Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC continued its focus on consumer protection matters this week, announcing both finalized orders and consumer refunds in enforcement actions ranging from student debt relief to telemarketing. This, and more, after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (February 5 – February 9, 2024)

The FTC this week has primarily focused on consumer protection, announcing successful efforts against companies who failed to protect consumers from illegal telemarketing calls and hackers. The agency’s efforts build on a series of actions focusing on consumer privacy and security, which are all the more important as, in the agency’s words, “businesses face fresh incentives to hoard data to train AI models.” These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (January 29 – February 2, 2024)

The FTC continues to make strides at the start of the new year. The FTC and the Justice Department met with world leaders in the competition space and announced numerous updates to their procedures demonstrating the government’s commitment to remaining up to date with current technology and trends. This, and more, after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (January 22 – January 29, 2024)

As we enter 2024, the FTC is pushing forward on all fronts. The Bureau of Consumer Protection announced both settlements and actions, especially related to telemarketing and robocalls, as well as automotive industry junk fees and illegal uses of consumer location data. And, the FTC has scheduled a summit on Artificial Intelligence on January 25. This, and more, after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (January 1 – January 19, 2024)

The FTC has been active despite being in the midst of the holiday season. The Commission and the DOJ released its 2023 Merger Guidelines as well as a FY 2022 report detailing data on the HSR Premerger Notification Program. The Bureau of Consumer Protection was also active this week. It announced a new report summarizing key takeaways from an October 2023 roundtable examining the impact of generative artificial intelligence. The Commission also announced a new notice of proposed rulemaking and an extension to an existing proposed rulemaking related to consumer protection issues. These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (December 18 – December 29, 2023)

Since the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published its updated 2023 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising earlier this year, consumer reviews have been front of mind. This guidance covers, in part, the treatment of consumer reviews, and companies have been (or should be) preparing for an uptick in FTC enforcement. But it’s not just the FTC to watch out for. A recent wave of class actions arising under California Civil Code § 1670.8 related to a customer’s right to make statements about their experience with a seller has raised the bar for retailers to another level.Continue Reading I Can’t Say What? New Wave of Class Actions Target Consumer Review Terms & Conditions

The FTC kicked off the holiday season focusing on deceptive telemarketing practices. The Commission also announced the finalization of a rule targeting deceptive tactics used by salespeople during the car buying process. These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (December 11 – December 15, 2023)

The rapid and evolving development of artificial intelligence (“AI”) has alarmed various government agencies, especially the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”).  On November 21, the FTC approved an omnibus resolution simplifying the process for its staff to issue civil investigative demands (“CIDs”) in AI investigations.  This resolution comes on the heels of President Biden’s October executive order establishing new standards for AI safety and security.  Both actions may increase exposure for businesses involved in the use of products and services that use or are produced through AI.  Businesses should be knowledgeable about their use and marketing of AI and ensure their products and conduct do not pose a risk to consumers or competition.Continue Reading Federal Trade Commission: The AI Watchdog

FTC news was light the post-Thanksgiving week, and most press releases provided updates to earlier-reported agency activity. For example, the agency issued refunds to businesses in relation to a 2022 complaint, and testified to Congress as an update to March 2023 testimony. These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (November 27 – December 1, 2023)