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FTC Issues Sharing Economy Report

In June 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop on The “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators. The Commission also solicited public comments on the topic, receiving more than 2,000 comments in response. On 17 November, the Commission issued a report summarizing the issues explored in the workshop and the public comments. The report emphasized that the workshop (and its ensuing summary) was not intended “as a precursor to law enforcement” but “an opportunity to learn more” about this rapidly evolving business model and to aid “the Commission, as well as regulators, consumer groups, platforms, participants using the platforms, incumbent firms, and others” to address the unique issues raised by sharing economy platforms.

Brill Discusses Benefits and Challenges of IoT at Winnik Forum

Julie Brill, Hogan Lovells Partner and former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), delivered opening afternoon remarks at the Fifth Annual Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum: The Internet of Things: Legal Challenges and Opportunities.  Brill highlighted the “unquestionable” benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) while also stressing the considerable data security and

Privacy, Security, and IoT Prominent Themes at Silicon Flatirons DBM Conference

On January 31, 2016, the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado hosted its annual Digital Broadband Migration Symposium. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Evolving Industry Structure of the Digital Broadband Landscape.” The two-day conference brought together an array of leaders from government, academia, and industry to examine the role of regulatory oversight, antitrust law, and intellectual property policy in regulating industry structure and to discuss what policy reforms may be appropriate for the constantly changing digital broadband environment.

Cooperation between the EU and India on antitrust matters

On 21 November 2013, the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU“) with the Competition Commission of India. A copy has just been published on the European Commission’s website. The aim of the MoU is to further strengthen cooperation between the two parties in the area of antitrust enforcement.

CBP publishes final rule to refuse importation or conditionally release consumer products and industrial equipment noncompliant with energy conservation or labeling standards

On 5 July 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule that amends the CBP regulations that allow CBP to deny importation of, or conditionally release, certain consumer products and industrial equipment that do not comply with energy conservation or labeling standards of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA).

DOJ and FTC Consider NPE Antitrust Issues

Over the last decade, the patent landscape has been dramatically altered by the rise of entities whose business model is to acquire significant patent portfolios and aggressively pursue license fees from businesses selling products that may infringe on some of those patents.  Such companies are known as “non-practicing entities” (NPEs) or “patent assertion entities” (or,

FTC Provides Guidance to (All) Mobile App Developers

Following up on a public workshop held earlier this year, today the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a set of truth-in-advertising and privacy guidelines for mobile device application (app) developers. Titled “Marketing Your Mobile App: Get it Right From the Start,” the guidelines provide an overview of key issues for all app developers to consider.

FTC Obtains Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Against Marketer of Fitness Gear

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $25 million settlement against the marketers of the Ab Circle Pro, an abdominal exercise device, for alleged deceptive advertising.  According to the Commission, the defendants, including Fitness Brands, Inc. and Fitness Brands International, Inc., falsely promised that a three-minute workout with the Ab Circle Pro was the

Court Refuses to Halt Transaction Integration Following FTC Approval of Deal

The FTC’s review of the proposed merger between Express Scripts and Medco was closely watched in many circles, including by investors, Congress, competitors and customers.  After almost a year of review, the Federal Trade Commission announced early on the morning of April 2, 2012 that it had closed its investigation of the proposed merger between

FTC Requires Two “Gold-Standard” Studies in Sketchers Consent Decree

For the second time in eight months, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a multi-million dollar settlement as the price paid for alleged deceptive advertising of footwear promoted to help customers lose weight and strengthen muscles. The FTC announced its $40 million settlement with Sketchers earlier this week. According to the FTC, Sketchers incorrectly