Maggie Grace

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So you’ve had a bad day — FDA has told you to stop marketing your product.  The good news, things can only get better, right?  Maybe not if a class action follows hot on the heels of FDA’s order.  This, in brief, is the recent tale of woe of 23andMe.  See Casey v. 23andMe, Inc., No. 3:13-cv-02847 (S.D. Cal. Nov. 27, 2013). The 23andMe example is only the most recent example of an FDA Warning…
The FTC has taken an increased interest in mobile cramming (the placement of unauthorized third-party charges, such as for ringtones, on consumers’ mobile telephone bills) in the past few months.  Despite industry self-regulation through the Mobile Marketing Association’s U.S. Consumer Best Practices Guidelines, which establish industry-wide standards to protect consumers (such as requiring that consumers twice consent to charges), some believe mobile cramming is on the rise. Most recently, on May 8, the FTC…
On Friday the FTC issued a staff report titled “Paper, Plastic . . . or Mobile?: An FTC Workshop on Mobile Payments” addressing mobile payments and its effects on consumers and highlighting potential areas of concern.  The staff report follows a workshop held last year on the same issues. The report discusses the benefits that mobile payments offer consumers, including the ease and convenience of purchasing goods and services, the potential to lower…