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Arent Fox advises on all aspects of advertising and trade regulation law. We counsel businesses on how to avoid and respond to investigations by federal and state government agencies for alleged false advertising, unfair sales, and marketing practices. We litigate false advertising and unfair competition claims between competitors in court and in the industry’s self-regulatory proceedings. Representative clients include: Discovery Channel, Corbis Corporation, Google, Red Hat, Diesel, Benetton, Hasbro, The Limited, PlayStation and Victoria’s Secret.

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Major Retailers Sued for Point of Sale Devices Inaccessible to the Blind

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Major retailers from Apple to Lucky Brand to J. Crew are being sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide point of sale (POS) devices that are accessible to the blind.

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Victory for FTC in Dispute Over Its Data Security Authority

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently won a significant victory in federal court in its ongoing efforts to hold businesses accountable for their data security practices. The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey rejected a challenge to the FTC’s authority over data security, allowing the FTC to continue with its action in court against the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (Wyndham) for its data security failures.

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Judge Orders FTC to Disclose Data Security Standards

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The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) chief administrative law judge ruled recently that the agency must disclose the internal standards it uses to determine whether a company maintains adequate data security. The ruling is part of ongoing litigation between the FTC and a company called LabMD, which, according to the FTC, failed to maintain proper security for consumer data. The ruling could make it easier for companies that collect and manage consumer data to audit their data security practices and ensure compliance with FTC standards.

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Poor Mobile App Security Draws FTC’s Attention

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently charged two companies — Fandango, LLC, and Credit Karma, Inc. — with violating the FTC Act by misrepresenting the security of their mobile apps and failing to securely transmit sensitive personal information over the Internet. In order to settle the charges, the companies have agreed to establish comprehensive security programs designed to address security risks during the development of their apps and to undergo independent security assessments every other year for the next 20 years.

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ADT Home Security Settles Charges Over Deceptive Advertising

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The FTC is cracking down on misleading endorsements in advertising, and the home security company ADT has the lumps to prove it. Earlier this month, ADT settled FTC charges that it had deceived consumers by failing to disclose that “independent” security experts were in fact paid ADT spokespeople.

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Internet Search Results and Rankings Are Speech Protected by First Amendment

* The following article was originally published in Law360.

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FTC Warns Cole Haan Over Pinterest Contest

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In a recent letter, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged that a promotional contest on Pinterest violated Section 5 of the FTC Act. Although the FTC did not take any direct enforcement action against Cole Haan, the letter forced Cole Haan to discontinue the contest and is one of the first instances in which the FTC has offered an opinion about what it takes to keep social media contests and promotions on the right side of federal advertising laws.

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Court Rules that Size, Placement of Forum-Selection Clause is Pivotal in Microsoft Case

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A recent ruling out of West Texas in Mendoza v. Microsoft, Inc., 5:13-CV-00378 (W.D. Tex. March 5, 2014) serves as a reminder that companies must make sure their service agreements and online privacy policies conform to industry best practices, as well as legal requirements. The structure and format of these agreements can be critical to their enforceability and companies should not take any aspect for granted.

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We See What You Did There: Supreme Court Labels ‘Prudential Standing’ as Misleading in Key False Advertising Row

Static Control Components, Inc. may bring a false advertising claim against Lexmark International, Inc. for telling Static Control’s customers that it was illegal to use Static Control chips in refurbished ink cartridges, the Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia. The Court’s ruling greases the skids for false advertising plaintiffs, who now face a lower burden in demonstrating prudential standing, and likely has broad-reaching implications for other business litigation.

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FTC Cracks Down on Misleading Environmental Marketing

As part of its effort to ratchet up enforcement on environmental claims and violations of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (or Green Guides), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached two separate settlements with companies accused of making misleading claims involving plastic products.

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