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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

Net Neutrality: From Rules to Enforcement

To say that strong passions have surrounded the recent Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse 2015’s net neutrality rules is putting it mildly. There are stories that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has endured racist...more

FTC Releases Business Guidance on Multi-Level Marketing, Memorializing Principles from Prior Settlements on Hot Button Issues

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FTC released today Business Guidance Concerning Multi-Level Marketing, which offers answers to frequently asked questions to assist multi-level marketers in evaluating their business practices for compliance with the FTC...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

Coming Full Circle: FTC Recovers BIAS Regulation Jurisdiction Following FCC Vote

by BakerHostetler on

In a widely publicized decision, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted on Dec. 14, 2017, to repeal the tenets of the Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet Order, or the Open Internet Order, of 2015. See...more

Federal Trade Commission Holds Workshop on “Informational Injury”

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

For years, the Federal Trade Commission, the primary consumer protection agency in the United States, has been bringing enforcement actions against companies on the basis that their alleged failure to use specified privacy...more

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by BakerHostetler on

NARB to Unilever: Comparison Ad Requires Scrubbing - Bath & Body Works owner: ‘Cross-platform body wash campaign stinks!’ The Reveal - It’s a sunny, happy commercial – a bit of a throwback to the “blind taste test”...more

LabMD Appeal Has Privacy World Waiting

It is the case that could define the scope of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s authority in data security. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit heard argument six months ago in LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade...more

ALJ Affirms Antitrust Violations for Ad Tech Agreements in FTC v. 1-800 Contacts

by Reed Smith on

With the holiday marketing season upon us, marketers launch the month-long, relentless scramble for consumer visibility and coveted advertising space on high-traffic inventory. One matter likely not on marketers’ radars?...more

On the Eve of the FCC’s Reclassification of Broadband Services, the FCC and FTC Release Memorandum of Understanding for Oversight...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 11, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will allocate oversight and enforcement authority related to...more

FTC and FCC Outline Memorandum of Understanding to Coordinate Online Consumer Protection Following Adoption of the FCC’s Restoring...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced their intent to coordinate which of the two agencies would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the...more

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

Federal Reserve Announces Consent Order Related to Bank’s Use of Discount Points

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 28, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced a Consent Order with Peoples Bank (Peoples) in Lawrence, Kansas. The Order charges Peoples with violating Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA) by...more

Federal Reserve Enters Consent Order With Kansas Bank Over Deceptive Mortgage Origination Practices

by Goodwin on

?On November 28, the Federal Reserve announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Kansas state bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in deceptive residential mortgage lending practices in violation of...more

Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices Claims In Data-Breach Lawsuits

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act provides a powerful tool for the federal government to regulate companies’ data-security practices. Rather than adopt specific data-security standards, the FTC often uses Section...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

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

Federal Reserve Enters Consent Order to Sanction Deceptive Practice Involving Credit Card Product

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) recently exercised its authority to enforce laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices committed by a financial institution under the Federal...more

Fed issues consent order for bank’s alleged deceptive practices involving balance transfer credit cards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Reserve Board announced that it had issued a Consent Order against Mid America Bank and Trust Company (Bank) for alleged deceptive marketing practices in violation of section 5 of the FTC Act related to balance...more

FTC: Even implied messages need explicit disclosures

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On the Internet, it’s not just what you say, but also what you imply. Social media comments, video and image posts, and even tags and “likes,” can carry implied messages, which may create legal liability....more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

Children's Products and the "Internet of Things": Data Privacy Beyond COPPA

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In this internet age, "smart" children’s products—those that collect, transmit or store electronic data—are on the rise. By some estimates, the smart toy market will reach $11.3 billion in sales by 2020. Manufacturers of...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #7: Apply Sound Security Practices When Developing New Products

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 8, 2017, the FTC released its seventh “Stick with Security” principle, which offered guidance regarding how companies incorporate security by design to prevent or minimize threats in the following ways...more

The Government Can Sue For A Privacy Or Data-Security Violation. What Are The Limits Of That Government Power?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Consumers and businesses aren’t the only sources of potential privacy and data-security litigation. Today’s post looks at another important source: the Federal Trade Commission and state consumer-protection regulators....more

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