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The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or... more +
The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or deceptive marketing claims, as well as regulating unfair business practices that undermine the competitive marketplace.    less -

FTC Hosts Workshop – “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics”

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop seeking to explore the general question of why the cost of prescription drugs has risen greatly in recent history. The Workshop was framed...more

Feds Come Out Against Seattle’s Law to Unionize Rideshare Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy just got a strong ally in its fight to remain union-free: the federal government. The latest development in the ongoing saga involving an attempt to put into place the nation’s first unionization law that...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

10 Marketing Law Takeaways From ANA/BAA 2017

We just got back from the Association of National Advertising (ANA) and Brand Activation Association (BAA) Marketing Law Conference in Chicago, held earlier this week. With hundreds in attendance, and dozens of speakers...more

FTC Obtains TRO Temporarily Freezing Assets of Georgia-Based Debt Collection Business

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?On November 8, a federal court in Georgia issued a temporary restraining order against a Georgia-based debt collector, freezing its assets and granting the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) immediate access to its business...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

FTC Advisory Opinion Says Hospital’s Proposed Prescription Program for Affiliated Entity Employees is Exempt from Robinson-Patman...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an advisory opinion confirming that a non-profit hospital in New York may sell discounted prescription drugs to the employees of an affiliated medical practice...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Sears’ Petition to Modify Order Regarding Software Tracking Application

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The FTC is seeking public comment on a petition by Sear’s to reopen and modify its 2009 consent order to restrict the broad definition of “tracking application”. In 2009, the FTC issued an order settling charges that Sears...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

Investing Under the Influence? SEC Issues Warning Letters to Celebrities and Social Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a warning to celebrities and social influencers who use social media to encourage consumers to invest and/or purchase stocks. Recent celebrity...more

Florida Federal Court Affirms FTC’s Available Remedies

Disgorgement and refunds are remedies available to the Federal Trade Commission, a Florida federal court ruled in a case involving a purported time-share scam....more

Lessons for Private Equity Shareholders and Merging Parties from the FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures/Bankrate

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The Federal Trade Commission recently challenged Red Ventures’ proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Bankrate, alleging it would lessen competition in the market for third-party paid referral services for senior living...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Internet technology has slowly grown to rival and in some cases supplant traditional broadcast news sources. In the wake of this sea change, long-established certitudes about the role played by media providers are being...more

FTC Fills Up With Trump Nominations

After making do with just two members since February, the Federal Trade Commission may soon be back at full capacity after President Donald Trump officially nominated two individuals to join the FTC, including one tapped as...more

FTC Launches ‘Game of Loans’ Initiative

Deceptive student loan debt relief scams are the target of a new coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)....more

USCIS Issues Scam Alert for Employers

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is warning that some employers are receiving scam emails requesting Form I-9 information. The emails appear to come from USCIS, from a fraudulent email address:...more

Celebrity ICO Endorsements: SEC, FTC, and CFTC Oversight

by Reed Smith on

Floyd Mayweather, a world famous boxing champion, recently used his Twitter and Instagram accounts to help a company raise more than $30 million in an initial coin offering (“ICO”). Other celebrities have similarly...more

Instagram Expands its Influencer Tool, but is it Enough?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In June, we posted that Instagram users would start seeing a new “Paid partnership with” tag on certain posts. The company explained that this was part of a tool designed to “help creators more clearly communicate to their...more

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

Behavioral Advertising: What Companies Need to Know About Evolving Advertising Technologies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Rapidly changing and complex technology, the rise of “Big Data” and an increasing focus on digital advertising has made advertising legal compliance an increasingly complex area for companies. In-house attorneys and their...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Change at the Fed. As expected, on November 2, President Trump nominated Jerome H. Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB) for a term of four years beginning...more

Auto Dealerships And What Dealerships Can Do

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Automobile dealerships’ cybersecurity vulnerabilities can drive away customers, according to a survey by auditing firm Total Dealer Compliance. Automotive News said the survey of 200 dealerships in five states found...more

From the Mouths of Babes: FTC Issues COPPA Enforcement Policy Regarding Voice Recordings

by BakerHostetler on

On October 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance on how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule may apply to audio recordings of children’s voices collected by websites and online...more

Corporate Concentration, Mergers, and Antitrust Enforcement in the Current Political Climate

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Attacking the vigor and effectiveness of antitrust enforcement has become increasingly popular political subject. Just last week, Senator Cory Booker released a letter to the FTC and DOJ urging them to consider the interests...more

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