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February 2015

Feb 26, 2015

In the 1990s, the Buffalo Bills famously lost four Super Bowls in a row. Now the Buffalo, New York area has achieved another inglorious four-fer: Two cases announced today makes a total of four FTC suits in less than a year against Buffalo-based debt collectors accused of abusive tactics....

Feb 23, 2015

According to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma of the skin is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Many people want to keep an eye out for possible symptoms and take action fast, if necessary. So, could you make an app for that? Hmm, as “app”ealing as it sounds, hold the phone. In two...

Feb 20, 2015

Once you’re subject to an FTC order, if you do not comply with its provisions, there are consequences in addition to any you face for deceptive or misleading practices.  Violation of an order can pave the way for civil penalties. This week, the Commission filed a...

Feb 13, 2015

It was a new era for shoppers in the 1960s. Suburbs, malls and grocery stores boomed. Esso “put a tiger in your tank.” And unscrupulous marketers came up with some new tricks. It turns out that a “jumbo pound” weighed, you guessed it – one pound. Into the fray entered the...

Feb 12, 2015

If you’re in the debt collection business, it’s up to you to comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If not, you might find yourself looking for another line of work.

The...

Feb 11, 2015

Does your app collect users’ locations? Is that happening even when they’re not using the app?  Savvy developers understand the importance of giving consumers a clear picture of what’s going on. The FTC has advice on making your practices more transparent.

Consumers get that an app giving...

Feb 9, 2015

As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. That’s so true when it comes to the thorny issues surrounding debt collection practices. Unlawful debt collection practices are a long-standing source of consumer complaints.  So, it...

Feb 6, 2015

POM Wonderful’s advertising claims were false and deceptive. That’s the conclusion of the United States Court of Appeals in upholding the FTC’s ruling. We think it’s a momentous victory for our two clients:...

Feb 3, 2015

If your clients make environmental claims, the FTC staff just sent 20 warning letters you’ll want to tell them about. The subject is doggie bags and leftovers – but not that...

January 2015

Jan 30, 2015

She’s got a competition clutch with four on the floor
And she purrs like a kitten ‘til the lake pipes roar.
And if that ain’t enough to make you flip your lid,
There's one more thing. I got the pink slip, Daddy.

Back in the days of...

Jan 29, 2015

This post about the FTC’s law enforcement action against Craig Brittain will be a little different. No bullet points parsing the nuances of complaint allegations....

Jan 28, 2015

Certain advertising terms are bound to attract consumer attention: “free,” “no diet or exercise required” – and for people in the market for mobile data plans, “unlimited.” The...

Jan 27, 2015

Identity theft is always taxing on victims. But when it’s tax identity theft – where fraudsters file for tax refunds in someone else’s name – HR professionals can play a key role as the defender that deters the crime, the sentry that spots it, and the cavalry that rushes to the rescue....

Jan 27, 2015

We’ve all been talking about the Internet of Things – the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet to send and receive data. (We wouldn’t be surprised if our devices are talking about it, too.)...

Jan 26, 2015

Some people call it the “Oz Effect” – the bump in consumer demand after a product or ingredient is featured on the The Dr. Oz Show. In a just-announced settlement, the FTC says defendants Lindsey Duncan, Pure Health LLC, and Genesis Today, Inc., took advantage of that phenomenon by...

Jan 23, 2015

We often get questions about how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act applies in the school setting. The COPPA Rule gives parents control over what information “an...

Jan 23, 2015

53 and it’s likely to go up. That’s the number of data security law enforcement actions the FTC has settled so far. The facts of each case are different, but distilled down to the basics, they stand for one central proposition: Your company’s data security measures should be reasonable and...

Jan 21, 2015

57,606,609. That’s the staggering number of illegal telemarketing calls a federal judge in Illinois has ruled that satellite TV company Dish Network is liable for....

Jan 20, 2015

A chocolate cake that causes weight loss? A recliner that tones your abs while you watch TV? They’re in our pantheon of products we’d buy in a second. Here’s something to add to that list: a videogame scientifically proven to help kids focus, enhance memory, boost attention, and improve behavior...

Jan 16, 2015

The FTC has brought a number of cases against payday lenders who use deceptive or unfair tactics. But a just-announced settlement with online lenders AMG Services and MNE...

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