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Incentives and Promotions in the Fashion Arena: The FTC Weighs In

Fashion designers’ retail pricing and promotional strategies have quickly evolved in the last decade, with Internet channels dramatically altering distribution and sales tactics. Many designers craft tactics to carefully differentiate their contract terms among retailers, from high-end, brick-and-mortar stores to Internet retailers and others.

FTC’s New Chief Technologist Outlines Regulatory Agenda

What’s the News? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently named Ashkan Soltani as its newest Chief Technologist. In this role, Soltani will serve as the agency’s top regulator on a variety of issues involving technology and consumer protection. Chief among them are data security and online privacy, which have become major FTC priorities in recent years. Soltani is regarded as an expert in the privacy field and has previously served as an advisor to the FTC, state attorneys general, and major corporations.

Results of Caffeinated Shapewear? Slim to None

Two Women’s Shapewear Marketers Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Weight Loss and Slimming Claims  

BOGO? More Like ‘No Go’

FTC Brings First Case Under Federal Negative Option Law What’s Making News? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first case under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA), a 2010 federal law that prohibits online sellers from charging consumers in an Internet transaction unless the seller has clearly disclosed all material terms of the transaction and obtained consumers’ express informed consent.

California Class Actions? Bass Pro Finds It’s Like Shootin’ Fish in a Barrel

What Happened? The outdoor sporting goods company Bass Pro recently agreed to pay $6 million to settle claims that it violated California privacy laws. Specifically, Bass Pro faced a potential class action lawsuit over claims that it recorded telephone calls between consumers and the company’s customer service representatives without first obtaining the consumers’ consent.

At Outlets, Consumers Say Deals are Too Good to Be True

A flurry of recent class action lawsuits is forcing clothing retailers to rethink their marketing tactics for outlet stores. In the last few months, lawsuits have been filed against a who’s who of major clothing retailers — The Gap, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors, and Neiman Marcus — stemming from allegations that the companies are misleading consumers about the quality of merchandise sold in outlets.

We’re Not Getting Any Younger: L’Oréal Settles FTC Charges Over Deceptive Anti-Aging Claims

What’s the News? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled with L’Oréal USA Inc. over charges that the company made deceptive claims regarding the benefits of two of its products. Specifically, L’Oréal claimed that its Génifique and Youth Code facial skincare products could combat the effects of aging by affecting the genes of anyone who used it. However, according to the FTC, such claims lacked adequate substantiation. Given the FTC’s allegations, L’Oréal has elected to settle the dispute and has agreed to a proposed consent order.

High Profile Data Breaches Spur Legislative Action on Cyber Security

What’s Making News? After a spate of high-profile data security breaches, many legislators, businesses, and consumers are asking what can be done to prevent such security lapses and who should be held responsible. The increased attention to data security has led to a flurry of recent activity in state legislatures and in Washington.

Macy’s and Foot Locker Sued for Improper Collection of Customer Data

Last week, Macy’s and Foot Locker became the latest retailers to be forced to defend allegations that they illegally collect personal information from California shoppers. In two separate suits filed on the same day by the same attorneys, the class plaintiffs allege that customers at the two stores were required to disclose personal information in order to complete purchases with their credit cards.

Being Labeled: FTC Amends Wool Products Labeling Rules

What Made News? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently approved changes to its Wool Products Labeling Rules (Wool Rules) in order to allow wool manufacturers and sellers greater flexibility and bring the Wool Rules into line with the Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards Conforming Act, as well as the FTC’s textile labeling regulations.