FTC Lays Groundwork for Rulemakings: Are New Substantive Competition Rules Coming?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears poised to begin testing the scope of its rulemaking authority, including new substantive competition rules for the first time in decades.[1] On March 25, 2021, FTC Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Slaughter (D) formed a group within the agency’s Office …›

AMG Capital v. FTC – SCOTUS Strips the FTC of a Critical Enforcement Tool

In a unanimous decision reversing the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court in AMG Capital v. FTC ended a federal circuit split and squarely held that the FTC lacks authority to pursue equitable monetary relief in federal court under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade …›

Relief for the Unharmed: Supreme Court Considers Whether Article III & Rule 23 Permit Certification Where Most Class Members are Uninjured (Ramirez v. TransUnion)

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to resolve a question that has sharply divided the Circuits: whether a class may be certified even though it contains uninjured members. See e.g., Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo et.al., 136 S. Ct. 1036, 1050 (2016). …›

Much-Anticipated Supreme Court Ruling Limits the TCPA’s Definition of an Autodialer

The Supreme Court has issued its much-anticipated ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, impacting many pending TCPA cases nationwide and providing guidance to the many businesses that engage in calling and texting campaigns. The TCPA generally requires an individual’s prior consent to use an automatic …›

January 19, 2021 - Class Action, Privacy, TCPA

Privacy Litigation 2020 Year in Review: TCPA Litigation

In the final installment of our four-part Privacy Litigation Year in Review series, we focus on important developments in TCPA litigation. The Supreme Court struck down the TCPA’s government-backed debt exemption, leaving district courts to address five years of enforcement and liability under the …›

January 12, 2021 - Class Action, Privacy

Privacy Litigation 2020 Year in Review: BIPA Litigation

Third in our Privacy Litigation Year in Review series is an overview of cases under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). 2020 was a busy year for BIPA litigants. Defendants in the flood of BIPA cases ranged from technology companies developing novel biometric products …›

How 2020 Changed Product Liability — And What's Next

Erin Bosman, Julie Park, and Alexandra Preece authored an article for Law360 discussing how product liability regulation and litigation changed in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as upcoming trends. “In a year dominated by the pandemic and political gridlock …›