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FTC Ramps up COVID-19 Activity After Improving its Data Security Enforcement Orders

Ryan Blaney, Stephanie Kapinos and Kevin Milewski With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), cybersecurity criminals and scammers are ramping up their efforts to target vulnerable employers and workforces. The FTC announced today that since January they have received more than 7,800 fraud complaints from consumers related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the FTC isn’t slowing down either. Even with the FTC having to change its own procedures due to COVID-19, the FTC has been publishing gu...
Tags: Law, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Andrew Smith, Equifax Inc, Equifax, Eleventh Circuit, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB, LabMD Inc, Kevin Milewski, COVID, Ryan Blaney Stephanie Kapinos, Clixsense


Williams-Sonoma agrees to pay $1M for false 'Made in USA' claims

Williams-Sonoma has agreed to pay $1M to the FTC for misrepresenting the origin of some of its bakeware and furniture products at brands including Pottery Barn.  
Tags: Usa, Advertising, Ftc, Williams Sonoma


United States: FTC Increasingly Looks To Public Companies' SEC Disclosures For Privacy And Cybersecurity Enforcement Opportunities - Cooley LLP

While the FTC does not make its initial privacy and cybersecurity investigations public, there have been reports that the FTC has initiated an increasing number of privacy and ...
Tags: News, United States, Ftc


United States: Coronavirus Sparks Changes To Premerger Notification Process At The FTC - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

In response to COVID-19, the FTC's Premerger Notification Office (PNO) just announced several changes for all Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR)
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Hampton, Premerger Notification Office PNO


Worldwide: FTC And EC Announce Temporary Procedures For Hart-Scott-Rodino And EU Premerger Notification Filings During COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

As of March 17, 2020, the FTC and DOJ will accept only electronic submissions of HSR notifications (no filings accepted March 16, 2020).
Tags: News, Eu, EC, Doj, Ftc, Hart Scott Rodino, Gump Strauss Hauer, Feld LLP


Who gets a stimulus check? And beware of coronavirus scams

Retirees, workers and people laid off from work all will get coronavirus-related stimulus checks as long as they have a Social Security number, filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 and meet the income requirements. The checks will be sent via direct deposit if the IRS has bank account information from previous tax filings. If the IRS doesn’t have that info, expect a check in the mail. People should start receiving relief checks, or direct deposits, within three weeks, according to Treasury Secretar...
Tags: Business, News, California News, Infographic, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Alaska, Treasury, Fda, Business Education, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Irs, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, U S Food and Drug Administration


It’s still easy to find coronavirus mask ads on Facebook

Ads for face masks are still appearing on Facebook, Instagram and Google, according to a review of the platforms carried out by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP). This despite pledges by the platforms that they would stamp out ads which seek to profit from the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook said on March 6 that it would temporarily ban commerce listings and advertisements for medical face masks, in an effort to combat price-gouging and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis. Google ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Mask, Ftc, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Mark Warner, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Page


United States: FTC Announces Suspension Of Early Terminations Of The Waiting Period Under The HSR Act And Temporary E-Filing Procedures - Arnold & Porter

The Premerger Notification Office of the Federal Trade Commission (PNO) has announced temporary filing procedures under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) in...
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Porter


Google says it has removed 'millions of ads in the past week' relating to coronavirus, but users are still seeing ads for products like face masks

Weeks after Google said it banned adds for face masks, users still reported seeing them on news articles about COVID-19. Sens. Mark Warner and Richard Blumenthal have called on the FTC to take action against Google for continuing to serve advertisements for products like face masks and hand sanitizers. The company told Business Insider it's removed millions of ads in the past week alone related to the novel coronavirus. Google told Business Insider it has a "dedicated task force" working to re...
Tags: Google, Virginia, US, Trends, Weber Shandwick, Cnn, New York Times, Connecticut, Vox, Kafka, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Trump, Richard Blumenthal, Mountain View California, Peter Kafka


Coronavirus Scams: Consumers Warned to Beware of ‘Proliferation’ of Bogus Claims

Looking to exploit the corornavirus pandemic as a way to grab a quick buck, scammers are increasingly targeting stuck-at-home consumers with offers ranging from fake testing kits to bogus cures as well as soliciting donations to fake charities, according to U.S. government officials. The FCC on Friday warned of a “proliferation of scam phone calls […]
Tags: News, Fcc, Ftc, Coronavirus


