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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 -

CFPB issues seventh annual FDCPA report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its seventh annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s and FTC’s activities in 2017. The CFPB’s previous FDCPA annual reports began with a message from former Director Cordray....more

Facebook In Hot Water With Latest Privacy Missteps

by Murtha Cullina on

Facebook is the subject of a recent media blitz due to the allegations that 50 million people had their information improperly disclosed to Cambridge Analytica, a data research firm that may have played a role in the 2016...more

FTC and FCC release tentative agenda for March 23 policy forum on robocalls

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we previously reported, on March 23, 2018 in Washington, D.C., the FTC and FCC will co-host a joint policy forum that will cover recent policy changes and enforcement actions as well as the agencies’ efforts to encourage...more


by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - IAB Alleviates the Anxiety of Influence - FTC Throws Made-in-the-USA Shade - ERSP Finds Whitening Claims Only Slightly Dimmed - Trump Administration Fails to Shock Public with FTC Picks - Camp Drugs’...more

Health Update - March 2018

The Promise of Data-Driven Healthcare: Megatrends for 2018 - Editor’s Note: For state health programs, payers, providers and life sciences companies, data and analytics have become essential to facilitating efficient and...more

FTC Alleges Dental Supply Companies Conspired to Avoid Discounts

Introduction - The federal antitrust agencies are continuing to focus on anticompetitive practices by healthcare companies, most recently in the dental industry. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued three...more

Facebook And The FTC: A Wake-Up Call For Companies Collecting Personal Data

by Ifrah PLLC on

The FTC is reported to be joining state and international regulators in examining Cambridge Analytica’s actions with data accessed from Facebook, including how the data analytics company obtained the information, what it did...more

DOJ Intends to Criminally Prosecute No Poaching Agreements

by BakerHostetler on

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently confirmed that it intends to bring criminal antitrust prosecutions of companies that have entered into “wage-fixing” or “no poaching” agreements. At a...more

Alert: Consumer Protection Enforcement Trends to Watch as New Leadership Takes Over FTC

by Cooley LLP on

With new leadership poised to take the helm at the Federal Trade Commission, now is an opportune time to review consumer protection trends and developments to watch over the coming months as the new commissioners get down to...more

FTC Settles With Payment and Social Networking Service

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Order with an online payment system company, settling charges that its payment and social networking service violated the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and related...more

Cyber Risk News & Trends

Cybersecurity This Month - Are U.S Elections At Risk? "Frankly, the United States is under attack," U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on...more

FTC Makes Moves to Protect Senior Citizens

In an effort to protect older consumers, the Federal Trade Commission filed a pair of actions challenging sweepstakes and tech scams....more

FTC Nominees Make Progress

The confirmation of four new members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—including a chairperson—inched closer to reality after the Senate Commerce Committee approved the nominations....more

FTC Report Provides Recommendations to Businesses Providing Mobile and Connected Services On Security Updates

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report summarizing the results of its investigation into improving mobile device security, particularly in regard to releasing security updates (i.e., patches) for devices in...more

Privacy, Disclosure Failures Cost Venmo in FTC Deal

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a deal with PayPal, Inc., settling charges that the company violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by misleading consumers about the extent to which they could...more

FTC Issues Proposed Consent Order to Online Payment Processing Company Over Allegations of Privacy and Security Violations

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The FTC recently reached a settlement with a worldwide online payment processing company regarding the actions of its subsidiary, a peer-to-peer payment and social networking application and website, over alleged violations...more

March Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Two More FTC Nominees Pass Senate Committee, Await Full Senate Vote - On Jan. 25, Donald Trump nominated Christine S. Wilson and Noah Joshua Phillips to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Christine Wilson...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot: July – December 2017 Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

United States: July – December 2017 Update - Although delays in antitrust appointments continued throughout the second half of 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) continued to actively...more

No-Poaching Agreements Under DOJ’s Microscope: Criminal Indictments May Be Next

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In October 2016, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission jointly issued their Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals (“Guidance”). As stated in its...more

FTC Alleges Another Price Discrimination Market – Seeks to Block Wilhelmsen’s Acquisition of Drew Marine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it has challenged a merger between Wilhelmsen Maritime Services (Wilhelmsen) and Drew Marine Group (Drew) because of an overlap in service to “global fleet...more

Web Hosting Services: Are They Secure?

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that some web hosting services marketing their services to small businesses are not providing email authentication and anti-phishing technologies as part of...more

Hogan Lovells Represents Sears in Achieving First-Ever Modification to FTC Privacy Consent Order

by Hogan Lovells on

The FTC has approved the first-ever petition to reopen and modify a privacy-related consent order. The petition, filed by Sears Holdings Management Corporation, sought to amend the terms of Sears’ 2009 consent order (the...more

FTC Explains Evolution of COPPA in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the FTC hosted a live Twitter chat to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Early attention to the antitrust considerations of a given transaction can go a long way towards promoting the chances of timely or even early clearance of a transaction. As an initial matter, parties should focus their...more

Federal Trade Commission Publishes Report Regarding Mobile Security Updates

by King & Spalding on

In May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued Orders to File Special Reports under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act to the major mobile device manufacturers in an effort to address concerns that...more

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