February 10, 2017

Feds Go After Payment Processors

Department of Justice introduced Operation Choke Point in early 2013 as an enforcement initiative to choke off swindlers’ access to the payments system by targeting the […]
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 […]