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CFPB issues seventh annual FDCPA report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its seventh annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s and FTC’s activities in 2017. The CFPB’s previous FDCPA annual reports began with a message from former Director Cordray....more

FTC and FCC release tentative agenda for March 23 policy forum on robocalls

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we previously reported, on March 23, 2018 in Washington, D.C., the FTC and FCC will co-host a joint policy forum that will cover recent policy changes and enforcement actions as well as the agencies’ efforts to encourage...more


by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - IAB Alleviates the Anxiety of Influence - FTC Throws Made-in-the-USA Shade - ERSP Finds Whitening Claims Only Slightly Dimmed - Trump Administration Fails to Shock Public with FTC Picks - Camp Drugs’...more

President Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 March 2018, President Trump issued an order blocking the proposed hostile takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated, a semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company headquartered in California, by Broadcom Limited, a...more

FTC Makes Moves to Protect Senior Citizens

In an effort to protect older consumers, the Federal Trade Commission filed a pair of actions challenging sweepstakes and tech scams....more

FTC Issues Proposed Consent Order to Online Payment Processing Company Over Allegations of Privacy and Security Violations

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The FTC recently reached a settlement with a worldwide online payment processing company regarding the actions of its subsidiary, a peer-to-peer payment and social networking application and website, over alleged violations...more

Web Hosting Services: Are They Secure?

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that some web hosting services marketing their services to small businesses are not providing email authentication and anti-phishing technologies as part of...more

Hogan Lovells Represents Sears in Achieving First-Ever Modification to FTC Privacy Consent Order

by Hogan Lovells on

The FTC has approved the first-ever petition to reopen and modify a privacy-related consent order. The petition, filed by Sears Holdings Management Corporation, sought to amend the terms of Sears’ 2009 consent order (the...more

FTC Explains Evolution of COPPA in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the FTC hosted a live Twitter chat to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

Federal Trade Commission Publishes Report Regarding Mobile Security Updates

by King & Spalding on

In May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued Orders to File Special Reports under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act to the major mobile device manufacturers in an effort to address concerns that...more

FTC Addresses Possible Mechanisms to Address Erroneously Blocked Robocalls

As anyone familiar with the TCPA well knows, not all “robocalls” are treated equal—some are allowed, some are not, some are restricted to varying degrees and some are stopped before the phone even rings (i.e., they are...more

FTC and FCC to hold robocall forum

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) have announced they will host a joint policy forum (“Forum”) in Washington, D.C. on March 23 titled, “Fighting the Scourge of Illegal...more

National Consumer Protection Week: Consumers Join Forces With Agencies

by Bryan Cave on

This week is National Consumer Protection Week. How does it impact your company? It’s an opportunity for you to understand today’s consumer protection environment and to hear what is concerning your customers and regulators...more

Cert Petition Asks How Far Does the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine Extend?

On February 28, 2018, the Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. (PRTC) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari after its antitrust claims against San Juan Cable LLC (OneLink) were dismissed by the First Circuit Court of...more

Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers

Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and the economics firm Charles River Associates recently hosted the eighth annual “Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers” seminar in...more

Proposed CVS Health-Aetna Acquisition Holds Strong in Congressional Hearing

Last Tuesday, February 27, 2018, representatives of CVS Health and Aetna went before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law (“Subcommittee”) to argue in favor of CVS...more

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

WARNING: The Federal Trade Commission Will Prosecute Companies Over Consumer Data Breaches - Its Recommendations Should Be Heeded

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

There is no comprehensive federal statutory scheme governing breaches of consumers’ private data. However, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has a history of trying to protect consumers’ private data based on its general...more

FTC Releases “Best Practices” to Improve Mobile Device Security

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 28th, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a report that offers several recommendations on ways to improve the security of mobile devices. ...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2018

by Alston & Bird on

Where the (Class) Action Is - Welcome to 2018 and the latest edition of Roundup covering significant decisions and settlements from the last quarter of 2017. On the docket this quarter is another slate of cases covering a...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Proposed CVS/Aetna Merger

On February 27, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing to consider the implications of the proposed CVS/Aetna merger. The transaction, valued at approximately $69...more

Ninth Circuit decision reaffirms the FTC's jurisdiction in overseeing broadband markets

by Hogan Lovells on

On 27 February 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously in an en banc decision that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may bring enforcement actions against AT&T and other telecommunications...more

FTC releases annual report on consumer complaints

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to its newly-released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, the FTC received complaints from 2.68 million consumers in 2017, a decrease from 2016 when 2.98 million consumers submitted complaints....more

How an Amicus Brief Can Win an Appeal

Economists are endemic to antitrust litigation. Their expertise is often necessary to explain why the conduct or merger at issue will have no impact (or a huge impact!) on competition in a market. ...more

Australian and New Zealand Competition and Consumer Law Update

by Jones Day on

Message from the Editors - The holiday and new year period was not a quiet one in Australian competition law. Many of the recommendations from an extensive assessment of the Australian competition law were implemented. In...more

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