Richard B. Newman

  • BREAKING: eHarmony Settles District Attorney Rebill Charges

    eHarmony has agreed to pay up to $2.2 million in penalties and restitution to put an end to an action filed by the Santa Monica city attorney and several district attorneys that challenged its automatic renewal practices. The plaintiffs alleged that the dating site violated state consumer protection laws by failing to clearly, conspicuously and prominently explain that the s ...

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  • Montel Initiates CBD Marketing Lawsuit

    In 2000, Montel Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Finding medical cannabis to be effective at treating his symptoms, he began advocating for medical cannabis law reform. He subsequently founded a company called LenitivLabs by Lenitiv. LenitivLabs is a self-characterized “line of innovative, high quality medical cannabis products for patients.” In October 2017, Mr.

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  • GDPR to Come Into Force in 2018

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation becomes effective in May 2018. It applies to those that (i) offer products/services to EU residents; (ii) monitor the behavior of EU residents; or (iii) handle the personal data of an EU residents. The cornerstone of GDPR is that personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent fashion.

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  • SEC Issues Warning on Social Media Influencer Disclosures

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a statement on the potentially unlawful promotion of initial coin offerings and other investment by celebrities. Along with the Federal Trade Commission, the SEC’s Enforcement Division and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations are keenly aware that celebrities and others are using social media ...

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  • The FTC’s New Republican Majority and Strategic Plan

    President Trump has chosen Joseph J. Simons, a renowned antitrust lawyer that has represented tech giants like Microsoft, to lead the Federal Trade Commission. Simons previously led the competition bureau of the FTC during the George W. Bush administration. Noah Phillips – chief counsel for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rohit Chopra – a fellow at a consumer advocacy group, ...

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  • FTC Settles with Operators of Tech Support Scams

    The FTC has announced that the operators of two alleged tech support scams have agreed to settle agency charges that they deceived consumers into believing their computers were infected with viruses and malware, and then charged them hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs. As set forth in the complaints, the defendants allegedly contacted consumers through phone calls o ...

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  • FTC Provides Guidance on COPPA and Voice Recordings

    The Federal Trade Commission is providing additional guidance on how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule applies to the collection of audio voice recordings by organizations covered by the law, which requires certain operators of commercial websites or online services to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13.

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  • ROSCA Compliance: 10 Things All Marketers Must Know While many surmised that the new administration might bring with it less stringent regulatory scrutiny, the Federal Trade Commission is showing no signs of taking its foot off the gas when it comes to enforcing the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act. In fact, the FTC continues to expand its enforcement of ROSCA into numerous industries and aggressively pursue n ...

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  • ALERT: Nevada Enacts New Website Privacy Policy Law

    Nevada recently became the third state to enact legislation requiring website operators and online service providers to post a privacy policy. The California law was passed in 2004 and Delaware’s in 2016. Senate Bill No. 538 mandates that, commencing on October 1, 2017, websites and other online services must make available, in a manner reasonably calculated to be accessible ...

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