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On July 1, 2013, sweeping new regulations for marketing to children take effect.  (See details here).  In updating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has extended its reach to new businesses and new information.  Even if you were safe in the past, you may not be in this brave new regulatory world.  Learn from the experts and avoid the pitfalls of COPPA compliance in the Digital Age… COPPA:…
“Natural,” “All Natural” and “Sourced from Nature” are claims that we see every day. Products with these claims have come under attack in a tsunami of class action filings filed in California and elsewhere. On December 11, Venable partner Amy Ralph Mudge will present on the panel, “Mother Nature’s Perfect Litigation Storm: ‘Natural’ Claims” for the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Private Advertising Litigation Committee. Panelists will overview the regulatory landscape for natural claims, examine…
The FTC and CFPB will hold a media only call on Monday, November 19, at 12:00 pm ET, to announce “a coordinated effort to protect consumers.”  Those present on the call will include Kent Markus, CFPB Assistant Director of Enforcement, and Thomas B. Pahl, Assistant Director in the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices.  A discussion with the FTC and CFPB officials will follow.  Both agencies share overlapping enforcement jurisdiction over most nonbank consumer financial products…
Expecting a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) examination?  Think again.  The first time you might hear from the CFPB is during an investigation.  The CFPB has investigations underway that span the full breadth of the Bureau’s enforcement authority over providers of financial products and services and their vendors.  The CFPB has authority over large banks and nonbank financial institutions, including private student lenders, small dollar lenders, mortgage lenders, money transmitters, debt relief service providers, debt…
The ABA Antitrust Section is sponsoring two terrific free panels. One on Friday, October 12 at 2 p.m.  with Jim Kohm from the FTC reviewing the final Green Guides. Another on Monday, October 15 will focus on the FTC’s recent cases involving “up to” or maximum performance claims. Amy Mudge will be moderating both panels. They are free and open to all. We hope you will join! More information and registration is available through the links…
Next week marks the annual ASRC/CBBB Conferences. Numerous in-house and outside counsel, along with well-known regulators, will present during the NAD, CARU and ERSP Conferences in New York City. This includes our very own Amy Mudge who will speak about natural claims at the NAD Conference on Monday October 1, while on October 3, Randy Shaheen will address the CARU Conference regarding regulation of food advertising. Jonathan Pompan will present on lead generation at…