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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Learn From How The FTC Approaches Your Competitors’ Advertising!

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Earlier this week, the FTC approved a final Order settling charges against Beiersdorf, Inc. relating to marketing claims for its Nivea My Silhouette! skin cream product. The Decision and Order can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923194/index.shtm along with a copy of the Complaint. What can be learned from this case?  First, don’t believe that just because your competitors’ products… Continue Reading

Don’t Let The New FTC ALJ Rule Changes Bite You!

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The FTC has announced changes to several sections of its Rules of Practice used in consumer protection and competition matters before an Administrative Law Judge.  According to the FTC, they are designed to help streamline discovery and motion practices.  Details of the changes can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/os/fedreg/2011/08/110812part3frn.pdf, which reportedly address such issues as how… Continue Reading

FTC Tip Of The Day: Don’t Bury Damaging Documents

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Receiving an inquiry from a government agency, like the FTC, is different than being involved in civil litigation. Your client is dealing with the government, which does not have the same motivation or pressure points to settle as a private litigant. Having worked at the FTC, it’s my impression that most of the lawyers working… Continue Reading