FTC Issues 6(b) Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Services

On December 14, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them to provide a special report on data collection, advertisement, and user engagement practices. By a vote of 4 to 1, the FTC issued the orders to conduct a study, authorized by section 6(b) …

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Amanda Schreyer Quoted in Quartz Article on the Legal Importance of Influencer Authenticity

In Quartz's article Authenticity is the Biggest Challenge of the Influencer World, Amanda Schreyer comments on the potential legal consequences that influencers face when artificially inflating audience numbers, noting that it is fraud and could be a breach of contract. She also discusses the FTC mandate that influencer endorsements must be honest and that influencers …

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Civil Penalties for HSR Violations Raised by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission announced that the maximum civil penalty for violations of the premerger notification requirements of the HSR Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has increased from $16,000 to $40,000 per day. A premerger notification gives the FTC and the Department of Justice, which share jurisdiction over HSR, the ability to review a transaction for …

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Ad Network to pay $950,000 in civil penalties for alleged privacy misrepresentations and alleged COPPA violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement with InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile advertising network.  The FTC alleged that InMobi engaged in deceptive trade practices in violation of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act by misrepresenting its practices regarding online consumer tracking and collection of information from children.  The FTC also alleged that InMobi …

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FTC Reaches Settlement in First Crowdfunding Case

It took the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) less than 48 hours to settle its first ever crowdfunding case against a deceptive Kickstarter campaign, The Doom That Came to Atlantic City! According to the FTC’s complaint, project creator Erik Chevalier raised more than $122,000 from 1,246 backers to purportedly “develop, produce, and distribute” a board game entitled …

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Trends: Top 10 Intellectual Property Developments of 2013

Looking back at 2013, there were many interesting developments in intellectual property. In an effort to keep our contacts and clients up-to-date with the most recent IP law changes and court decisions, MBBP has compiled our Top 10 Intellectual Property Developments of 2013: AIA Institutes “First Inventor to File” System Association for Molecular Pathology v. …

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MBBP Publishes Articles on Data Privacy

MBBP has published two articles on Data Privacy, both written by licensing and intellectual property attorney Faith Kasparian. The first article, FTC’s Recommended Best Practices for Mobile Privacy Disclosures, discusses the Federal Trade Commission's report on privacy recommendations for mobile platforms, app developers, advertising networks (other third parties), as well as app developer trade associations including academics, usability experts, …

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COPPA Rule Amendments are in Effect as of July 1, 2013

By: Faith Kasparian On July 1, 2013, the amendments to the regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) went into effect. The COPPA Rule imposes requirements on operators of websites or online services (including apps) that are directed to children under the age of 13 or that have actual knowledge that they are …

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