Internet Marketing Law Blog

The Internet Marketing Law Blog covers recent developments in marketing, advertising, digital media, communications and consumer protection law that may impact your business

Robert Pitofsky Like FTC Consumer Protection Hearings

In 2018, the FTC held a series of hearings on consumer protection in the 21st Century.  The hearings are similar to 1995 policy research hearings under former FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky

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Authoritative News Source for Telecom Regulation Quotes Richard Newman on New Director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

The “bible of the telecom industry” - as stated by the Washington Post - and the recipient of first-place journalism awards recently solicited the opinion of FTC defense lawyer Richard B. Newman about the new Director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection....
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Privacy Law Bulletin Publishes Article on U.S. Privacy Law Landscape by Richard B. Newman

The Lexis Nexis Privacy Law Bulletin recently published an article authored by Richard B. Newman. The article, “Is the Repeal of U.S. Privacy Regulations a Victory for Digital Advertising?” addresses recent privacy and data security-related legislative changes and...
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BBC World News Features Internet Advertising Attorney Richard B. Newman on Facebook’s 2018 Mission Statement

On January 5, 2018, BBC World News called on Internet advertising lawyer Richard B. Newman to provide commentary on Mark Zuckerberg's mission to "fix" Facebook.  Mr. Newman expressed that because social media companies have come under fire for allowing so-called...
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Data Protection Leader Features Richard B. Newman as Legal Source on COPPA Compliance

FTC defense lawyer Richard B. Newman of Hinch Newman LLP is featured by Data Protection Leader, an international publication for authoritative data professionals offering analysis and guidance on data privacy, compliance and data protection regulations. The article is...
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Seventh Circuit Deals Body Blow to FTC’s Enforcement Powers

Section 13(b) requests for asset freezes, receiverships, and disgorgement may no longer be a slam dunk for the FTC. The Seventh Circuit has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission lacks authority to seek monetary relief from defendants in federal court. In doing so,...

FTC Announces Loot Box Consumer Protection Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it plans to hold a public workshop in August 2019 that will examine consumer protection issues related to video game “loot boxes.” What are Loot Boxes Loot boxes are in-game rewards players can purchase while...

Protecting Against and Defending TCPA Lawsuits

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits can be devastating to business operations and long term viability. There are a number of different approaches that telemarketers can take in order to minimize potential liability. All of which ae critical, given that...

Student Loan Debt Relief Operators Banned by FTC

Student Loan Debt Relief Operators Banned by FTC According to the Federal Trade Commission, two alleged Florida-based student loan debt relief schemes have been banned from the debt relief business as part of settlements with the FTC.  The cases involves allegations...

Senate to Host FTC Oversight Hearing

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security will host a hearing titled “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission” on November 27, 2018. The subcommittee will examine whether the FTC should have increased authority...

Must See … 60 Minutes Report on GDPR and U.S. Privacy Regulation

Must See … 60 Minutes Report on GDPR and U.S. Privacy Regulation On November 11, 2018, the television program "60 Minutes" aired a comprehensive report on the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the U.S. data privacy landscape. The story was largely focused upon...

FTC Stops Massive Real Estate Investment Scam

Largest Real Estate Scam Ever Challenged by the FTC A federal court in Maryland has issued an order temporarily shutting down the largest overseas real estate investment scam the FTC has ever targeted. According to FTC defense lawyer Richard B. Newman, the Federal...

FTC Launches Consumer Complaint Data Tool

The Federal Trade Commission recently launched a tool to view the agency’s consumer complaint data. The data will be reported on a quarterly basis, whereas the agency previously released such data on an annual basis only. Users can see data from 2014, and search it by...

Regulatory Compliance Watch Quotes Richard Newman on SPAM Law

In November 2018, Regulatory Compliance Watch – a leading publication covering compliance news, guidance and best practices for financial services professionals – quoted Richard B. Newman about the federal SPAM litigation and related compliance issues, including the...

New York Attorney General Chimes in Regarding Online Reviews

New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood recently announced an agreement with Avvo - an online legal directory - to reform its attorney rating system and improve its disclosures to consumers. The announcement comes following an investigation revealed that the...