February 9, 2017

Weed Payment Processing

Little more than a year ago, the United States Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued written guidance to banks for extending merchant services to […]
February 6, 2017

Firms Serving Online Merchants Must Protect Themselves Legally

E-commerce and direct marketing have revolutionized the way the world shops, and have further spurred the rapid growth of the credit card processing and electronic payment […]
February 4, 2017

The Chilling Effect of FTC Enforcement on Advertisers’ First Amendment Rights

In our last article (Oct. 2005), on double-standards in FTC advertising enforcement prejudicing direct response marketers, we alluded to the Commission’s practice of imposing “bans” on […]
February 2, 2017

Legal Review: Is It What You Say or Who You Are?

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) relentless attack on perceived deception in health-related advertising, particularly weight-loss and disease-prevention claims, continues. From March 2004 through February 2005, approximately […]
February 1, 2017

More Fair Competition: Corporate Defendants Gain a Measure of Protection Against Nationwide Consumer Class Actions

California has long been considered a favorable venue for consumer plaintiffs. Among the State’s various consumer protection statutes, California’s sweeping unfair competition law (“UCL”) – embodied […]