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IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...more

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Settlement Offers Guidance on What “Reasonable” Security Means Under COPPA

The FTC’s COPPA Guidance does an admirable job explaining the basics of what a business needs to do to comply with COPPA, but is vague as to how a business must protect personal information collected from children. The COPPA...more

Reading Between the Blurred Lines

The Federal Trade Commission recently released a Staff Report regarding consumer recognition of native and search advertising entitled “Blurred Lines”, summarizing its findings from its self-styled “exploratory research”....more

FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

Southwest Airlines Will Cooperate in Class Action Against American, Delta & United

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of Southwest Airlines Co.’s settlement with a class of plaintiffs alleging antitrust violations against Southwest, American Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., and United...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Busy Holiday Season. We hope that all of you had a happy holiday season and wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. While the Roundup has been on hiatus during the holidays, the federal...more

Will Congress Upend Credit Reporting Agencies’ Cybersecurity Regulation in Light of Recent Data Breach?

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act on January 10, 2018 in an effort to increase accountability of large Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs) for...more

State Of Louisiana, As Absent Class Member, Escapes CAFA Settlement Trap

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Pennsylvania district court decision holding the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution prevented a private party from enjoining the state of Louisiana from bringing...more

Antitrust enforcement priorities for 2018

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Health care antitrust in 2017 saw governmental agencies successfully pursue a number of enforcement actions. Examining these actions provides insight and guidance as to what might happen in antitrust enforcement in 2018 and...more

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Consumer Protection Laws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Unsophisticated consumers eager to make a profit remain susceptible to representations by companies that are false and misleading, and constitute deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission...more

Beware of the Man-in-the-Middle: Lessons from the FTC’s Lenovo Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent approval of a final settlement with Lenovo (United States) Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, offers a reminder that when it comes to consumers’ sensitive personal...more

The Last Time DOJ Sued to Block a Vertical Merger was Over Forty Years Ago . . . And It Lost

On November 20, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner Inc. AT&T (through its cellular network, its...more

Digital Antitrust – Outlook for the European Antitrust Year 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

With the New Year only a few days old, we want to present a short outlook what to expect from European antitrust enforcement in 2018, with a particular focus on Germany. ...more

Indirect Purchaser Cases in 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings

by Zelle LLP on

As we enter the new year, we review some of the more interesting 2017 court decisions in or affecting the indirect purchaser class action arena, and provide practitioners with some key takeaways for 2018 and beyond. As with...more

FTC Not in Love With AdoreMe’s Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission showed no love for an online lingerie marketer’s negative option membership program when it reached a settlement that requires AdoreMe to return more than $1.3 million to customers....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

FDA Resets Enforcement Priorities for OTC Homeopathic Drugs

Happy New Year! And now on to your regular Consumer Product Matters programming… Another Federal agency with a consumer-protection mandate has taken a significant step to reset compliance expectations and enforcement...more

Federal Trade Commission Approves Settlement with Lenovo Over Ad Software

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its proposed settlement with Lenovo, Inc. over the installation of pre-installed advertising software called VisualDiscovery onto Lenovo laptops. According to the FTC, the...more

FTC Reaches Settlement With Debt Collector; Imposes Financial Penalties and Other Remedies

by BakerHostetler on

On Dec. 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with three defendants who it alleged partook in deceptive, abusive and unfair debt collection practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act and...more

UK Merger Control Scheme Is More Than Just Voluntary

Orrick’s Douglas Lahnborg and Saira Henry co-authored an article in Law360 about the merger process in the UK, and whether companies should consider seeking approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The...more

California Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Class Certification on Ascertainability Grounds

On December 4, 2017, a panel of the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court’s denial of class certification for alleged violations of California’s unfair competition, consumer protection, and false...more

#TheFTCisWatchingYou: Influencers, Hashtags and Disclosures 2017 Year End Review

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Influencer marketing, hashtags and proper disclosures were the hot button topic for the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) in 2017, so let’s take a look at just how the FTC has influenced Social Media Influencer Marketing...more

L'ouverture à la concurrence du secteur ferroviaire en France : Spécificités et modalités

La fin du monopole d'État du secteur ferroviaire en France, demandée par la Commission Européenne, constitue un changement majeur dans la législation française et aura de nombreuses répercussions économiques,...more

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