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Terms and Conditions Land Online Trader in Difficulty in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: A computer retailer was order to pay a fine for violating the Australian Consumer Law. The Impact: Businesses must ensure that the terms and conditions in their warranty notices comply with the law, or risk an...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Germany (Updated)

by White & Case LLP on

Stricter regime for reviews of inbound transactions applied by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Following a surge in political initiatives for stronger investment control at the German and European...more

Dutch Court Affirms Ban on Nonauthorized Online Resellers

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: On October 4, 2017, the Amsterdam District Court upheld Nike's ban on authorized distributors selling Nike products on the online platforms of unauthorized resellers. The Result: Under this Dutch ruling, a...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part III of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the third in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog. Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Pharma Distributors Trade Association Sued for Conspiracy to Exclude Competition for its Track and Trace Software

On October 23, 2017, a company that developed software to track and trace pharmaceuticals filed a complaint against a pharmaceutical distributors trade association that currently dominates the market for such software,...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...more

Shanghai Tightens Industry Interactions with HCPs

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In August 2017, multiple departments of Shanghai government, led by Shanghai’s Health and Family Planning Commission (“Shanghai HFPC”), jointly issued a series of administrative rules (collectively, “Recent Shanghai Rules”)...more

“Pact” Health App Breaks Pact, Settles With FTC

by Reed Smith on

Pact, Inc. settled charges with the FTC on September 21, 2017 that the mobile software application company engaged in deceptive acts and practices, unfair billing practices, and failure to disclose material terms relating to...more

European General Court Rules (again) on Mandatory Access and Interoperability in Software Industry

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: A recent European General Court decision provided valuable guidance on applying abuse of dominance rules (Article 102 TFEU) in the context of software products and provided some welcome clarifications regarding...more

“Stick With Security” - Getting Up to Speed With the FTC’s New Initiative

by Snell & Wilmer on

Companies that have experienced data breaches or security hacks have subsequently found themselves the subject of enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for violating the FTC Act, due to inadequate...more

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma fined €101 million for charging the UK health service excessive prices for Phenytoin sodium capsules, an...

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) recently published its infringement decision of 7 December 2016 that imposed a fine on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma (“Flynn”) for abusing their respective dominant positions by...more

Intel Ruling: General Court Failed to Examine All of Intel’s Arguments, Court of Justice Says

On September 6, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) quashed the 2014 judgment of the General Court (GC) that upheld a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel Corporation Inc. (Intel) for abusing a...more

EU Court Orders New Assessment of Intel's Rebates

by Dechert LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has quashed a ruling by the EU’s General Court which had upheld the European Commission’s (EC) 2009 finding of abuse of dominance by Intel Corporation Inc. Intel was fined...more

Key Takeaways from FTC Settlement with Lenovo Over Pre-Installed “Man-in-the-Middle” Software

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had agreed to enter into a settlement with Lenovo Inc., which allegedly preloaded some of its computers with invasive software that compromised...more

District Court Rejects Direct Purchaser Class for Failure to Satisfy Numerosity Requirement

by WilmerHale on

On August 28, 2017, in King Drug Company of Florence, Inc., et al. v. Cephalon, Inc., et al., the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied class certification for direct purchasers asserting Hatch-Waxman reverse-payment...more

USTR Publishes Initiation of Section 301 Investigation into China's Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On Thursday, August 24, the United States Trade Representative published formal initiation of the awaited Section 301 investigation under the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether acts, policies and practices of the...more

Report of the JFTC/CPRC Study Group on Data and Competition Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") and the Competition Policy Research Center ("CPRC"), jointly published their "Report of Study Group on Data and Competition Policy" ("Report"). The Study Group kicked...more

FTC Updates Data Security Guidance for Businesses

by Alston & Bird on

In June, the Federal Trade Commission released a new guide for businesses on implementing sound data security protections and procedures. In “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide For Business,” the FTC offers “10...more

FTC's New Guidance on COPPA is a Wake-Up Call to Review Your Privacy Policy

by Baker Donelson on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated its compliance plan for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Introduced in 1998, COPPA establishes the guidelines under which personal information may be...more

FTC Chronicle: “Lessons Learned” from the Agency’s Data Breach Investigations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – often criticized for not providing clear guidance as to what the agency considers reasonable data security – announced on Friday that it would publish a weekly blog discussing “lessons...more

FTC Settles With Lead Generation Firm For Illegally Selling Consumer Data, False Data Security Promises

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FTC announced last week a settlement with Blue Global Media, LLC and its CEO Christopher Kay. The company operated 38 Internet domains that solicited online loan applications from consumers. The applications collected...more

An American Tech Company in King Brussels’ Court: A Cautionary Tale

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The European Union’s antitrust regulator recently imposed a record €2.42 billion fine against Google, finding that the company had “abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another...more

IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your “To Do” Lists

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA and the FTC’s related COPPA Rules establish guidelines to protect children under the age of 13...more

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