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To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

Regulators Share Agendas and Insight on Consumer Protection Enforcement - Highlights from "Navigating the 'Age of Uncertainty'...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section on Nov. 8, 2017, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion...more

#MarketingLaw – Fake News, Auto-Renewal Subscription Plans, Influencers and the Latest from the FTC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

We are back from the 2017 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference, Break Through: Legal Strategies for Dynamic Businesses. It was a great three days in Chicago of educational seminars and networking with colleagues, clients, friends...more

FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...more

Judge Bencivengo Refuses to Change Her Stripes - District Court Doubles Down on Romero and Again Dismisses TCPA Claim for Lack of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

She may be the only judge in the country still actively dismissing TCPA claims for lack of Article III standing following Spokeo, but Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo demonstrated on Thursday that she is not going to change her...more

Seventh Circuit Ties Class Counsel’s Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to Amount Claimed by Class, in Context of a Judgment

by BakerHostetler on

On November 14, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its third opinion ending a class action that was almost a decade old. Holtzman v. Turza, No. 17-2330, 2017 WL 5450484 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2017). The class action alleged that...more

FDA Publishes Supplemental Guidance on Menu Labeling for Chain Restaurants

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 7, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the latest in a series of industry draft guidance documents to help implement menu labeling and nutrient disclosure regulations applicable to chain...more

Don’t Play Around With Disclosures, CARU Tells Toy Channel

In a recent decision, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) called for more prominent disclosures of ad content on a child-directed YouTube channel....more

Keep It Concrete, Ad Groups Urge FTC

In new comments filed in advance of a workshop on “informational injury,” a coalition of advertising groups encouraged the Federal Trade Commission to take action in cases involving privacy or data security issues only when...more

Consent Issues Preclude Certification of TCPA Class Action

Takeaway: A March 2017 D.C. Circuit decision excluding solicited faxes from the scope of the TCPA may spell trouble for class action plaintiffs. The Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that, at least where there is...more

Artificial Intelligence: Expectations of the IT Department

by Morgan Lewis on

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic on everyone’s mind. Technology providers are researching and developing how they can exploit AI, companies in a wide range of industries are seeking to understand how AI will...more

CFPB final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule published in Federal Register

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s final payday loan rule was published in today’s Federal Register. Lenders covered by the rule include nonbank entities as well as banks and credit unions. In addition to payday loans, the rule covers auto title...more

Ad Groups Ask FTC To Focus On Concrete Injuries, Not Subjective Emotional Distress

by King & Spalding on

Several advertising groups recently filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) urging the organization to pursue enforcement actions only against security and privacy practices that cause “concrete injuries” to...more

FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

FDA Releases New Guidance On Menu Labeling Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration is moving forward with an Obama-era initiative requiring certain food establishments to list calorie information on menus and menu boards, including food on display and self-service food. The FDA...more

Starting Up the CFPB’s No-Action Letter Program

The expanding use of mobile technologies, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things has greatly increased the amount of available consumer data. The ability to efficiently process this information has the potential to...more

CFPB opposes petition for certiorari filed by tribal lenders in Ninth Circuit case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a brief opposing the petition for certiorari filed by two tribally-affiliated lenders seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in CFPB v. Great Plains Lending, LLC, et al. In that...more

Celebrity Chef Sued By Certification Organization Over “Gluten-Free” Labelling

by Reed Smith on

Last month, gluten intolerance advocacy group Gluten Intolerance Group (“GIG”) sued celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for trademark infringement and unfair business practices under the Lanham Act and state consumer protection laws...more

Voice-Activated Devices May Collect Audio from Children

by Morgan Lewis on

A new FTC policy eliminates the requirement to obtain parental consent to collect a recording of a child’s voice in certain circumstances....more

FTC Speaks Out on Children’s Voice Recordings

In a new Enforcement Policy Statement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decreased the burden for operators with regard to the collection of certain audio voice recordings of children under the age of 13....more

Chipped Away: Frito-Lay Removes “All Natural” Label from Products Containing GMOs

by Reed Smith on

The plaintiffs in a five year old consumer class action against Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo, Inc. got their wish earlier this month when Frito-Lay agreed to remove the “All Natural” label from its...more

FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering...more

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