Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection division recently issued a staff perspective paper on the consumer protection issues facing small business financing. The paper follows the agency’s “Strictly Business” forum, held in May 2019, which examined trends in the marketplace, including online loans and alternative financing products. “The agency remains committed to protecting

In many of the settlement agreements and stipulated orders in the FTC’s recently released 2019 Privacy and Data Security Update, the FTC repeatedly imposed a set of uniform mandates for businesses to implement following a data breach. Businesses subject to the new California Consumer Privacy Act may be able to use this mandate to

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently introduced a 41-page bill that would transfer the authority to create and enforce data protection rules from the Federal Trade Commission to a new independent federal agency. This proposal comes on the heels of a similar proposal from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Both of these proposals have emerged due to

On February 4, the Federal Communications Commission issued seven letters to certain United States phone companies that provide gateway service for international robocalls into stateside networks, directing them to cooperate in tracing back those calls. The companies are used as gateways into the United States for robocalls that originate overseas; thus, are uniquely situated to

Bad internet reviews are the bane of business owners everywhere. Consumers flock to social media to air their grievances with companies, typically without fear of meaningful reprisal. This practice often leaves many corporate entities wondering what to do to deter this type of consumer sharing. When faced with this question – after reading less than

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada has sided with the Federal Trade Commission in a case against a set of “mortgage relief assistance” companies. The Court issued a sweeping permanent injunction that prohibits the scammers from marketing or providing any debt relief services whatsoever.

The suit stemmed from the actions of

On January 17, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement of allegations against a Latvian payment processor and its former CEO that they enabled a deceptive “free trial” offer scheme that billed United States consumers the full price for certain products and engaged in various tactics amounting to “credit card laundering.”

According to the FTC’s

Wire fraud cases, arising from what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls “business email compromise,” are on the rise. In 2018, the FBI reported that business email compromise and other internet-enabled theft, fraud, and exploitation resulted in $2.7 billion of financial loss. See FBI – IC3 Annual Report Released. Surprisingly, even sophisticated parties and

On December 20, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Washington district court’s decision that denied Huuuge, Inc.’s bid to arbitrate a proposed class action based on a browsewrap agreement. In Wilson v. Huuuge, Inc., No. 18-36017, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 37952 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2019), the Ninth Circuit held that “because Huuuge did not

On December 18, the Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement of claims against Alexander Nix, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, LLC, and Aleksandr Kogan, an app developer who worked with the company, regarding their roles in allegedly deceiving consumers in order to collect personal information for voter profiling and targeting.

The FTC’s complaint claimed