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FTC Reaches Settlement of More Than $3.6 Million with California-Based Auto Dealership Groups
  • Buckley Sandler LLP
  • USA
  • March 17 2017

On March 14, the FTC announced that it reached a settlement with a Los-Angeles-based auto dealership group over charges that the group engaged in

You Can’t Stifle Consumer Reviews: Complying with the Consumer Review Fairness Act
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • USA
  • March 13 2017

As of March 14, 2017, the recently enacted Consumer Review Fairness Act (the “Act”)1 will prohibit “gag clauses” - contract provisions that prohibit

Let’s Review Some Tricky Commercial Co-Venture Issues
  • Verrill Dana LLP
  • USA
  • March 13 2017

From a quick Google search I see articles citing “at least 22” states have commercial co-venture laws; “over 30 states have laws governing commercial

Can Water Win a Lawsuit?
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • USA
  • March 8 2017

Two plaintiffs recently filed a complaint in federal court in the Northern District of California against the Craft Brew Alliance (“Craft Brew”

The Next Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Against Fashion Retailers: Excess Shipping and Handling Fees
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • March 7 2017

Based on recent federal court filings in the Central District of California, it appears that plaintiff lawyers have found a new way to threaten

Consumer Protection in Retail: Weekly Roundup
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • USA
  • February 28 2017

This past week, several consumer actions made headlines that affect the retail industry. FTC Issues Business Guidance under Consumer Review Fairness

Andrews v Sony ATV Music Publishing
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • February 23 2017

District court dismisses suit brought by members of ’90s R&B group Dru Hill against music publishers Sony and EMI, which entered administration

Ninth Circuit: Redefining the Reach of Spokeo, and “Effective Consent” under the TCPA
  • Burr & Forman LLP
  • USA
  • February 23 2017

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that, for purposes of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), the scope of a

“You’re Fired” - The Growing Fallout from Celebrity Rants
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • USA
  • February 15 2017

While the beginning of the Trump era started with debates over the size of crowds and immigration bans, last week was all about brands and their

How to Comply with the Consumer Review Fairness Act
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • USA
  • February 13 2017

In January 2015, we wrote about California’s ban on nondisparagement clauses in consumer contracts under the “Yelp” Bill. A new law, the Consumer