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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 deceptive marketing claims, as well as regulating unfair business practices that undermine the competitive marketplace.    less -

The Internet of Things: What Is It and Why Do I Care?

by Jackson Walker on

Even if you have never heard of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) you’re probably connected already. In 2017 Gartner estimated that over 5.2 Billion consumer IoT devices had already been installed and predicted that the...more

Navigating Five Key Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Get and Keep Your Product on the Market

Food and beverage, drug, medical device, cosmetics, and consumer products companies must navigate a maze of legal and regulatory challenges in order to get and keep their products on the market — from concept, to development,...more

FTC Warns That Money Doesn't Have to Change Hands to Trigger HSR Filing

by Bracewell LLP on

In a recent blog posting, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an important reminder that companies and individuals may have reportable transactions under the Hart-Scott Rodino (HSR) Act even if no payment exchanges...more

DOJ Confirms Active ‘No-Poaching’ Criminal Investigations in Healthcare and Other Industries

by Morgan Lewis on

A series of recent statements highlight the continuing enforcement by the US Department of Justice to focus on “no-poaching” and wage-fixing agreements with more enforcement actions expected to be announced in the near...more

A reply to Professor Sovern

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As readers of this blog already know, Professor Jeff Sovern and I come at most issues from different sides of the street.  Over the years, through our respective blogs and at various programs, we have engaged in spirited but...more

Even Minority Interest in a Competitor Could Violate Antitrust Laws

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Companies and shareholders contemplating mergers or acquisitions must consider all potential anticompetitive implications of a deal, including the competitive effects of minority shareholder interests. The Federal Trade...more

Not Just Mergers – FTC Highlights Commonly Missed HSR Reportable Transactions

by Mintz Levin on

The Premerger Notification Office (the “PNO”) of the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) recently issued a reminder about often overlooked “transactions” that may require notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Foreign Devices, Apps Cautioned About COPPA Violations

Potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the COPPA Rule triggered letters to two foreign companies from the Federal Trade Commission, cautioning that their apps and devices may run...more

The Weekly Privacy Rewind

by BakerHostetler on

Class Actions - Facebook Users BIPA Suit to Go Forward - • Denying cross-motions for summary judgment, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the class action against Facebook for...more

Add Digital Photocopiers To Your Cybersecurity Checklist

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Digital copiers pose many of the same cybersecurity risks associated with computers. This is so because they’re also computers. Data thieves know that office copiers run on “smart” technology with hard drives that store...more

FDA’s New Pharma Shame Game

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On May 17, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a new list targeting pharmaceutical companies that, in the FDA’s view, have used “certain ‘gaming’ tactics to delay generic competition.” The list is intended to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

More trouble for Wells Fargo, as news emerged yesterday that some employees in the company’s business banking wholesale unit “altered information on documents related to corporate customers” without customers’...more

THE LATEST: DOJ Continues Its Intense Focus on Decree Compliance

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - In March, we discussed the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division’s move to update its standard consent decree language to enhance decree enforceability. Among other things, the...more

Global media, technology, and communications quarterly - Spring 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

AI technologies present a variety of commercial opportunities and the potential to change our daily lives. At the same time, there are many legal, policy, commercial and strategic challenges that need to be considered across...more

AD-ttorneys@law

by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - CARU Corrects Kudos’ COPPA Consent Crack-up - Tech Specs Released for Transparency and Consent Framework - FTC Mutes Alleged Deceptive Amplifier Claims - Business Groups Demand Clarity on Autodialers -...more

FTC approves appointment of Andrew Smith to head Bureau of Consumer Protection

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

I was pleased to see the announcement by FTC Chairman Joseph Simons that the FTC has approved the appointment of Andrew Smith to serve as Director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, beginning next week....more

California Voters Likely to Decide Consumer Privacy Rules

by BakerHostetler on

California has a unique ballot initiative process that allows voters to directly pass legislation, and it appears that proponents of an initiative that could impact digital advertising and apply European Union (EU)-inspired...more

The “SMARTER” Act Moves a Step Closer to Harmonizing the Merger Review Process

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) share responsibility for merger enforcement under section 7 of the Clayton Act. However, differences in the...more

GDPR: Everybody's Doing It—Shouldn't You?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In just a few short days, on May 25, 2018, supervisory authorities in the European Union ("EU") will begin enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). The GDPR is a regulation enacted by the EU to...more

Andrew Smith Named Director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Andrew Smith was recently named Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. With a strong background in financial matters, businesses can expect Smith to focus on issues affecting consumer financial services....more

Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When hoping to resolve advertising concerns or disputes quickly and easily, companies should not only consider utilizing the National Advertising Division (“NAD”), but also the potentially lesser-known Electronic Retailing...more

FTC Doesn’t Hide Action Over LendingClub’s Allegedly Hidden Fees

Did a marketplace lender assess its customers “hidden fees”? A Federal Trade Commission suit in federal court accuses Lending Club of making false promises to consumers, then charging hundreds or even thousands of dollars in...more

FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Mortgage Relief Operation

by Goodwin on

On May 8, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted its request to preliminarily enjoin affiliated California-based debt relief companies from...more

The FTC Shines the Light on Hidden Fees and Hidden Disclosures: A Cautionary Tale for Advertisers

Surely we have all seen those television and online ads promising “no hidden fees” on services. It seems to have become the norm, as banks, mortgage lenders, and other businesses compete to lure consumers, using the promise...more

Industry lawyer expected to be appointed to head FTC Consumer Protection Bureau

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to media reports, the FTC is expected to appoint Andrew Smith, an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. who currently represents many industry clients, to lead the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau.  His...more

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