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The Ninth Circuit Holds That Res Judicata Bars State Recovery of Restitution for Members of a CAFA-Compliant Class Action

In California v. Intelligender, LLC, the Ninth Circuit ruled that final judgment in a CAFA-compliant class settlement barred the State of California from seeking restitution on behalf of members of the settlement class for...more

FTC Challenges Privacy Self-Regulation Offered by TRUSTe

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced an enforcement action against TRUSTe, a provider of privacy certifications for online businesses. The settlement resolves allegations that TRUSTe deceived consumers about...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #3

NAD Sniffs at Odor Protection Claims - Concerned that a 48 hour antiperspirant/deodorant constitutes an overstated claim of “100% odor protection,” the National Advertising Division recommended...more

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

Breaking News: The COPPA Enforcement Actions Are Here!

As we predicted in prior blog posts, the Federal Trade Commission has begun its vigorous enforcement of the Amended COPPA Rule. And one of the players is not a child-related site, so read on. The Commission just announced ...more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Use of Legal Presumptions of Consumer Confusion and Injury in Certain Lanham Act Cases

On Tuesday, July 29, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit “clarified certain aspects of [its] false advertising jurisprudence” and held that, where literal falsity and deliberate deception have been...more

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #2

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Children - Children, according to Whitney Houston, are our future, but they are also, according to the Federal Trade Commission, willing to spend unlimited amounts of money...more

Advertising Law - May 2014

W3C Reaches Milestone: “Do Not Track” Specification Set - The road to establish an industry standard for Do Not Track has been long and winding. Last year, efforts at consensus stalled, grinding the work of the...more

ITC Says the Importation of Digital Data Can Constitute Importation of a Patent-Infringing Product

On April 3, 2014, the United States International Trade Commission affirmed that the importation of digital data via electronic transmission can constitute “importation” of a patent-infringing product in violation of Section...more

BREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple

Apple Agrees to Pay Consumers At Least $32.5 Million to Settle Complaint of Unfair Billing Related to Children’s In-App Charges - FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc....more

“Operation Failed Resolution:” FTC Seeks Media Outlets’ Help to Police Deceptive Weight Loss Ads

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In the wake of settlements between the FTC and four weight loss product purveyors relating to the companies’ advertising tactics, the FTC has issued updated guidance for media outlets regarding the publication of...more

Latest Developments On Injunctive Relief For Infringement Of FRAND Encumbered SEPs

by King & Spalding on

This memorandum is directed to the current state of the case law in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or “Commission”), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. District Courts for parties seeking to...more

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Copy of District Court Ruling that Apple Conspired to Raise E-Book Prices

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On July 10, 2013, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple conspired with five publishers to raise the price of e-books when it introduced the iBookstore in 2010. Here’s a full-text copy of her ruling (embed code...more

Court Approves $158.6 Million Settlement Obtained by BakerHostetler’s Antitrust Lawyers

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee granted final approval of the $158.6 million settlement in the ongoing Southeast Milk Antitrust Litigation lawsuit brought by BakerHostetler’s antitrust lawyers....more

What’s That Charge on My Mobile Phone Bill? The FTC Wants to Know

by Ifrah PLLC on

“Cramming” – while it sounds like the experience of being in the middle row of a cross-country flight – actually refers to unauthorized charges on phone bills. Residential and business telecommunications customers have...more

Advertising Law - Apr 25, 2013

- Marc Roth Invited to Present on Privacy Issues in Marketing at NYC Bar CLE Program: On May 3, 2013, the New York City Bar Center for CLE and the Brand Activation Association (formerly the Promotion Marketing...more

A Q&A With Jeff Ifrah on the FTC’s Latest Draconian Tactics

by Ifrah PLLC on

Some lawyers who deal regularly with the Federal Trade Commission in investigations of allegedly false and deceptive online advertising have noticed that the agency is beginning to take steps in these investigations that are...more

Supreme Court Raises The Bar For Class Actions

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a pivotal decision, holding that as a prerequisite for certification of a class action, a plaintiff must introduce admissible evidence to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...more

"Supreme Court Reverses Massive Antitrust Class Action Against Comcast"

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, reversed a sprawling class action encompassing more than 2 million current and former Comcast subscribers who alleged violations of federal antitrust laws. See...more

Consumer Products Settlements Containing Cy Pres Distributions Receiving Increased Scrutiny

by BakerHostetler on

In a recent decision, In re Baby Products Antitrust Litigation, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 3379 (3d Cir. Feb. 19, 2013), the Third Circuit vacated the district court’s order approving a $35.5 million class action settlement which...more

New FTC Advertising Guidelines Are Worth a Review

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

In a recent post, I discussed how a company could be liable for referencing a third-party’s unbiased endorsement if, unbeknownst to that company, the basis for the endorsement turned out to be unjustified. In another...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Net Revenue, Not Profits, Should Determine Damages in FTC Deceptive Marketing Case

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a judgment against three individual defendants finding that the district court correctly used net revenue to calculate damages. Defendant-appellants were...more

On-Line Privacy: The FTC Snuffs Out A “History Sniffer”

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Most people seem to know that on-line browsing does not occur in a vacuum. As we browse the Web the sites we visit send “cookies” to our browsers that allow those sites to recognize us and keep track of our activity on them....more

“All Natural” False Advertising Class Certified in Arizona Iced Tea Case

A federal judge in the Northern District of California has certified a California class of Arizona Iced Tea purchasers. What is striking is that the court only certified a class for declaratory and injunctive relief and...more

Ninth Circuit Find Defendant in Violation of FTC Consent Decree and Affirms District Court's Contempt Order

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s finding that defendant had violated a consent decree entered into with the Federal Trade Commission in which defendant had agreed to clearly and...more

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