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False Advertising Penalties Are a Matter of Degree

In the matter of United States v. Arif, the First Circuit considered the issue of when false advertising constitutes a crime.In Arif, Mustafa Hassan Arif conditionally pled guilty to wire fraud in 2016 for allegedly selling non-FDA approved prescription drug products that purported to treat or cure numerous diseases and

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FTC’s Data-Breach “Unfairness” Standard

 The FTC has showed no signs of slowing down when it comes to data breach investigations and enforcement actions. In doing so, the Commission utilizes concepts of “unfairness” and “deception.”Companies that tell consumers they will safeguard their personal information are forced to live up to those representations.To establish that a

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission Investigating the Equifax Data Breach

Last month, reports surfaced that Equifax, Inc., one of the nation’s leading credit reporting services, was the subject of a historic cyberattack that compromised the security of financial and other personal information of more than 143 million U.S. consumers.  The data breach involved names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses,

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