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March 2015

Mar 20, 2015

Parents and educators have been thinking a lot lately about the interplay between schools and the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. So we’ve revised our...

Mar 19, 2015

If your company offers warranties, a proposed FTC settlement with BMW of North America’s MINI Division suggests that a compliance check-up could be warranted.

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Mar 18, 2015

The desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone and wireless wearable. Perhaps the only device we used yesterday that wasn’t connected to the internet was the crockpot. And it may know more than it’s telling.

The FTC first considered how businesses combine and exchange consumer information for...

Mar 12, 2015

“What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love, and understanding?” Elvis Costello asked that musical question back in the day. The Memorandum of Understanding between the FTC and CFPB...

Mar 9, 2015

If your company transfers consumer data from the European Union to the U.S., you’ll want to know about the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Program, a voluntary international privacy framework that lets companies transfer data from the EU to the U.S. in a way that complies with EU law.

To participate...

Mar 6, 2015

If you watch as much TV as we do, you may have been tempted to reach for the phone to order the Snuggie, that blanket with sleeves for couch potatoes; Forever Comfy, the answer to rump-sprung chairs; or a host of other items sold by New York-based Allstar Marketing Group. And if one Magic Mesh,...

Mar 4, 2015

Before your business cruises its way to violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), you’ll want to pay attention to the FTC’s latest case against telemarketers. The lesson: if the call includes a sales pitch, the TSR applies – no matter what other purpose the call may have.   

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February 2015

Feb 27, 2015

Consumers often first go to online review sites when they are thinking about buying a product or hiring a service provider. As a result, most businesses are concerned about managing their online reputation. But a...

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...

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