How YouTube and Instagram stars are adapting their businesses as the coronavirus impacts the influencer-marketing industry

Welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter! This is Amanda Perelli, writing to you from my desk at home, and here's an update on what's new in the business of influencers and creators. First off, I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home, and I hope all of you are healthy and staying safe!  This week, my colleague Dan Whateley and I caught up with several creators across YouTube and Instagram, along with industry experts, on how they are adjusting their businesses to continue to...
Tags: Google, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Youtube, Trends, David White, The New York Times, Ken Burns, Wall Street Journal, Esports, Cruz, Usc, Anderson, Sapphire


United States: FTC Puts Influencers And Sponsors On Notice With $15.2 Million Judgment - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

"Influencers should be on notice," Federal Trade Commissioner Noah J. Phillips tweeted on March 6, 2020.
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett, Dunner LLP, Noah J Phillips


New GDPR Tool Helps Companies Automate Compliance and Documentation

Even amid a global pandemic, companies are not exempt from compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which applies to any company that stores or processes personal information about EU citizens, including U.S. companies. Aiming to make GDPR compliance easier for companies, SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is today launching a product to help companies automate GDPR compliance and documentation. The GDPR tool can ...
Tags: Law, California, Uncategorized, Eu, Ftc, Parker, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, Wilson Sonsini, Kimball Dean Parker, WSGR, SixFifty


United States: Stirring The Pot: Tea Marketer Settles With FTC Over Unsubstantiated Health Claims, Inadequate Influencer Disclosures - Venable LLP

Last week, the FTC entered into a settlement with Teami, LLC, a marketer of teas and tea-based skincare products that the FTC alleges promoted its products with deceptive
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Venable LLP, Teami LLC


Senators blast Google for facemask ads, demand action from FTC

Two Democratic senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to pursue enforcement action against Google Tuesday saying the company is continuing to allow ads for the sale of facemasks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tags: Google, Cnn, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


United States: FTC Staff Perspectives On Small Business Financing Enforcement Dangers - Venable LLP

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection released a much-anticipated paper on small business financing...
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection


Apple may face a rare competition fine from France over its sales and distribution practices

France's competition watchdog is getting ready to hit Apple with an antitrust fine next Monday, two sources close to the matter told Reuters. The sources didn't give details about how big the fine will be. Apple paid $28 million to France's consumer watchdog earlier this year for failing to tell customers that updating their iPhones could slow down their device.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. France's competition watchdog is set to fine iPhone maker Apple next Monday ov...
Tags: Apple, Google, California, France, US, Trends, Eu, Silicon Valley, Ftc, Reuters, Politico Europe, Apple Facebook Microsoft, DGCCRF, Apple Amazon Google Microsoft, Isabelle de Silva


The FTC provided specific guidelines on what influencers should and shouldn't do for sponsored posts in its recent $1 million settlement with a marketer

The Federal Trade Commission reached a $1 million settlement with the diet tea brand, Teami, last week after regulators accused the company of making deceptive health claims and improper ad disclosures in its influencer marketing. The agency sent warning letters to 10 influencers involved with the campaign, providing specific information on the ways it felt they inadequately disclosed that their content was sponsored. The FTC's initial complaint, warning letters to influencers, and proposed se...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Ken Burns, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cardi, Instagram YouTube, Teami, Teami Click, Teami FTC


What influencers can learn about how to properly disclose sponsored posts from the FTC's $1 million settlement with an advertiser

The Federal Trade Commission reached a $1 million settlement with the diet tea brand, Teami, last week after regulators accused the company of making deceptive health claims and improper ad disclosures in its influencer marketing. The agency sent warning letters to 10 influencers involved with the campaign, providing specific information on the ways it felt they inadequately disclosed that their content was sponsored. The FTC's initial complaint, warning letters to influencers, and proposed se...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Ken Burns, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cardi, Instagram YouTube, Teami, Teami Click, Teami FTC


The most money YouTube stars have made from a single video, Hollywood agents turn to TikTok, and the coronavirus hurts esports

Welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter! This is Amanda Perelli, and I'll be briefing you on what's new in the business of influencers and creators. TikTok's surge in popularity sparked a talent war in the entertainment industry, with agents and managers competing to nab these new viral stars. "It started this frenzy," said Justin Greenberg, a digital agent at WME. "We found it really interesting because we are now dealing with sort of the premier Gen Z creator, who is defining t...
Tags: Hollywood, Instagram, Youtube, Los Angeles, Trends, House, Paris Hilton, WME, Coachella, Twitch, Hudson, Disney Channel, Ftc, Emarketer, Dan, Kevin


United States: Episode 303: Another merger The FTC Should Block - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

In our 303rd episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart Baker interviews FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips. They discuss Commissioner Phillips's speech at the Stanford Law...
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Phillips, Johnson LLP, Noah Phillips


United States: FTC Action Says Influencers Made False Claims And Failed To Include Proper Disclosures - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Teami sells a variety of detox tea products on its website, including Teami Profit tea and Teami Relax tea.
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Selz, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein, Teami


Coronavirus leads Sen. Ed Markey to ask the FTC to stop the gouging and scams

In the wake of  price spikes for critical coronavirus supplies, Sen. Ed Markey is urging the FTC to come up with a plan to stop gouging and scams         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, Ftc, Sen Ed Markey


Feds warn Buena Park firm warn about pitching coronavirus cures

A Buena Park seller of essential oils and non-traditional health supplements was warned by federal regulators for making misleading claims about their products’ ability to prevent or cure coronavirus. The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday, March 9, sent warning letters to Puneet Nanda and GuruNanda LLC of Buena Park for “allegedly selling unapproved products that may violate federal law by making deceptive or scientifically unsupported claims about thei...
Tags: Business, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Fda, Stagecoach, Local News, Riverside County, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, U S Food and Drug Administration, Jim Bakker, Buena Park, Southern California News Group, Gurunanda, Top Stories LADN


Worldwide: FTC Releases 2019 Privacy And Security Year In Review - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

The FTC recently released its annual privacy and security report, providing a snapshot of the issues focused on in the previous year. These reports are often looked at as a signal for insights...
Tags: News, Ftc, Hampton


Stila No Longer Available At Sephora

Stila might not be available at Sephora soon! I was browsing Sephora.com today and I noticed most of Stila’s catalog has been downsized dramatically! As of now Sephora carries seven Stila products. Could this mean Stila is exiting Sephora? I have to admit this is rather sad as I remember Stila being one of the first “big” brands I purchase from Sephora many, many years ago! I mean, I could be paranoid maybe they are revamping the line but somehow I feel like Stila’s time at Sephora is comin...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Ftc, Ulta, Stila, Beauty News


United States: FTC Seeks To Block Jefferson's Pending Acquisition Of Einstein Healthcare Network - Duane Morris LLP

As part of ongoing hospital merger enforcement efforts, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed on February 28, 2020, an administrative complaint in an effort to block Thomas Jefferson University's
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Einstein Healthcare Network Duane Morris LLP


Disgraced Televangelist Jim Bakker Among Those Warned Not To Make False Coronavirus Cure Claims

The FDA and the FTC warned the companies their products for treating COVID-19 were fraudulent.
Tags: News, Fda, Ftc, Jim Bakker


Disgraced Televangelist Jim Bakker Warned Not To Make False Cure Claims

The FDA and the FTC warned that products claiming to treat COVID-19 were fraudulent.
Tags: News, Fda, Ftc, Jim Bakker


Disgraced Televangelist Jim Bakker Warned By FDA For Hawking Coronavirus Snake Oil

Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker wants you to know that, as long as you’ve got his branded “Silver Solution” on your side, the novel coronavirus epidemic sweeping the globe doesn’t stand a chance. If only those pesky federal regulators hadn’t gotten in the way! Bakker, a once-mainstream Evangelical disgraced by a sex scandal and a fraud conviction, is now best known for his relentless merchandizing, including with his buckets of freeze-dried food. And with viewers’ virus concerns peaking la...
Tags: New York, News, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Jim Bakker, Bakker, Sellman, Silver Solution, Matt Shuham, Joe Simons, Leticia James, COVID-19, Sherrill Sellman, FDA For Hawking Coronavirus Snake Oil