April 29, 2016 This week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it has settled charges against Gigats.com and its owners and operators (“Gigats”), resolving the agency’s first ever enforcement action against an education lead generator. What were the FTC’s charges against the lead generator and what are the terms of the settlement?

April 27, 2016 Last year, we reported on a lawsuit filed by Amazon.com, Inc. (“Amazon”) in Washington State against the owners of four websites offering paid online reviews.  Last Friday, Amazon filed another such lawsuit against a number of similar Amazon product reviewers. Why should sellers, paid reviewers and review-hosting websites be concerned about online…

April 21, 2016 Many advertisers, in their endless search for new and creative ways to promote their products, are enlisting the services of so-called social media “influencers” – individuals who are powerful, popular and relevant enough to influence others within their social sphere.  These influencers make product endorsements on behalf of advertisers through social media…

April 19, 2016 A recent MediaPost article exploring the search advertising efforts of the Avery Dennison Corporation (“Avery”) observed a substantial increase in clicks – and corresponding decrease in cost per click (“CPC”) and overall search ad costs – once Avery began enforcing its trademark rights. Are your trademark enforcement practices leaving money on the…

April 15, 2016 Last week, a putative class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Edible Arrangements, LLC (“EA”) sent automated text message advertisements without obtaining the prior express written consent of recipients in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  The TCPA class…

April 14, 2016 In today’s e-commerce dominated economy, it is critical for alarm companies to not only have a strong Internet presence, but to also ensure that such presence is compliant with applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.  Additionally, having consumer friendly interfaces, with optimized online registration and/or purchasing flows can help maximize…

April 13, 2016 The Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) is currently seeking comment on whether it should establish a bright-line rule for telephone lines in residential homes that are used for business purposes.  The petition prompting the FCC’s request was filed by Todd C. Bank – a lawyer and established class action plaintiff…

April 8, 2016 This Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals held that parents and legal guardians can provide vicarious consent for the recording of their children’s conversations. Why should recording parties be concerned about wiretapping laws?

April 5, 2016 On April 1, 2016, a class action lawsuit was commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that Consumers Union of United States, Inc., a branch of the popular magazine publisher of Consumer Reports (“Consumer Union”), sold personally identifiable information of Consumer Reports magazine subscribers…

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