FTC Workshop on New Drone Technologies Raises Familiar Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on drones raised familiar issues related to the privacy implications of a new and evolving technology. While the many potential innovations and consumer benefits of drone technology were highlighted, the workshop’s focus was on whether drones raise unique privacy considerations and, if so, how such considerations should be addressed. ...›

October 5, 2016Consumer Products

Consumer Products Face New Challenge: State Finds That Many Common Products Must be Managed as Hazardous Waste When Disposed Of

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released the results of aquatic toxicity testing on over-the-counter remedies, health and beauty products, and cleaning products. The results indicate that over one-in-four of the tested everyday products fail the department’s acute aquatic toxicity fish bioassay test, and thus, according to DTSC, they should be managed upon ...›

Berries
October 3, 2016False Advertising, Food Misbranding

A Berry Mixed Decision: Consumer Class Action Challenging Packaging of “Himalania” Goji Berries Largely Survives Motion to Dismiss

On September 2, 2016, United States District Judge Dean P. Pregerson for the Central District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging violations of the UCL and CLRA against defendants that market and sell “Himalania” brand goji berries. Torrent v. Thierry Ollivier et al., No. 2:15-cv-02511 DDP (JPRx), Dkt. No. 76. The court held ...›

TCPA
September 28, 2016TCPA

“Human Intervention” in Calling System Dooms Plaintiff’s TCPA Claim

Another Florida district court, another favorable ruling for companies facing TCPA lawsuits.  In Pozo v. Stellar Recovery Collection Agency, Inc., U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli granted summary judgment for defendant Stellar Recovery Collection Agency, Inc. (“Stellar”) after determining that the “point and click” dialing system it used to call the plaintiff did not constitute ...›

September 19, 2016Privacy

Stop Victim Shaming in Cyber Attacks

Defending the American people and economy from hostile state or state-sponsored actors is critical for both economic and national security reasons. However, while our state and federal law enforcement agencies vigorously protect people from criminals and assist victims of crimes, companies that publicly disclose that they have been the victim of a cybercrime are not ...›

Denim
August 31, 2016Class Action, False Advertising, Retail

Third Time’s the Charm? Court Rejects Parties’ Second Settlement Agreement for Failure to Provide Sufficient Value to Class Members

District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel recently considered and rejected—for the second time—a proposed class action settlement involving false advertising claims against a defendant jeans manufacturer. The court initially rejected the proposed settlement because of its coupon offer, charitable award unrelated to the issues of the case, and attorneys’ fee provision, which the Court found excessive. ...›

August 30, 2016FTC, Privacy

The Scope of “Personally Identifiable Information” Is Changing

It is easier than ever to identify a consumer with just a few pieces of seemingly innocuous information. Advances in big data analytics, combined with the increasing volume of data generated by consumers in their daily lives, have “increasingly blurred [the] line” between personally identifying information (PII) and non-PII, according to a recent speech ...›