional adjustments for premerger notification filings made pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, known as the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Companies Perceived By The FTC As Top Violators

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The Federal Trade Commission collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month the FTC creates an internal “Top Violators” report...more

White House sends four FTC nominations to Senate

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On January 25, the White House announced that President Trump had sent the nominations of four individuals to the Senate to serve as FTC commissioners. Three of the nominations, those of Joseph Simons, Rohit Chopra, and Noah...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016: Increases in Filings and Second Requests, Impact on Executive Stock...

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The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2016 , published last year by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC Finds COPPA Disconnect With VTech Connected Toys

In its first case involving connected toys, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with VTech Electronics over allegations that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

Duke and UNC: Cooperation Off the Basketball Court?

As the college basketball season heats up, bitter rivals Duke and the University of North Carolina stand accused of maintaining a cozier (and illegal) relationship off the court. UNC, the UNC School of Medicine, and the UNC...more

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