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Keeping Watch Over the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel: How Businesses Can Use FOIA to Look Inside the FTC’s Hidden Complaint Database

Consumer complaints are a fact of life for even the most scrupulous businesses.  When companies deal with consumers in a uniform yet large-scale manner, occasional lapses that generate ill-will are inevitable.  Upset customers can lead to lost sales and diminished reputation, but they can also affect more than just the bottom line.  Over the past … Continue Reading

California’s Do Not Track Disclosure Bill

As of January 1, 2014, California law requires operators of websites and online services to publicly disclose how they respond to “do not track” (dnt) signals, though the exact requirements vary depending on whether an entity is a first party (e.g., web publisher) or third party (e.g., ad network). The new law will not require … Continue Reading

Cause Marketers Rejoice (at least in Maine)

Today cause marketers will have reason to celebrate in Maine, as Maine’s repeal of its commercial co-venture laws will be effective.  Earlier this summer, the Maine legislature passed the “Act to Streamline the Charitable Solicitations Act” (yes, the “Act Act,” although we will refer to it as the “Act”).  Along with streamlining requirements for charities … Continue Reading

We’re on HuffPost!

It seems these days that almost everyone is picking on Congress, so we thought we’d have a bit of fun at their expense as well. Check out this post on HuffPost, if you’re interested, that explores what might happen if the FTC were unleashed on some of the representations that Congress makes.… Continue Reading