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  • November 14, 2023

    Calendar

    April 3-4 — The International Association of Privacy Professionals is holding its Global Privacy Summit 2024 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC. For more details, go to: https://iapp.org/conference/global-privacy-summit/.

  • November 14, 2023

    Complaints about robocalls drop to five-year low, FTC finds

    The Federal Trade Commission released its annual National Do Not Call Registry Data Book, which found consumer complaints about robocalls and unwanted live telemarketing calls decreased to a five-year low.

  • November 14, 2023

    Tech titans, other companies face PR hurdles in antitrust suits

    Antitrust cases are fought as much in the court of public opinion as in a courtroom, and experts say that calls for a multipronged strategy.

  • November 14, 2023

    Consumers ask for data access via app as FTC considers rulemaking

    A smartphone app from Consumer Reports lets consumers ask businesses to delete or stop selling their data. But a patchwork of state laws and lack of federal regulation mean consumers’ requests can legally go unheeded in most of the United States.

  • November 14, 2023

    On the Shelf: A light touch when regulating misinformation

    The rise of the Internet has made the volatile debate over free expression even more contentious. Now the increasing use of confrontational speech and the spread of misinformation have led to calls for more regulation.

  • November 14, 2023

    Consider AI, scope of ‘health provider’ in rule update, FTC told

    Amendments to the federal rule governing commercial processing of health data should account for the emerging use of artificial intelligence and should include a precise definition of “health provider,” according to public comments to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • November 14, 2023

    Ex-president of asphalt paving firm pleads guilty to rigging bids

    Daniel Israel, the former president of a Michigan-area asphalt paving firm, pleaded guilty to conspiring to rig bids for service contracts in Michigan, the Department of Justice announced.

  • November 14, 2023

    Safeguards Rule change set to take effect in April

    Mortgage brokers, auto dealers, payday lenders and many other nonbank financial institutions are required to report cybersecurity breaches to the Federal Trade Commission under an amendment to the Safeguards Rule set to take effect in April 2024.

  • November 14, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: Actually using a balancing test in the Google case

    Antitrust lawyers love to talk about the consumer welfare standard and the rule of reason, and indeed these things are central to the intellectual framework of the law and to practical counseling. But when they’re put to the test in high-stakes litigation against Big Tech, courts generally recoil from applying a balancing test.

  • November 14, 2023

    Google private browsing mode trial taking shape in US as witnesses named

    With Google and a group of plaintiffs filing a joint witness list and their proposals for jury instructions, the framework is coming into focus for what would be the first-ever US class action privacy trial involving a large tech company, a trial that could reveal the inner workings of Google’s data-collection stack for the first time.

  • October 31, 2023

    US consumers report fraud originating in China

    China accounted for one-quarter of fraud complaints identified by US consumers from 2019 to 2023, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s data on cross-border fraud.

  • October 31, 2023

    Khan declines to recuse in Intuit case

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan declined to recuse herself in the Intuit case regarding the TurboTax tax preparation product, saying her public comments about the matter did not show prejudgment.

  • October 31, 2023

    Calendar

    Nov. 13 — The American Bar Association is sponsoring a webinar on “A Conversation with Four Former BCP Directors.” It will be moderated by Jessica Rich who ran the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition during President Obama’s second term. It will also include Daniel Kaufman, the acting director during the early months of the Biden administration, Andrew Smith, bureau director during the Trump administration, and David Vladeck, who ran it during Obama’s first term. The webinar will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. For more information, go to: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/435756055/.

  • October 31, 2023

    FTC reports increase in elder fraud losses

    The Federal Trade Commission told Congress that fewer older adults reported losses to fraud last year, but that more money was lost, with the total reaching $1.6 billion in 2022.

  • October 31, 2023

    People

    Royall jumps to King & Spalding

  • October 31, 2023

    FTC could see more oversight, power when it returns to full strength

    When the Federal Trade Commission gets a full roster of commissioners, the outcome of most votes isn’t likely to change, but the agency could see more congressional oversight and maybe more power.

  • October 31, 2023

    Pfizer-Seagen innovation theory of harm would be difficult for FTC to prove in court

    Pfizer and Seagen have said antitrust regulators have a lot of questions about whether innovation will be maintained after their deal. But while the companies didn’t indicate which jurisdiction is focused the most on the issue, in the US it would be a difficult theory of harm to prove in court.

  • October 31, 2023

    Microsoft likely to argue FTC appeal over Activision deal moot, but agency could press on

    Microsoft is likely to argue to a US appeals court that a pending appeal of a decision denying a preliminary injunction against the closing of its buyout of Activision is moot, given the companies completed the transaction earlier this month.

  • October 31, 2023

    DOJ participates in 22nd annual ICN conference

    Deputy Assistant Attorney General Manish Kumar of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division led the delegation at the International Competition Network’s 22nd annual conference.

  • October 31, 2023

    Probe BMW’s Made-in-USA claims, ad watchdog tells FTC

    Truth in Advertising filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission urging the agency to open an investigation into BMW’s Made-in-the-USA claims regarding its X range vehicles and take appropriate enforcement action.

  • October 31, 2023

    Neil Averitt commentary: Considering a good-enough Kroger settlement

    With the time nearing for a decision on the country’s largest supermarket merger, Lina Khan and the Federal Trade Commission face a difficult choice. Do they take a pretty good but imperfect settlement in Kroger-Albertsons and declare victory, or do they litigate to achieve a better outcome and risk not having enough to show in the overall win column?

  • October 31, 2023

    Privacy Corner: AI expert Dobrin uses ‘bully pulpit’ to warn of tech bias

    It might seem unusual that a geneticist who helped map the human genome would later become a sought-after expert in artificial intelligence. “But it’s not so off the wall,” said Seth Dobrin, reflecting on his career trajectory from life scientist to AI business guru.

  • October 31, 2023

    On the Shelf: Navigating big tech, journalistic and political minefields

    The tumult in the economic and ideological landscape of the American media shows no sign of abating soon. While there are no surefire ways to improve things, taking lessons from one of the era’s most successful and thoughtful editors is a nice place to start.

  • October 17, 2023

    Calendar

    Nov. 2 — The American Antitrust Institute is hosting its Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. For more details, go to: https://www.antitrustinstitute.org/.

  • October 17, 2023

    Antitrust regulators must grapple with concerns over Hollywood consolidation

    Although the Hollywood writers’ strike has settled, one key concern is in the hands of antitrust enforcers.

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