• 04.04.19

    FCA Cases: Convincing DOJ to Move to Dismiss

    Recent actions by the DOJ suggest that although the DOJ may continue to prosecute certain relators’ FCA cases, other relators may find themselves on the other side of a government motion to dismiss.

  • 04.02.19

    Washington State Appears Next in Line for Comprehensive Privacy Legislation

    Since the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in June 2018, over a dozen other states have moved to enact similar comprehensive privacy legislation.

  • 04.02.19

    What’s Next? Recent Activity in Tech Legislation

    If the action from the 116th Congress matches only half of the noise it is making regarding the tech industry, the next few months are likely to see a revolution in the government’s approach to regulation in our digital era.

  • 03.28.19

    TINA Seeks to Influence FTC on Social Media Influencers

    Decrying the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) lack of action against social media influencers, Truth in Advertising, Inc. (TINA), filed a formal complaint with the agency.

  • 03.28.19

    Will Washington Be the Next California?

    By a vote of 46-1, the state Senate passed the Washington Privacy Act (WPA), which would provide consumers in the state with the right to learn what data is collected about them and whether the information is sold to outside companies.

  • 03.28.19

    Federal Bill Would Expand COPPA

    Federal lawmakers have proposed a new bill (Senate Bill 748) that would amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to prohibit behaviorally targeted ads being directed to anyone under the age of 16 and mandate that companies obtain explicit consent from teens between the ages ...

  • 03.28.19

    $2.5M Deal Snuffs Out Cigar Promotion Suit

    A challenge to a cigar company’s “buy one, get one” promotions ended with a $2.5 million settlement recently approved by an Oregon federal court.

  • 03.27.19

    DOL Steers Middle Course With White Collar Exemption Proposal

    After several years and much uncertainty, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a new proposed rule that would raise the annual minimum salary requirement for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption to $35,308, or $679 per week.

  • 03.27.19

    FTC Proposes Changes for Safeguards, Privacy Rule

    In a major development for nonbank providers of financial products and services, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would amend its Safeguards Rule and its Privacy Rule, each promulgated under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

  • 03.27.19

    Third Circuit Snares Passive Debt Buyers in FDCPA

    Passive debt buyers are debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) if their “principal purpose” is buying debt, even if they outsource collections, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled, broadening liability under the statute.