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Federal Reserve Settles with Pennsylvania Bank Over Alleged Deceptive Student Lending Practices

by Goodwin on

On December 6, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it entered into a consent order with a Pennsylvania bank ordering it to cease and desist deceptive student lending practices, and assessing millions of dollars in...more

Don’t Get TARRed: FTC Continues to Scrutinize Misleading Marketing and Sales Methods

by Bryan Cave on

The Federal Trade Commission has taken Tarr, Inc. and 18 other entities to task for fake news, unsubstantiated advertising claims, and fake celebrity endorsements. A stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary...more

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

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

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

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

FTC and Illinois AG Settle With “Phantom” Debt Collectors For $47 Million

by Goodwin on

?On November 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General’s Office (Illinois AG) announced that they had reached a settlement to resolve a joint action brought against affiliated Chicago-based debt...more

State AGs and FTC Combine Forces for Consumer Protection

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A dozen bipartisan State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently instigated a medieval siege dubbed “Operation Game of Loans” against alleged student loan relief scams. This coordinated nationwide...more

Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Predicts $1 Billion Settlement in Data Breach Case – But Where’s the “Harm”?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

This week, a high profile plaintiffs’ firm (Edelson) stated that “if done right,” the data breach class actions against Equifax should yield more than $1 billion in cash going directly to more than 143 million consumers...more

FTC announces coordinated enforcement initiative with state AGs targeting student loan debt relief providers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Friday, as expected, the FTC announced the launch of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief companies. ...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

FTC targets student loan debt relief companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent flurry of FTC enforcement activity targeting companies offering student loan debt relief services suggests such companies could be the subject of the announcement scheduled for tomorrow “of a major coordinated...more

Building a Health App? Part 4: Avoiding an FTC Enforcement Action

The market for apps designed to improve health and wellness or even to diagnose and treat medical conditions continues to grow. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved a new smartphone-based “carbon...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the first annual review of the Privacy Shield by U.S. and EU officials, and the Federal Trade Commission's first actions alleging Privacy Shield...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

Deceptive Business Practices & The FTC Act

by Revision Legal on

Businesses that engage in deceptive and unfair internet practices are subject to injunctions and large monetary damage awards under the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”). Just as importantly, the owners and principals...more

Antitrust Bills Seek to Thwart Mega Mergers and Expand Antitrust Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Democrats have proposed legislation that would make it easier for antitrust agencies to challenge mergers. - The Background: This announcement followed a proposal made in August, known as the "Better...more

Antitrust Division to International Community: “Imperative that Competition Agencies Work Together”

For several years, the Antitrust Division’s investigations have been increasingly global in scope. Acting Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch made clear that trend will continue in remarks at a conference on...more

Client Alert: FTC Gives Guidance in Slaying the Data Breach Dragon

The FTC has recently provided specific guidance on what it considers appropriate data breach protection activity by financial institutions. Such guidance came by virtue of a proposed consent order, dated August 29, 2017,...more

FTC Takes Hard Line on Social Media Endorsements: Disclose, Disclose, Disclose... (It Matters Given Growing Reliance on Social...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has unequivocally signaled this month that compliant endorsements on social media remain a high priority for this US consumer protection agency because endorsements carry weight and affect...more

Senate Democrats Introduce “Better Deal” Antitrust Enforcement Legislation

As part of the effort to rebrand the party and reconnect with working-class voters who were lost in the presidential election, congressional Democrats revealed a new populist policy agenda, titled “A Better Deal: Better Jobs,...more

The Latest Influencer Advertising Tips from the FTC – When, How & Where to Make Effective Disclosures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As we blogged about earlier this month, the FTC seems to have spent much of its summer checking out influencer advertising and focusing its attention on those who fail to make the necessary disclosures of material connections...more

FTC Announces First Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions

by Alston & Bird on

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had settled charges against three companies alleged to have falsely claimed participation in Privacy Shield. Privacy Shield supports EU – U.S. transfers of personal data...more

Claiming Privacy Shield Participation on Your Website? Lessons from the FTC’s First Privacy Shield Enforcement Action

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced settlements with Decusoft, LLC, Tru Communication, Inc. (doing business as TCPrinting.net), and Md7, LLC, resolving allegations that the companies misrepresented their...more

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