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Alert: FCC Reverses 2015 Open Internet Order

by Cooley LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the FCC adopted a decision reversing nearly all of the significant elements of its 2015 Open Internet Order and the "network neutrality" rules from that order, retaining only the requirement that...more

Top Advertising Law Enforcement Trends for the New Year

by Perkins Coie on

This holiday season, brands are ready for bustling sales, special offers and joyful consumers. However, with regulators on the lookout for deceptive practices and plaintiffs’ attorneys ready to file class actions, the...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

FCC Passes the “Restoring Internet Freedom” Order, Repealing Net Neutrality Rules and Restoring FTC Jurisdiction Over Online...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Today, the FCC voted to pass the Restoring Internet Freedom order, which repeals the 2015 “net neutrality” rules and reverts back to the “light regulatory” touch the FCC previously had in place regarding internet service...more

FCC Votes to Adopt Internet Freedom Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the Commission voted 3-2 as expected along party lines to adopt the Internet Freedom Order that had been circulated as a draft on November 22, 2017. When effective, the new order will reverse the...more

What to Expect from the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This Thursday, December 14th, the FCC will vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, after releasing a draft on November 22nd. The Draft Order would overturn the FCC’s earlier 2015 Open Internet Order. We don’t expect any...more

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) includes a safe harbor provision that protects appropriately registered online service providers from potential secondary liability for the infringing acts of others. Ironically, in...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

Proposed Law Would Criminalize Failures to Report Data Breaches

A draft bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate serves as a good reminder that compliance with data breach reporting requirements is critical. This bill follows significant, high-profile data breaches by Uber and Equifax,...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | December 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Sen. Hatch Introduces New Bill Regulating Cosmetic Safety - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced legislation aiming to modernize cosmetics regulation, proposing amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act...more

No-Poaching And Wage-Fixing Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws, DOJ And FTC Warn

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Antitrust laws prohibit price fixing among competing sellers, but those same laws also apply to buyers. Since every company with employees is a “buyer” of employees’ services, federal regulators are reminding businesses that...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

Securities Fraud Action Based Upon DeVry University's Representations About Graduate Employment Rates Was Dismissed Because...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a securities fraud lawsuit brought against DeVry Education Group, Inc. and several of its executives (“DeVry”), with leave...more

Federal Agencies Respond to Concerns About Student Privacy

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Education (ED) increasingly are responding to concerns about educational technology and its ability to capture and manipulate massive quantities of private student and...more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bill Requiring 30-Day Notification of Company Data Breaches

As we near the end of a year that has seen more than its share of massive data breaches, two bills have been introduced (one re-introduced) in the U.S. Senate....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

Article 29 Working Party Sets Deadline to Address Privacy Shield Concerns

by Hogan Lovells on

Hot on the heels of the European Commission’s official review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, the Article 29 Working Party (Working Party) of EU data protection regulators has issued its own report...more

ICYMI: PrivSec’s Weekly News Picks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

IAB Europe reported that it “presented a new technical standard to support the digital advertising ecosystem in meeting requirements relating to user consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).” The...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Chris Mattei Announces Campaign for Connecticut Attorney General- Democrat Chris Mattei announced his candidacy for Connecticut AG in 2018, switching statewide races and forgoing a previously...more

The Latest: FTC Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Retail Fuel Station Transaction— Requires Three Localized Divestitures in Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) is a Canadian corporation and is engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States. Circle K Stores, Inc. (Circle K) is a wholly owned...more

International News: Brexit & the US Administration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Cross Border M&A: The Impact of Brexit, the Trump Administration, and China’s Crackdown on Capital Flight The combination of Brexit, the Trump Administration, and China’s tightening grasp on capital, appear to have created...more

Bill Proposes Jail Time for Executives Who Conceal Data Breaches

by Alston & Bird on

On November 30, 2017, a group of U.S. senators re-introduced a bill, known as the Data Security and Breach Notification Act, which seeks to impose criminal liability of up to five years of jail time on any corporate executive...more

The Internet of Toys: Legal and Privacy Issues with Connected Toys

by Dickinson Wright on

Most people have heard of the Internet of Things, or IoT. With the holidays fast approaching, and with the onslaught of new smart and Internet-connected smart toys, for parents and toy manufacturers, at least for the next few...more

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Signals Shift in Antitrust/IP Focus

• Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Makan Delrahim, the new head of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), recently announced a shift from the prior Administration’s focus on the dangers of patent “hold-up”...more

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