Customer loyalty programs are discounts and coupons provided by a retailer to its shoppers as an incentive and reward for repeat purchases.
As someone who has litigated extensively against federal regulators on advertising issues, I have first-hand knowledge of how difficult it is to prevail in a case brought by the feds.
Risky (Health Care) Business: Disclosure of FTC Data Security Enforcement Potential to Investors and Other Third Parties
Readers of this blog know that we have been tracking the FTC’s recent data security enforcement activities with a particular focus on the FTC v. LabMD case.
On May 30, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a dispute with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) regarding the Commission’s authority to require the pharmaceutical industry to report certain transfers of exclusive patent rights under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act.
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released a report on the data broker industry that summarizes the FTC’s findings from an investigation of nine data brokers.
On May 27, 2014, the FTC released its report “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability”. In the report, the FTC advocates for more transparency from data brokers, defined in the report as “companies that collect consumers’ personal information and resell or share that information with others.”
On May 28, 2014, the FTC announced a settlement with the company that sells Lice Shield shampoos, leave-in sprays, and products to be applied to head gear. In the FTC’s view, the company did not possess adequate substantiation for claims that the products will prevent or reduce the risk of head lice.
For those that have adjusted to the fact that the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice really do care if you agree with your competitors to not recruit each other’s employees (for which, see this recent reminder from DOJ involving E-Bay’s alleged involvement in the scheme among high-tech companies to avoid “poaching” each other’s employees), the FTC just settled an investigation of two ski manufacturers that allegedly agreed not to solicit each other’s endorsers along with an agreement not to solicit each other’s employees.
On Wednesday, the FTC announced amendments to the regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act, which conform the regulations to the requirements of the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act and harmonize them with the Textile Labeling Rules.