Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

On December 15, a district judge in California approved a settlement between MyLife.com, Inc. (MyLife), its CEO Jeffrey Tinsley, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The settlement bans MyLife and Tinsley from engaging in deceptive negative option marketing and requires them to pay $21 million due to

Colorado and Delaware have enacted new laws for automatic renewal or negative options offers. The new laws became effective January 1, 2022. Illinois already has a law on the books related to automatic renewals but has recently made a few minor amendments to it.

Colorado. Companies must disclose the following in a clear and conspicuous

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently signaled its readiness to take a more aggressive approach when it comes to enforcing consumer protection laws, especially for violations by for-profit colleges and institutions, advertisers, retailers, consumer products companies, multilevel marketing ventures, and even social media influencers. Over the course of October 2021, the FTC sent

On October 28, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a new policy statement on autorenewal and negative option marketing.

As its press release title indicates, the FTC intends to “ramp up enforcement” against companies offering subscription services via an autorenewal or negative option offer. Signaling its primary concerns, the FTC’s policy statement focuses on three

We recently posted that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warnings to a large number of companies in various industries about “unfair” or “deceptive” trade practices related to third-party endorsements. Some of the businesses that received those warnings included alcoholic beverage companies. FTC’s warnings raise the broader question of what is acceptable when it comes

On October 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued over 700 “Notice of Penalty Offenses” to a broad swath of businesses, warning them that using endorsements that deceive customers could result in significant civil penalties.

Overview

Through a press release,[1] the FTC issued the warnings to a large, diverse group of companies, covering almost

On September 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report to Congress that highlights the agency’s recent efforts to protect Americans’ privacy, announces the agency’s priorities for future data security and privacy protection efforts, and urges Congress to allocate more resources to the agency so it can expand its data security and privacy protection

On September 13, President Biden announced his intent to nominate privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya to serve as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If confirmed, Bedoya will take the seat currently held by Rohit Chopra, who President Biden has nominated as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as we

Our Regulatory Oversight Blog has been abuzz with news about the newly galvanized Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission). Besides beginning to flex its antitrust muscle, the FTC is also taking on deceptive trade practices, with its latest target being the deceptive use of the “Made in USA” or “Made in America” labels. On August

On July 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would restore the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ability to obtain equitable monetary remedies under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act. The legislation — H.R. 2667, the Consumer Protection and Recovery Act — passed by a vote of 221-205, with all House Democrats and two