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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

Bank Pays $1.5M for Ancillary Products Issues

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has levied a $1.5 million civil money penalty against a Missouri-based bank for alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act....more

Court Deals Blow to FTC’s Position on Unfair Data Security Practices

by Reed Smith on

Over the last several years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has regularly used its authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act to bring cases against companies due to their allegedly unreasonable data security measures. The...more

Court Trims FTC Complaint Asserting Deception and Unfairness Claims

by Hogan Lovells on

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed three of six claims the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asserted against D-Link Systems (D-Link) related to its sale of routers and IP cameras...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

The FTC Case against EquiFax Inc.

by Revision Legal on

In early September of 2017, it was reported that Equifax Inc., one of the country’s three leading credit reporting services, was subject to a cyberattack that resulted in the access by the hackers of financial and personal...more

Court Rules on D-Link Motion to Dismiss in FTC Matter

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On September 19, 2017, Judge Donato of the Northern District of California ruled on Defendant D-Link System Inc.’s (D-Link) Motion to Dismiss, which challenged claims by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that D-Link’s...more

California Court Weighs in on the FTC’s Data Security Enforcement Authority

This week, a District Court in Northern California weighed in on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) authority to protect consumers from “unfair” and “deceptive” data security practices. The decision, which granted in...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

FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges that defendants Blue Global, an operator of dozens of consumer loan lead generation websites, and its founder and CEO, Christopher Kay,...more

AD-ttorneys@law

by BakerHostetler on

Slick, well-produced fake talk shows promoted dubious products and undisclosed payment plans. The Federal Trade Commission and the Maine attorney general accused XXL Impressions, ad agency Synergixx, marketing company J2...more

Haters Gonna Hate: Tactics To Avoid When Responding To Bad Customer Reviews

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Customer feedback is a two-way street. On the one hand, positive customers reviews can inspire trust in potential new customers who might otherwise be apprehensive about purchasing products or services from an unfamiliar...more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

Federal Trade Commission Presses Forward with Data Security Enforcement in Settlement with Uber

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 15, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle allegations that the company deceived consumers by misrepresenting its security and employee access...more

Five state regulators enter into settlement agreement with debt collectors for alleged federal and state law violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Regulators from the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Dakota (“Participating States”) have entered into a settlement agreement with three affiliated debt collection companies to settle...more

FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets of Debt Collection Operation

by Goodwin on

?On July 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a temporary restraining? order (“TRO”) halting operations and freezing the assets of a debt collection operation, at the request of the...more

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