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To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...more

Spilman Alert - Breaking Insights: Shutting Another Door on Suing Insurance Companies in West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently closed an avenue for bad faith claims. In this case, the insured, CMD, sued its own liability insurance company, State Auto, for not settling the claims asserted against it...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...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

Northern District of California Drops FTC Unfairness Claim Against D-Link Systems

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued a mixed ruling on D-Link Systems’ motion to dismiss in FTC v. D-Link Sys., Inc. D-Link sells routers and Internet protocol (IP) cameras that it...more

FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...more

Pharma and Biotech: Key Trends and Legal Risks

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

How to thrive amid uncertainty? This was the question we explored at the 35th FT Global Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Conference. Here are five key industry trends and corresponding practical legal tips to help companies...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

Internal Business Disputes, Third Parties, And Section 75-1.1

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The reach of N.C. Gen. Stat § 75-1.1 extends to conduct “in or affecting commerce.” Although this phrasing seems broad, courts interpreted it to exempt several types of conduct from the statute’s purview. One recognized...more

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

Illinois lawmakers override governor’s veto of student loan servicing bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to override the veto by the state’s Republican governor of Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act. ...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

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part III of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the third in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog. Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

State AGs and FTC Combine Forces for Consumer Protection

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A dozen bipartisan State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently instigated a medieval siege dubbed “Operation Game of Loans” against alleged student loan relief scams. This coordinated nationwide...more

U.S. District Court Sanctions Weight-Loss Supplement Marketers for Violating Past Court Order

by Reed Smith on

A judge in the Northern District of Georgia has found a number of defendants, comprising a larger company named Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Hi-Tech”), in contempt for repeated violations of court orders prohibiting the...more

Retailer Liability Under The Florida Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices Act

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Retailer Liability Under the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act - Florida retailers have long been part of products liability litigation based on their position in the chain of distribution. But retailers now...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

CFPB Continues Focus on UDAAP

by Baker Donelson on

There is a continued focus by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on acts or practices deemed unfair, deceptive, or abusive – commonly called "UDAAP." This article provides a summary overview of UDAAP and then an...more

Cybersecurity: New Front for Attacks on Franchise Model

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Much has been written on the growing risks of data breaches and other cyberattacks, especially after the massive security breach at Equifax in September 2017. Recent cases holding franchisors liable for franchisees’ data...more

The North Carolina Business Court Explores The Boundaries Of “Substantial Aggravating Circumstances”

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Courts have long recognized limitations on claims brought under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 in conjunction with alleged breaches of contract. Although the North Carolina Supreme Court has never formally recognized a restriction,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

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

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Deception and Unfair Practices Come Preinstalled

by BakerHostetler on

Lenovo, a manufacturer of personal computers, recently agreed, among other things, to implement a software security program in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over issues with third-party software...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Frank White Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican state Representative Frank White announced his candidacy in the open 2018 race for Florida AG. He is also the general counsel...more

Product Liability Update: October 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Multi-District Litigation Holds Under Six States’ Laws That Manufacturer Of Brand-Name Pharmaceutical Is Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Generic Equivalents Whose Manufacturers Were Required...more

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