Internet Law

United States Sues Telehealth Providers and Executives

On June 10, 2024, the U.S. Justice Department announced that together with the Federal Trade Commission, it filed an amended complaint against telehealth company Cerebral Inc., Cerebral’s founder and former Chief Executive Officer, Kyle Robertson; former Cerebral executive Alex Martelli; telehealth companies Zealthy Inc., Gronk Inc. and Bruno Health P.A. and an executive of those…

FTC Proposed Revisions to COPPA Rule

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule requires operators of websites and online services that are directed to children under 13 years of age, or that have “actual knowledge” they are collecting personal information from children under 13 years of age.  The COPPA Rule imposes notice, consent, data security and data minimization requirements. On December 20,…

FTC Authorizes Use of Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) for AI-Related Products and Services

On November 21, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has approved an omnibus resolution authorizing the use of compulsory process in non-public investigations involving products and services that use or claim to be produced using artificial intelligence (AI) or claim to detect its use.  The resolution will streamline the FTC staff counsel’s ability to…

FTC Adds Senior Executives That Allegedly Played Key Roles in Alleged Amazon Prime Enrollment Scheme

As previously blogged about here,  in June 2023, the Federal Trade Commission announced an action against Amazon.com, Inc. for allegedly enrolling consumers in its Prime program without consent and knowingly making it difficult for consumers to cancel their subscriptions.  On September 20, 2023, the FTC accounced that it has added senior executives that allegedly played…

NY AG and FTC Secure $1.6M from Online Apartment Finder for Allegedly Defrauding Renters

On August 28, 2023, the New York Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they have secured $1.6 million from Roomster, an online apartment search platform, and its owners, for allegedly defrauding millions of renters nationwide by posting unverified apartment listings and fake reviews. The consent order also prohibits Roomster and its…

FTC Publishes Final Revised Endorsement Guides, Updates a Staff FAQ Publication and Proposes a New Rule Governing Fake Reviews

The Federal Trade Commission’s Endorsement Guides were first enacted in 1980 and amended in 2009.  The Guides provide guidance to businesses and others to ensure that advertising using endorsements or testimonials is truthful.  Advertisers that deceive consumers via endorsements or testimonials may violate the FTC Act.  The Guides, among other things, state that advertisers need…