September 13, 2019 As readers of this blog well know, on January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) will go into effect. Businesses must be prepared to comply with the CCPA in order to avoid civil penalties of up to seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) per violation. The first step in that…

September 13, 2019 On August 16, 2019, fantasy sports operator SportsHub Games Network, Inc. (“SportsHub”) and the New Jersey Attorney General entered into a Consent Order in which SportsHub agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty for operating a fantasy sports website in New Jersey without a permit. Pursuant to the terms of the New Jersey…

September 10, 2019 On July 12, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a complaint against AH Media Group, LLC, and its owners, Henry Block and Alan Schill (collectively, “Defendants”), for allegedly violating certain free trial laws as codified in Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, Section 4 of the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act…

September 9, 2019 The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (the “Court”) recently issued a ruling declaring that the receipt of a single unsolicited text message advertisement is insufficient to permit the text recipient to sue in federal court for alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The TCPA law…

August 30, 2019  On August 27, 2019, an Illinois-based operator of several post-secondary and vocational schools entered into a stipulation and order with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) arising out of allegations of deceptive marketing. Specifically, the FTC alleged that Career Education Corporation and its subsidiaries (collectively, “CEC”) violated Sections 5, 13, and 19 of…

August 29, 2019 On May 24, 2019, Tom Brady’s company, TEB Capital Management, INC. (“TEB”), submitted separate intent-to-use trademark applications for “Tom Terrific” (the “Mark”) in connection with international class 025 for T-shirts and shirts, and international class 016 for collectible trading cards, sports trading cards, posters, and printed photographs, respectively. These applications were refused…

August 27, 2019 On August 22, 2019, it was announced that 51 state attorneys general and 12 telecommunications service providers (AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and Windstream) have collaborated to implement certain anti-robocalling principles intended to protect consumers from the growing scourge of illegal robocalls. In announcing this…

August 22, 2019 We have previously blogged about Nevada Senate Bill 220 and how it amended Nevada’s data privacy law to provide consumers with the ability to opt-out of the sale of their personally identifiable information to certain businesses. Given that the Nevada opt-out requirements go into effect on October 1, 2019, we wanted to…

August 21, 2019  Website accessibility lawsuits (i.e., lawsuits alleging discrimination on the basis that websites contain access barriers that limit navigation for disabled people) increased 177% percent from 2017 to 2018 alone. These website accessibility lawsuits have been brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis…

August 15, 2019 The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) Bureau of Consumer Protection has entered into a consent agreement with Unrollme Inc. (“Unrollme”), preventing Unrollme from continuing to engage in practices which the FTC considers to be unfair or deceptive, in violation of Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a). This…

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