Last week, ten privacy groups requested that the FTC open an investigation into a Topps Co. online contest, which they allege violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
On December 3, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced two administrative settlements with a medical Billing Provider, PaymentsMD, LLC, and its former CEO, Michael Hughes, for allegedly misleading thousands of consumers who signed up for an online billing portal by failing to adequately disclose that the company would seek detailed medical information from pharmacies, medical labs, and insurance companies.
In recent months, two federal regulating agencies have delivered decisions in which they unexpectedly took a broad interpretation of the law as it pertains to privacy—leaving some legal experts wondering if this is a sign of the times.
The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it settled charges against a health billing company and its former CEO that they misled consumers who had signed up for their online billing portal by failing to inform them that the company would seek detailed medical information from pharmacies, medical labs and insurance companies.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission regulates the labeling and advertising of products as “Made in the USA.” Under the Commission’s policy guidelines, a claim that a product is simply “Made in the USA” is permissible only if a product is “all or virtually all” produced in the United States.
Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas directed the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to seek mediation to resolve their landmark dispute over whether the FTC has the authority to regulate companies’ data-security practices.
FTC to Advertisers and Media: Make Adequate Disclosures, Otherwise Face Potential Enforcement Actions for “Deceptive” Ads
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff have been making the rounds to remind advertisers and media outlets how important it is to make adequate disclosures in ads, including during a marketing law conference that members of Wiley Rein’s media group attended earlier this month.
Consumers increasingly pay a premium for environmentally friendly products. As a result, companies are expanding their green marketing claims regarding products and packaging.
The FTC sent a message to “patent trolls” earlier this month, though how well that message will resonate remains to be seen. On Nov. 6, the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection concluded its investigation into MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC’s practices involving its so-called “inquiry letters” by agreeing to accept a consent order.
“Trust but verify” is an old Russian proverb that former president Ronald Reagan used in arms negotiations with his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev.